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Thursday, 28 February 2019 14:54

This Sunday - Update 2-28-19

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-      We’re celebrating the Lord’s Sacrifice for our Salvation this Sunday by observing the Lord’s Supper.

-      Our Exodus Sermon Series resumes with a focus on a key section of the Old Testament; This Sunday we begin looking at the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Law (Old Covenant). This is foundational teaching if we want to understand Jesus’ New Covenant and our relationship with the Lord. Over the coming Sundays leading up to Easter we’ll be wrestling with questions like: “What is the Law? Is the Law still in effect for Christians or are we just called to love God and people since the Old Covenant is passed away?  Paul seems to say we have been set free from the Law and no longer under its authority, but Jesus seems to say that the Law hasn’t been abolished; what does God want from us?” Are we expected to keep the 10 commandments or are we just supposed to follow the Spirit’s lead under the New Covenant?” 

-      There is a Potluck immediately after the 2nd worship service in the Fellowship Hall – come and enjoy fellowship with your church family. Bring food to share if you can. 

-      Our Annual Business Meeting begins approximately 1:15 pm. At this meeting we vote on the annual budget and church officers and hear yearly reports from church staff and team leaders.  Thanks the Facility and Finance Team and Nominating Team for their efforts in preparing for this meeting.

NEW BUILDING VISION UPDATE

Great progress is being made on the design plan for the proposed Discipleship / Community Building. The Committee is planning on giving out information to the church in April and the Elders anticipate calling a special business meeting in May.  Please pray for the ongoing process and the Lord’s leading regarding this proposed ministry and outreach tool.

BAPTISMS March 10

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, March 10. 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.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT OUR YOUTH (and eat with your church family!)

-      Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, March 10th in the Fellowship Hall, starting at 12:30. If you want to enter your chili into the competition (no cost to enter), contact the church office by Wednesday, March 6. Come and enjoy a lunch and help support sending kids to Eagle Lake Day Camp. $5 per person or $20 for the family. 

-      Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, March 24th in the Fellowship Hall, after the 2nd service. Proceeds go to support Waves Bible Quizzing group. 

-      Potato Bar Lunch will be held on Sunday, April 7th in the Fellowship Hall, after the 2nd Service. Proceeds go to Reign Youth Group.

-      Navajo Taco Lunch on Sunday, June 9th in the Fellowship Hall, after the 2nd Service.  Proceeds go to the Youth Group Gallup Mission Trip.

DATE NIGHTS

Join the Family Team for Date Nights on Friday, March 29th and Friday, May 17th at 6:00 pm here at the church.

PARENT LUNCHEONS start March 31

If you are a parent you have a great job!  But it’s also full of challenges! Our Family Team wants to offer some support so you are invited to join us on Sundays at noon March 31st, April 14th and April 29th for food, fellowship, encouragement and learning.  More information to come. 

PREPARING FOR EASTER

Who are you going to invite to Easter services this year?  We’re sending out 10,000 postcards inviting the community to join our church family on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, but most people respond best to personal invitations – those who don’t normally go to church very much appreciate being asked to go with friends. The Good Friday service is 7:00 pm on April 19th and the Sunday services will be 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am on April 21. If you don’t have guests please make room for visitors and non-believers by worshiping at 8:15 am or 11:00 am. 

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

-      EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP  July 29 – August 2nd here at Living Water. Register at https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/

-      GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT August 8-9 here at Living Water. Register at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

-      VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL August 12-16 here at Living Water

 

FALL FELLOWSHIP

Living Water is organizing an RV camping trip Labor Day weekend. Join your church family with lots of activities to choose from including bible study and worship. For info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 719-588-8748

ONGOING MINISTRIES

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

Sunday Morning Children’s Programs:  Lily Pad (Preschool-1st Grade) and Kidsplash (2nd – 5th Grade) meet at 10:45 in the Sprung Building

Teen Bible Study meets Sundays at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Young Adult Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm (study at 7:00 pm) in the Fellowship Hall

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

Wednesday in the Word at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.   

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

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

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

God bless!

Pastor Jeron

Friday, 22 February 2019 15:26

Exciting Times - Update 2-14-19

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Exciting Times

I don’t know if it is because it’s been 30 above zero instead of 30 below zero lately, but I find myself with a light-heartedness and joy. Specifically, I’m hopeful and excited about the future of our church! As a preacher I’m excited because on several fronts over the coming months Bo and Collin and I are going to be covering some very important ground. In our Exodus series we’re moving towards another climax of the book, the giving of the law and reception of the Mosaic Covenant. This is massively important for the Christian to gain an understanding of as the Mosaic Law and the Old Covenant are foundational to understanding Jesus’ teachings and the New Covenant. I’m excited about how things are lining up with Good Friday and Easter in the context of talking about the law as I think we have the opportunity to grasp the gospel and the amazing grace of God (Who are you going to invite this year to Good Friday and Easter services?). Preaching wise in the coming month we’re going to have a couple special messages, one on Parenting (Feb 24) and one on how to grow in the faith (March 17) that I think will bless our church. Ministry wise we’ve had a great 6 weeks with lots of participation and a hunger for the Lord and a deep desire to do his will. With Pastor Bo taking a new role in the church as Director of Discipleship, and Pastor Collin laying out a future direction for our worship team, with our new Elder Board and Deacon Board getting ready to hit their strides in the second year of the new organizational structure, with the Family Team connecting with lots of couples, and the thriving Men’s Ministry and the new direction of the Outreach Team I’m very encouraged! It’s not like everything is going perfect (that’s reserved for a place called heaven, right?) but our church is very healthy on multiple fronts and I’m very thankful. I’ve also found myself looking ahead more and more to the possibility of a new Discipleship/Community Building to serve our children and future generations and what that would mean for how we could use the Sprung Building for outreach. My daydreaming about the possibilities has increased lately as the architects have worked on some design upgrades and we’ve had more than $40,000 of new building fund designated gifts come in – looking forward to the upcoming business meeting on March 3rd as more details are shared. 

You guys, as we start itching for Spring let’s pray for the Lord to continue to keep his hand on our church – he’s given us a great run of grace over the last few decades – let’s itch for a healthier and healthier church and ask the Lord to bring it about! Pray for the Lord draw us closer to himself and may we know him better. Pray that he would empower us to share the gospel more and more and that we would be able to see many people come to new life in Jesus. Pray that he would grace us to love and serve one another more intentionally and may we all grow in unity and maturity as each part does its work.

Here’s some of what’s coming up at LWBF:

PARENTING SERMON February 24

One of the high points in life is when we are entrusted with the blessing of a child. At the same time the gift of children is one of the most challenging responsibilities we can ever take on! Very few of us feel equipped! What does God expect of parents? What is the parenting task from a biblical point of view? Successful parenting certainly entails more than mere technique and can’t be reduced to only having strong feelings of love and good intentions towards our children. What’s the plan? Join us on Sunday, Feb 24th as we open the scriptures and talk about biblical parenting.

BABY DEDICATIONS February 24

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 Anna Gearhart (Puddles Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Our next time for dedications will be Sunday, February 24

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 3

Join us on Sunday, March 3 for a potluck lunch and then our annual business meeting where we share reports from the past year, pass the new budget and make important decisions for our future. 

BAPTISMS March 10

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, March 10. 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.

PARENT LUNCHEONS start March 31

If you are a parent you have a great job!  But it’s also full of challenges! Our Family Team wants to offer some support so you are invited to join us on Sundays at noon March 31st, April 14th and April 29th for food, fellowship, encouragement and learning.  More information to come. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Contact Pastor Bo with any questions you have about joining or starting a group. 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

-      EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP  July 29 – August 2nd here at Living Water. Register at https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/

-      GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT August 8-9 here at Living Water. Register at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

-      VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL August 12-16 here at Living Water

 

FALL FELLOWSHIP

Living Water is organizing an RV camping trip Labor Day weekend. Join your church family with lots of activities to choose from including bible study and worship. For info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 719-588-8748

ONGOING MINISTRIES

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

Sunday Morning Children’s Programs:  Lily Pad (Preschool-1st Grade) and Kidsplash (2nd – 5th Grade) meet at 10:45 in the Sprung Building

Teen Bible Study meets Sundays at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Young Adult Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm (study at 7:00 pm) in the Fellowship Hall

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

Wednesday in the Word at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.   

