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Thursday, 10 December 2020 10:49

Dear Church Family

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I hope you are all doing well!  I hope your days have been great and without stress or strain!  Of course that is unlikely given the world we live in.  Most everyone probably has things that we are thankful for but probably everyone is dealing with some type of loss, hardship or anxious struggle.  What do you do with your pains?  How do you handle your grief?  All of us know from experience that it’s not good to pretend everything is fine when it’s not.  God has given us a church family and deacons and elders and pastors to confide in, help us and get prayer.  Another blessing that God has given us to keep us above water in this life is the Book of Psalms.  I want to focus on this blessing today and call you to avail yourself of it.  Often we don’t know how to express our feelings, whether they be feelings of loss or of anger.  But in the book of Psalms God has given us laments and prayers that saints of old have crafted out of their own real life problems.  These inspired words of struggle and cries to God can be read and spoken and used as prayer guides to help us express our heart to God.  Sometimes we get so pent up in emotion we don’t know what to say, we are speechless or our emotions boil over in other ways.  But as we read the Psalmists’ anguished cries or recite their testimonies we find we are able to connect with our Lord who loves us.  What a blessing to be understood!  What a blessing to be heard!  Realize in our prayers that God isn’t threatened by our emotions.  He can handle our raw and impolite prayers.  He already knows we are angry; he already knows our bitterness over loss – there is not need to hide it!  We are so much better off to draw near to him and speak our hearts and ask for the grace we need.  For instance, you might be under tension and guilt because of your sins and you fear God’s anger and you are tempted to withdraw from his presence.  Don’t move away, draw near!  How much better to express our feelings and pray a Psalm.  For example, “LORD, you do not withhold your compassion from me.  Your constant love and truth will always guard me; my iniquities have overtaken me; I am unable to see.  They are more than the hairs on my head, and my courage leaves me.  LORD, be pleased to rescue me; hurry to help me, LORD” (Psalm 40:11-13).  If you aren’t currently engaged in a Bible reading project or if you are out of the habit of regular scripture reading, I encourage you to become familiar with the Psalms.  You can read through the book in a month by reading 5 Psalms a day.  What I’ve done in the past is read through 4 or 5 or 6 Psalms and then go back during the day and spend time thinking on and praying through those passages that seemed especially relevant to my situation in life.  Or it can be helpful just pulling one line or a phrase from a Psalm and prayerfully repeating it again and again throughout your busy day at work.  There are many ways to be ministered to by the Psalms.  I do hope you are doing well today, but please remember my brothers and sisters that our Lord always is near and he always wants us to come to him with our struggles.  He is a great Father who loves his redeemed ones without end and we have a risen Savior who knows what we are going through, both through his omniscience and through his experience. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens – Jesus the Son of God – let us hold fast to our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). 

Here's some of what is planned and happening at Living Water in the coming weeks…


WORSHIP SERVICES

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 p.m.   

SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

Just a reminder that you are encouraged to wear masks when you come to services and events at the church.  Though for most of us the chance of death through Covid-19 or through influenza is very low, it’s still no fun to get sick!  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s okay during this season to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses.  Let’s keep praying for the Lord’s protection of our church family and for the overall health of our community.

MOVIE NIGHT this Friday at 6:30 in the sanctuary

The Family Team is making popcorn and setting up the big screen for a showing of “Home Alone.” 

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

Let us celebrate with the angels over Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests!”  We’re adding another worship service this year to ease overcrowding.  We will also have the Sprung Building open with a live stream of the service on the big screen for overflow or for those who want to physical distance a bit more.  Feel free to invite people to Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24 at one of the following times: 

3:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

WE WILL HAVE REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICES ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27

No Saturday Evening Service on December 26.  Saturday evening services will resume January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. 

Men’s Breakfast will take a break December 24 and December 31, will resume Jan 7. 

Children’s Ministry will take a break on December 27 and Jan 3, will resume Jan 10. 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Work on the Christian Education and Community Building is ahead of schedule and under budget.  Major advancement happened yesterday on the installation of a new gas line and there is a likelihood of heat being restored in the Sprung Building by this Sunday (we have been using temporary heating sources in the interim).  Thank you for your continued prayers for worker safety, for the project staying on schedule and for God’s financial provision. Check out www.bringinglifeproject.org for more information or give anonymously or to make a pledge. 

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:

  • Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
  • Email prayer requests to the Deacon Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
  • If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
  • Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Deacon Board:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 03 December 2020 16:09

You Are Loved!

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I pray that you are well today.  More importantly I pray that you would be able to more thoroughly “comprehend with all the saints, what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19).  I always smile when I read the Apostle Paul’s prayer because he prays that we would understand what he describes as an incomprehensible love!  Ha!  But don’t we struggle to understand and accept God’s love?  Don’t we find it incomprehensible?  How could God love someone as imperfect and unfaithful as us?  It seems to me that many of our fears and anxieties as well as our attempts to earn people’s favor / acceptance flow out of a failure to believe we are loved.  One of the reasons we started observing the Lord’s Supper at every worship service this Fall was to help people grasp the incredible love of God – to remember week by week that God has loved us as no one else has – dying for us so that we could have life! “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved god but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).  When we know we are loved by the Lord Almighty, by the God of the angel armies, by the maker of heaven and earth, we are set free from crushing worry or twisted imaginations because we know that whatever happens, or that whatever could happen, we are ultimately safe.  Even now, as so many people suffer the loss of so many things, those who are in Christ, who trust in his love, experience peace and joy because our faith and hope aren’t rooted in material possessions, temporal dreams nor human acceptance.  When we give ourselves over to God and his love, we have a treasure that can’t be repossessed nor destroyed by government regulations, looters or lockdowns.  What does safety look like when you know you are loved?  How can we be set free from fear?  “Henri Nouwen, a Dutch priest, professor, and author, found the answer in the Flying Rodleighs, a trapeze troupe from South Africa.  While in Germany, he attended a performance out of curiosity and found himself transfixed by the artistry of the acrobats  But in the flying and spinning Nouwen saw more than an exhilarating show – he saw theology in motion.  Nouwen observed that the flyer – the person souring through the air – is really not the star of the trapeze performance.  While everyone is focused on the flyer’s arial maneuvers they sometimes fail to see the maneuvers are only possible because the flyer fully trusts that he will be caught.  Everything depends on the catcher.  This led Nouwen to a new way of understanding his life with God.  “I can only fly freely when I know there is a catcher to catch me,” he wrote … Rather than trying to overcome our fears by seeking more control, the solution offered by LIFE WITH GOD is precisely the opposite – we overcome fear by surrendering control.  But surrender is only possible if we have total assurance that we are safe … This assurance only comes when we trust that our heavenly Father desires to be with us and will not let us fall” (quote from Skye Jethan, from his book “With”).  My brothers and sisters, may you believe that God loves you today.  May you live freely (not in slavery to fear, nor trying to control people or circumstances) in the knowledge that you are loved.  May you fly and love freely, doing the will of God, knowing that whatever happens, you will be caught!  “What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, who will he not also with him graciously give us all things?... Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors though him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39). 

Here's some of what is planned and happening at Living Water in the coming weeks…

WORSHIP SERVICES

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.   

SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M.  NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M.  NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

Just a reminder that you are encouraged to wear masks when you come to services and events at the church.  Though for most of us the chance of death through Covid-19 or through influenza is very low, it’s still no fun to get sick!  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s okay during this season to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses.  Let’s keep praying for the Lord’s protection of our church family and for the overall health of our community. 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Thanks for your continued prayers and faithful giving for the Christian Education and Community Building.  We remain ahead of schedule and under budget.  As construction continues, work is underway to restore heat into the Sprung Building (the gas line had to be temporarily disconnected and reconfigured).  Our hope is that Sprung Building heat will be restored by December 12th.  Curb and Gutter has started to be installed in the east parking lot. The setbacks and the “bump” near Clark Street are by city code.  We’re excited to be able to do some landscaping over the coming year!  Won’t our campus look so much better with pavement and plants and trees?  Coming into and out of our parking lot will take some getting use to but we’ll get the hang of it!  By the way, if you know folks from the Seventh Day Adventist Church, please thank them for the use of their north parking lot – it’s been a blessing!  If you haven’t driven by the building lately the outer shell of the building is nearly complete.  On the north side there has been lots of interest in the two tone with an almond color on top and silver on the bottom.  The bottom portion will have different colored panels affixed soon which will provide what we think will be a nice look with the almond color of the metal building. Windows will be inserted soon which will allow for temporary heat to be used for internal construction to take place over the winter. Please continue to pray for the safety of all the contractors and workers. Please keep praying that the year two of our fundraising efforts for this ministry tool go well!  Check out www.bringinglifeproject.org for more information or give anonymously or to make a pledge. 

