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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 15:35

Welcome!

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Dear Church,

When we welcome guests we generally give them jars of jelly as a way of saying thank you for coming.  This Sunday we’re going to give away rolls of toilet paper.  Ha!  Just kidding!  I imagine that like me, your emotions have swung in a lot of different ways these last few weeks regarding the virus.  I’ve been incredibly irritated by the media and the hysteria that they stir up with their headlines.  There have been other times I’ve been worried for some of the elderly people who I know have serious respiratory issues.  And I’ve been troubled for those I know who are leaning heavily on stock market returns for their retirement.  Businesses are in my prayers that will be affected deeply if more bans are put in place or as trips are canceled.

This is certainly a time to obey God’s scriptural command to “Fear Not” as we know we are loved by our Father in heaven and that he is with us.  Over the coming month, leading up to Easter, the sermons will be on trusting in the Lord and not living in fear.  This Sunday is a great time to invite people to join you at worship services to help them find hope and peace in the Lord!    

So speaking of worship services, we obviously aren’t going to do any greeting times at the beginning of worship services (no holy kisses for a while!).  As I probably shake more hands than anyone else on Sunday mornings, in view of protecting the elderly and those with underlying health issues, don’t be offended if I don’t shake hands with you in the coming weeks, so I don’t become a key way that any illness is spread.  Our cleaning team does a great job in making our church clean and the toys in the nursery get washed regularly - we’ll stay vigilant in this area.  For those who are traveling or who need to be extra vigilant against illness, we do offer a live stream of our worship services.  Just go to www.livingwateralamosa.org and then just scroll down on the home page and you’ll see where to participate in the live stream. 

Also we have a Deacon Board who would like to help you if you are in need.  The Deacons are especially concerned with the elderly.  If anyone gets sick (no matter the illness) and you get isolated and don’t have anyone to bring things like groceries (or other needs) please feel to contact your Deacon or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   One of the neat things we have going on at Living Water is that we are seeking to make sure that all of our members know that they have a Deacon assigned to them to pray for them and to connect with in times of need.  If you as a member don’t know who your Deacon is, you’ll likely be contacted in the near future as our new Deacon Board comes together and Deacons are assigned to members. 

Additionally, for the sake of good communication, we have created a new contact email for the Elder Board:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This is a time for us as a church to care for each other so let’s keep talking and make sure nobody is out of our circle of care.  Let’s certainly also be praying for the Lord’s protection and that he would bring an end to the virus.   


Here’s some of what’s been taking place and what’s happening in the near future at Living Water:

SENIORS POTLUCK this Sunday

This Sunday after the 2nd worship service in the Fellowship Hall

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BRINGING LIFE PROJECT UPDATE

While details are still being worked out, what you are likely to see within the coming 6-8 weeks is the playground being moved to a location on the southern side of the Sprung Building (the Tent) followed by a demolition of the Reign Building.  We’ll likely be using the Reign Building into the month of April, but at some point in May we’ll have vacated it and launched into demolition.  We will seek to reclaim as much material from the Reign building as is feasible and perhaps re-task usable components.  The game plan then will be to start construction as soon as possible, and the goal is to have the exterior of the building raised during the Summer / Fall of 2020 so that interior work can proceed during the Winter of 2020/21. 

Fundraising for the Christian Education and Community Building will continue as our three year goal is 1.8 million – praise be to God as we’ve got an excellent start between cash donations and pledges towards this project goal.  We have packets in the lobby for those who would like more information on how to participate.  And of course, even though we are grateful to be approved for a construction loan to finish the project, let’s pray big and ask the Lord to provide all the resources needed so that we don’t even have to draw on the construction loan to finish the project.  What might God do if God’s people take Jesus’ invitation to ask, seek and knock seriously? 

ANNUAL MEETING DECISIONS

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Annual Business meeting this last Sunday.  It was a great meeting to see how faithful God has been over the past year!  God has provided for this church like no other time in our history!  There was also a lot accomplished at the meeting: We passed our 2020/21 Church Budget, we elected all the nominated Officers, Elders and Deacons, and the congregation voted to accept all the proposed changes in our By-Laws. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church?  Ready to become a member of Living Water?  Attend the Membership Class March 22 and 29 at 10:45 a.m. in the Cross Building.  RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HYMN SING March 22

Come sing some of the great hymns of the faith at 6:00 pm here at Living Water on Sunday, March 22.

PRAYER NIGHT March 26

We’ll be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 26.  We’ve got a lot to pray about as a church! 

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

Come delight in God’s grace!  The two day conference will be full of fun activities, rich teachings, and lots of chocolate, all centered around the topic of God’s grace. Conference registration fee is only $20.  The conference runs Friday, March 27 from 6:30 till 8:30 pm and then on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am till 3:30 pm.  Registrations forms are in the lobby.  If you have questions please contact Alison (321) 356-4790 or Teresa (719) 580-1930.  Childcare available.

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

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, March 29.  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.

CHILI COOK OFF March 29

POPCORN AND A MOVIE April 3

Our Family Team is showing OVERCOMER on the big screen!  Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm here at Living Water.  

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EASTER IS APRIL 12

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE is June 5 – 6.
  • “LATIN NIGHT” fundraiser for Guatemala mission trip is being planned for June 5 
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is June 8 – 12. 
  • GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP  Dates: June 27-July 4, 2020.  Cost: approx. $1,300 - that includes airfare, 3 meals a day, room & board, all ground transportation, and tips. $200 deposit due ASAP. Make checks out to Living Water Bible Fellowship
  • EAGLE LAKE CAMP is July 6 - 10.  If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  Tap this link and get registered at the lower rate: https://www.willowcreek.com/rega/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2008-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=INSPIRE2020  We’ve already had 30 people sign up and are looking forward to some great leadership training from the 2020 summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 18:43

Dear Church Family

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It’s becoming more likely that we are going to start a construction project this summer.  With a $50,000 donation on Friday and other gifts this weekend towards the Bringing Life Project, we have almost reached our initial fundraising launch goal of one million dollars in pledges and donations!  This is a huge start on our three-year overall goal of raising 1.8 million for the project!  Praise God!  Lord willing, over the coming months, we will continue to see more pledges and donations given – and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see everything paid for, even to the point of being debt free?  With God this is possible.  Please keep praying and ask the Lord to provide the resources for the Bringing Life Project.  Also, please keep sharing our plans with people and invite them to participate in the work of putting up a Christian Education and Community Building (brochures explaining the vision for the use of this building are in the lobby). 

While details are still being worked out, what you are likely to see within the coming 6-8 weeks is the playground being moved to a location on the southern side of the Sprung Building (the Tent) followed by a demolition of the Reign Building.  We’ll likely be using the Reign Building into the month of April, but at some point in May we’ll have vacated it and launched into demolition.  We will seek to reclaim as much material from the Reign building as is feasible and perhaps re-task usable components.  The game plan then will be to start construction as soon as possible, and the goal is to have the exterior of the building raised during the Summer / Fall of 2020 so that interior work can proceed during the Winter of 2020/21. 

As people see things happening at our campus, you will likely get a lot of questions about your church and what’s happening.  Cast the vision for what we’d we’re dreaming of, what we’d like to see happen through the use of this future building.  But more importantly, take advantage of the opportunity to talk to people about their beliefs and understandings of God.  When they ask about what’s going on, find a way to ask them about where they are with God.  Maybe ask how they grew up (Did your family attend church? Are you part of a church today? Etc.), or ask him or her if they have a relationship with Jesus.  This project might open the door for you to talk about Jesus with people who need Jesus and share the gospel with them.  Or it could be an opportunity for you to invite uninvolved, immature or “not affiliated with the church” Christians to your Community Group or invite them to come and worship the Lord with you on a Sunday morning. 

I believe that God is going to use this project in incredible ways and that we’re going to end up with far more than a building at the end of the process.  We will be changed and matured as we step out in faith, not just in our giving, but in our relationships, and our community will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel afresh as we are intentional about making much of the Lord.  If we leverage this project right we can build new relationships and strengthen existing relationships as people see something tangible arise in their midst and they start asking questions.  For instance you can explain to parents that the building is for the sake of their kids, a place for them to meet the Lord Jesus and experience his love.  Let’s use this project to reach out in love to our neighbors in the name of Jesus.  It’s not about us! 