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

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

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

God bless!

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 07 February 2019 09:44

Together is Better - Update 2-7-19

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Rates of depression and suicide among our young people have risen over the years. Prescriptions of anti-anxiety meds and anti-depressants have risen as well. I imagine the same holds true for adults. There are a lot of theories as to why this is happening. The most popular one that I’ve heard is that with the rise of the smart phone, social media and endless screen time is that our relationships and our physical connections to one another have suffered. God has wired us for close human relationships and we have a need for one another that is not being met, and our mental health is taking a hit. Family time is lacking and young people simply don’t respond to a text message from parents telling them that they are loved the same way they do to a physical hug and physical time with family and friends. At the same time of course, there are fewer children learning about the Lord in our society and fewer boys and girls growing up in homes where there is a biblical faith, hope and love expressed and lived out. These life transforming and supporting beliefs are caught and absorbed by children in homes as siblings and parents and grandparents live in rhythms of grace and model what it means to have a living hope. 

There are likely many societal and cultural realities that also contribute to growing anxiety and suicide rates but the good news is that God has given us a family of faith and taught us values and lifestyle patterns that if implemented can in many cases keep us healthy. Let me talk like a doctor giving a prescription for health: First of all you have a wonderful church family. Make time for the friendships and relationships that God has provided you in the church. Open your home to others. Reject the current cultural trend that you don’t need anyone or that you don’t need friends. Find ways to love your brothers and sisters in practical ways and you will not only support them but you will feel better about yourself. Second, uphold your faith and your beliefs through the simple act of participating in worship services or community group involvement or if you are a family, have regular times of family worship (Scripture study, prayer, singing, etc.). It might be easier to sit in front of the screen and binge on movies or shows but we were made for interaction with others and in a corporate or small group setting or a class you are put in a position of encouraged and supported in healthy ways of living. As a family carve out time together which doesn’t include a smart phone and do things where you are actually interacting.  Third, we don’t do well without a purpose. Christ Jesus has given us a mission worth living for and it’s not simply to pay a mortgage. Love and serve unbelievers and community members in the name of Jesus Christ. Reach out and help others. Seek to share the good news. Are you living in ways that are healthy and glorifying to God?  What changes do you need to make?   

DATE NIGHT February 8

The Family Team’s next Date Night will be Friday, February 8th.  The Valentine Day holiday puts a lot of expectations on marriages that might not be healthy. Our focus will be to talk about biblical love and serving our spouse in love in ways they can appreciate. Childcare available. RSVP to Cheryl O’Dowd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121

MEMBERSHIP CLASS This Sunday 10:45

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class this Sunday in the Cross Building. Meets from 10:45 till noon Sunday, February 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.

YOUNG ADULT/COLLEGE STUDENT MEAL February 10

The Senior Saints Group are doing the cooking and ask all college students and young adults to join them in the Fellowship Hall to fellowship and enjoy a meal after the second worship service on Sunday, February 10th

BABY DEDICATIONS February 24

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 Anna Gearhart (Puddles Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Our next time for dedications will be Sunday, February 24

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 3

Join us on Sunday, March 3 for a potluck lunch and then our annual business meeting where we share reports from the past year, pass the new budget and make important decisions for our future. 

BAPTISMS March 10

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, March 10. 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.

PARENT LUNCHEONS

If you are a parent you have a great job!  But it’s also full of challenges! Our Family Team wants to offer some support so you are invited to join us on Sundays at noon March 31st, April 14th and April 29th for food, fellowship, encouragement and learning.  More information to come. 

BIBLE STUDY FOR TEENS

Teens from 6th-12th grade are invited to meet on Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building for an interactive Bible study

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS

Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Contact Pastor Bo with any questions you have about joining or starting a group. 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

-      MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA Our Mission Team is inviting you to consider traveling to Guatemala June 29-July 6, 2019.  Contact Eric Palmer Eric Palmer atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

-      EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP  July 29 – August 2nd here at Living Water. Register at https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/

-      GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT August 8-9 here at Living Water. Register at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

-      VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL August 12-16 here at Living Water

 

FALL FELLOWSHIP

Living Water is organizing an RV camping trip Labor Day weekend. Join your church family with lots of activities to choose from including bible study and worship. For info, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 719-588-8748

 

FOOD BANK
We have the privilege to serve our community with non-perishable food items in times of need, thanks to the church family. At this time the food banks food supply is low. Here is a list of items that go quickly: 
pasta                 spaghetti sauce    mac & cheese
dry cereal          dry milk                 peanut butter 
sugar                 soup                     corn meal             
flour                   canned meat        canned fruit
pork n beans     cooking oil             oatmeal
rice                    canned ravioli 
If you would like to help, drop off non-perishable food items in the lobby. 

Thanks for reading!  Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 31 January 2019 13:37

Adoption - Update 1-31-2019

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Yesterday several of us traveled to the Conejos County Courthouse to see a boy get adopted by a family of our church. It was a wonderful moment and I think everyone teared up when we saw the kid start to cry as the judge told him it was official. 

Do you know, Christian, that you too have been adopted? “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). God has made all those who trust in Jesus members of his family. “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” (Galatians 3:25-26). 

We have great privileges because we have been adopted by God and made his children (list taken from Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem):

-      We are able to speak to God and relate to him as a good and loving Father

-      We have a Father who understands us and takes care of our needs

-      We have a great inheritance in heaven because we are heirs of God

-      We are disciplined in love as God’s children for our benefit and for his glory

-      We are able to share in Jesus’ sufferings and glory

-      We have a family of faith, which helps us through this life with acts of service and love

-      We have dads and moms, brothers and sisters that we serve alongside in the mission of Christ

-      We have a family who we can learn from on how to navigate and live life

How does someone become a part of God’s family?  People are saved and adopted into the family of God when they repent of their sins and place their trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. God works in people to bring them to saving faith and he uses his children to communicate the good news regarding the opportunity to be saved and adopted. We as his children are the primary means of bringing the gospel to lost people so that they have the opportunity to repent and turn to Jesus and become sons and daughters of God.

Ponder the passion of the Apostle Paul in gospel sharing: “I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law… that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law… that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:19-22). 

May we all become more zealous and intentional about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ so that more people might become saved and adopted into the family of God.

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

NEW DISCIPLESHIP / COMMUNITY BUILING PROPOSAL UPDATE

You may or may not know that in recent years we had put a lot of labor and expense and discussion with the wider church in coming up with a design plan for developing our campus. In the last several months the Elder Board has made the decision to begin looking into the construction of a particular building in that plan to be used for Christian Education, Discipleship and Community engagement. The building committee had a good meeting last Thursday as we discussed and made suggestions to the original layout of the proposed building. The refinements have now been sent on to the architects and we are awaiting their efforts. The next steps will be to determine cost estimates, finalize plans for financing the project, and put together a complete informational package on building design, costs, and financing to be made available to the church by (hopefully) early April. We hope to have the church vote to move forward and approve the project at a special business meeting in early May.  

COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY 9:00 and 10:45 am

Let’s prepare ourselves in the coming days to participate in the Lord’s Supper this Sunday. Has it been awhile since you’ve spent time with the Lord? Confessed your sins? Unburdened yourselves of your fears and anxiety? Let’s use this scheduled monthly time of worship as a motivation to privately examine ourselves and our walk with Jesus before coming to celebrate and remember his great act of love at worship services. 

Just a reminder that during the time of communion we shut the doors to minimize the traffic in and out of the sanctuary to maintain our focus on the Lord. You can of course leave the sanctuary if need be, but we ask you not to re-enter until the completion of the Lord’s Supper so that others aren’t distracted from their worship.

THANKS PARENTS!

The folks in Lily Pad and Kidsplash are thankful for all the parents who came to last Sunday’s “Take your Parent to Children’s Ministry Day!” You will be getting some follow-up communication soon.