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A PODCAST FOR MEN

From Pastor Bo: “Back in August I started a personal podcast that is broadly about masculinity and Christianity. I wanted to share this resource with you. By clicking the link, you'll notice that I cover a lot of different topics that you might find interesting. I release a new episode every Wednesday. If you tune in, let me know what you think.”

https://themajestysmen.com/virtus/

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

We’re making plans for Christmas Eve Services.  In years past our services have been very full and for obvious reasons we’d like to have less congestion this year.  Our plan is to offer more services this year to bless more people with the hope of Jesus and we’re wrestling with a number of different options for service times and will certainly add a mask-only option and a live online option.  We’ll get you a complete list of times as soon as possible, but for you traditionalists who’ve been hoping for a midnight experience we are planning to have an 11:00 p.m. service. 

ADVENT OFFERING

Every year we take a special offering at Living Water in recognition of Jesus’ arrival (advent). The proceeds of this offering will go to the SLV Life Center (this organization helps women in crisis pregnancies and resourcing new moms and helping the family – formerly known as the Women’s Resource Center), La Puente Homeless Shelter (provides shelter and food for homeless in our community), and Living Water International (drills and repairs wells around the world so that people can have clean water to drink). There will be special Advent Offering envelopes available in the church office if you want to participate.

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:

  • Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
  • Email prayer requests to the Deacon Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
  • If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), Rick Dunnahoo or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
  • Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Deacon Board:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Church Office:     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks for reading!
Thanks for serving the Lord!
Pastor Jeron

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:20

Dear Living Water Friends and Family,

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One of the leadership lessons I learned at the Global Leadership Conference this summer was that we shouldn’t make promises we can’t keep.  Churches that once said “we’ll never have online services,” or “we’ll never have online giving options,” now have them.  We can make some guesses at the future but it’s very difficult to envision what actually will happen, so we should be careful in our statements or our plans.  We lack key pieces of information or circumstances arise that only God could have foreseen.  The truth is that we don’t really know what tomorrow will bring.  If we haven’t learned that lesson in 2020, we never will. 

The book of James gives us some wisdom to live by: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a place a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring – what is your life will be! For you are a like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you should say ‘If the Lord wills, we will live or do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15).  In this passage James is speaking to businesspeople who are making business plans.  They arrogantly think that the world and their lives are stable and secure, when in fact, life is insecure and their lives are a mist that can disappear in a moment.  Proverbs 27:1 “Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring.”  The point that James is making is not that planning is wrong (it’s not, in fact it is wise to do so), nor that we should live in fear (we shouldn’t).  What he is speaking against is a worldview that doesn’t take God into the equation, a thinking that doesn’t account for God’s plans nor God’s will.  When we boastfully say that over the next 3 years we are going to accomplish “so and so” and “such and such” we are setting ourselves up for great disappointment and we sin. “But as it is,” James continues in verse 16, “you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So it is sin to know the good and not do it” (4:16).  “If the Lord wills” (verse 15) is a humble acknowledgment that God is in control of our days. To remember God is on the throne and this is His world is “to know the good” (verse 16). 

The biggest take away from me in this regard is that we need to keep praying and seeking the Lord’s will.  We as leaders are encouraged to “cast vision” but we need to do so humbly, knowing that it’s God’s vision that matters, his will that should be done.  For instance it is our Elder Board’s conviction and my own conviction that we need to stay open as a church.  I believe that the church is “essential” source of hope and fellowship and truth in this crazy world and that it should continue to serve people publicly and in person.  I, in my pride, would like to tell you that we’ll never have to cease in-person worship services again nor shut our doors.  But we don’t know what tomorrow will bring and so I need to be humble and not get ahead of the Lord nor arrogantly claim I know all possible scenarios.  What matters is the will of God, not what I want to happen.  What I’m doing a lot of right now, and I hope you are too, is spending time with the Lord and acknowledging that this is his world and that I am his servant.  I’m asking God to guide me TODAY in the decisions I need to make, for I want to live in keeping with his plans.  I am in the habit now of daily remembering that Living Water Bible Fellowship is not “my church” but Jesus’ church, and that what he wants done should always trump my desires and my vision for how things should go.  I’m just a steward leader who is seeking to take risks and manage things well for the Lord so he is pleased when he comes to take an account of what is his (see Luke 19:11-27).  What about you?  Are you looking to the Lord more and more as 2020 goes on?  Are you growing in your dependance on Him?  Are you seeking the Lord for wisdom and guidance?  To not do so in such a crazy world would be foolishness. 


Here’s what we are planning for the weeks ahead at Living Water…

WORSHIP SERVICES

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.   

SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M.  NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M.  NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

Just a reminder that everyone is encouraged to wear masks.  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s okay to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses. 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

There’s been a flurry of action as the concrete pad was poured on the second floor and the building has begun to be enclosed.  Please pray for the continued safety of the workers and for the project to stay under budget and ahead of schedule.  Our second year goal fundraising goal for the Bringing Life project is $450,000 (I mistakenly said $475,000 last week) but we’ve already started to see a dent in that as financial gifts continue to come in. Our second year goal has now dropped to $430,000!  If you want more information on the Christian Education and Community Building there are packets in our lobby or you can get a complete overview at https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ If you want to make anonymous contributions or see other giving options please visit https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/give

 

THANKSGIVING DINNER this Thursday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m.

If you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have thanksgiving dinner here at the church.  We’ll provide the Turkey and Dressing.  You bring a dish to share: Whatever you can bring will be appreciated.  If you can’t bring anything, just bring yourself!  Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask and be wise in your interactions.  Please RSVP to Leeann Smith at 580-9366.  All

Items needed if you want to donate to the meal; Please drop off at church office or make arrangements (589-6351 or 580-9366). 

6-Turkeys

6-Jiffy Cornbread mix

4-Bunches of celery

6-Large cans of cream of chicken soup

6-Large chicken broth

Sage

Celery Seed

1-Bag onions

6-Stuffing Bread (not Stovetop mix)

Poultry Seasoning

Rolls

MISSIONS EMPHASIS November 28/29

Living Water’s Mission Board is really excited about the future of cross-cultural missions!  At our worship services the weekend of Nov 28 and 29 Mission Board Director Eric Palmer is going to take some time to share some positive developments.  We’re anticipating God using our church more and more to proclaim the gospel and make disciples overseas.  Updated Missionary Booklets will be available in the information racks located near the entrances to the sanctuary and out in the lobby so you can be praying more regularly for our missionaries.  We’ll have sign-up sheets out there if you are interested in joining the Mission Board or if you are interested in participation in future short term trips. 

HYMN SING NOVEMBER 29 at 6:00 p.m.

A PODCAST FOR MEN

From Pastor Bo: “Back in August I started a personal podcast that is broadly about masculinity and Christianity. I wanted to share this resource with you. By clicking the link, you'll notice that I cover a lot of different topics that you might find interesting. I release a new episode every Wednesday. If you tune in, let me know what you think.”

https://themajestysmen.com/virtus/

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA December 5

On Saturday, December 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. the Women’s Ministry will be hosting the annual Christmas Tea.  Please RSVP to the church office (589-6351) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

We’re making plans for Christmas Eve Services.  In years past our services have been very full and for obvious reasons we’d like to have less congestion this year.  Our plan is to offer more services this year to bless more people with the hope of Jesus and we’re wrestling with a number of different options for service times and will certainly have a mask-only option and a live online option.  We’ll get you a complete list of times as soon as possible, but for you traditionalists who’ve been hoping for a midnight experience we are planning to have an 11:00 p.m. service. 

ADVENT OFFERING

Every year we take a special offering at Living Water in recognition of Jesus’ arrival (advent). The proceeds of this offering will go to the SLV Life Center (this organization helps women in crisis pregnancies and resourcing new moms and helping the family – formerly known as the Women’s Resource Center), La Puente Homeless Shelter (provides shelter and food for homeless in our community), and Living Water International (drills and repairs wells around the world so that people can have clean water to drink). There will be special Advent Offering envelopes available in the church office if you want to participate.