Here's some of what’s happening in the near future…


WAVES QUIZ MEET Saturday

Our Waves Bible Quizzing children are having a quiz meet here at Living Water at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday if you would like to come and cheer them on.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND! 

Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night – there are usually a few people every year who show up at 10:00 instead of 9:00 as they weren’t aware that the time change happened.

BABY DEDICATIONS This Sunday

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.  

POTLUCK & ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING This Sunday

Every year the congregation votes on a new budget and elects people to serve in various roles.  At this meeting reports will be given by ministry directors and leaders about this last year’s ministry efforts and plans laid out for the coming fiscal year. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church?  Ready to become a member of Living Water?  Attend the Membership Class March 22 and 29.  RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRAYER NIGHT March 26

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

Come delight in God’s grace!  The two day conference will be full of fun activities, rich teachings, and lots of chocolate, all centered around the topic of God’s grace. Conference registration fee is only $20.  The conference runs Friday, March 27 from 6:30 till 8:30 pm and then on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am till 3:30 pm.  Registrations forms are in the lobby.  If you have questions please contact Alison (321) 356-4790 or Teresa (719) 580-1930.  Childcare available.

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

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, March 29.  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.

CHILI COOK OFF March 29

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE is June 5 – 6. 
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is June 8 – 12. 
  • GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP  Dates: June 27-July 4, 2020.  Cost: approx. $1,300 - that includes airfare, 3 meals a day, room & board, all ground transportation, and tips. $200 deposit due ASAP. Make checks out to Living Water Bible Fellowship
  • EAGLE LAKE CAMP is July 6 - 10.  If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  Tap this link and get registered at the lower rate: https://www.willowcreek.com/rega/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2008-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=INSPIRE2020  We’ve already had 30 people sign up and are looking forward to some great leadership training from the 2020 summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!

Pastor Jeron

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 09:57

Good Morning Church!

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Good Morning Church! 

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).  “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).  “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  Let’s remember today that we who are in Christ are safe in the love of our God.  YOU are loved by the Lord Almighty!  No matter what is happening to you today, no matter what trial or tribulation you are going through, remember that he is currently working out his eternal plan to bring you into his kingdom and is transforming you into the person he desires you to be – you have a hope that is sure and eternal!  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son… And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30).  “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, and his steadfast love endures forever!


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

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BRINGING LIFE PROJECT Update

We’re continuing to see more financial gifts given and more pledges coming in towards the construction of the Christian Education and Community Building – Thank you for your sacrificial offerings to the Lord’s work!  We have a meeting with our Lender on March 5th so please be in prayer – and of course the less we have to borrow the better, so if you have been waiting to make a pledge or to give a gift, now would be a great time!  Lots is being accomplished.  We hope to sign a contract today to be able to use the retention pond to the south of the church which would save us lots of money and a great deal of parking lot adjustments. 

VALENTINES DANCE February 14

Everyone is invited to come to Living Water’s first “Valentines Community Dance” this Friday at 7:30 in the Sprung Building.  It will be a fun, wholesome, family event with a mix of appropriate music and even some 2 step dance lessons!  Feel free to invite people from the community.

WAVES FUNDRAISER February 16

Come for a fundraiser lunch and then stay and watch the kids challenge the pastors to a quiz off on the book of Genesis.  Waves Bible Quizzing seeks to get God’s Word into children’s hearts.  Come support the kids! 

WOMEN’S BALANCE & GIFT TRAINING WORKSHOP February 16

Join Erma Defee (B.S., M.A. in Health and Physical Education) for this workshop in the Sprung Building on Sunday, February 16th after the Waves Fundraiser (approximately 1:00 p.m.).  RSVP: (325) 277-7875

LIVING WATER IS HOSTING A BAND / Host Homes Needed!

The Colorado Christian University Symphonic Band & Mainstream Jazz Ensemble are performing a community outreach concert in Alamosa on Friday, February 28, 2020, on their annual spring tour. Living Water has already generously agreed to house the students Housing members consists of attending the concert, & afterwards, picking up 2+ members of the band, & hosting them for 1 night. In the morning, provide breakfast & a sack lunch for the next day, then transport them back to Living Water. The band does ask that members do not sleep on floors, as these are traveling musicians. Please contact Deborah Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-290-5097 to sign up to host or with questions.  


image003 110 YEAR CELEBRATION Saturday, February 29

Our church opened the doors to this new facility in January of 2010.  We experienced 10 great years of God’s grace in this place!  Let’s come and worship God and rejoice over what he’s done through this ministry tool on Saturday, February 29th at 2:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to the church office (589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

CONVERGE CONFERENCE March 6 & 7

If anyone is in Aurora, CO March 6 & 7, come join Pastor Jeron at the Rocky Mountain Converge Conference – Living Water is associated with a national group of churches known as Converge (www.converge.org) and this is the regional annual meeting.  You can look at the sessions and register at www.togethertotransform.org

BABY DEDICATIONS March 8

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.  

POTLUCK & ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING March 8

Every year the congregation votes on a new budget and elects people to serve in various roles.  At this meeting reports will be given by ministry directors and leaders about this last year’s ministry efforts and plans laid out for the coming fiscal year. 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS March 8

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class in March. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRAYER NIGHT March 26

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

More information coming soon!  Save these dates!  

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

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, March 29. 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.

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

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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. Or go to our website at https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/resources/rightnowmedia and sign up.

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 16 January 2020 12:44

God’s Work - Past, Present, Future

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I was looking at the looking at the banner on the street welcoming Pastor Luke, Anna and Samuel, and it brought back memories of Elizabeth and I arriving in Alamosa back in 2004 and the wonderful welcome this church gave us.  You’ve all made serving at Living Water a great experience for us pastors!  Let us all seek to love and support and pray for Pastor Luke and his family as he launches his ministry to the Lord and to us this Sunday.  The coming months are going to be fun as we find our rhythm as a pastoral staff and as a church. 

The above picture is of a sign that we had at 1022 Main Street for several years before we moved to our current meeting location.  There were so many good memories made for our church family in that old building.  So many people who were loved and served in Jesus’ name.  What’s wild is that we’ve now been in our current location for a solid 10 years!  It was the second weekend in January 2010 that we had our opening worship service here at 2910 Clark Street.  It’s good to remember that God has been so faithful in the past to work through us to accomplish his will. 

Presently our church family is as healthy as its ever been.  I’m so pleased with the way we’re loving each other and the Lord.  I’m just as excited about our future today as I was back in 2004.  We’ve got so many people hungry for God glory, entrusted with so many God-given gifts and talents and experiences – if we are willing to listen to God and adjust our lives to his mission we could see so many lives changed!  At the end of February (the 29th) we are having a Saturday night celebration of what God has done through us in our new location over the last 10 years – I hope you can come and give thanks to the Lord!  God still has his hand on this congregation and can’t wait to see what the future holds!  Thank you for your ministry and your sacrificial service to Jesus.  Keep praying for the lost in our community to be found, for more and more people to enter into a life-changing and ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ. 


Here’s some of what’s happening in the near future with your Living Water family of faith:

ICE FIESTA this Saturday

All are invited to this Living Water Family Team Event!  Come join us for fun, games, laughter, hot cocoa at the Alamosa Ice Skating Pavilion at 2:00 pm this Saturday. 

SERMON SERIES

We’re returning to Colossians for the coming months and we’re getting into the core part of the book (I’m itching to get preaching again this Sunday!).  There are all kinds of systems of hope lifted up in our world which promise abundant life.  Unfortunately they don’t deliver because they don’t depend on what’s most important.  This is a great season to invite people to join you at worship services as chapters two and three of Colossians articulate clearly where true hope and abundant life is found. 

WELCOME TO LIVING WATER MEAL this Sunday

If you are new to Living Water or want to know more about the church or how to get involved, or are interested in becoming a member of this church, you are invited to have lunch with Pastors and Elders this Sunday at 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring any questions you have, kids are welcome to attend. 