DATE NIGHT February 8

The Family Team’s next Date Night will be Friday, February 8th.  The Valentine Day holiday puts a lot of expectations on marriages that might not be healthy. Our focus will be to talk about biblical love and serving our spouse in love in ways they can appreciate. Childcare available. RSVP to Cheryl O’Dowd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT LIVING WATER

-      Waves Bible Quizzing meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Sprung Building.  This is elementary aged kids with the goal of helping them know the Word of God.

-      Reign Youth Group meets at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. This group is for teens from 6th grade through 12th grade. 

-      Wednesday Night in the Word meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Last night was the introduction so the class really gets going this next Wednesday, February 6th.  Childcare available, please RSVP to Anna Gearheart if you need childcare atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEMBERSHIP CLASS February 10 and 17 at 10:45

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, February 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.

YOUNG ADULT/COLLEGE STUDENT MEAL February 10

The Senior Saints Group are doing the cooking and ask all college students and young adults to join them in the Fellowship Hall to fellowship and enjoy a meal after the second worship service on Sunday, February 10th

BABY DEDICATIONS February 24

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 Anna Gearhart (Puddles Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Our next time for dedications will be Sunday, February 24

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 3

Join us on Sunday, March 3 for a potluck lunch and then our annual business meeting where we share reports from the past year, pass the new budget and make important decisions for our future. 

BAPTISMS March 10

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, March 10. 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.

PARENT LUNCHEONS

If you are a parent you have a great job!  But it’s also full of challenges! Our Family Team wants to offer some support so you are invited to join us on Sundays at noon March 31st, April 14th and April 29th for food, fellowship, encouragement and learning.  More information to come. 

BIBLE STUDY FOR TEENS

Teens from 6th-12th grade are invited to meet on Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building for an interactive Bible study

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS

Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Contact Pastor Bo with any questions you have about joining or starting a group. 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

-      MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA Our Mission Team is inviting you to consider traveling to Guatemala June 29-July 6, 2019.  Contact Eric Palmer Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

-      EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP  July 29 – August 2nd here at Living Water. Register at https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/

-      GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT August 8-9 here at Living Water. Register at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

-      VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL August 12-16 here at Living Water

 

FOOD BANK
We have the privilege to serve our community with non-perishable food items in times of need, thanks to the church family. At this time the food banks food supply is low. Here is a list of items that go quickly: 
pasta                 spaghetti sauce    mac & cheese
dry cereal          dry milk                 peanut butter 
sugar                 soup                      corn meal             
flour                   canned meat         canned fruit
pork n beans     cooking oil             oatmeal
rice                     canned ravioli 
If you would like to help, drop off non-perishable food items in the lobby. 

 

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Thursday, 24 January 2019 10:30

Are you growing in Christ - Update 1-24-19

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Once we have trusted in Jesus we should expect changes to come into our life. Growth is expected. Biblically the developmental process is compared to infants growing up into adults. Unfortunately there is a tendency for us as Christians to stay immature in our faith. What are some of the marks of an infant Christian as compared to an adolescent Christian and an adult Christian? Knowledge of God is one important mark. New Christians or Christians who haven’t matured don’t have much personal knowledge of God. They don’t know what God has revealed about himself in the Scriptures nor do they have a relational and experiential knowledge of God. Mature Christians know what the Bible teaches about God and they know God personally. We are to be lifelong learners, always seeking a growing relationship with our Lord and Savior. Another mark of maturity is the ability to say no to sin and to practice righteousness – obedience to the Lord should become progressively greater.  While some sins are easily recognized there is also a long process of learning what the Lord wants – holiness and obedience is a learned skill brought about through Scripture study, prayer and the church’s ministry to us while at the same time a learned dependency upon the Lord. Fruitfulness is also a mark of maturity. The best way to describe fruitfulness is to list characteristics that were originally seen in Jesus but now have become part of the Christian: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. The greatest mark of maturity is Christ-like love. “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). “So now faith, hope and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10). “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know god, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).

          So how do we grow in Christ? How do we grow in maturity? How do we become the Christian Jesus saved us to be? Let me be very clear. God is the starting point and the source of all Christian growth. From our regeneration at the beginning of our journey with the Lord, to our glorification upon our arrival in heaven it is by the grace of God that we are changed. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6). “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6). We grow by being dependent on the power of God.

But we have a role to play in our development as well. Our spiritual growth also requires our effort. The sad fact is that there are Christians around who have not developed, who are still drinking milk instead of eating solid food because they haven’t made the effort to grow or who haven’t been in a setting where they can grow. First, you and I grow by taking the truth and applying it to our lives. “Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14). Knowing biblical facts is good, but growth really happens when we take the truth and intently live it out in our real life settings. We are to train ourselves in godliness, which implies developing habits and routines that put us in position to grow. “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love” (2nd Peter 1:5-7). How do we grow? Let me sum up this first point by telling you to go into training. Train yourself for godliness.

Second we grow as we are connected to the church, the body of Christ. We are to learn how to be Christians not only from the Scriptures but from our fathers and mothers, our brothers and sisters in the faith. We are to follow the example of those who are more mature than us in the faith. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Really, all of us have a role in serving and maturing others in the church. Spiritual gifts are divine enablement for the growth and benefit of others: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 11:7). What is vital is that you are connected with other believers and that as a group you are seeking one-another’s maturity. Jesus commanded us to make disciples and we can’t do this from a distance. We grow as we pour into one another, as we feed each other the word, as we pray for each other and minister to each other. If you are unconnected to the church you will find it very difficult to grow – you need other believers as examples, mentors, teachers, encouragers, pray-ers, servants in your life if you are to grow!  We become disciples by walking with more mature disciples. How do we grow? Let me sum up by telling you to join a community group and connecting yourself and your family with those people closely, or to say it another way – connect your life with others in the body of Christ who are intent on growing in the Lord and together intentionally seek to know the Lord and apply his truths to life together.

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

TAKE YOUR PARENT TO CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DAY – January 27

You’ve heard of take your kid to work day? Well on Sunday, January 27th all the children involved in Lily Pad and Kidsplash are going to have a chance to bring their parents into the Sprung Building to check out what they are doing and learning. Parents you’ll be getting more information but please plan on being at Living Water on Sunday, January 27th and learning about our children’s ministry. We want to come alongside you and help you bring your kids up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord. 

WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD Starts January 30 – Understanding the Trinity

What is God like? Who is God? Does your view of God line up with what the Scriptures teach? This winter’s topic in Wednesday Night in the Word will be a study of the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Why do we Christians believe in the Trinity and what is it that we believe about it? Plan on Joining us at 6:30 on Wednesday Nights in the Fellowship Hall. Childcare provided, but please RSVP to Anna Gearheart if you need childcare atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DATE NIGHT February 8

The Family Team’s next Date Night will be Friday, February 8th.  The Valentine Day holiday puts a lot of expectations on marriages that might not be healthy. Our focus will be to talk about biblical love and serving our spouse in love in ways they can appreciate. Childcare available. RSVP to Cheryl O’Dowd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT LIVING WATER

-      Waves Bible Quizzing meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Sprung Building.  This is elementary aged kids with the goal of helping them know the Word of God.

-      Reign Youth Group meets at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. This group is for teens from 6th grade through 12th grade. 

-      Wednesday Night in the Word meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS February 10 and 17 at 10:45

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, February 10 and 17. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BABY DEDICATIONS February 24

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 Anna Gearhart (Puddles Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Our next time for dedications will be Sunday, February 24

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 3

Join us on Sunday, March 3 for a potluck lunch and then our annual business meeting where we share reports from the past year, pass the new budget and make important decisions for our future. 

BAPTISMS March 10

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, March 10. 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.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Contact Pastor Bo with any questions you have about joining or starting a group. 719-529-1204 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLACES TO SERVE

Ephesians 4:16 says “from him the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” You have a role in ministry. If you are looking for a place to tie into the body and contribute here are some of the areas where you can plug in and serve (there are others areas not listed so if you have a particular passion for an area of service give Pastor Jeron a call and we will talk!). 

