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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!

Thursday, 29 November 2018 11:19

The Future - Update 11-29-18

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THE FUTURE

“Thus says the LORD: Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16). If you’ve read the book of Jeremiah the big issue is that the people of Jerusalem and Judah were ignoring the Lord’s precepts and directions and God wasn’t putting up with their lack of faithfulness any more. They were headed for trouble!  But again and again he told his people if they would call him and listen to him would be blessed: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, who trust is in the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Back in July the Elder Board brought a motion to the church (see attachment) and asked for you to pray for them about the future of Living Water Bible Fellowship.  Here was part of the prayer that was read in the worship services on July 22:  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!

Since that time the Elder Board has sought the Lord and have had many long conversations at our meetings on what we think the Lord wants. I’m excited about a direction that has arisen and I’d ask for you to fast and pray for the pathway to become clearer in clearer in the weeks ahead. Before the new year arrives I anticipate that we as an Elder Board will be ready to share the vision for the future steps of our church. But please pray! Continue to call on the Lord for his guidance!  We want to remain fully in the will of the Lord and stay in the center of the path he has planned for this church and the people of the San Luis Valley.  More information to come! 

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

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 monthly time of worship as a motivation to examine ourselves and our walk with Jesus before coming to celebrate and remember his great act of love. 

Just a reminder that during the time of communion (usually near the beginning of the worship service) 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.

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 bulletin this Sunday (Dec 2) and December 9th.

LADIES CHRISTMAS BRUNCH this Saturday

You are invited to come to “An Old Fashioned Christmas” at 9:00 am this Saturday in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be a brunch offered, carols sung, and ornament exchange and lots of fun and fellowship.  Please RSVP today to the church office if you haven’t already signed up! 589-6351. There is a $6 fee. Hope to see you there!

MISSION WORK ART SALE

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

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 November 30, 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!

ONLINE CHRISTIAN RESOURCE LIBRARY

As a part of our faith family you have free access to RightNow Media, a wonderful library of video resources for all ages from churches and pastors all across the country, to help you develop and grow as both a disciple of Jesus. Streaming directly to your computer, tablet, or mobile device, you’ll find the online Bible Study Library includes relevant content for every age group or spiritual season. You can search by category, topic, or speaker. Additionally, many of the series have direct links to workbooks and leader guides. Parents, you’ll find that RightNow has a multitude of videos and resources for your kids. Sign up on our website www.livingwateralamosa.org under the Resources tab

A NOTE FROM JANICE (office administrator)

I want to thank you all for all the ways you are serving the Lord in your family, in the community and here at the Living Water!  With all the activities and events happening at Living Water I am finding it harder and harder to keep things straight (I have noticed that I have had event information incorrect on the calendar and for that I want to apologize). So I need to ask for your help when you want to schedule future events here at the church. When you want to use one of the buildings for an event or program or ministry, please send event information to Janice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  When you notify me, please include as much information as possible IE: building or rooms needed, time of event start to finish, dates. Thank you!

DO YOU HAVE THE CHURCH APP?

Living Water has an App for your mobile device – get it today and make communication easier!

DON’T BE TROUBLED

Recently a former member of Living Water has said disparaging and untrue things about our church via social media. I know this has been hurtful to some of you, but when people slander or libel, let us do our best to not respond in kind. Even though these things hurt, let’s follow the Apostle Paul’s example: “When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly” (1 Corinthians 4:12-13). Turn these things over to the Lord and don’t be troubled. 

FAMILY STUFF IN THE COMMUNITY

-      Free Skate Night at the Alamosa Ice Rink (2242 Old Sanford Road). 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

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