MEN’S STUDY starts Thursday, January 22

Gather for breakfast every Thursday morning and a 7 week study called Not a Fan.  In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans.

He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.

How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved?  Meet with other men at 6:00 a.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall. 

PRAYER NIGHT January 23

Come and pray with your church family on Thursday, January 23rd.  Meet in the fellowship hall at 6:30 pm.

HYMN SING January 26 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY starts February 5th

More than 4.5 million people have gone through Financial Peace University and learned God’s ways of handling money.  They’ve been taught how to create a budget they can actually follow, and they’ve rewritten their stories – changing their futures forever.  Lyle Hood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 580-3696) is starting a 9 week course on February 5th here a Living Water. Each session will run from 6:30 till 8:00 pm.  Cost is $99 for the materials.  Sign up at www.fpu.com\1102346

VALENTINES DAY DINNER AND DANCE February 14

Our Family Team is looking forward to serving a Prime Rib / Smoked Turkey Dinner at 6:30 pm followed by a dance in the Sprung Building.  There will be professional pictures taken.  The meal is limited to about 50 couples so RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

WAVES FUNDRAISER February 16

Come for lunch and then stay and watch the kids challenge the pastors to a quiz off on the book of Genesis.

COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY BAND TOUR  February 28

Living Water is hosting a great group of young adults on Friday, February 28th.  The concert will take place at Ortega Middle School that evening.  We get to host students in our homes.  Please contact Debora Palmer if you are willing to host a band student or two that Friday night.  She’ll give you all the details. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10 YEAR CELEBRATION Saturday, February 29

More information coming soon!  If you want to serve on the committee our first meeting is Wednesday, January 22nd at 10:30 here at the church building.

BABY DEDICATIONS March 8

POTLUCK & ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING March 8

Every year the congregation votes on a new budget and elects people to serve in various roles.  At this meeting reports will be given by ministry directors and leaders about this last year’s ministry efforts and plans laid out for the coming fiscal year. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class in March. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

More information coming soon! 

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

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, March 29. 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.

WHO ARE YOU INTENTIONALLY FOCUSING ON?

As those who have tasted the grace of God and have experienced the hope and love found in Jesus Christ, one of our greatest privileges is to seek to introduce others to the Lord.  There is no greater gift than to introduce them to Jesus.  Easter is about 3 months away.  Use this high point on the Christian calendar as a marker as you pray for lost people in your life.  Select a few people (or lots of people if you want!) and begin praying for them every day.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict them of their need of the Savior.  Love and serve them in Jesus name and look for opportunities to plant spiritual seeds or even to share the reason for the hope you have.  Give them an invitation to attend an Easter service with you on April 12. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

  • GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP  Dates: June 27-July 4, 2020.  Cost: approx. $1,300 - that includes airfare, 3 meals a day, room & board, all ground transportation, and tips. Need a minimum of 10 people. $200 deposit due ASAP. Make checks out to Living Water Bible Fellowship and when you drop it off to me or the church, let them know that it’s for Guatemala. You will need a passport that will be valid through July 4, 2020. Vaccinations: be up to date on tetanus, MMR, Hep A & B. You will not need malaria. To sign up or for more information about trip contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • EAGLE LAKE CAMP is July 6-10. If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  Tap this link and get registered at the lower rate: https://www.willowcreek.com/rega/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2008-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=INSPIRE2020  We’ve already had 30 people sign up and are looking forward to some great leadership training from the 2020 summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Wednesday in the Word Adult Bible Study – more information to come!

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!

If you think about it, please pray for some of the local churches in our valley.  Pray for their leadership and pray for a revival of those who have drifted away from the worship of Jesus. We’re hosting a pastor’s gathering here at Living Water Feb 4th and I hope its an encouragement to a lot of these faithful servants. 

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 19 December 2019 09:39

The Gospel, Politics, & Social Media

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Our nations is agitated and divided regarding President Trump.  Some love him and some hate him.  You might be stirred up today by what’s been happening in the House of Representatives and the impeachment.  With social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) its very easy for us to share opinions or make angry statements which aren’t helpful in our mission to make disciples.  Remember, as Christians, our highest calling is to glorify God.  Our mission is to make disciples.  We are representatives and citizens of the Kingdom of God and everything we do should reflect well on our Lord Jesus Christ.  So while it’s important for all of us to be individually involved in the political process and vote, social media is a technology which is not conducive to well-reasoned discussions or dialog.  We should have reasons for supporting or not supporting certain politicians and laws, but in sharing or venting on social media, we can easily undercut our mission of sharing the gospel and leading people to Christ.  In the last few years I’ve developed the following social media guidelines for our staff and elected leaders and thought this morning that they might be helpful as you ponder sharing on social media:

SUGGESTED SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR LEADERS of LIVING WATER BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