Worship Team (currently looking for qualified drummers, pianists)  Pastor Collin Brooks –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 720-427-2344

Décor Team – Melanie Jeppesen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-496-7177

Outreach Team – Amy Scavezze This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-5753

Mission Team – John Clark  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 832-725-0616

Women’s Ministry Team – Beth Dillon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 850-1406

Men’s Ministry Team – Larry Gardner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-966-0616

Kitchen Team – Kay Curtis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-9517

Safety Team – Randy Atkinson 588-2809

Family Team – Dennis & Cheryl O’Dowd  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121

Nursery – serve infants and toddlers and their parents during a worship service or during the week.  Contact Anna Gearhart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 469-0114

Children’s Ministry Life Guards – Sometimes the teachers of Lily Pad and Kidsplash need help and so they call on their “Life Guards” to assist with the children.  Contact Becky McGee at 580-2834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help Sunday mornings during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service)

Lily Pad – There are lots and lots of preschoolers – 1st Grade aged kids that are hungry for the Word of God and need to know of God’s love. Serve them through teaching or through activities during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service). Contact Becky McGee at 580-2834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kidsplash – There are lots of 2nd Grade – 5th Grade aged kids who need to meet Jesus and need to grow as disciples of Jesus.  Serve them through teaching or through activities during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service).  Contact ChrisAnn Zook at 719-850-9900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guest Services – As a church we always want to make people feel at home when they come to our worship services. We have lots of slots available for you to greet people at our doors or to serve people through the simple gesture of handing out bulletins and smiling. Contact Dave Haage at 719-298-2635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Making Waves Bible Quizzing – Join other volunteers (on a regular basis or as a substitute) on Wednesday nights in helping kids learn and apply the scriptures.  Contact Rosemary Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tidal Waves Bible Study – Sunday mornings at 10:45 am. Contact Krista Culver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHURCH APP

Living Water now has an App that you can download for Apple and Android Mobile Devices. You can use the app for such things as registering children for Puddles, Lily Pad and Kidsplash. 

Thanks for reading! 

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:53

Church as Family - Update 1-10-19

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“Beloved, we are God’s children now…” 1 John 3:2

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” Ephesians 2:9

“Love one another with brotherly affection…” Romans 12:10

In various places around the world people have to choose between their biological family and God’s family. In America we rarely have to make such a decision, but for those who don’t grow up in countries like ours with a Christian heritage, to follow Jesus is seen as a rebellion and a hatred of the family. Around the world people hear the call of Christ and choose Christ with the understanding that allegiance to Jesus has to take a higher priority than their biological family and so they find themselves cast out or rejected by their blood relatives. Jesus never denies the importance of the family or our responsibilities to take care of our family and to honor our parents, but the family is never placed higher than the kingdom of God.  What Jesus promises those who see his worth and follow his call is a new family: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my names sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29). The hundredfold family is the church. 

        I think we often undervalue the truth that the church is our family. The church is the people of God who have been brought together by their faith in Christ. We have been connected with a group of people who are to be family for us. A family that serves one another, a family that suffers for one another. A family who prays for one another and a family who loves us enough to tell us the truth. 

        How is your relationship with your church family? Do you have a sense of family at Living Water, a connection with brothers and sisters who love you and care for you?  You should. But all too often here’s what “church” looks like: “In too many cases we have turned congregations into silos packed with countless minivans full of individual families, coming to receive instruction and then to return to their own self-contained units” (Russell Moore writing in The Storm-Tossed Family). Church is not a building we go to, or an event we attend. The local church is supposed to be our family. “Our churches are often filled with unmarried or divorced or widowed men and women who believe that they are without family because there is no one to stand beside them in the church directory picture” (Russell Moore). 

        When I think about the kind of church I want Living Water to become, I want us to be a church where you know you have a community that you belong to, where you have a sense of belonging. When I look to the future I envision a church which people talk about each other as family and a church in which we love each other like a healthy family should. We have a new identity in Christ and we have a new heritage. We have a Father and we have brothers and sisters, dads and moms. We are called to serve one another in love.  We have a church.

        Church is not an event, nor is it a building. It’s a family. How do we actualize this truth, turn this biblical understanding a reality? If you are currently don’t have anything approaching what I’ve described above, start by acknowledging that you need to make a change. It probably means looking at your priorities and making changes which will bring you into relationship with the family of God. If you have no fellowship, no real relationships with other Christians, admit that you aren’t doing Christianity right. Perhaps part of your issue is that you were hurt by a Christian in the past or hurt by a church. It happens, and I’m sad if you were hurt by someone. Maybe in your hurt you’ve chosen to this point not to risk being hurt again. I understand that tendency and strategy. Love however, always entails risk, and experiencing the blessing of family means putting yourself in a position to care about others. Make up your mind to follow Christ and once again embrace his church. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t cautious and that you don’t use discernment, but it does meant that you choose to love again and you choose to serve again and that you choose to let people into your life again. A simple way forward, if you don’t know anyone at Living Water, is to join a Bible study or a Community Group. Or if you are the type who likes to be busy and accomplish stuff with others, join a ministry team. But if you know Christians in the church, start going to lunch with them, start inserting them in your life. Be a dad or a mom to younger Christians. Be a sister or a brother to a church family member who is hurting. Be a mentor to a “kid” at the church. Choose to live as part of a family. 

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

POTLUCK and CONGREGATION MEETING January 13

On July 22 at our worship services we called on our congregation to pray for the Elders, asking for the Lord to give us wisdom and direction for the future of our church.  We as a group of Elders had become convinced that the Lord wanted us to lead this church into a work of expanding our facilities.  But we really wanted to hear from the Lord so we called the people of this church to prayer.  If you’ve been one of those people praying for the Elder Board, thank you!  We have had a wonderful series of meetings and times of prayer which has led us to a conviction about our next steps. The Elders are now ready to share their heart with you about the future.  Please come Sunday, January 13 for a potluck lunch in the fellowship hall, followed by a special Congregational Meeting. The meeting itself will likely start between 1:00 and 1:15 pm. The Elder Board has become focused on is the prioritization of Discipleship Training and pursuit of Christian Education at Living Water. We want to share with you several things in connection with this emphasis, including the proposal of the construction of a Christian Education Community Building. As a faith family, let’s get together and talk about our future. 

PRAYER AND FASTING EMPHASIS CONTINUES

I’m hearing some great reports about our current prayer emphasis!  If you haven’t heard, we’re in the midst of a 21 day emphasis on prayer and fasting.  Get started by downloading the Guidebook to your phone or Kindle athttps://converge.org/21-days-prayer-fasting and then scroll down to appropriate link. Start this week!  We’re asking the Lord to lead our church to reach the lost and make disciples in 2019 and we are crying out to him for help to see breakthroughs in personal holiness.

PRAYER MEETING January 23

As part of the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting lets meet together the evening of January 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a corporate time of praying together for our church, community and nation.

TAKE YOUR PARENT TO CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DAY – January 27

You’ve heard of take your kid to work day? Well on Sunday, January 27th all the children involved in Lily Pad and Kidsplash are going to have a chance to bring their parents into the Sprung Building to check out what they are doing and learning. Parents you’ll be getting more information but please plan on being at Living Water on Sunday, January 27th and learning about our children’s ministry. We want to come alongside you and help you bring your kids up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord. 

WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD Starts January 30 – Understanding the Trinity

What is God like? Who is God? Does your view of God line up with what the Scriptures teach? This winter’s topic in Wednesday Night in the Word will be a study of the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Why do we Christians believe in the Trinity and what is it that we believe about it? Plan on Joining us at 6:30 on Wednesday Nights in the Fellowship Hall. 

DATE NIGHT February 8

The Family Team’s next Date Night will be Friday, February 8th.  The Valentine Day holiday puts a lot of expectations on marriages that might not be healthy. Our focus will be to talk about biblical love and serving our spouse in love in ways they can appreciate. Childcare available. RSVP to Cheryl O’Dowd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT LIVING WATER

-      Waves Bible Quizzing meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Sprung Building.  This is elementary aged kids with the goal of helping them know the Word of God.

-      Reign Youth Group meets at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. This group is for teens from 6th grade through 12th grade. 