NEW DEACON BOARD CHAIRMAN

John Clark accepted his nomination and election by his fellow Deacons to be Living Water’s Deacon Board Chairman.  If you know John this is an ideal role for him.  Please pray for John as it is a large responsibility.  Church members, as your Deacons reach out to you to check up on you, please encourage them with your response or acknowledgement of their communication.  They have a charge to pray for you as well as be there for you / advocate for you in your time of need.  If you are a church member and you don’t know who your Deacon is, please contact John at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 832-725-0616. 

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 


Thanks for reading!
Thanks for serving the Lord!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 12 November 2020 10:10

Thankfulness

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How are you looking at life today?  Most of the time our lives have a mixture of challenges and blessings (sometimes the challenges are blessings and the blessings are challenges! Ha!).  I’m pretty sure you are facing some adversity or challenge today.  I bet that in spite of what you are dealing with, you also have some things that you could be thankful for or rejoice over.  It’s really common to let the negatives dominate our thinking and our perception and to forget or not remember the good things in our lives!  For instance, at Living Water, like other churches, we are faced with the struggle of not seeing some of the people we love.  As a result of Covid or the fear of contracting Covid, there are some members and faithful attenders that we haven’t worshipped with physically since March.  When I think of our brothers and sisters in Christ being alone and not engaged in fellowship I get down and I worry about people getting depressed or drifting away from God.  And yet I’m so thankful for our live stream and the ability for our church family to “stay connected” through YouTube or Zoom or in Community Groups during the week.  When I focus only on the negatives I can sure get down in the dumps fast!  It’s so important for us to give thanks and remember all the good things that God has given and that we get to experience and live with.

Some of the things I’m thankful for today:

At the recent Youth Group retreat there were 20 teens in attendance and 2 young men gave their lives to Jesus.  Many of the kids involved in youth group on Wednesday nights are from the community and are moving closer to Jesus!

I’m thankful that the Anchored College Ministry has seen an uptick in attendance.

I’m grateful for the house God provided Elizabeth and I and that we are able to host people every week.  

People have been courteous and patient with each other through the construction process and losing one building. 

Dedicating Charles Hutches, Abigail & Alexander Strutton to the Lord was a special day for our church. 

At our Trunk or Treat our Family Team gave candy out to some 600 kids (which means we had between 1,500 to 2,000 people show up). 

Yesterday we had a group of volunteers who got the playground Astroturf staked down. 

I’m grateful for the Nursery and Children’s Ministry starting up this Fall and being able to serve and bless families. 

Kenny Minnick and friends have brought a lot of hope to the homeless through the provision of physical and spiritual food. 

I’m grateful for all the children involved in Waves Bible Quizzing on Wednesday nights.

We have more Community Groups meeting now than in any time in our history. 

Several folks have volunteered to help with our Video Team. 

I’m thankful for Pastor Luke and Praise team members for making Saturday night services possible. 

The church allowing me to get further education to keep growing as a pastor. 

At a recent staff meeting and Elder Board meeting we recited several people who have been changed since they entered into our church family. 

Having the Deacon Board press on and faithfully serve in spite of the loss of a couple of key members. 

There are a lot of new families and singles coming to our worship services and are getting plugged in. 

Seeing Max and Claire get baptized made my heart soar! 

I’m grateful for the home-school groups using our facilities and for the very active nature of our Mothers of Preschoolers Group. 

Our financial giving has been the greatest in the 44 year history of this church. 

I’ve heard that the Teen Bible Study on Sunday mornings has had some great attendance. 

We’ve seen very few people in our congregation catch the Covid-19 virus and those who did have recovered. 

Despite all the Covid craziness we’ve been able as a Mission Team to move forward on a greater partnership with Scott & Jennifer Esposito in Nicaragua; hopefully in the coming year we will be able to start sending teams to the region.    

The Community and Christian Education Building construction is under budget and ahead of schedule. We met our first year fundraising goal.  The workers have been safe. 

Our church hasn’t let politics or masks divide us, but we remain focused on Jesus and fulfilling his mission. 

Maybe today you need to pause and make a list of all that’s good in your life?

Here’s some of the other things happening at Living Water in the coming weeks…

PLEASE RETURN CHRISTMAS BOXES – DEADLINE THIS WEEKEND

Operation Christmas Child is once again going to bless lots of kids and families around the world with practical gifts and the good news of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your participation!  If you are still wanting to get a box we have more in our outer lobby.  If you have finished your box please return it this weekend to the church office and we’ll make sure it gets taken to the collection site.

CROSSES INSTALLED

For a number of years we had some wooden crosses in front of our lobby. The wood was untreated however and after a recent storm one of the crosses fell over as it was rotted at the base. This week Sean Messersmith and John Harr installed some metal crosses.  Thanks Sean for the donation of the crosses and to John Harr for the use of your backhoe!   Over the coming weeks our parking lot will see some changes and these historical symbols will be remind people of the how our salvation was achieved.

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MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13

Watch “Courageous” on the big screen! 6:30 p.m. Friday November 13th, here at the church.  We would like to offer more childcare so if you are already in our system and would like to serve, we’d love to have you!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121 with questions or to RSVP for childcare. 

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ANCHORED COLLEGE THANKSGIVING MEAL November 17, 5:30 p.m.

Help get the word out! There is a free Thanksgiving meal for college students and young adults Tuesday, November 17th at 90 Monterey Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Contact Forrest at 970-462-5925

WORSHIP SERVICES

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.   

SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M.  NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M.  NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

Just a reminder that everyone is encouraged to wear masks.  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s ok to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses. 

THANKSGIVING DINNER Thursday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m.

If you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have thanksgiving dinner here at the church.  We’ll provide the Turkey and Dressing.  You bring a dish to share: Whatever you can bring will be appreciated.  If you can’t bring anything, just bring yourself!  Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask and be wise in your interactions.  Please RSVP to Leeann Smith at 580-9366.  All

Items needed if you want to donate to the meal; Please drop off at church office or make arrangements (589-6351 or 580-9366). 

6-Turkeys

6-Jiffy Cornbread mix

4-Bunches of celery

6-Large cans of cream of chicken soup

6-Large chicken broth

Sage

Celery Seed

1-Bag onions

6-Stuffing Bread (not Stovetop mix)

Poultry Seasoning

Rolls

NEW DEACON BOARD CHAIRMAN

John Clark accepted his nomination and election by his fellow Deacons to be Living Water’s Deacon Board Chairman.  If you know John this is an ideal role for him.  Please pray for John as it is a large responsibility.  Church members, as your Deacons reach out to you to check up on you, please encourage them with your response or acknowledgement of their communication.  They have a charge to pray for you as well as be there for you / advocate for you in your time of need.  If you are a church member and you don’t know who your Deacon is, please contact John at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 832-725-0616. 

HYMN SING NOVEMBER 29 at 6:00 p.m.

PARKING LOT CURB & GUTTER INSTALLATION

Starting next week contractors will be working in our parking lot to prepare the ground for paving.  After some initial dirt work / site prep there will be installation of curb and gutters probably by the end of next week (Nov 12 or 13).  After that work is completed there will be a determination made given weather conditions to pave in late November or wait till Spring / Summer.  If the parking lot is inaccessible please park on the street or in the Seventh-Day Adventist lot to the East of our church building. 

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ADVENT OFFERING

Every year we take a special offering at Living Water in recognition of Jesus’ arrival (advent). The proceeds of this offering will go to the SLV Life Center (this organization helps women in crisis pregnancies and resourcing new moms and helping the family – formerly known as the Women’s Resource Center), La Puente Homeless Shelter (provides shelter and food for homeless in our community), and Living Water International (drills and repairs wells around the world so that people can have clean water to drink). There will be special Advent Offering envelopes available in the church office if you want to participate.

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA December 5

On Saturday, December 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. the Women’s Ministry will be hosting the annual Christmas Tea.  Please RSVP to the church office (589-6351) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 


Thanks for reading!
Thanks for serving the Lord!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 05 November 2020 15:38

Colorado Needs Christ

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The problem with elections is that people have to lose in order for others to win, some issues go our preferred ways and others don’t.  Probably nobody was totally satisfied with the latest election.  I imagine everyone reading this Update is dealing with some negative feelings or frustrations. May the Lord give you his peace if you are hurting today.  God does tell us its ok to grieve, but for us Christians, our grief never needs to be hopeless or filled with despair, for we know Jesus is Lord.  Wouldn’t it be a terrible if we didn’t believe in God’s presence and oversight in our world?  Wouldn’t it be a horrible way to live if we believed everything depended on the actions of politicians – talk about hopelessness and despair! May we remember who is in charge and press on in hope and trust:  “Blessed be the name of God forever, to whom belongs wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:20-21).  Kingdoms and rulers come and go. Politicians and governments rise and fall. God’s purposes move forward and his plans are fulfilled.