  • SHARE THE GOSPEL “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2nd Corinthians 5:20).
    • Share the gospel on social media!  The more personal the better. Tell your story of how God came into your life.
    • Part of sharing the gospel means communicating our need for a Savior and salvation because of sin. People do need to know the problem of sin and how sin separates them from God.  But how you communicate this matters on social media. If you want to have a continued voice in non-believers lives be wise in how you call people to repentance. Focusing on their system of religion negatively will shut down conversations and harden them against hearing the truth because it’s a public conversation. Focus on what Jesus has accomplished and call them to personal faith in the Lord. 
  • BE THE LIGHT “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12).
    • Non-Christians are reading your posts. Are they being drawn to Christ or repelled from Jesus through your social media presence? 
    • Let us always seek to represent Jesus well online. Your social media posts will follow you for years. Stop before you post and think about all the people who will read what you say.  Would Jesus be proud of this post? Or ashamed? Am I being mean here?  Am I being a jerk?  If so don’t post.
    • Your online life is your real life. It should go without saying that we never want to post what is immoral. There is no place for dirty jokes, dirty language or immoral behavior or pictures on our social media feeds.
  • BE SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO BECOME ANGRY  “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of a man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19).
    • Never post in anger.
    • Spending lots of time on Facebook and other social media means you are reading lots of different viewpoints and perspectives. You will see much that will frustrate you or make you angry. You might be tempted to post out of anger or attack. You might post a meme or an article that you later regret. Your reputation is at stake and as a representative of Jesus and the church you stand a great chance of saying something out of anger that will embarrass Jesus or your church family.  Don’t post when angry.
  • DON’T CRITICIZE “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Romans 14:10)
    • Don’t attack other Christians online. Remember the world is watching. Lost people are reading your posts and if they see you putting other Christians down our witness is weakened. Unbelievers probably won’t give a hearing to those who bite and devour one another online.
    • Criticizing your Christian brothers and sisters on social media isn’t helpful to them or the church. They will often respond poorly and there are better ways to talk to someone if they are involved in behavior or beliefs that you feel are harmful. Always talk to them privately first. 
    • Putting down pastors or leaders from other churches, whether locally or nationally, should never happen on social media. If we feel that our church needs to be protected from certain churches or teachers (whether it be doctrinal issues or practices) we can as leaders communicate to our volunteers or church through different mediums other than social media.
    • Constant social media posts about a certain theological perspective or constant criticisms aimed at other theological perspectives in the church 1) separates and divides the church 2) doesn’t help people understand your position and 3) isn’t edifying to the body in general 4) and it makes us look foolish before the unbelievers. 
    • General Memes or impersonal statements about a certain theological position doesn’t do a good job of sharing your heart or your concern or your love for people. It comes across as cold, uncaring, mean religion on social media. So much better to talk personally to the people you want to share with.
  • LOVE OTHERS “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2). 
    • Your reputation on social media is quickly earned. People will form perceptions of you very quickly. Are you someone who is known for your love, or for your anger?  Are you someone who people can authentically talk with or are you seen as unapproachable and lacking humility and love? It only takes a few posts for your reputation to be set in concrete.
    • The nature of social media invites complaining or attacking.  Facebook quickly becomes “Hatebook.” Refuse to be known as “that gal” or “that guy” who is always negative and who always seems to be shooting others down. Be known as someone who is positive, encouraging and loving. 
    • Refuse to live as if you have no hope or no joy. Don’t let social media become the place where you vent or you get a reputation for complaining about all the things you dislike.
    • Before you communicate on social media on anything of substance, ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish. Are your motives right? Is your heart right? Are you doing this out of love or because you want to put someone in their place? Are you posting because you care for people or just because you want to win? 
    • Be sensitive as church leaders about the “younger brother.” You might have freedom in Christ to practice certain behaviors but some more immature Christians reading your posts might associate your photos or actions with immorality and they might be led into what for them is sin. Be discerning with things like alcohol use or the viewing of certain movies that you have freedom in Christ with – don’t cause others to stumble by glorifying or celebrating something that would be harmful for others. 
  • DON’T ARGUE “Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers” (2nd Timothy 2:14).
    • If you teach online or use social media, because of the venue, be sure to focus positively on correct doctrine. When Paul told Timothy in verse 14 to “Remind them of these things” he was referring to the doctrinal content in the immediate hymn or the doctrinal content in the rest of the letter. In other words, don’t spend time talking about doctrines that are false or wrong, use your posts to focus on biblical doctrine. There can be teaching done on social media, but if you want your fellow Christians to understand something or learn something, state positively what you are teaching and resist the urge to point to other people or groups negatively. 
    • Don’t “quarrel about words” on social media with false teachers. You can get into public battles that are useless and this is especially the case online.
    • Don’t “quarrel about words” with folks that just want to pick a fight or want to make you look bad.
    • There are people, some who are Christians, who spend endless hours talking about what is trivial or isn’t all that important.  Don’t give them the time of day; the less attention they get the more likely they are to not have a voice.
    • We as leaders want to protect our flock and refute teachings which are false, so we will feel the need to state what is true / what is biblically correct on social media. We are worried about sheep being led astray. This is especially the case when a false teacher or a particular theology that we don’t like is making a big splash. Before you “go there” talk with the Elders or a Pastor first about your tact and strategy. 
    • If you are in conflict with someone, social media is last means of communication you want to use!  If you argue publicly, lines get hardened and people get hurt and it makes it very difficult to resolve. Don’t argue publicly. Start with personal communication with the person. If you have a hard time personally resolving conflict with someone, follow the pattern in Matthew 18.
    • Be realistic about the limits of social media. Most people aren’t neutral, they are already biased. If you are counting on Facebook or Twitter to sway people your way you are mistaken and will be disappointed. Is it really in your best interests to spend your limited time here?  Is the online “war” going to put Living Water in a good light? 
    • Arguing with people about a certain theological topic is almost never effective or helpful. Long posts with lists of reasons you are right are a waste of time. Your “opponent” will only respond to the points that he or she feels she can win. Not only will you not achieve your goal, you will likely gain a reputation for being argumentative. 
    • The context of social media matters. People can’t see your body language and they often misunderstand the tone in which you are talking. There is a high likelihood of miscommunication.
  • DON’T BE POLITICAL “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities…Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed” (Romans 13:1-7). 
    • It’s great to be known as a good citizen online. It’s great for people to know that we are citizens who are actively involved in our nation and care about our nation. It’s great that we call for prayer for our officials on social media. 
    • What isn’t good for us as church leaders is to attack political parties or politicians on social media.  First, political posts on social media aren’t helpful for the spread of the gospel. We want Democrats, Libertarians, and Republicans to hear the gospel.  Political posts by church leaders effectively tell lost people to stay away from church (Republicans not welcome here!  Democrats not welcome here!). Don’t let your politics be the cause of someone offhandedly rejecting Christians or our church. Let’s not put barriers in the way of someone hearing the gospel. Secondly, when it comes to matters such as religion or politics there is often very little chance that we will change someone’s mind. So why are you posting? Out of anger? Out of pride? Search your heart. 
    • If you feel very strongly about posting something that is political, explain your point of view positively and don’t attack other political parties or other politicians. You can show where your stance is different from other plans, but there is no need to drag politicians or political parties through the mud to make your point.

 


 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Here are some of the things that are happening at Living Water in the weeks to come…

ART SALE Sunday

If you are looking for some unique Christmas gifts from around the world the Mission Team will be offering various items in the outer lobby on Sunday, December 22.  Proceeds will go into the Mission Team fund. 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Sunday morning children’s ministry will take a break Sunday, December 22 and 29, but will resume in January.  Nursery will continued to be offered at all services. 

bringinglife

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT Update

We’re continuing to see more financial gifts given and more pledges coming in towards the construction of the Christian Education and Community Building – Thank you for your sacrificial offerings!  Approximately $550,000 in special offerings and pledges has been given over the last few months!  And the good news is that our general fund giving is still on track to meet our annual budget.  Great job church!  We’re definitely within striking distance of breaking ground in the Spring, needing about $250,000 more to reach our launching point for breaking ground.  As we move to the end of the year and as folks think about making end of the year financial contributions, please pray for people from our church family and for those outside of our church family to continue to invest in the Bringing Life Project. 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES December 24

Our Candlelight Services will take place at 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th.  Nursery available both services.  In years past the earlier service is usually overflowing with people and the second service has more seating, so if you have guests and want more available seating please come to the 6:00 pm service. 

NEW YEARS BASH December 31

Our Family Team is putting on a game night at the church starting at 7:00 pm. 

WELCOME TO LIVING WATER MEAL 

If you are new to Living Water or want to know more about the church or how to get involved, or are interested in becoming a member of this church, you are invited to have lunch with Pastors and Elders on Sunday, January 19th at 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring any questions you have, kids are welcome to attend. 

PLANNING AHEAD

  • Valentine’s Day Dinner at Living Water February 14th.
  • The Colorado Christian University Band Tour is coming to Alamosa on February 28th with dinner for the students at 5:30 and the concert at 7:00 pm at Ortega Middle School.  If you hosted a student or students last year, please consider hosting again. Please let Deborah Palmer know if you’re interested. 
  • 10 year celebration of what God’s done at 2910 Clark Street – February 23rd
  • Annual Church Business Meeting is March 8th
  • Next Membership Class is March 22 and 29th
  • Easter Sunday is April 12th in 2020.  Who are you praying for to know Christ?  Who will you invite to join you for Resurrection Day worship this year? 
  • Eagle Lake Camp is July 6-10. If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The Global Leadership Summit is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  We’ve already had 30 people sign up for the 2020 Summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service – taking a break Dec 22 & 29

Adult Sunday School: meets in the Cross Building at 10:45

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 – will meet again in the New Year

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Wednesday in the Word Adult Bible Study – will meet again in the New Year

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall taking a break till the new year

 


 

Thanks for reading!
Jeron

Friday, 06 December 2019 07:47

Highest Honor

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If you are a Christian you have been made part of Jesus’ church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).  If you are a Christian you are a part of a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own possession” (1 Peter 2:9). God thought of you being in his church before the world was made (Ephesians 1:4, Romans 8:29).  If you are in Christ you have been loved with a love which surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:19) and which nothing can separate you from (Romans 8:35-39). As a Christian you are part of Jesus’ body, his church (Ephesians 5:30).  There is no greater thing!  For all the fullness of deity lives in Jesus (Colossians 2:9) and we as his Body are attached to his holiness!  We are united with the one who dwells in unapproachable light!  Those who have been made part of the church are caught up in God’s transformational work which will end with their glorification (Romans 8:30).  Jesus “loved the church and gave himself up for her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27) – God is at work in making the church his holy bride.  God’s holy presence dwells in the church (1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 2:21-22), and your very own body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19); God dwells in the local church and he dwells in you!  If you are part of Jesus’ church you are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Ephesians 2:10), “that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).  The church participates in an eternal mission of eternal value.  The church is sacred.  The church is holy.  It deserves the highest respect.  There is no greater honor on the earth than to be part of Jesus’ church. There is no greater purpose in the world than to be part of what God is doing in the world.  Because you are part of the church you have a calling to serve others, you have a family to love.  Because you are part of a church you are part of something bigger than yourself and part of something that will last forever.  Because the church is made up of imperfect people it is all to easy to look down at the bride of Christ or to complain about what it isn’t (yet), or worse, to treat it as unimportant or treat it as common or without value.  Those kind of attitudes need to be repented of, because to God, the church is the most precious thing in the world, worthy of dying for and dwelling with forever.  Thank you for all you are doing for God’s church.  Thank you for your prayers and your acts of service and love in Jesus’ name. 