-      Wednesday Night in the Word meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. 

YOUTH GROUP WINTER CAMP February 8-10

February 8-10 the Reign Youth Group will be going to the “White Out” at Hesperus Camp (just west of Durango).  It’s open to 6th-12th graders and it requires a $50 registration deposit.  Please contact Cari Kincannon for more information:  505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEMBERSHIP CLASS February 10 and 17 at 10:45

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, February 10 and 17. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BABY DEDICATIONS February 24

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 Anna Gearhart (Puddles Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Our next time for dedications will be Sunday, February 24

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 3

Join us on Sunday, March 3 for a potluck lunch and then our annual business meeting where we share reports from the past year, pass the new budget and make important decisions for our future. 

BAPTISMS March 10

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, March 10. 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.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Contact Pastor Bo with any questions you have about joining a group. 719-529-1204 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLACES TO SERVE

Ephesians 4:16 says “from him the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” You have a role in ministry. If you are looking for a place to tie into the body and contribute here are some of the areas where you can plug in and serve (there are others areas not listed so if you have a particular passion for an area of service give Pastor Jeron a call and we will talk!). Over the next few weeks there might be some of these Teams or Ministries represented with tables in the lobby or the fellowship hall.

Worship Team (currently looking for qualified drummers, pianists)  Pastor Collin Brooks –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 720-427-2344

Décor Team – Melanie Jeppesen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-496-7177

Outreach Team – Amy Scavezze This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-5753

Mission Team – John Clark  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 832-725-0616

Women’s Ministry Team – Beth Dillon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 850-1406

Men’s Ministry Team – Larry Gardner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-966-0616

Kitchen Team – Kay Curtis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-9517

Safety Team – Randy Atkinson 588-2809

Family Team – Dennis & Cheryl O’Dowd  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121

Nursery – serve infants and toddlers and their parents during a worship service or during the week.  Contact Anna Gearhart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 469-0114

Children’s Ministry Life Guards – Sometimes the teachers of Lily Pad and Kidsplash need help and so they call on their “Life Guards” to assist with the children.  Contact Becky McGee at 580-2834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help Sunday mornings during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service)

Lily Pad – There are lots and lots of preschoolers – 1st Grade aged kids that are hungry for the Word of God and need to know of God’s love. Serve them through teaching or through activities during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service). Contact Becky McGee at 580-2834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kidsplash – There are lots of 2nd Grade – 5th Grade aged kids who need to meet Jesus and need to grow as disciples of Jesus.  Serve them through teaching or through activities during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service).  Contact ChrisAnn Zook at 719-850-9900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guest Services – As a church we always want to make people feel at home when they come to our worship services. We have lots of slots available for you to greet people at our doors or to serve people through the simple gesture of handing out bulletins and smiling. Contact Dave Haage at 719-298-2635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Making Waves Bible Quizzing – Join other volunteers (on a regular basis or as a substitute) on Wednesday nights in helping kids learn and apply the scriptures.  Contact Rosemary Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tidal Waves Bible Study – Sunday mornings at 10:45 am. Contact Krista Culver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHURCH APP

Living Water now has an App that you can download for Apple and Android Mobile Devices. You can use the app for such things as registering children for Puddles, Lily Pad and Kidsplash. 

Thanks for reading! 

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 03 January 2019 16:26

Thankful and Excited - Update 1-3-19

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THANKFUL AND EXCITED

It was approximately 5,745 days ago (I don’t know how the whole leap year thing works out) that my family and I drove into a cold San Luis Valley on a snowy night in early January and began our new life in Colorado. This week I’m thankful for my 15th anniversary of being a pastor at Living Water and these years have truly been the best part of my life. The Lord has been so good to the Parkins; we are so thankful for this church and for the blessings He has given. Thanks for loving us and allowing us to journey with you in your lives!

          Yesterday (even in spite of the cold) I was so eager to come to the church office and start another year. I think a lot of this has to do with you because this church has for the last 15 years always been eager and ready to step out in faith. And you guys, we have such an opportunity in this valley to make a difference! People are suffering greatly and so many people don’t know the Lord so it just feels like we have been set up “for such a time as this” to be used by the Lord in 2019. Let’s not shrink back or be passive! May we be bold and step out in faith in Jesus’ name! Let us pray intently and fervently for the Lord to lead us in 2019. Have you been thinking about starting a Bible study or Community Group? Start it! Have you been looking for an opportunity to reach out to a coworker with the gospel? Begin! Have you been leaning towards volunteering in a certain area? Sign up! This is the time to serve the Lord!  As a church we made a lot of changes in 2018 and I expect to keep pushing down the gas pedal in 2019.

          There’s a great scene described in the beginning of the book of Acts where Jesus gave his disciples their mission: “You will receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). They (and we!) were to bring the gospel to the world, both near and far. But then he ascended into heaven and they were standing and staring at the sky: “And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heave as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?’” (1:9-11). I love this! They are staring at the sky, in a daze, and the angels basically say, “Hey, why are you standing and staring? You’ve got work to do! “This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (1:11).  Jesus is coming back (which is our great hope!) but while he is away we need to get busy! He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and we are to be serving in his name - working on the same mission - until he comes again. Let’s not be a church in 2019 that stands back in a daze while the world falls apart. Let’s step out boldly in Jesus’ name in the power of the Spirit and reach our valley for Christ!

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

COMMUNION SUNDAY 9:00 and 10:45 am

Let’s prepare ourselves in the coming days to participate in the Lord’s Supper this Sunday. Has it been awhile since you’ve spent time with the Lord? Confessed your sins? Unburdened yourselves of your fears and anxiety? Let’s use this scheduled monthly time of worship as a motivation to privately examine ourselves and our walk with Jesus before coming to celebrate and remember his great act of love at worship services. 

Just a reminder that during the time of communion we shut the doors to minimize the traffic in and out of the sanctuary to maintain our focus on the Lord. You can of course leave the sanctuary if need be, but we ask you not to re-enter until the completion of the Lord’s Supper so that others aren’t distracted.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY resumes this Sunday (Jan 6) during the 10:45 service

OUTREACH TEAM MEETING January 8

On Tuesday, January 8th at 7pm you are invited to come to the Outreach Team’s monthly meeting (front foyer of main building) and get an overview of the service projects we have planned for this year. We’ll also be discussing our agenda for a March Outreach to the local trailer park and how we will love and serve our neighbors who live there. Contact Amy Scavezze at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions. 

THE MEASURE OF A MAN GROUP starts January 10th

Men you are invited to join other guys for a study about what it means to be a man who follows Jesus Christ. Greg Bervig will be leading this group starting Thursday morning, January 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast served. Contact Greg Bervig This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let him know you that you need a book. 

POTLUCK and CONGREGATION MEETING January 13

On July 22 at our worship services we called on our congregation to pray for the Elders, asking for the Lord to give us wisdom and direction for the future of our church.  We as a group of Elders had become convinced that the Lord wanted us to lead this church into a work of expanding our facilities.  But we really wanted to hear from the Lord so we called the people of this church to prayer.  If you’ve been one of those people praying for the Elder Board, thank you!  We have had a wonderful series of meetings and times of prayer which has led us to a conviction about our next steps. The Elders are now ready to share their heart with you about the future.  Please come Sunday, January 13 for a potluck lunch in the fellowship hall, followed by a special Congregational Meeting. The meeting itself will likely start between 1:00 and 1:15 pm. The Elder Board has become focused on is the prioritization of Discipleship Training and pursuit of Christian Education at Living Water. We want to share with you several things in connection with this emphasis, including the proposal of the construction of a Christian Education Community Building. As a faith family, let’s get together and talk about our future. 

PRAYER AND FASTING EMPHASIS CONTINUES

We’re in the midst of a 21 day emphasis on prayer and fasting. If you haven’t started yet, no worries!  Download the Guidebook to your phone or Kindle athttps://converge.org/21-days-prayer-fasting and then scroll down to appropriate link. Start this week!  We’re asking the Lord to lead our church to reach the lost and make disciples in 2019 and we are crying out to him for help to see breakthroughs in personal holiness. The devotion from today set before us the three ends to fasting: “For we practice it either as a restraint on the flesh, to preserve it from licentiousness, or as a preparation for prayers and pious meditations, or as a testimony of our humiliation in the presence of god when we are desirous of confessing our guilt before him” (John Calvin). 