The reality of our day is that Colorado needs Christ!  I personally was deeply saddened and heartbroken not only due to the defeat of proposition 115 (banning abortion after 22 weeks), but also at the ratio of how many people voted against it.  Regardless of what demographics or statistics one looks at it is absolutely clear that there are a low percentage of people have truly built their lives on the Gospel and biblical principles.  It’s estimated that 87% of the Rocky Mountain Region is unchurched (meaning that they aren’t following Jesus nor are they saved).  But you know what?  We exist as a church to change that!  As our tagline says – “It’s All About Changed Lives!”  The Gospel changes lives!  Regardless whether we have Democratic or Republican representatives, regardless of what laws are passed in the next legislative session or what executive orders come from the capital, we as Jesus’ church exist to lead people to a life-changing and ever growing relationship with Christ.  Let’s be encouraged by the truth that Jesus changes lives more radically than any many made political ideology or system ever could.  Our mission is to make disciples regardless if our candidates were elected or not.  When people are born again and are instructed on how to live to please God, their lives are transformed.  And when people start living out the gospel, when they become gospel focused, families and communities change for good.  While good laws and good government policies are to be sought after (I am going to get more involved in politics as we move towards 2022 and I encourage you to do so as well) getting people into God’s life and kingdom will always be more impactful. 

May love for Jesus flood into our church.  May we once again see how great and awesome Jesus is and may he take first place in our hearts again.  May we long to see God glorified and worshipped by more and more people.  May we intentionally act in ways in order to for people to know Christ personally.  May Jesus become Lord in every family and marriage and home in our region.

Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the weeks ahead…

THIS WEEKEND

I’ve been very pleased with our worship service attendance this fall given all that is happening in our world.  We gather for the worship of the Trinity and through worship and by hearing God’s word, by God’s grace, we are changed.  I’m grateful that we have our services on YouTube and Facebook but I do get worried for those who aren’t connected with people in a physical and face to face way.  Technology is great but we were made to be with people.  While understanding that some of you are taking serious precautions not to get sick, I do worry about your mental and emotional and spiritual health – it is not good to be separated from the Body of Christ, which you are a part of, for long periods of time.  I want to remind everyone that we have a Saturday evening service at 6:00 pm that is Mask Only.  It is smaller and more intimate and there is lots of social distancing!  I would love to see you take advantage of this opportunity to worship if you can’t join us on Sunday mornings.  Of course everyone is encouraged to wear masks and physical distance on Sunday morning as well. 

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.   

SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M.  NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M.  NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP CLASS November 10 & 17

The next church membership class will take place Tuesday evenings, Nov 10 and 17.  If you are interested in attending the class please RSVP to Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-529-1204).  If Tuesdays don’t work let Pastor Bo know and we’ll come up with an alternate class time. 

PLAYGROUND WORK Wednesday, Nov 11

We are planning to finish staking down the Playground Astroturf on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. if you want to volunteer to help.  As the Community and Christian Education Building is completed, the playground will be expanded to the west so that there will lots and lots of space for kids to run and play.  

MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13

Watch “Courageous” on the big screen! 6:30 p.m. Friday November 13th, here at the church.  We would like to offer more childcare so if you are already in our system and would like to serve, we’d love to have you!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121 with questions or to RSVP for childcare. 

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PARKING LOT CURB & GUTTER INSTALLATION coming soon

Starting next week contractors will be working in our parking lot to prepare the ground for paving.  After some initial dirt work / site prep there will be installation of curb and gutters probably by the end of next week (Nov 12 or 13).  After that work is completed there will be a determination made given weather conditions to pave in November or wait till Spring / Summer.  If the parking lot is inaccessible please park on the street or in the Seventh-Day Adventist lot to the East of our church building. 

ANCHORED COLLEGE THANKSGIVING MEAL November 17, 5:30 p.m.

Help get the word out! There is a free Thanksgiving meal for college students and young adults Tuesday, November 17th at 90 Monterey Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Contact Forrest at 970-462-5925

THANKSGIVING DINNER Thursday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m.

If you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have thanksgiving dinner here at the church (we’ll be working on having safety protocols in place).  We’ll provide the Turkey and Dressing.  You bring a dish to share: Whatever you can bring will be appreciated.  If you can’t bring anything, just bring yourself!

Items needed if you want to donate to the meal: 

6-Turkeys

6-Jiffy Cornbread mix

4-Bunches of celery

6-Large cans of cream of chicken soup

6-Large chicken broth

Sage

Celery Seed

1-Bag onions

6-Stuffing Bread (not Stovetop mix)

Poultry Seasoning

Rolls

Drop donations

off in church office

For more information contact

Leeann Smith 580-9366

COMMUNITY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The contractors have been working hard on getting the second floor prepared (see picture) for the upcoming concrete pour (scheduled for next week).  Also next week siding will start to go up.  We remain on schedule and under budget.  Thank you to everyone who has faithfully given towards this project!  Our 2nd year fundraising goal is $475,000 – please pray for the Lord to continue to bless this work!  Please pray that the Lord would bless us to the extent that we could be debt free in the near future!  Also please pray for the continued safety of the workers.  As part of the construction plan we needed to shut off a gas line running into the Sprung Building so we are temporarily without heat in that facility until early December.  While we’ve been blessed with some warm weather, we are setting up temporary heaters today and they will be immediately utilized.

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ADVENT OFFERING

Every year we take a special offering at Living Water in recognition of Jesus’ arrival (advent). The proceeds of this offering will go to the Women’s Resource Center (this organization helps women in crisis pregnancies and resourcing new moms and helping the family), La Puente Homeless Shelter (provides shelter and food for homeless in our community), and Living Water International (drills and repairs wells around the world so that people can have clean water to drink). There will be special Advent Offering envelopes available in the church office. 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES

The shoeboxes are here!  If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox from the outer lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November in the church office and we’ll make sure it gets shipped.

MISSIONARY PROJECT

Do you enjoy sewing small projects or writing letters to children around the world?   SOAR International Ministries in Alaska has begun their Stuff A Stocking project for this year.  You can join with them in bringing joy and hope to at-risk children in Russia and Abkhazia by participating in this project.   In this way, they reach out with Christ's love to children in orphanages, shelters, hospitals, prisons and handicap institutions.  For many, this will be the first real gift they have ever received.   What joy to be able to tell them about the greatest gift of all, the Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world that first Christmas day.  These simple gifts, stuffed into a stocking along with a Bible and the Gospel message are ways SOAR is opening doors of ministry for their partner churches and changing lives. About 5000 handmade stockings are needed each year and their pattern is available online if you would like to make stockings.   Or, you can sponsor a stocking with a gift of $40 per stocking and even make it personal by writing a letter of encouragement to a Russian child.  The gifts for the stockings are then purchased and distributed by SOAR Ministries.  So, if you don't like to shop or don't have time to shop but enjoy sharing God's goodness with others, this is a really easy way to share God's love with those in need.  You can find more information about these projects at www.stuffastocking.org or you can call Debbie Garrison at 580-4051.  Deadline is December 20th

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 

WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD

Wednesdays in the Word will restart in the Spring. 

ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP  Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible.  Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

WAVES Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12.  It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God. Contact Rose Bertin at 719-588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meets in the Sprung Building (the Tent!). 

REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MOPS is a gathering place (in the Fellowship Hall, Main Building) for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building).  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction. 

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.

“Tidal Waves” is for 6th – 12th graders and meets in the Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Contact Krista Culver with questions or for more information at 580-618-4076. 

Thanks for reading!

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 22 October 2020 13:46

What a time to be a Christian!

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Dear Church,

I hope you are living today by faith, with hope and in love!

What a time to be a Christian! What an opportunity to make a difference! As people’s faith in false gods crumble and as their hope in institutions wane, they are looking for real love and for solid ground to stand on. What a season for sharing Christ! Let’s be intentional about looking for opportunities to talk to people about Jesus and call them to faith. We are to let his love control us (2nd Corinthians 5:14) which will result in us loving others and among other things, sharing our faith. Jesus has called us to look at people with new eyes, to see what he sees:

“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’” (John 4:35-37).