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

bringinglife

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT Update

We’re continuing to see more financial gifts given and more pledges coming in towards the construction of the Christian Education and Community Building – Thank you for your sacrificial offerings!  Approximately $500,000 in special offerings and pledges has been given over the last few months!  And the good news is that our general fund giving is still on track to meet our annual budget.  Great job church!  We’re definitely within striking distance of breaking ground in the Spring, needing about $300,000 more to reach our launching point.  As we move to the end of the year and as folks think about making end of the year financial contributions, please pray for people from our church family and for those outside of our church family to continue to invest in the Bringing Life Project. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL “MERE CHRISTIANITY” – Rescheduled to this Sunday

If you couldn’t find the class last Sunday or weren’t able to come – it’s ok!  Shawn had to take an emergency trip out of the Valley and so we rescheduled to start the class this Sunday.  Meet in the Cross Building at 10:45 am.  The class will be studying and discussing C.S. Lewis’ classic book “Mere Christianity,” which explores the common ground of faith upon which all Christians stand together. The class will focus on what can be learned by those new and old to the faith and will serve as a reminder to the basics of our faith.

GUATEMALA INTEREST MEETING – Rescheduled to this Sunday

If you weren’t able to come to the meeting last Sunday – it’s ok!  Eric was stranded in Wyoming due to a snowstorm and we’ve rescheduled to this Sunday. Are you ready to go to Guatemala in 2020?  Join Eric Palmer in the Sanctuary after the 2nd service for an “Interest Meeting” and get your questions answered.

ADVENT OFFERING December 8

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 in the bulletin this Sunday, December 8th.  

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAROLING December 11

Come Christmas Caroling this year and spread the love of God!  Meet in the Living Water Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Dec 11th.  We’ll start with snacks and fellowship then be sent out in teams into local neighborhoods to bless our community with tidings of joy. We aren’t having Youth Group, Waves Bible Quizzing or Wednesday Night in the Word that evening so that we can have maximum participation. See you there!

MINISTRY BOARD

Serving others is part of being a Christian: If you are looking for a place in the church to serve check out the MINISTRY BOARD  in the hallway near the sanctuary. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Fellowship with the church is part of being a Christian:  If you are looking for a group to meet with during the week for study, fellowship and growth, take a look at all the groups we have on the COMMUNITY BOARD in the hallway near the sanctuary. 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Sunday morning children’s ministry will take a break Sunday, December 22 and 29, but will resume in January.  Nursery will continued to be offered at all services. 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES December 24

Our Candlelight Services will take place at 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th.  Nursery available both services. 

NEW YEARS BASH December 31

Our Family Team is putting on a game night at the church starting at 7:00 pm. 

PLANNING AHEAD

  • Valentines Day Dinner at Living Water February 14th.
  • CCU Band Tour coming to Alamosa February 28th.  Mark Dorn, the band director from CCU, approached Deborah Palmer again about returning to Alamosa. He said the band had a fabulous time last year and wants to come back!  So if you hosted last year, please consider hosting again. Please let Deborah know if you’re interested.  She’ll be contacting you with more information! 
  • 10 year celebration of what God’s done at 2910 Clark Street – February 23rd
  • Annual Church Business Meeting is March 8th
  • Next Membership Class is March 22 and 29th
  • Easter Sunday is April 12th in 2020.  Who are you praying for to know Christ?  Who will you invite to join you for Resurrection Day worship this year? 
  • Eagle Lake Camp is July 6-10. If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The Global Leadership Summit is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  We’ve already had 30 people sign up for the 2020 Summit. 

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

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service – taking a break Dec 22 & 29

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 – will meet again in the New Year

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Wednesday in the Word Adult Bible Study – will meet again in the New Year

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

FLIGHT INSURANCE?

Our local reality is that people are flown out of the valley for health emergencies on a regular basis, resulting in massive costs for the recipients of the care.  It is a fearful thing to find yourself with $30,000 in debt as a result of a medical emergency.  So pastorally I just wanted to make you aware of something:  I found out recently that there are insurance policies available for purchase that could cover a lot of the cost.  While I’m not partial to any one company and am ignorant of all that’s available insurance wise, someone made me aware of Eagle Air Medical’s website… so FYI, here’s one option: AirMedCareNetwork.com/Apply   

Thanks for reading!


Jeron
Office: 719-589-6351

Thursday, 21 November 2019 10:05

Hello Brothers & Sisters!

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Hello Brothers and Sisters! 

A comment this morning after men’s breakfast about God working in our church: “There’s a lot of stuff happening.”

I think that’s how I would describe what it feels like to have God’s hand on us at Living Water – lots of stuff happening - God hasn’t stopped using us for his glory and hasn’t stopped blessing this church. I believe its because we’ve been so open handed with what he’s given us, and I believe its because we haven’t made it about us. 

Coming up on the 10th anniversary of our move to 2910 Clark Street I’m in awe of all that the Lord has done through you – all the people that we’ve been able to help together, all the people we’ve matured in the faith and sent out together, all the people we’ve shared the gospel with and all the people we’ve seen transformed – Praise God!  Thanks for all you do in the name of Jesus.

My brothers and sisters let’s continue to seek the Lord’s glory, and sharpen our focus on leading people to a life-changing and ever-growing relationship with Jesus Christ! 

Can’t wait to see what God does over the next decade!  Could it be that we’re just getting started in the work which God has for us?  That we’re just hitting our stride in making disciples? 


WORSHIP PASTOR

Luke Smith accepted our call to be our Worship Pastor!  Luke and Anna are very excited to join the work here in Alamosa.  They are going to finish well at their current church and likely arrive in Alamosa in mid-January.  This is a huge answer to prayer for us pastors and staff; I’m very thankful for the team we’ll have in place in the new year!  Please pray for God to lead them to the right housing situation. 

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT

We’re continuing to see more financial gifts given and more pledges coming in towards the construction of the Christian Education and Community Building – Thank you for your sacrificial offerings!  Approximately $400,000 in special offerings and pledges has been given over the last few months!  And the good news is that our general fund giving is still on track to meet our annual budget.  Great job church!  We’re definitely within striking distance of breaking ground in the Spring, needed about $350,000 more to reach our launching point.  As we move to the end of the year and as folks think about making end of the year financial contributions, please pray for people from our church family and for those outside of our church family to continue to invest in the Bringing Life Project. 

REDEMPTION STORY

Over the last week there’s been a neat story playing out in our church.  A young single mom who came from a hopeless background was taken in by a family in our church after being abandoned by her “significant other” who didn’t want the responsibility of a family.  Well she came to our church retreat with the family and while there she was loved and experienced family in a fresh way. She got to spend some time with Anna Smith (Luke’s wife) who also has a new baby, and afterwards said “I want what she has.” She came to worship service on Sunday and was loved by the congregation and left in awe of the family of God.  I was told that last night at a women’s Bible study that a gospel invitation was given to her and she accepted the Lord as her Savior!  Whew-hew!  That is in a nutshell our mission – to lead people to Christ – and now we hopefully will have the chance to be her church family and help in her grow into a mature disciple of Jesus.   

DEACONS GIFT

Many of you perhaps don’t realize that our Deacon Board has a Benevolent Fund (a part of our church’s annual budget) that is used to help people in our congregation and folks in the community through hard times. It’s been a great ministry of mercy through the years.  Please pray for the Deacons as it’s a hard job that takes a lot of discernment and wisdom to administer God’s money appropriately.  Wanted to share with you a recent decision:  You’ve probably heard of the recent tragic situation of Jon Richardson who was the victim of a road-rage incident here in Alamosa.  He worked at Town and Country and was the sole provider for his family.  But after the incident he was in danger of losing a leg and is faced with lots of surgeries and long recovery. I was happy to hear that our Deacon Board decided to give $1,000 towards his expenses. 

CHURCH PHOTOS

Rick Dunnahoo will again be in the lobby this Sunday so that you can approve your photos!  If you still need to have your photo taken – we want you to be part of our church directory – the next photo shoot is Sunday afternoon, December 8th.  Sign up online at www.livingwateralamosa.org  

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES drop off this Sunday!