TAKE YOUR PARENT TO CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DAY – January 27

You’ve heard of take your kid to work day? Well on Sunday, January 27th all the children involved in Lily Pad and Kidsplash are going to have a chance to bring their parents into the Sprung Building to check out what they are doing and learning. Parents you’ll be getting more information but please plan on being at Living Water on Sunday, January 27th and learning about our children’s ministry. We want to come alongside you and help you bring your kids up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord. 

WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD Starts January 30 – Understanding the Trinity

What is God like? Who is God? Does your view of God line up with what the Scriptures teach? This winter’s topic in Wednesday Night in the Word will be a study of the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Why do we Christians believe in the Trinity and what is it that we believe about it? Plan on Joining us at 6:30 on Wednesday Nights in the Fellowship Hall. 

YOUTH GROUP WINTER CAMP February 8-10

February 8-10 the Reign Youth Group will be going to the “White Out” at Hesperus Camp (just west of Durango).  It’s open to 6th-12th graders and it requires a $50 registration deposit.  Please contact Cari Kincannon for more information:  505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEMBERSHIP CLASS February 10 and 17 at 10:45

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, February 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.

COMMUNITY GROUPS IN 2019 – Now is the time to start! 

“How will I follow Jesus better this year than I did last year?” This is a question that we as Christians should ask ourselves around this time of the year with 2019 right around the corner. Another question we might as ask is, “How will I help others follow Jesus this year?” Both these questions are really asking about discipleship, which is our following of Jesus and helping others to do the same. We encourage you to ask yourself these questions and hope you find that Community Groups are the answer to both these questions. We can follow Christ better by being in fellowship with other believers that help us and hold us accountable in our walk with the Lord, giving us opportunity to help them as well. As you look to 2019, prayerfully consider joining a Community Group. Contact Pastor Bo with any questions you have about joining a group. 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks for reading! 

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” Psalm 121:1-2

Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:04

Christmas Gift - Update 12-13-18

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I’m not the best at giving gifts (you can ask my family). Maybe you are a great gift giver. But you know who the best gift giver of all is?  Our Heavenly Father. Though we all sinned, though we all trespassed against him and his will, though we all deserve condemnation, God has given us what we haven’t deserved. He chose to give us eternal life. Whereas Adam brought death to all, the LORD has brought us grace and the gift of righteousness through Jesus Christ.  In this passage from Romans the “gift” of Adam (guilt / inherited sin nature) is contrasted with the surpassing and sublime gift brought by the second and greater Adam, whom we are celebrating this Christmas:

But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:15-17)

Let us urge our family, neighbors, coworkers, friends, to receive the gift of salvation this Christmas. Let’s urge them to exchange death for life by believing in Jesus!  Remind them that they have to receive the gift of salvation personally - that they have to make the individual decision to repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as their sin-bearer, their Savior and Lord – nobody can receive and unwrap the gift for them.

Also this Christmas, let’s personally rejoice in the amazing grace of God for giving us the ability to understand the gospel and our need for redemption and to have the desire to put our faith in Jesus. Isn’t it amazing that he would choose to love us so wonderfully and completely? So sacrificially and eternally?  Rejoice!

THANK YOU!

Over the last several months you have been incredibly generous in the name of Jesus. From the Thanksgiving Food Boxes for La Puente, to the Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive, to the recently completed Sock Drive, Mission Sale, and Advent Offering you have blessed a lot of people. Thank you!

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Please feel free to invite friends and family to these celebrations of our Lord’s advent!

-      Sunday, December 23rd service times are 9:00 and 10:45 am

-      Monday, December 24th service times are 4:00 and 6:00 pm

CHURCH WIDE PRAYER EMPHASIS coming soon

Church, from January 1 – 21, I ask you to join together with your church family in daily prayer. When was the last time you entered an extended time of prayer and fasting for spiritual, relational or missional breakthrough? Never? A long time ago? When was the last time you cried out to God for help? Throughout the history of God’s people, believers have regularly reached out to God for a divine intervention. The early church leaders fasted and prayed. Leaders like Moses, David, Ezra, Daniel and the Apostle Paul fasted and prayed for God’s intervention. This is a season for us to intentionally and in a focused way bring before God the great matters facing our community, our church and us as individuals. In connection with this 21 day emphasis the December 30th worship services will focus on thanksgiving for what God has done in 2018 and a teaching on prayer and on being a church of prayer in 2019. Also, please mark on your calendar a corporate prayer meeting taking place here at Living Water Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. As part of this emphasis you will receive a simple written prayer and fasting guide that will not only discuss what fasting is and isn’t, but it will lead you through a daily time of prayer (this will be available also to download).

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING this Sunday

Our Mission Team is inviting you to consider traveling to Guatemala June 29-July 6, 2019. There is an Interest Meeting on Sunday, December 16th after the second service. Please meet in the Fellowship Hall. If you can’t make the meeting, contact Eric Palmer Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

DATE NIGHT THIS FRIDAY

The last date night of 2018 is this Friday night. Please RSVP to Cheryl by 4:00 pm today!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text/call at 588-0121

CHRISTMAS CAROLING December 19

The Outreach Team is sponsoring an evening of Christmas Caroling on Wednesday, December 19th – different groups will be going out to places in our community to bring some Christmas cheer!  Mark your calendars and get the voice warmed up. More information to come!

YOUTH GROUP PROGRESSIVE DINNER December 19

Reign youth group is calling all the Teens to come and eat! (and have some fun) during the upcoming progressive dinner December 19thfrom 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Contact Cliff and Cari to sign up or for more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FALL MISSION TRIP TO MOLDOVA PLANNED

One of the missionary couples Living Water supports is Dan and Beth Stafford. Over the years folks from Living Water have invested in various ways in Moldova to support the spread of the gospel. Dan is going to speak briefly on Sunday, December 23 about opportunities to help believers in Moldova and invite you to join him on a short term mission trip this fall. 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

There will be no Lily Pad or Kidsplash December 23 or December 30.  We’ll resume these ministries starting the weekend of January 6 during the 10:45 service.  Thank you everyone who served in these ministries in 2018.  Thanks Parents for letting us serve your kids!

COMMUNITY GROUPS IN 2019

“How will I follow Jesus better this year than I did last year?” This is a question that we as Christians should ask ourselves around this time of the year with 2019 right around the corner. Another question we might as ask is, “How will I help others follow Jesus this year?” Both these questions are really asking about discipleship, which is our following of Jesus and helping others to do the same. We encourage you to ask yourself these questions and hope you find that Community Groups are the answer to both these questions. We can follow Christ better by being in fellowship with other believers that help us and hold us accountable in our walk with the Lord, giving us opportunity to help them as well. As you look to 2019, prayerfully consider joining a Community Group. Contact Pastor Bo with any questions you have about joining a group. 

YOUTH GROUP WINTER CAMP January 8-10

January 8-10 the Reign Youth Group will be going to the “White Out” at Hesperus Camp (just west of Durango).  It’s open to 6th-12th graders and it requires a $50 registration deposit.  Please contact Cari Kincannon for more information:  505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE MEASURE OF A MAN GROUP starts January 10th

Men you are invited to join other guys for a study about what it means to be a man who follows Jesus Christ. Greg Bervig will be leading this group starting Thursday morning, January 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast served. Contact Greg BervigThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let him know you that you need a book. 

CONGREGATION MEETING January 13

On July 22 at our worship services we called on our congregation to pray for the Elders, asking for the Lord to give us wisdom and direction for the future of our church.  We as a group of Elders had become convinced that the Lord wanted us to lead this church into a work of expanding our facilities.  But we really wanted to hear from the Lord so we called the people of this church to prayer.  If you’ve been one of those people praying for the Elder Board, thank you!  We have had a wonderful series of meetings and times of prayer which has led us to a conviction about our next steps. The Elders are now ready to share their heart with you about the future.  Please come Sunday, January 13 for a potluck lunch in the fellowship hall, followed by a special Congregational Meeting. The meeting itself will likely start between 1:00 and 1:15 pm. The Elder Board has become focused on is the prioritization of Discipleship Training and pursuit of Christian Education at Living Water. We want to share with you several things in connection with this emphasis, including the proposal of the construction of a Christian Education Community Building. As a faith family, let’s get together and talk about our future. 