What a time to be a Christian! Are we nearing the time of Jesus’ return? What an opportunity to work for the Lord! I don’t pretend to know when Jesus is going to come back, but I do know that it’s closer than it was yesterday! Unfortunately we have more options for “numbing out” or “amusing ourselves to death” than we did yesterday too! Life can be so depressing right now and things can seem so heavy that we can easily default to “mindless entertainment” just to cope. But it’s a great time to live out our purpose and our calling! Jesus has called us to serve him. Jesus has given us the call to stay awake for he is near (stay active, keep working for the Lord):

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake” (Mark 13:32-37).

Church, let’s use this time to serve people and love people in his name. May it not be wasted! Maybe for you it’s praying for others. Maybe for you it’s witnessing to others. Maybe for you its acts of service on behalf of others. Maybe it is all three! But whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord and for his glory.


Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…

WORSHIP SERVICES

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.

SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M. NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M. NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

BIBLE QUIZ MEET This Saturday, Oct 24

WAVES has their first quiz meet on October 24 at the Valley Church of the Nazarene in Monte Vista! Pray for our kids as they show what they have learned in Exodus so far! If you would like to come support them, we start quizzing at 9 for red level and blue level immediately will follow! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for results and encourage a Quiz kid when you see them!

BAPTISM SUNDAY, This Sunday, October 25

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith. It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus. Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized? The next baptisms will take place Sunday, October 25. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

TRUNK OR TREAT Saturday, October 31

Let’s outreach and have some fun! Event takes place from 5:30 till 8:00 pm. There will be a contest for the best dressed trunks 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (we want decorations that aren’t ghoulish in any way). Please contact the Family Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121 for more information or questions.

“FALL BACK” TIME CHANGE, November 1

PARKING LOT CURB & GUTTER INSTALLATION / PAVING Early November

Would anyone be disappointed to move on from our gravel and dirt parking area? No? Good! The current plan is for our parking lot to be transformed in early November. What this means is that we will be using the Seventh Day Adventist Lot and Clark Street parking for our weekday operations and weekend services November 7-8 and November 14-15.

MOVING HELP NEEDED

Chris and Faith Creech are members of Living Water and have been missionaries that our church has supported for a number of years. On Tuesday, the 27th moving trucks are bringing their stuff to Alamosa as they are settling into this community. Can I ask for some help on their behalf? Recently Chris had a bad fall and broke many ribs. He anticipates being in a lot of pain during those days. Any help that can be provided by LWBF folks would be greatly appreciated. The address is 210 Shadow Wood Drive. The trucks will likely come late morning or afternoon on the 27th – you can just show up or you can contact Chris and Faith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HOMELESS OUTREACH

From Kenny Minnick: “Good God fearing Jesus loving morning church family, I would like to share with you this little ministry is flourishing. So please continue to pray for our safety and continued growth. With winter fast approaching if anyone has any old blankets or sleeping bags any kind of camping equipment and warm clothing rather than throw it away or donate to some charity please bring it to me for the campers. Typically we serve approximately 35-40 people and it seems as though we run out of food before we run out of people. Propane is another much needed item the small bottles put out by Coleman. Greatly appreciated by these folks. In behalf of Jesus and myself we thank you all, in advance. Below is the Biblical reason why I do and we do what we do.” Be United and Care for Each Other: Philippians 2:2 Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us, the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit, and the mercy and kindness he has shown us. If you enjoy these blessings, 2 then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. Be united in your goals and in the way you think. 3 In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. 4 Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES are available in the church lobby

The shoeboxes are here! If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox in the lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped.

MISSIONARY PROJECT

Do you enjoy sewing small projects or writing letters to children around the world? SOAR International Ministries in Alaska has begun their Stuff A Stocking project for this year. You can join with them in bringing joy and hope to at-risk children in Russia and Abkhazia by participating in this project. In this way, they reach out with Christ's love to children in orphanages, shelters, hospitals, prisons and handicap institutions. For many, this will be the first real gift they have ever received. What joy to be able to tell them about the greatest gift of all, the Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world that first Christmas day. These simple gifts, stuffed into a stocking along with a Bible and the Gospel message are ways SOAR is opening doors of ministry for their partner churches and changing lives. About 5000 handmade stockings are needed each year and their pattern is available online if you would like to make stockings. Or, you can sponsor a stocking with a gift of $40 per stocking and even make it personal by writing a letter of encouragement to a Russian child. The gifts for the stockings are then purchased and distributed by SOAR Ministries. So, if you don't like to shop or don't have time to shop but enjoy sharing God's goodness with others, this is a really easy way to share God's love with those in need. You can find more information about these projects at www.stuffastocking.org or you can call Debbie Garrison at 580-4051. Deadline is December 20th.

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil). We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution.

MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13

Watch “Courageous” on the big screen! The Family Team is hoping to provide a limited amount of babysitting, but is encouraging parents to find babysitters. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or to request child care.

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP CLASS November 10 & 17

The next church membership class will take place Tuesday evenings, Nov 10 and 17. If you are interested in attending the class please RSVP to Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-529-1204). If Tuesdays don’t work let Pastor Bo know and we’ll come up with an alternate class time.

CPR TRAINING NOVEMBER 14

Cost is $25. If you are serving in a ministry at Living Water the church will pay for your CPR Training. Contact John Harr 588-2539. Please register by Nov 1st.

EAGLE LAKE CAMP JULY 19-23

Early Bird Registration for Eagle Lake Camp opens November 1st. Contact Pastor Bo to join the volunteer team. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-529-1204).

NEW EVANGELISM GROUP

Franklin and Rebecca Chrisinger are starting a group that is going to focus on evangelism. Join them Tuesday’s 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-240-2154

ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue. Free Dinner and Studying the Bible. Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WAVES Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12. It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God. Contact Rose Bertin at 719-588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meets in the Sprung Building (the Tent!).

REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.

WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD

Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall. Our Fall class is a biblical exploration and questioning of what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the realm of politics. This is not a class to attend in order to “vent” or “slam the other political party,” but rather a place for people who want to honor Jesus as Lord to explore what it means to serve him in the realm of civic engagement and politics. We got started last night by watching the Vice-Presidential Debate and we’ll spend some time on Oct 14 discussing 2020 Democratic and Republican party platforms with the goal of getting to the values and principles that underlay political positions and stances. The Class will be recorded (audio) and you can access it through our church website www.livingwateralamosa.org

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MOPS is a gathering place (in the Fellowship Hall, Main Building) for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building). Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions.

MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction.

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table). If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.

“Tidal Waves” is for 6th – 12th graders and meets in the Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Contact Krista Culver with questions or for more information at 580-618-4076.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

A big part of our discipleship strategy at Living Water is getting everyone attending our church into small groups that meet during the week. One of the best ways to grow is to be connected with a small group of people who are seriously trying to follow Jesus. Iron sharpens iron! We have a bunch of Community Groups at Living Water. Check out our website (livingwateralamosa.org) or take a look at the Community Group Board in the hallway outside of the sanctuary to see if there is a group that would work for you. If you are having difficulty finding a group please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you are looking for a group. We are seeking to start new groups at this time.

WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION

From Pastor Luke: The worship and production teams are looking to add new people as we seek to up our game for God’s glory and to reach more people with the gospel! We have all sorts of positions available, as we’re trying to grow and do more with videos, social media, our livestream and media in general. Please prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to help in some way. Comfort with technology and computers is important for most of the roles, but most importantly we are looking for servants who are willing to learn. If interested feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll see if there’s a spot that fits for you to serve!


Thanks for reading!

Let’s keep praying!

Jeron

Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:14

Do Not Despair; The Lord is At Work

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1 Kings 19:1-4  Elijah Flees Jezebel:  “Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 

Elijah had lost hope. He felt like his enemies were in charge and there was no way forward.  He was probably exhausted and had lost perspective.  His mood was dark.  He didn’t see what God saw.  He didn’t see the big picture, nor grasp the plans of the Lord.  There are times in life when we despair.  We wonder if we will ever break free of an addiction, or if a relationship will ever get better.  We get burned out and want to give up.  It’s terribly depressing to feel things are hopeless.  No doubt some will despair over the outcome of the elections, but as Christians we know who rules this world.  Elijah forgot whose world this is and that God is always at work even when we can’t see it. 