Thanks everyone who has picked up and filled a shoebox and brought it in.  If you haven’t yet filled your box, the deadline for bringing them back is this Sunday. 

THANKSGIVING MEAL at Living Water Nov 28

Nobody should be alone on Thanksgiving!  If  you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have Thanksgiving Dinner here at Living Water on Thursday, November 28.  We’ll provide the turkey and dressing, you bring a dish to share.  Whatever you bring will be appreciated!  If you can’t bring anything just bring yourself!  We’ll start the meal at 12:00 noon.  For more information contact Leeann Smith at 719-580-9366.

ADVENT OFFERING December 1 and 8

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 in the bulletin December 1st and 8th.  

GUATEMALA INTEREST MEETING December 1

Are you ready to go to Guatemala in 2020?  Join Eric Palmer in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday December 1st after the 2nd service for an “Interest Meeting” and get your questions answered. 

NEW SUNDAY CLASS starts December 1

On December 1st a class on the classic Christian book Mere Christianity will be held during second service (10:45 a.m.) in the Cross Building.  Within the book, C.S. Lewis explores the common ground of faith upon which all Christians stand together. The class will focus on what can be learned by those new and old to the faith and will serve as a reminder to the basics of our faith.

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS BRUNCH December 7

Build relationships with your church family at the Women’s Christmas Brunch from 9:00 till 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7th.  Please R.S.V.P. via the sign-up sheet in the lobby. Bring a wrapped gift (something under $5) for the gift exchange. Childcare available: email Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know how many little ones you are bringing.  

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAROLING December 11

Come Christmas Caroling this year and spread the love of God!  Meet in the Living Water Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Dec 11th.  We’ll start with snacks and fellowship then be sent out in teams into local neighborhoods to bless our community with tidings of joy. We aren’t having Youth Group, Waves Bible Quizzing or Wednesday Night in the Word that evening so that we can have maximum participation. See you there!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES December 24

Our Candlelight Services will take place at 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th.

Planning Ahead Stuff

  • CCU Band Tour coming to Alamosa February 28th.  Mark Dorn, the band director from CCU, approached Deborah Palmer again about returning to Alamosa. He said the band had a fabulous time last year and wants to come back!  So if you hosted last year, please consider hosting again. Please let Deborah know if your interested.  She’ll be contacting you with more information! 
  • Annual Church Business Meeting is March 8th
  • Next Membership Class is March 22 and 29th
  • Easter Sunday is April 12th in 2020.  Who are you praying for to know Christ?  Who will you invite to join you for Resurrection Day worship this year? 
  • Eagle Lake Camp is July 6-10. If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The Global Leadership Summit is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  We’ve already had 30 people sign up for the 2020 Summit. 

Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Thursday, 14 November 2019 15:14

A Church's Purpose

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A man from our church saw a car on the side of the road and stopped to help. He was able to give assistance and help the single mom make it home. While they were talking the subject turned to God and church – she said she was looking for a church. While driving the woman and kids to their destination he drove her by Living Water Bible Fellowship and invited her to join us at a worship service.  She said that she drove by our building several times but never realized it was a church – she thought it was some kind of health spa! 

          Our brother’s act of love and willingness to invite her to worship with us is a great reminder of how acts of kindness and compassion can be used by God to help people meet him. I hope that this woman comes with her kids and her life is changed.  But there are deeper questions in this account.  What are we doing as a church?  What is our purpose? 

          All too often people do think that the church exists just to make people’s individual lives better. The church is often marketed as a place you go to get spiritually healthy or get a spiritual tune up. But it’s more than a health spa for the soul. While it’s true that what we emphasize and teach will lead people to experience better lives (if not in the short term, definitely in the long term), we as the church don’t exist just to give people a better experience in life.  We don’t exist simply to make people happy or to make them more successful (though we do see people transformed!).

          Our mission is not to give people a religious experience or send them off on an emotional high. We are not in the entertainment business nor in the self-help line of work.  Our purpose as a church is to make disciples. The end of the Bible envisions a great separation of humanity where all people who are saved go on to heaven (eternal life with God) and all those who aren’t listed in the book of life are cast into the lake of fire (eternal death without God).  As a church our mission is shaped by this revelation.  We already know what will happen.  So in view of this day of judgment, this day of separation, our mission is to bring the message of life, the gospel, to those headed for eternal death. With a Christ-like love for people, we share with whoever will listen that though they have sinned and deserve condemnation, we proclaim that they can be forgiven and justified through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Once people turn to Jesus as their Savior and Lord, we then teach them his commandments and call them to join us in living a life of obedience and love for God and others. This gospel sharing has always best been done in community. As we love one another and live by God’s standards we are able to give evidence of how we’ve been changed as a community – they will know we are Christians by our love and service of one another. 

          As a church our life is lived in response to the grace of God. We study and learn the Scriptures, not for our sake, but so that we can grow in order to serve others and obey the Lord better. Our love for Jesus is ultimately expressed in how we live. Our worship is seen in how we give ourselves away for the benefit of others and for the glory of God. One example of which is a guy stopping and checking on a car by the side of the road – seeking to meet a felt need and then pointing those he serves to Jesus to get their real, ultimate need met.  A healthy church will always have these kinds of stories. Are you living with a view of the end?  Are you living on mission with Jesus? May our church continue to grow and participate in a greater and greater degree in God’s grand story of redemption. “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2nd Corinthians 5:18).


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

Please be praying for:

-      Our Church’s Witness for Jesus to Grow

-      Those Baptized this Sunday would Mature in the Lord and Connect with the Church

-      Those Attending the Membership Class would Find their Place of Service in the Body of Christ.

-      The Church Retreat Attendees would have Safe Travel and be Built Up in Jesus and One Another. 

-      Luke and Anna Smith’s Visit this Weekend as We Seek a Worship Pastor

-      The Bringing Life Project would be Fully Funded / we would have a Spring Groundbreaking.

-      Healing as lots of Families and Children have been Sick the Last Week

SELECT YOUR PHOTOS THIS SUNDAY

if you have had your photos taken Rick Dunnahoo will be showing your photos before worship services the next two Sundays (look for his table in the lobby). You'll be able to choose the photo you want included in our directory. This will also be your free print. Looking forward to seeing you!

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For those that have not had their photos taken, we'll have only one more photo session this year, it will be Sunday afternoon, Dec 8th. Sign up online at LWBF.CHURCH

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Thank you to everyone who has given financially or who is planning to give to the construction of the Christian Education / Community Building. If you have questions about the Project or want more information check out the Bringing Life Project website: https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES drop off by November 24

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 November 24 here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

THANKSGIVING MEAL at Living Water Nov 28

Nobody should be alone on Thanksgiving!  If  you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have Thanksgiving Dinner here at Living Water on Thursday, November 28.  We’ll provide the turkey and dressing, you bring a dish to share.  Whatever you bring will be appreciated!  If you can’t bring anything just bring yourself!  We’ll start the meal at 12:00 noon.  For more information contact Leeann Smith at 719-580-9366.

SOFTWARE UPGRADE

We’re in the midst of a change to a new church administrative software at Living Water.  Our staff is excited about the changes taking place, as we’ll be able to better communicate with the church and communication between ministries will improve. Just a heads up if you get an email from “Planning Center” this is the software that we are using. Of course if you have any questions please contact the church office 589-6351. 

GUATEMALA INTEREST MEETING December 1

Are you ready to go to Guatemala in 2020?  Join Eric Palmer in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday December 1st after the 2nd service for an “Interest Meeting” and get your questions answered. 

NEW SUNDAY CLASS starts December 1

On December 1st a class on the classic Christian book Mere Christianity will be held during second service (10:45 a.m.) in the Cross Building.  Within the book, C.S. Lewis explores the common ground of faith upon which all Christians stand together. The class will focus on what can be learned by those new and old to the faith and will serve as a reminder to the basics of our faith.