PLACES TO SERVE / MINISTRY POSITIONS in 2019

Ephesians 4:16 says “from him the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” You have a role in ministry. How are you currently serving others?  If you are looking for a place to tie into the body and contribute here are some of the areas where you can plug in and serve (there are others areas not listed so if you have a particular passion for an area of service give Pastor Jeron a call and we will talk!). 

Nursery – serve infants and toddlers and their parents during a worship service or during the week.  Contact Anna Gearhart atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 469-0114

Children’s Ministry Life Guards – Sometimes the teachers of Lily Pad and Kidsplash need help and so they call on their “Life Guards” to assist with the children.  Contact Becky McGee at 580-2834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help Sunday mornings during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service)

Lily Pad – There are lots and lots of preschoolers – 1st Grade aged kids that are hungry for the Word of God and need to know of God’s love. Serve them through teaching or through activities during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service). Contact Becky McGee at 580-2834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kidsplash – There are lots of 2nd Grade – 5th Grade aged kids who need to meet Jesus and need to grow as disciples of Jesus.  Serve them through teaching or through activities during the 10:45 service (worship at 9:00 am service, serve at 10:45 service).  Contact ChrisAnn Zook at 719-850-9900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guest Services – As a church we always want to make people feel at home when they come to our worship services. We have lots of slots available for you to greet people at our doors or to serve people through the simple gesture of handing out bulletins and smiling. Contact Dave Haage at 719-298-2635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Making Waves Bible Quizzing – Join other volunteers (on a regular basis or as a substitute) on Wednesday nights in helping kids learn and apply the scriptures.  Contact Rosemary Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MINISTRY TEAMS TO JOIN in 2019

Another way you can participate in serving the Lord and fellowship with other believers at Living Water is through joining one of our ministry teams. Here are the Ministry Teams and Directors:

Worship Team (currently looking for qualified drummers, pianists, strong female lead vocalist)  Pastor Collin Brooks –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 720-427-2344

Décor Team – Melanie Jeppesen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-496-7177

Outreach Team – Amy Scavezze This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-5753

Mission Team – John Clark  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 832-725-0616

Women’s Ministry Team – Beth Dillon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 850-1406

Men’s Ministry Team – Larry Gardner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-966-0616

Kitchen Team – Kay Curtis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-9517

Safety Team – Randy Atkinson 588-2809

Family Team – Cheryl O’Doud This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-0121

SUMMER 2019 CALENDAR ITEMS

-      EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP  July 29 – August 2nd here at Living Water.  Eagle Lake Day Camp is five days full of exciting activities, adventures and games! Campers ages 7 to 12 years old fill their days with unforgettable experiences as they enjoy Eagle Lake’s exceptional biblical teaching alongside peers and our highly qualified staff.  Eagle Lake Day Camps are a ministry of the Navigators.  Our Camp Team will help with the cost and we hope lots of scholarships will be available. Watch for early registration in November and get an early registration discount.

-      GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT August 8-9 here at Living Water.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for serving the Lord!
Jeron

Thursday, 06 December 2018 12:08

The Older I Get... - Update 12-6-18

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THE OLDER I GET…

“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:30-32).

Today is another birthday for me. So the older I get the more I’m amazed by God’s grace. The older I get the more I appreciate the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The older I get the more I realize how fabulous it is that I have been loved and am loved and will be loved in spite of all my unloveliness. 

Church, one of the challenges we face with living in a culture of accomplishment and titles and striving for success, is that we have a hard time receiving the Father’s love. I wonder if the Lord sometimes looks at his church and he shakes his head at his bride’s continued efforts to become loveable to him and earn his love. A big step for every disciple is to realize that God’s love is unconditional, that it can’t be earned through the keeping of his precepts or through our accomplishments and it can’t be lost by our stumblings and failings and sin.

The older I get the more peace I’ve found by basking in the love of God. The older I get the better I’ve been able to handle the trials of life, and the less fear I’ve felt because of the knowledge that I am loved with an everlasting love that will not let me go. The older I get the more I’ve been able to love others and be patient with others, as the truth of the Lord’s faithful love settles deeper into my soul.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, a beautiful act of worship today for you might be simply to sit in the Lord’s presence and let him speak to you again of his love. Take the time to personally tell the Father, “Thank You for loving me,” or “Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me enough to go to the cross for me” or “Holy Spirit thank you for indwelling me and loving me enough to abide in spite of all my faithlessness and brokenness.”  Sometimes in our pride we are reluctant to let people serve us or give us gifts. Sometimes in our pride we refuse the love of the God because we’d rather earn it. I imagine it hurts Father’s heart when we make his love for us conditional upon our efforts or our worthiness. Receive his love today, accept his love today.

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Here’s some things that are happening in the near future at Living Water… 

ADVENT OFFERING this Sunday

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 bulletins

MISSION WORK ART SALE this Sunday

Our Mission Team will be selling some artwork from various countries around the world on Sunday, December 9th (in the outer church foyer) to raise proceeds for future mission trips. 

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP interest meeting Dec 16

If you are interested in participating in a short term mission trip to Guatemala, there is an Interest Meeting on Sunday, December 16th after the second service.

DATE NIGHTS CONTINUE!

Our Family Team is hosting Friday night dates for couples this December 7 and December 14th. Come for food, discussions on marriage and games.  6:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to Cheryl O’Dowd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text/call at 588-0121 by 4 pm today (Thursday) if you are coming this Friday night. Please inform her if you are in need of childcare. 

SOCK DRIVE

The Women’s Ministry Team is sponsoring a sock drive for La Puente.  Bring new socks for men, women and children and fill the Christmas Stocking hanging in the foyer of the church.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING December 19

The Outreach Team is sponsoring an evening of Christmas Caroling on Wednesday, December 19th – different groups will be going out to places in our community to bring some Christmas cheer!  Mark your calendars and get the voice warmed up. More information to come!

YOUTH GROUP PROGRESSIVE DINNER December 19

Reign youth group is calling all the Teens to come and eat! (and have some fun) during the upcoming progressive dinner December 19thfrom 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Contact Cliff and Cari to sign up or for more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE

-      Sunday, December 23rd service times are 9:00 and 10:45 am

-      Monday, December 24th service times are 4:00 and 6:00 pm

Please feel free to invite friends and family to these celebrations of our Lord’s advent!

MINISTRY UPDATE

Project Growing Hope

Project Growing Hope is a part of the outreach ministry of Living Water Bible Fellowship and is focused on serving the youth in the San Luis Valley. This program provides supplemental nutrition to students who are experiencing food insecurity at home, regardless of the reason of that insecurity. Currently, we are operating in Bill Metz Elementary School and Sargent Elementary School. Project Growing Hope has the long term goal of adding one school per year until every elementary school in the San Luis Valley is covered by the program. We provide breakfast, lunch and one snack for each day the children are out of school. Given that our schools operate on a four day school week, Project Growing Hope provides nutritional support for the three days that the students are not in school. The program is open to all students in an effort to catch those students that might not qualify for other outside support but may find themselves without adequate food in the home. This year, we have approximately 36 students at Bill Metz and 26 students at Sargent. This means that we are packing 186 breakfasts, 186 lunches and 186 snacks every week. We also provide holiday support for a few families that are truly in need. These students receive food for the entire holiday break. The school staff at both of the schools has alerted us to which students “fear” the breaks due to food insecurity. Although the community does have resources for most students to utilize, there are circumstances that prevent some of our students from getting access to these resources. We provide support for those students specifically. Our current budget allows for us to spend $1.50 per child per day. Because of this, we rely heavily upon donated food from both the church and from the community. Any food items that are individually packed, shelf stable (non-perishable) and can be easily prepared by a child are always welcomed. Our plans for the future are focusing on continuing to provide support at the schools that we have established ourselves in, provided that there is a need present, as well as adding one school per year. We started at Sargent for many reasons, but mainly because there was a need present. Then this year we added Bill Metz and have been adding students weekly into our program from their school. We hope to add another school next year provided we can raise enough money to do it. We will not to commit to a school unless we know we can be there 100% for these students. Too many people have already failed these students. We cannot be yet another failure for them. 

