Living Water Lutheran Church exists to be a gift to our community and the world by:
EXPECT MIRACLES! And believe YOU are one!
83 Bluff Point Road, Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482
P.O. Box 818, Kilmarnock, VA 22482
Because of COVID-19, worship services are cancelled until further notice.
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Living Water Lutheran Church
Worship Service on Sunday at 10:00 AM
Fellowship Coffee Hour at 11:00 AM
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January Worship Schedule
January 3 — 10:00 AM TBD
January 10 — 10:00 AM TBD
January 17 — 10:00 AM TBD
January 24 — 10:00 AM TBD
January 31 — 10:00 AM TBD
Please come join us for worship and fellowship.
Free parking provided.
The Living Water Crowd
Pastor Bruce Burslie
Asst Pastor Judy Thomson
Virginia Synod Newsletter
Living Water Lutheran Church Mission Statement and Values
Living water Lutheran Church is a caring Christian community called to spread the Gospel and bring others to Christ by sharing His love through prayer, thanksgiving, service, and fellowship. Gathered around Word and Sacrament, we believe that we are unified by God's grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit and saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.
MESSAGE FROM COUNCIL PRESIDENT JOHN BOWDEN
Dear Living Water Congregants:
In the first third of the past year, there was a range of shock, fear, disbelief, and/or denial about the COVID-19 pandemic, until the reality truly set in. This virus was not going away. Our world had changed and we were in for a long haul.
Our church would have no in-person services. Our congregational meetings were cancelled. Our Pastors took action and kept in touch with members of the congregation and reached out to anyone in need. Plans were made to provide weekly liturgy services sent via email by Pastor Bob Maier and Pastor Judy Thomson. Our pastors alternated preparation of the weekly liturgies, sending us words of hope and faith. Their commitment helped shepherd us through this difficult time.
Council meetings were held via Zoom and this was another learning process. As we tried to keep up with technology, at times it was frustrating and at other times, almost comical. We made progress and didn’t let the challenges stop us! (The next Council meeting is on January 13, 2021.)
In August, a tornado hit multiple communities in the Northern Neck, creating havoc and damage. There were many trees down around the church and minor damage to our building. Just this December, the damage to the building was repaired and soon the grounds will be fully cleared.
Officers and budget
Looking forward to 2021, Council voted unanimously to extend the Council members terms and to extend the 2020 budget into 2021 until an in-person congregational meeting can be held. Council members are: John Bowden, President; Roland Stecher, Vice President; Joanna Bradley, Secretary; Cathy Heacock, Treasurer’ Frank Richards, Financial Secretary; and Janet Smith and Therese Horwath, Council members at large. (Council members also are always listed in the brown box in the upper left portion of this page of the newsletter.)
CHANGE IN PASTORAL LEADERSHIP
With our lead Pastor, the Rev. Robert Maier, retiring as of December 31, 2020, after many years of service in leading us, the Rev. Bruce Burslie, accepted the commitment to be our lead Pastor beginning Jan 1, 2021. Pastor Bruce and Pastor Judy will be working together as team ministers. They have met a couple of times to plan the best way to lead us through the new year, trying to answer the difficult pastoral and logistical questions. Pastor Bruce is considering having a drive-through communion service at the church in the near future, with all COVID restrictions followed. Dates and times will be sent out in a separate notice.
Pastor Judy will maintain contact with the members of the congregation, but please know that you are welcome to reach out of her. Pastor Judy: firstname.lastname@example.org and 804-725-6743.
LIVING WATER’S “ANGEL TREE” CHRISTMAS GIFTS HELP
A LOCAL FAMILY
Nancy Mower purchased, wrapped, and delivered the gifts, underwritten by Living Water’s donations, to a family in the Wicomico Church area.
Living Water congregants responded generously to the Outreach Committee’s Angel Tree 2020 project, reports the committee’s moderator, Nancy Mower. The Northumberland County Department of Social Services recommended this family for Living Water. Because of the pandemic, this year instead of congregants purchasing gifts, they were asked to donate cash so that Nancy could do the shopping.
There were enough donated funds to purchase several gifts for the children, a 10-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl. There even was enough extra money to provide gift cards to Food Lion for the parents.
Nancy delivered the gifts to the family a couple of weeks before Christmas, and they were received with gratitude. One special donation came from the Tina Held Memorial Fund. Tina, who died unexpectedly two years ago, loved to go shopping over the years with her friend Claudia Holmes, when both would purchase their Christmas gifts for the Angel Tree families. So with the gift of her money, Tina is still helping. Indeed, thanks to everyone who participated in this project.
REMINDER ABOUT PLEDGES AND OFFERINGS
Please remember that you are encouraged to send your offering envelopes and any other contributions to the church to: Living Water Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 818, Kilmarnock, VA 22482. Thank you for continuing your support.
ABOUT THE PRAYER LIST
Living Water maintains a Prayer List of persons both in, and outside of, our congregation who are facing difficulties. The Prayer List is posted on a bulletin board at the back of the sanctuary, and is included in the Sunday bulletin on the first Sunday of the month. Members of the congregation are urged to keep these persons in their prayers. To have someone’s name placed on the Prayer List, simply give the name to Janet Smith. If you have placed someone’s name on the List, and there comes a time when the person’s circumstances have changed such that he or she no longer needs to be listed, kindly ask Janet to remove the name so that the List remains accurate. Thank you.