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS BRUNCH December 7

Build relationships with your church family at the Women’s Christmas Brunch from 9:00 till 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7th.  Please R.S.V.P. via the sign-up sheet in the lobby. Bring a wrapped gift (something under $5) for the gift exchange. Childcare available: email Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know how many little ones you are bringing.  

ADVENT OFFERING December 1 and 8

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 in the bulletin December 1st and 8th.  

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAROLING December 8

Come Christmas Caroling this year and spread the love of God!  Meet in the Living Water Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Dec 8th.  We’ll start with snacks and fellowship then be sent out in teams into local neighborhoods to bless our community with tidings of joy. We aren’t having Youth Group, Waves Bible Quizzing or Wednesday Night in the Word that evening so that we can have maximum participation. See you there!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES December 24

Our Candlelight Services will take place at 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th.


Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 09:43

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Hi Church!

Wanted to let you know that there’s a new pastor’s fellowship that I’ve attended the last few weeks. Since the ugly attack against Gateway Church in the last few months, God has stirred many of us conservative Bible-believing pastors to gather and pray together (isn’t that how God so often works – bringing growth from trials?). As I sat with various pastors at these meetings I was reminded that we’ve all got friends or family in churches scattered throughout the San Luis Valley. It’s so good to pray for our neighboring churches and their leadership!  No one church can do it alone. Here’s a prayer suggestion: As you drive by churches in the coming weeks, get use to praying for God’s Spirit to fill those local congregations and to use them mightily to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray for the congregations to be outreached focused and to see the urgency in reaching the lost. Pray for churches to make a difference in our communities. Pray for the various churches in our valley who are departing from the Gospel and headed down a liberal or progressive road, to repent and turn back to God. And of course pray for our church family, LWBF! Pray for us to grow in our love for God, our love for each other and our love for the lost, and that God’s love that we’ve experienced would overflow towards others in loving service in Jesus’ name.   


Lots happening at LWBF in the coming weeks!

Please be praying for Luke and Anna Smith’s visit on the 17th of November and for the Bringing Life Project! 

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Thank you to everyone who has given financially or who is planning to give to the construction of the Christian Education / Community Building. We’ve gotten off to a great start (between pledges and cash gifts we have about $625,000!). We’re praying for the Lord to provide another $400,000 in the coming months to keep us on track for a Spring groundbreaking. If you have questions about the Project or want more information check out the Bringing Life Project website: https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/

POPCORN & MOVIE NIGHT Nov 9

The Family Team is inviting your entire family to come to the BREAKTHROUGH movie on Saturday, November 9th at 7:00 pm here at Living Water. Through our involvement with the Leadership Summit in the past we have a huge movie theater screen that will be setting up for comfortable and high quality viewing.  Please RSVP and sign up for child care at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d44a4a723a5f58-breakthrough  

DIRECTORY DRIVE

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***We’ve got lots of slots open for this Sunday, Nov 10!***

Church Family, How long has it been since you’ve had a professional portrait of you and your family? Living Water is making it possible for you to get one and at the same time, provide photos of our church family for an online directory. Sign up online at LWBF.CHURCH If you have any questions, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEMBERSHIP CLASS Starts this Sunday – contact Bo as soon as possible to sign up!

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class in February. Meets from 10:45 till noon Sunday, November 10 and 17. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY GROUP STARTING Tonight!

If you are looking for an evening Community Group for women there is a “meet and greet” this Wednesday, August 6th in the Cross Building from 6pm-8pm. Come learn about the new study and meet the other ladies.  Please contact Renee Wiescamp for questions or if you have childcare needs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-588-3735

LIVING WATER FALL CHURCH RETREAT November 14-16

Are you signed up?  Please plan on signing up in the church office (589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We’ll again be meeting at the Spring Canyon Retreat & Conference Center located in the beautiful mountains outside of Buena Vista, Co.  This is a great time to connect with others in your church family at a relaxed, retreat pace. Luke and Anna Smith (Worship Pastor candidate and wife) will be there leading us in some worship.  Our speaker this year is Gene Binder. Gene is the founder of Cornerstone Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. He was raised in the conservative branch of Judaism until the age of 10, and began following Rabbi Yeshua (Jesus) at the age of 31. Gene pursued an MA from Talbot Theological Seminary and has been a Christian pastor for more than thirty years. Many affectionately call him Rabbi Gene. Our theme is “Connecting the Dots.” We’ll be looking at how we as Christians are connected with Israel and the Jewish people – how the Old Testament and Israel’s story is connected to Jesus and Christian history.

CANDIDATE WEEKEND Nov 16-17

Luke and Anna Smith (and their infant son Samuel) will be worshiping with us on Sunday, November 17.  Luke is a candidate to become our Worship Pastor and so we’re going to have him involved in the services and have several opportunities for you to meet him and his family. Luke is from Cody, Wyoming and is looking to put down some roots in a small town as he’s starting his family. He is currently the director of worship and outreach at a church in Broomfield, CO so he is not only experienced in leading a large worship team but will potentially be able to help us in reaching out to our community. The Smith family will also be at the Church Retreat playing some music and meeting people.

BAPTISM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publically 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, November 17. If you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions, please contact Pastor Jeron by Wednesday November 13 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351).

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES drop off by November 24

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 November 24 here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

THANKSGIVING MEAL at Living Water Nov 28

Nobody should be alone on Thanksgiving!  If  you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have Thanksgiving Dinner here at Living Water on Thursday, November 28.  We’ll provide the turkey and dressing, you bring a dish to share.  Whatever you bring will be appreciated!  If you can’t bring anything just bring yourself!  We’ll start the meal at 12:00 noon.  For more information contact Leeann Smith at 719-580-9366.

SOFTWARE UPGRADE

We’re in the midst of a change to a new church administrative software at Living Water.  Our staff is excited about the changes taking place, as we’ll be able to better communicate with the church and communication between ministries will improve. Just a heads up if you get an email from “Planning Center” this is the software that we are using. Of course if you have any questions please contact the church office 589-6351. 

GUATEMALA INTEREST MEETING December 1

Are you ready to go to Guatemala in 2020?  Join Eric Palmer in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday December 1st after the 2nd service for an “Interest Meeting” and get your questions answered. 

NEW SUNDAY CLASS starts December 1

On December 1st a class on the classic Christian book Mere Christianity will be held during second service (10:45 a.m.) in the Cross Building.  Within the book, C.S. Lewis explores the common ground of faith upon which all Christians stand together. The class will focus on what can be learned by those new and old to the faith and will serve as a reminder to the basics of our faith.

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS BRUNCH December 7 from 9:00 till 11:00 a.m.

More information to come!

ADVENT OFFERING December 1st and 8th

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 in the bulletin December 1st and 8th.  


Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Friday, 01 November 2019 18:14

Worship Through Music

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Have you ever wondered about worship services? Why we gather as a large group on Sundays? And why we spend so much time singing in our meetings?

The word church in the New Testament is comes from the Greek word ekklesia which was used in the secular world to describe assemblies of citizens of Greek cities. A basic understanding of what it means to be a Christian church is that it is a people who assemble or gather together in the name of Jesus. We aren’t a church if we don’t meet. While there are times when a Christian is alone or when an individual can’t gather with the wider church, but it is never to be seen as normal or preferred to not be part of a congregation.

Our coming together as Christians in meetings or gatherings is assumed by the New Testament a normal part of our faith. Gatherings of the church “are not to be neglected” (Hebrews 10:25).  It’s not an optional activity, not “if you meet together, or “if it’s convenient” but a normative expression of our faith -“when you come together as a church” (1 Corinthians 11:18). 

What’s the big deal about worship services or meetings?  Sadly, a lot of modern Christians treat them as optional – they see it as for their benefit and they feel like it’s not so beneficial, that other things are more worthy of their expenditure of time. They miss the point that we gather for God’s benefit, for his exaltation (and ironically, there is the reality that when we seek his kingdom first, we benefit – Matthew 6:33). There are a lot of things that happen when the church gathers, there are many important things accomplished. But the primary reason we gather is for the act of worship. We go to meet with our Lord and respond to him with acts of worship. Does worship happen only in a church meeting or service?  No. We as individuals can worship God and glorify Him with every part of our daily life, in fact this is our calling, our appropriate response (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:1). But there are elements of worship which can’t be accomplished individually, which only happen through a gathered body of believers. From the experiential side of things, while an individual can worship God alone, “such a worshipper simply cannot experience the presence of God to the fullness in which he is encountered in the gathered church. For God desires to be worshipped as he dwells in the midst of his people. Only as believers share with one another their individual union with Christ can the presence of God be experienced in its earthly fullness” (Brad Harper).  God hasn’t just saved you as an individual, he’s made you to be part of his church, his people, and it’s in the midst of the people of God where he especially dwells (Matthew 18:20), where he can be uniquely encountered and where he is most glorified.