MISSIONARY NEWS

Jerry and Jane Casey

Praising Him for protecting us during the Friday earthquake!! It was a scary experience as we shook for 90 seconds. Our damage was minimal compared to many. As we have heard others stories and heard  of the damage others had to deal with…lots of broken things, structural damage, loss of power and water, we were truly blessed and protected with the minimal damage we had here. The aftershocks have been many and are unsettling, but they are getting less often and slowly life is returning to normal.  Please be in prayer for those still cleaning up. Praising God there were no fatalities and we haven't even heard reports of serious injuries! Every aftershock brings to mind Colossians 4:2. My cough has been a lot worse the last few weeks. A CT scan of my lungs showed I have pneumonia, so I am now on antibiotics for 14 days and a medicated nebulizer as needed. So far, I haven’t felt a lot better, but hoping as the week goes on, I will feel better. I seem to be more tired so please pray for me to rest well and heal. Jerry started teaching the aviation class this week….. due to the earthquake and some bad weather in the interior, some students are still trying to get here, so he has not met them all yet. Some of the tours he had set up were cancelled this week because of the earthquake, so pray for God’s timing for when those tours happen and what Jerry can do to fill the time. We are praying for this class to impact these 8 students in a mighty way for their futures. As we enter the Christmas season, and it is moving in quickly, I am praying for God to clearly show me what needs to happen, and when and what can be let go this year…. Pray that we listen well to HIS leading. Praying for the peace of the season to surround us all! Psalm 116:17 says, “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord."

Aileen Fitzpatrick

It’s time for another update. This one will be a little long, but I want to let you in on what’s happening some. This has been one of the craziest months I have ever experienced in North Africa. I will give you a glance at this past month and then explain some of the hard things that are happening. First though, I would like to thank you all SO much. I ended up receiving all I asked for in gifts (to cover my unexpected costs and raising money for a new computer), minus about $175. I am blown away. I ended up saving some while the short term team was here as well. So, I think I can swing it over the next month to make up the amount I still need. I am always so humbled by your generosity! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Also, our house repairs ended up only costing about $100. So, we’ve been able to cover those as well. PTL! 

Jazer and I received some pretty shocking news. We were told that our team leaders were planning to head back to the States for a sabbatical. It would be at least a year long, but at this time there is no set timeline. When we were finally back in our city and able to talk through it all, we realized this meant that no one could stay in our city while remaining within our company. It’s a tough reality to reconcile as it seemed like the timing of things was about to come together for the new business and the other work we have been doing here. In the midst of being so sick, we were trying to process all of this, once my team had left. One of our higher up leaders flew into town to help everyone make decisions. There are so many factors at play here. Jazer and I are the two remaining to decide what to do. The HOP and all of that will continue under new management, but we are deciding if we will be able to stay in our city or not. It’s complicated and we are both seeking wise counsel from within our company and from others outside our company we know and trust. We are knocking on all of the doors to be able to stay, but if no door opens and nothing seems to be working out, we will take it as a sign we are supposed to leave. Please be thinking of us in all of this to discern what is right and good. It’s a lot of explain, but that’s the basics.

What you all need to know is that no matter the outcome, my heart is set to do His will. If it is in my city, then we will continue with plans as before, but the organization I am in will change. If it is not in my city, I will stay with Ateam and come back to the States to begin a plan to launch into a new area. The ideas we have talked about with launching into a new area are actually also dreams I’ve had with Him. If that time comes, I will give more info. Either way, I will keep you all updated on all of this. We will hopefully come to a decision in the next couple of weeks for sure. I know this is going to be a big transition anyway I look at it. I trust His sovereignty in the midst and I know I am in His hands, not the hands of men. Although, it will definitely be bittersweet no matter the outcome. Thank you guys for always being there and loving me well. I am both excited and nervous about whatever is coming next, but hopefully we can walk through this transition together. Let me know how you are doing and how I can be lifting you up as well. And let me know if you have any questions or concerns in the midst of all of this. For the sake of how long this update already is, I am going to end here. Love you guys! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Chris and Faith Creech

Dear Friends and Loved Ones, The end of November has brought a slow down to our travel schedule until the end of the year. However, we remain busy with two projects. One is the video production of some of our lectures for an update to our website following the publication of our second book, The Antidote. The second is proofreading the edit of The Antidote from the publisher. As you know, we are now concentrating our ministry on our workshops for pastors, missionaries, and other ministry workers which is entitled "Workshop for The Wounded and Weary in Ministry." We have shared that our goal is to dedicate all contributed funds to the project of presenting the "Wounded and Weary" workshops. However, something has complicated our plans. We have been requested to travel to several locations either to introduce our material or to help conflicted churches or ministries. Three of these trips are within the US, but a fourth involves travel to Asia where we will visit several countries. These trips will begin after the first of the year. More will be shared in future email updates. For the meantime, know that we are dedicating every cent possible from contributed funds toward the goal of presenting these workshops.Please keep us in your prayers and be sure to share new prayer requests with us. Your forever friends in Jesus, Chris and Faith

 

FAMILY STUFF IN THE COMMUNITY

-      Free Skate Night at the Alamosa Ice Rink (2242 Old Sanford Road) this Friday evening. Youth must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or trusted adult.  5:00 – 8:00 pm. 

-      City Market is raising funds for the La Puente PALS program and they are offering pictures with Santa for $5 December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, from 11 am till 5 pm.

Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Thursday, 29 November 2018 11:44

Elder Board Motion & Congregational Prayer

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ELDER BOARD MOTION, JUNE 7, 2018

“Motivated by the conviction that we have a lot more to do for Jesus, and moved by the great need that exists for salvation and discipleship in the San Luis Valley, it is our unanimous belief as an Elder Board that the time is right to once again pursue facility expansion. While we do have some issues of crowding during the week, our vision isn’t driven by the current size of the congregation but rather our belief that our church and its impact on valley communities is going to grow and that we should intentionally prepare now to accommodate for such growth."

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER, JULY 22, 2018

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name (1 Chronicles 29:10-13).

Our Elders have brought before us a motion Lord, a motion about expanding our campus. Our Creator, our Great and Exalted God, we bring it before you! Our eyes are on you, seeking your wisdom, asking for your guidance to be given to our leaders.

We thank you for what you’ve done in our lives.  Thank you for saving us from our sins, for giving us eternal life!  Thank you for your love. Thank you for calling us to be your people.  Jesus, you are the head of this church; we acknowledge and celebrate the fact that Living Water Bible Fellowship is yours.

So we pray for ourselves Lord, that we could become more and more the people that you long for us to be. We want to worship you as you deserve!  We want to serve you and do your will with our lives.  Lord we acknowledge our weakness.  We acknowledge that we often fall far short of our calling to represent you in this world. Help us Lord to be your ambassadors.  Help us to take the gospel to the nations and to our neighbors. 

Through our efforts to be your people in this world and through our efforts to share the gospel we hope that you would be magnified, exalted and worshiped by multitudes of people.  If our church grows numerically Lord, may we also grow in our discipleship.  If we are to grow in size Lord, let us please also grow in faith, hope and love. 

Lord in response to this motion from our Elder Board, we pray for your guidance and wisdom.  Jesus, our Elders have come to believe that the time is near for facility expansion.  So we pray for our Elder Board.  Please guide them Lord as they lead us.  Give the Elders wisdom Lord.  Reveal to them the next step Lord and may they be faithful to do what you say.  We truly want to impact the San Luis Valley.  We truly want to see a multitude of people enter into a life changing and ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  Show us the way Lord, show our Elders the way forward.  O Lord God Almighty, be magnified in and through Living Water Bible Fellowship!

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