1 Kings 19:9-18 The Lord speaks to Elijah at the Mountain of God:  “There he went into a cave and spent the night.  And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”  The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.  Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.  Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.  Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” 

Elijah thought he was alone.  He was He wasn’t.  God kept 7,000 faithful to himself in spite of the fact that the nation had fallen into great depravity and idolatry.  Elijah thought the darkness was winning, but God was already at work implementing a plan to remove the wicked king and his supporters.  It’s so easy to forget that Jesus is at work in our world.  Jesus is working all around us.  When Communism took over China in the early 1950’s, and the government kicked out western missionaries, many fell into despair, believing the Church would be destroyed in China.  They forgot that the Communist ideology was no match for the Spirit of God.  The believers in China prayed fervently for their nation and they began to take seriously the call to evangelism. Today there are probably more born again believers in China than there are in the United States.  By 2030 there will be more Christians in “Atheistic China” than any country in the world. 

Jude 1:17-21:  “But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”  Do not despair! The Lord is at work internationally, but also in our church, and in your life.  Look to the Lord in faith and patiently wait for his plan to come about.  Do not despair, the Lord is at work. 


CELEBRATING WHAT GOD IS DOING

It’s been a year since we began the Bringing Life Project and the CE and Ministry Building is on schedule and under budget!  Not only that but we’ve met our year one fundraising goal – Great Job, Church!  We’ve got a lot to celebrate as we anticipate what God is going to do through us over the coming decades.  This new building is going to be a tool that will serve and bless thousands of people through it’s lifespan.  Part of this weekend of worship is about acknowledging the Lord and remembering that this is His work, not ours.  To Him be the glory, for he has provided and will provide all that is accomplished.  Over the summer many folks were able to write Bible verses or prayers on the concrete as we dedicated the project to the Lord.  This Saturday and Sunday we are going to have the opportunity to write Bible verses or prayers on the steel girders.  As we’ve put God’s Word on the foundations, let’s put it upon the pillars.  On Saturday night come early (anytime between 5-6 pm, markers will be available).  Sunday morning you can step into the building site before, between or after services.  I’d suggest taking the time to write out prayers before you come so that what you put on the iron is clear and to the point.

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BIBLE QUIZ MEET Oct 24

WAVES has their first quiz meet on October 24 at the Valley Church of the Nazarene in Monte Vista!  Pray for our kids as they show what they have learned in Exodus so far!  If you would like to come support them, we start quizzing at 9 for red level and blue level immediately will follow!  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for results and encourage a Quiz kid when you see them! 

BABY DEDICATIONS This Sunday at 9:00 a.m. service

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Shipp (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES are available in the church lobby 

The shoeboxes are here!  If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox in the lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

BAPTISM SUNDAY, Sunday, October 25

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, October 25. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

TRUNK OR TREAT Saturday, October 31

Let’s outreach and have some fun!  There will be a contest for the best dressed trunks 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (we want decorations that aren’t ghoulish in any way).  Please contact the Family Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or questions. 

“FALL BACK” TIME CHANGE, November 1

MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13

Watch “Courageous” on the big screen!  The Family Team is hoping to provide a limited amount of babysitting, but is encouraging parents to find babysitters. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or to request child care. 

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP CLASS November 10 & 17

The next church membership class will take place Tuesday evenings, Nov 10 and 17.  If you are interested in attending the class please RSVP to Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-529-1204).  If Tuesdays don’t work let Pastor Bo know and we’ll come up with an alternate class time. 

CPR TRAINING NOVEMBER 14

Cost is $25.  If you are serving in a ministry at Living Water the church will pay for your CPR Training.  Contact John Harr 588-2539.  Please register by Nov 1st

EAGLE LAKE CAMP  JULY 19-23

Early Bird Registration for Eagle Lake Camp opens November 1st.  Contact Pastor Bo to join the volunteer team. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-529-1204). 

NEW EVANGELISM GROUP

Franklin and Rebecca Chrisinger are starting a group that is going to focus on evangelism. Join them Tuesday’s 6:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-240-2154

ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP  Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible.  Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

WAVES Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12.  It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God. Contact Rose Bertin at 719-588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meets in the Sprung Building (the Tent!). 

REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.

WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD

Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall. Our Fall class is a biblical exploration and questioning of what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the realm of politics.  This is not a class to attend in order to “vent” or “slam the other political party,” but rather a place for people who want to honor Jesus as Lord to explore what it means to serve him in the realm of civic engagement and politics.  We got started last night by watching the Vice-Presidential Debate and we’ll spend some time on Oct 14 discussing 2020 Democratic and Republican party platforms with the goal of getting to the values and principles that underlay political positions and stances.  The Class will be recorded (audio) and you can access it through our church website www.livingwateralamosa.org

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MOPS is a gathering place (in the Fellowship Hall, Main Building) for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building).  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction. 

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.

“Tidal Waves” is for 6th – 12th graders and meets in the Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Contact Krista Culver with questions or for more information at 580-618-4076. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

A big part of our discipleship strategy at Living Water is getting everyone attending our church into small groups that meet during the week. One of the best ways to grow is to be connected with a small group of people who are seriously trying to follow Jesus.  Iron sharpens iron!  We have a bunch of Community Groups at Living Water.  Check out our website (livingwateralamosa.org) or take a look at the Community Group Board in the hallway outside of the sanctuary to see if there is a group that would work for you.  If you are having difficulty finding a group please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you are looking for a group.  We are seeking to start new groups at this time. 

WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION

From Pastor Luke: The worship and production teams are looking to add new people as we seek to up our game for God’s glory and to reach more people with the gospel! We have all sorts of positions available, as we’re trying to grow and do more with videos, social media, our livestream and media in general.  Please prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to help in some way. Comfort with technology and computers is important for most of the roles, but most importantly we are looking for servants who are willing to learn. If interested feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll see if there’s a spot that fits for you to serve!


Thanks for reading!
Let’s keep praying! 

Jeron

Thursday, 08 October 2020 10:50

Hope

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Our Community Group focused on the topic of hope Tuesday night.  How’s your level of hope these days?  Are you hopeful or living in dread / despair?  Hope is hard to define but it’s basically an expectation for something good to come about in the future.  It seems to me that for the most part, Americans are a hopeful people.  We are generally optimistic that better days are ahead.  Obviously our hopefulness is being seriously challenged in 2020!  For most of us, our level of hope or our hopefulness probably depends on what the object of our hope is.  For instance, I wish I could promise you that the election is going to go your preferred way.  What we learn about hope, is that it can be dashed or destroyed if it is placed on something that isn’t reliable or trustworthy (how’s your football team doing, by the way? Sorry to bring that up if its bad).  But it’s hard to live hopefully if you are continually seeing promises broken or dreams crushed.  Hope is kind of a byproduct of faith, and if you are placing your faith in someone or something that isn’t trustworthy, it’s hard to have a solid hope.  For us Christians our hope flows out of our faith in God (his character and being) and his promises, so we can live with a high level of hope.  For instance one of the verses we read on Tuesday was Romans 8:24-25.  “For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it patiently.”  In the context the author is talking about the fact that we have been promised a new life after this life, a glorious experience of resurrection and heaven.  He explains that we are faithfully awaiting that day when we will be physically adopted into God’s family and physically redeemed (we have been saved and yet we are still waiting for Jesus to come back to be physically saved).  By God’s grace, believing God led to our salvation and believing God’s promises fill us with hope. Hope that is seen?  It’s not hope anymore but fulfilled promise!  One day we won’t need hope or faith because we’ll be with the Lord!

Do you want to live in hope?  Turn to God and his promises.  Remind yourself of what he’s promised you.  I don’t know where I got it, but a definition of Christian hope is “The confident expectation in God and his promises.”  We are so blessed as Christians to be able to live in hope!  But maybe you don’t have a lot of hope today?   Some people lack hope because they don’t remember what God’s promised!  It’s hard to be hopeful if your eyes are only focused on worldly issues and events instead of what God is doing in the world.  How can you grow in hope?  Take the time to remember his love for you and remember that nothing can separate you from his love. Take the time to remember that he has plans for you, and that they will be fulfilled no matter what happens in this crazy world.  Recall God’s faithfulness to you in the past and know that he is going to be faithful and consistent in the future.  If you haven’t been reading the Bible, start again!  Let God build your hope by listening to His Word.  If you are overloading on the news or are watching the daily Covid counts, maybe the devil is stealing the joy of your coming salvation and stoking fear / despair.  It’s ok to fast from the news or fast from social media (or fast from that guy that is always talking politics or doom and gloom!) until you can see the world once again from the divine perspective – yes the world is struggling, but Jesus is Lord and he has already won the victory!  We get hope by believing God’s promises, having faith in Him, and trusting what he’s said about the future.  May the Lord bless you with an abundance of faith, hope and love today! 