We gather and meet as Jesus’ people to glorify God, to meet with our Lord and respond to his grace with our loving acts of worship. This is where music comes in. 

We’re hopefully on the verge of hiring a Worship Pastor. This man is not only about music because the Lord’s worship is greater than music. A pastor who focuses on helping us worship will call us and equip us to worship God in a multitude of ways, but because corporate gatherings are so important and because singing is so important, this element of worship will be a big part of his job. 

What’s up with singing?  Why do we do it so much?  How does it contribute to the Lord’s worship and our transformation?  There is a long history of singing together in the church: As Jesus went to his Passion, he joined his disciples in singing (Matthew 26:30).  While Paul and Silas were shackled in prison they were “praying and singing hymns” (Acts 16:26).  James told his readers that if they were cheerful that they should sing praise (James 5:13).  From the beginning local churches had gatherings in which they sang (1 Corinthians 14:15, 26).  The church is to “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart” (Ephesians 5:19). Corporately we are let God’s word indwell us, which happens not only through mutual encouragement but through “singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16). 

“Why is singing so appropriate for worship? First the scriptures indicate that singing the glories of God is a feature of the whole created order, not just humans. Metaphorical though it may be, when Isaiah imagines creation praising God, he imagines it by way of singing, calling on the mountains to burst out singing in praise of God (Isaiah 49:13; 55:12). Moreover, the angels praise God with singing… and as God pulls back the curtain of heaven for John, he is overwhelmed by the sight of millions of angels and other creatures singing the glories of God (Rev. 5). This suggests that music and signing are not merely products of human culture, but are part of the fabric of God’s creation” (Brad Harper).

We sing to proclaim Jesus.  He is the content of our songs.  His redemption and love and character are what we sing about.  We sing to confess our faith in him to each other and to the world.  Through our singing we build each other up in the truth. Singing is from the heart, allowing us to express our emotions (the whole range) to the Lord who has redeemed us. “Singing engages the mind, heart, and the organs of speech; the intellect, the emotions, and the physical self are involved. The tongue is the instrument on which God is praised, and this is done from the heart, and intelligibly” (Everett Ferguson).  In the act of singing we stand together as one body exalting the Lord together, which He loves. Singing is an act of unity in the Lord. It is our corporate outward gift to our God. Whereas we don’t bring animal sacrifices to the Lord in the New Covenant, we still bring offerings, including our songs of celebration for what God has done.

I’m looking forward to gathering with you this Sunday and lifting up my voice with yours in the presence of the one who is so worthy of our focus.  May God bless our services of worship. 


Here’s some of what’s happening in and through our church family the near future at Living Water…

COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY

Worship services are at 9:00 and 10:45.

TIME CHANGE

Reminder to set back your clocks this Saturday evening as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end.  

POPCORN & MOVIE NIGHT Nov 9

The Family Team is inviting your entire family to come to the BREAKTHROUGH movie on Saturday, November 9th at 7:00 pm here at Living Water. Through our involvement with the Leadership Summit in the past we have a huge movie theater screen that will be setting up for comfortable and high quality viewing.  Please RSVP and sign up for child care at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d44a4a723a5f58-breakthrough  

DIRECTORY DRIVE

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Church Family, How long has it been since you’ve had a professional portrait of you and your family? Living Water is making it possible for you to get one and at the same time, provide photos of our church family for an online directory. Sign up online at LWBF.CHURCH/signup If you have any questions, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEMBERSHIP CLASS November 10 and 17

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class in February. Meets from 10:45 till noon Sunday, November 10 and 17. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY GROUP STARTING Wednesday Nov 13

If you are looking for an evening Community Group for women there is a “meet and greet” Wednesday the 13th in the Cross Building from 6pm-8pm. Please contact Renee Wiescamp for questions or if you have childcare needs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LIVING WATER FALL CHURCH RETREAT November 14-16

Are you signed up?  Please plan on signing up in the church office (589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We’ll again be meeting at the Spring Canyon Retreat & Conference Center located in the beautiful mountains outside of Buena Vista, Co.  This is a great time to connect with others in your church family at a relaxed, retreat pace. Luke and Anna Smith (Worship Pastor candidate and wife) will be there leading us in some worship.  Our speaker this year is Gene Binder. Gene is the founder of Cornerstone Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. He was raised in the conservative branch of Judaism until the age of 10, and began following Rabbi Yeshua (Jesus) at the age of 31. Gene pursued an MA from Talbot Theological Seminary and has been a Christian pastor for more than thirty years. Many affectionately call him Rabbi Gene. Our theme is “Connecting the Dots.” We’ll be looking at how we as Christians are connected with Israel and the Jewish people – how the Old Testament and Israel’s story is connected to Jesus and Christian history.

CANDIDATE WEEKEND Nov 16-17

Luke and Anna Smith (and their infant son Samuel) will be worshiping with us on Sunday, November 17.  Luke is a candidate to become our Worship Pastor and so we’re going to have him involved in the services and have several opportunities for you to meet him and his family. Luke is from Cody, Wyoming and is looking to put down some roots in a small town as he’s starting his family. He is currently the director of worship and outreach at a church in Broomfield, CO so he is not only experienced in leading a large worship team but will potentially be able to help us in reaching out to our community. The Smith family will also be at the Church Retreat playing some music and meeting people.

BAPTISM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publically 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, November 17. 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.

THANKSGIVING MEAL at Living Water Nov 28

Nobody should be alone on Thanksgiving!  If  you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have Thanksgiving Dinner here at Living Water on Thursday, November 28.  We’ll provide the turkey and dressing, you bring a dish to share.  Whatever you bring will be appreciated!  If you can’t bring anything just bring yourself!  We’ll start the meal at 12:00 noon.  For more information contact Leeann Smith at 719-580-9366.

GUATEMALA INTEREST MEETING December 1st

Are you ready to go to Guatemala in 2020?  Join Eric Palmer in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday December 1st after the 2nd service for an “Interest Meeting” and get your questions answered. 

NEW SUNDAY CLASS starts December 1st

On December 1st a class on the classic Christian book Mere Christianity will be held during second service (10:45 a.m.) in the Cross Building.  Within the book, C.S. Lewis explores the common ground of faith upon which all Christians stand together. The class will focus on what can be learned by those new and old to the faith and will serve as a reminder to the basics of our faith.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES drop off by November 24

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 November 24 here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

For those who like to plan ahead, Eagle Lake Camp is coming to Living Water July 6-10, 2020! 

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

La Puente’s Food Bank Network of the SLV is once again doing a Thanksgiving Meal Drive. The cost of each family sized box (a turkey with all the trimmings) is $28.59.  If you want to donate send your donation to Alamosa Food Bank 513 6th Street Alamosa, CO 81101. Last year they were able to serve over 700 families. 

FREE VETERAN’S DINNER Nov 9

All veterans and their families are invited to a free dinner and a gift in recognition of their service to this country. RSVP by November 1 to 719-850-3360 or 303-918-2106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  “Never Forgotten” event will take place at the Valley Church of the Nazarene at 6:00 pm Saturday, Nov 9th.  Sponsored by New Life Fellowship in Del Norte and Valley Church of Nazarene. 

JAIL MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

There is a big need for men and women to share the gospel at our local jail. It requires a background check and a training session from the sheriff but you can bring gospel messages to the inmates! If you want to learn more about what’s involved contact Pastor Bill Walstrom (Grace Community Church in Monte Vista) at 719-937-1451 (cell) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thank you for reading this epistle!

May the Lord be exalted as we proclaim Jesus!

Jeron

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