Here’s some of what’s happening in the coming weeks at Living Water… 


MEMBERSHIP CLASS COMING SOON

We are looking forward to offering another membership class in the near future.  If you are interested in attending the class please contact Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or one of our Elders and express your desire to participate.

WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD

Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall. Our Fall class is a biblical exploration and questioning of what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the realm of politics.  This is not a class to attend in order to “vent” or “slam the other political party,” but rather a place for people who want to honor Jesus as Lord to explore what it means to serve him in the realm of civic engagement and politics.  We got started last night by watching the Vice-Presidential Debate and we’ll spend some time on Oct 14 discussing 2020 Democratic and Republican party platforms with the goal of getting to the values and principles that underlay political positions and stances.  The Class will be recorded (audio) and you can access it through our church website www.livingwateralamosa.org

NEW EVANGELISM GROUP

Franklin and Rebecca Chrisinger are starting a group that is going to focus on evangelism. Join them Tuesday’s 6:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-240-2154

BABY DEDICATIONS Sunday, October 18

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Shipp (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES will be available October 18

The shoeboxes are here!  If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox in the lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

BAPTISM SUNDAY, Sunday, October 25

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, October 25. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

TRUNK OR TREAT Saturday, October 31

Let’s outreach and have some fun!  There will be a contest for the best dressed trunks 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (we want decorations that aren’t ghoulish in any way).  Please contact the Family Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or questions. 

“FALL BACK” TIME CHANGE, November 1

MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13

Watch “Courageous” on the big screen!  The Family Team is hoping to provide a limited amount of babysitting, but is encouraging parents to find babysitters. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or to request child care. 

CPR TRAINING NOVEMBER 14

Cost is $25.  If you are serving in a ministry at Living Water the church will pay for your CPR Training.  Contact John Harr 588-2539.  Please register by Nov 1st

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:

  • Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
  • Email prayer requests to the Deacon Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
  • If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), Rick Dunnahoo or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
  • Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly

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ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP  Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible.  Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

WAVES Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12.  It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God. Contact Rose Bertin at 719-588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meets in the Sprung Building (the Tent!). 

REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MOPS is a gathering place (in the Fellowship Hall, Main Building) for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building).  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction. 

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

If we already have your kids in our system, just find their names, check them in and print some identification labels – there will be people present to help!  Then come into the sanctuary for worship!  All the children will start out in the worship service and then midway through the service they will be released (after the Lord’s Supper, we will sing the Doxology as a sign for them to go) and they will be escorted from the lobby to the Sprung Building (children can of course can stay in the whole worship service with parents and not participate in children’s ministry).  After the service go and pick up your kids in the Sprung Building using your printed label as identification.

SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.

“Tidal Waves” is for 6th – 12th graders and meets in the Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Contact Krista Culver with questions or for more information at 580-618-4076. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

A big part of our discipleship strategy at Living Water is getting everyone attending our church into small groups that meet during the week. One of the best ways to grow is to be connected with a small group of people who are seriously trying to follow Jesus.  Iron sharpens iron!  We have a bunch of Community Groups at Living Water.  Check out our website (livingwateralamosa.org) or take a look at the Community Group Board in the hallway outside of the sanctuary to see if there is a group that would work for you.  If you are having difficulty finding a group please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you are looking for a group.  We are seeking to start new groups at this time. 

WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION

From Pastor Luke: The worship and production teams are looking to add new people as we seek to up our game for God’s glory and to reach more people with the gospel! We have all sorts of positions available, as we’re trying to grow and do more with videos, social media, our livestream and media in general.  Please prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to help in some way. Comfort with technology and computers is important for most of the roles, but most importantly we are looking for servants who are willing to learn. If interested feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll see if there’s a spot that fits for you to serve!

AN AREA WHERE WE NEED TO GROW

We’ll never be perfect as a church (because the church isn’t made up of perfect people nor will we have perfect systems) but one area that we struggle with is welcoming our newcomers and visitors.  Would you take the time to try to connect with folks that are new?  It is hard to enter a church but it is so wonderful when people try to include you in their lives!  This is especially needed on Sunday mornings during the second worship service.  It’s a challenge as a good portion of folks in that service arrive late so it’s hard to greet people, but I’ve noticed that visitors during our second service aren’t connected with as most of our “mature” believers and outreach focused folks attend first service.  Maybe you would consider become a “missionary” to the second worship service and making it your mission to reach out to visitors and help newcomers connect with our church family? 


Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Thursday, 01 October 2020 14:58

We made it to October!

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Dear Church,

We made it to October!  In 2020, this is a major accomplishment!   As I think about the state of our church I am very grateful for how God has graced us.  We’ve not seen a lot of layoffs, bankruptcies or business closures among our members and attenders – most people have been able to weather the storm (if you are personally struggling and need some help, please talk to one of our Deacons as we have a benevolent fund that we’ve set aside to help).  In terms of church finances, we’re doing as well or even better than last year at this time.  Obviously being able to get started on the building project and seeing the structure go up has been a tremendous blessing – it gives me such joy to imagine hundreds of people every week being ministered to in Jesus’ name.  God has allowed us to meet our first year fundraising goal and we’re going to celebrate that on October 18th.  Operationally, I’m very pleased to see that almost all of our ministries are functioning and that we are offering three worship services – in a time when some churches aren’t opening till 2021 and other churches are closing forever, this is a big deal.  As of now we’ve got 21 Community Groups which I’m really grateful for as this is a key part of our discipleship strategy!  I’m always saddened to hear when some people aren’t connected in community or don’t have relationships in our church, but I’m hopeful that we are making strides (If you aren’t in a small group or Bible study during the week please seek involvement!).  And on top of this, through this season of Covid-19, our congregation has been remarkably healthy; with a sizable demographic of people over 65 involved in our church we’ve had almost no sicknesses, no hospitalizations and no funerals.  Praise God!  And regarding Satan’s strategy of using the mask issue in dividing and scattering the church, from what I can tell our folks have gone the extra mile to be patient with one another and to be gracious to each other and stay in communion with each other (I’ll talk about social media usage and politics in a future Update post!).  This is not to say there aren’t strong opinions about wearing masks and not wearing masks (we’ve got people of all views who are part of our church family), but I’m thankful that we’ve largely not treated one another ungraciously or divided over the issue – we’ve been able thus far to keep Jesus and his gospel central in our conversations, we’ve been able to stay on God’s mission of seeking to make disciples (If you are struggling in this area and just need to talk or vent or ask questions, feel free to give me a call and I’ll be a good listener – or if you would like a visit from the goofy pastor please contact me).  You guys!  We made it to October through a massive struggle!  God has got us this far so let’s continue to trust in his faithful love.  With the way that God has blessed us and kept his hand on our church body in 2020, I’m so excited about our opportunities to serve him in the year ahead – He’s going to continue to use Living Water Bible Fellowship to glorify his name and change lives.  Don’t stop living in faith, hope and love! 

Here’s some of what is happening in our congregation…

WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD Starts Wednesday, October 7  - POLITICS AND THE CHRISTIAN; What Does Jesus Want His Disciples To Do? 

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines politics as “a) the art or science of government and b) the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy.”  But Merriam Webster also defines politics as “competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)” and “political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices.” For many people, “politics” is a bad word and they avoid political involvement, including voting.  The bitter fights and name calling are often so uncivil and hypocritical that some Christians want no part of the ugliness of politics or involvement with political parties – Tuesday night’s debate didn’t help.  But can Christians “opt out” of politics and be faithful to Jesus?  At its worst, politics is a means of seeking power for one’s own selfish and greedy ends.  At its best, politics is about seeking to bring about circumstances in which other people can thrive and in which God is glorified. What does Jesus want from you in regards to political involvement in this age?  If you’ve been confused about politics or have been frustrated to know how to engage in a God-pleasing way, please attend.  This class is a biblical exploration and questioning of what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the realm of politics.  This is not a class to attend in order to “vent” or “slam the other political party,” but rather a place for people who want to honor Jesus as Lord to explore what it means to please him in the realm of civic engagement and politics.  Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights starting October 7th in the Fellowship Hall (in main building) and we’ll humbly step forward together into trying to understand what it means to follow and obey Jesus in the realm of politics and civic engagement.

BABY DEDICATIONS Sunday, October 18

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Shipp (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES will be available October 18

The shoeboxes are here!  If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox in the lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

BAPTISM SUNDAY, Sunday, October 25

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, October 25. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:

  • Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
  • Email prayer requests to the Deacon Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
  • If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), Rick Dunnahoo or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
  • Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly

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ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP  Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible.  Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

WAVES Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12.  It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God. Contact Rose Bertin at 719-588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meets in the Sprung Building (the Tent!). 

REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MOPS is a gathering place (in the Fellowship Hall, Main Building) for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building).  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction. 

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

If we already have your kids in our system, just find their names, check them in and print some identification labels – there will be people present to help!  Then come into the sanctuary for worship!  All the children will start out in the worship service and then midway through the service they will be released (after the Lord’s Supper, we will sing the Doxology as a sign for them to go) and they will be escorted from the lobby to the Sprung Building (children can of course can stay in the whole worship service with parents and not participate in children’s ministry).  After the service go and pick up your kids in the Sprung Building using your printed label as identification.

SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.

“Tidal Waves” is for 6th – 12th graders and meets in the Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Contact Krista Culver with questions or for more information at 580-618-4076. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

A big part of our discipleship strategy at Living Water is getting everyone attending our church into small groups that meet during the week. One of the best ways to grow is to be connected with a small group of people who are seriously trying to follow Jesus.  Iron sharpens iron!  We have a bunch of Community Groups at Living Water.  Check out our website (livingwateralamosa.org) or take a look at the Community Group Board in the hallway outside of the sanctuary to see if there is a group that would work for you.  If you are having difficulty finding a group please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you are looking for a group.  We are seeking to start new groups at this time. 

WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION

From Pastor Luke: The worship and production teams are looking to add new people as we seek to up our game for God’s glory and to reach more people with the gospel! We have all sorts of positions available, as we’re trying to grow and do more with videos, social media, our livestream and media in general.  Please prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to help in some way. Comfort with technology and computers is important for most of the roles, but most importantly we are looking for servants who are willing to learn. If interested feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll see if there’s a spot that fits for you to serve!

MEMBERSHIP CLASS COMING SOON

We are looking forward to offering another membership class in the near future.  If you are interested in attending the class please contact Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or one of our Elders and express your desire to participate.

AN AREA WHERE WE NEED TO GROW

We’ll never be perfect as a church (because the church isn’t made up of perfect people nor will we have perfect systems) but one area that we struggle with is welcoming our newcomers and visitors.  Would you take the time to try to connect with folks that are new?  It is hard to enter a church but it is so wonderful when people try to include you in their lives!  This is especially needed on Sunday mornings during the second worship service.  It’s a challenge as a good portion of folks in that service arrive late so it’s hard to greet people, but I’ve noticed that visitors during our second service aren’t connected with as most of our “mature” believers and outreach focused folks attend first service.  Maybe you would consider become a “missionary” to the second worship service and making it your mission to reach out to visitors and help newcomers connect with our church family? 


Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Friday, 25 September 2020 17:34

Update!

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WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD Starts Wednesday, October 7  - POLITICS AND THE CHRISTIAN; What Does Jesus Want His Disciples To Do? 

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines politics as “a) the art or science of government and b) the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy.”  But Merriam Webster also defines politics as “competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)” and “political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices.” For many people, “politics” is a bad word and they avoid political involvement, including voting.  The bitter fights and name calling are often so uncivil and hypocritical that some Christians want no part of the ugliness of politics or involvement with political parties.  But can Christians “opt out” of politics and be faithful to Jesus?  At its worst, politics is a means of seeking power for one’s own selfish and greedy ends.  At its best, politics is about seeking to bring about circumstances in which other people can thrive and in which God is glorified. What does Jesus want from you in regards to political involvement in this age?  If you’ve been confused about politics or have been frustrated to know how to engage in a God-pleasing way, please attend.  This class is a biblical exploration and questioning of what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the realm of politics.  This is not a class to attend in order to “vent” or “slam the other political party,” but rather a place for people who want to honor Jesus as Lord to explore what it means to please him in the realm of civic engagement and politics.  Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights starting October 7th in the Fellowship Hall (in main building) and we’ll humbly step forward together into trying to understand what it means to follow and obey Jesus in the realm of politics and civic engagement. 

NEW SERMON SERIES Starts This Sunday

Over the coming months we are going to focus on God’s amazing grace through a study of the book of Galatians.  But when one looks deeply at and understands God’s grace, one finds that the implications of grace are far reaching and will radically shake the foundations of our “normal” lives and human pride as we learn that so much of our behavior and activity is about trying to mistakenly justify ourselves before others and before God.  One commentator says this about the letter to the Galatian churches: “the Epistle to the Galatians is spiritual dynamite, and it is therefore almost impossible to handle without explosions. It has often been so in the history of the Church.  The great spiritual awakening of Martin Luther came as he expounded and studied this Epistle, while it was a sermon on Galatians that brought peace of heart to John Wesley… At every point it challenges our present-day shallow, easy acceptances and provokes our opposition. It was a controversial letter, and it is in vain to expect any commentator, however humble, to avoid controversy when expounding it – especially when the issues are just as alive today” (R. Alan Cole). 

Sunday Services are at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky with Covid-19 still present in our community (though thankfully rare). We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging or shaking hands!  So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances or health situation.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.

Saturday Mask Only Service at 6:00 p.m.

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

If we already have your kids in our system, just find their names, check them in and print some identification labels – there will be people present to help!  Then come into the sanctuary for worship!  All the children will start out in the worship service and then midway through the service they will be released (after the Lord’s Supper, we will sing the Doxology as a sign for them to go) and they will be escorted from the lobby to the Sprung Building (children can of course can stay in the whole worship service with parents and not participate in children’s ministry).  After the service go and pick up your kids in the Sprung Building using your printed label as identification.

SUNDAY NURSERY at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Parents if you are wanting to utilize the nursery this Sunday, we are using the south side nursery at 9:00 a.m. and the north side nursery at 10:45 a.m.  If you have questions, please contact Melissa Haddican This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 299-1113

BUILDING UPDATE

Construction is on schedule and under budget!  Please keep praying!  Thanks for the great giving towards the Bringing Life Project!  With the frame of the building getting erected this week I can more easily imagine all the kids and adults walking those hallways – I can see dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of people using that building week by week.  We’re going to have a one year celebration of what God’s done on Sunday, October 18th.  For more information on the project and how to contribute financially see https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/

HYMN SING September 27 at 6:00 pm

Come and worship the Lord by singing some of the great songs of our faith! 

BABY DEDICATIONS Sunday, October 18

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Shipp (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES will be available October 18

The shoeboxes are here!  If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox in the lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

BAPTISM SUNDAY, Sunday, October 25

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, October 25. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

anchored

ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP  Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible.  Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

WAVES Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12.  It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God. Contact Rose Bertin at 719-588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meets in the Sprung Building (the Tent!). 

REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MOPS is a gathering place (in the Fellowship Hall, Main Building) for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building).  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS STARTING!

How are you growing more mature?  One of the best ways to grow is to be part of a small group of people who are seriously trying to follow Jesus.  Iron sharpens iron!  We have a bunch of Community Groups at Living Water.  Check out our website (livingwateralamosa.org) or take a look at the Community Group Board in the hallway outside of the sanctuary to see if there is a group that would work for you.  If you are having difficulty finding a group please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you are looking for a group.  We are seeking to start new groups at this time. 

WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION

From Pastor Luke: The worship and production teams are looking to add new people as we seek to up our game for God’s glory and to reach more people with the gospel! We have all sorts of positions available, as we’re trying to grow and do more with videos, social media, our livestream and media in general.  Please prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to help in some way. Comfort with technology and computers is important for most of the roles, but most importantly we are looking for servants who are willing to learn. If interested feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll see if there’s a spot that fits for you to serve!

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:

  • Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
  • Email prayer requests to the Deacon Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
  • If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), Rick Dunnahoo or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
  • Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly

rightnowmedia

You have free access to this online video library. It contains a vast array of Christian teaching for all age groups (and includes great children’s content!).  Simply send an email to Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that you be added to our Right Now Media access list. 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS NOVEMBER 1ST 


 

Thanks for Reading!

Pastor Jeron

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