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
Living Water Lutheran Church
Worship Service on Sunday at 10:00 AM
Fellowship Coffee Hour at 11:00 AM
October Worship Schedule
Nov 3 — Pastor Judy Thomson
Nov 10 — Pastor Bob Maier
Nov 17 — Pastor Judy Thomson
Nov 24 — Pastor Bruce Bursley
*Council Meeting: November 10
Please come join us for worship and fellowship.
Free parking provided.
The Living Water Crowd
Pastor Bob Maier
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.
LITURGY “SCRIPTS” AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS
Each week, Janet Smith prepares two extra copies of the liturgy “script.” These “scripts”—which also are given to the Pastor of the day—include all the spoken and sung elements of our Lutheran worship service in one document. If you notice a visitor who is having difficulty navigating among the hymnal, the bulletin, and the seasonal sheet in the chair pockets, please offer the visitor a copy. These “scripts” may be found on the table in the narthex, along with the weekly bulletin.
ON THE AGENDA FOR THE FALL CONGREGATION MEETING
Four items will be on the agenda at the November 10 meeting of the congregation. These are:
- To approve the minutes from the May 12, 2019, Congregation Meeting and the July 28, 2019, Special Congregation Meeting;
- To elect church Council members--the nominees are Therese Horwath, Frank Richard, and Roland Stecher and nominations from the floor will be accepted;
- To approve an Auditing Committee for 2020 to review the 2019 fiscal year. Dave Mower and Cliff Greve have been nominated--a third nominee is sought and nominations from the floor will be accepted;
- To approve the proposed church budget for 2020.
Those attending may bring to the meeting any old or new business that is important to the congregation.
The meeting will get underway immediately following the worship service. Living Water’s constitution requires that 25% of voting members of the congregation (14 persons out of 54 eligible voters) must be present to constitute a quorum for this semi-annual meeting of the congregation. Those eligible to vote are confirmed members of the congregation, defined in the constitution as “baptized persons who have been confirmed in this congregation or who have been received into membership by adult baptism, by transfer from other Lutheran congregations, or by affirmation of faith.” This includes all Associate and Full Members of Living Water.
All pertinent documents are available for reading prior to the meeting, and may be found on the Information Table at the church. Plan to be there and have a voice in the life of your church!
RIDES TO CHURCH FOR MARY
Could you provide a round-trip or one-way ride for Mary, on Sundays, between her home and the church? There is schedule on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Please sign up if you are able to help. More information is given on the schedule.
NEWS FROM COUNCIL
Following several months of discussion, job descriptions for Pastor Bob and Pastor Judy that were agreed upon by Council, the Bishop’s office, and the two Pastors have been signed. The “contracts” pertain to service through 2020, and will be reviewed for renewal at that time.
Council President Kathie Galgano prepared a chart that shows congregants’ responses to the recent “Time and Talents” survey. Please consider checking this chart if you are seeking people to help with a project. Ask any member of Council if you would like to see a copy.
"HARVEST FEAST 2020" PLANNING TEAM HOLDS FIRST MEETING
On Sunday, October 27, the planning team for the Church Street Four’s next big project, “Harvest Feast 2020,” kicked off its work. Each of the churches—Living Water, Calvary Baptist, Abiding Faith Baptist, and St. Andrews Presbyterian—sent two representatives. Our two representatives are Joanna Bradley and Dave Mower. The planning team has funds to work with--the accumulated proceeds from the Harvest Fair 2016 and from combined worship service offering collection.
What will emerge from this energetic team remains to be seen, but the ideas have been flying—both at the meeting and in subsequent emails. The purpose of the Church Street Four alliance, and of this event, seem clear to all involved: to model unity in diversity, and to show the good news of the Gospel—and Jesus at work in our world—to the community. The planners are looking at having the event in October 2020, at the Town Centre Park in Kilmarnock, centered around an open-to-all meal. Inviting other local churches to participate is in the plans. Providing support to people who may need it—both through offering tangible items as well as through information about community services—is part of the thinking.
WORSHIP COMMITTEE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
At the October Council meeting, Worship Committee chairperson Marge Page stated that she will be stepping down from that role, effective December 31, 2019. Marge has served ably and energetically in that position for many years, and the congregation is grateful to her. In preparing to leave her position on the Committee, Marge has set up teams, and team leaders, for many of the Worship Committee’s areas of responsibility. Currently, we seek a Worship Committee Chairperson and a Communion Preparers Team Leader.
There’s another smaller job that might be a meaningful way for a person with limited mobility to serve. From time to time, an urgent need for prayer may arise. Currently, our Prayer Chain is largely digital. That is, we get the request out by email. But we need someone who can telephone the five persons in our congregation who do not have email. Let’s call the position, Prayer Chain No-Email Liaison! The person who takes on this task can be one of those without email, in which case the Pastor will call you when there is a Prayer Chain request.
Want to serve your church in any of these ways? Please contact Marge, Kathie Galgano, Pastor Bob, or Pastor Judy.
FOOD BANK CONTRIBUTIONS FOR NOVEMBER
Outreach Committee chairperson Nancy Mower notes that for the month of November, Living Water is asked to collect paper products and laundry supplies for the Healthy Harvest Food Bank. So please bring toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and spray-and-wash. As always, the Food Bank gladly accepts any food items, too.
"JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM" SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 14
The fourth annual Journey to Bethlehem: A Drive-Through Celebration of Christmas is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (435 East Church Street, Kilmarnock). Several other local churches, including Living Water, come together to help St. Andrews present a live nativity (with animals!) through eight tableaux that tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
Living Water and Kilmarnock United Methodist Church work together on a tableau of the angels and the shepherds. Costumed actors stage the scenes in 30-minute shifts, going inside for refreshments and fellowship, while another team does its shift. We will be seeking actors for our tableau, so please consider volunteering. St. Andrews will provide the main dishes for the refreshment time, but Living Water and the other churches will be asked to provide cookies and other complementary food.
Kathie Galgano is Living Water’s liaison with St. Andrews for Journey to Bethlehem, and she will be publicizing requests and needs. Do consider driving through Journey to Bethlehem, and tell your friends and neighbors about it. At the end of the drive-through, there is a station for collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for the Healthy Harvest Food Bank.
NORTHERN NECK CHRISTIAN YOUTH SET TO BEGIN ANOTHER YEAR
Northern Neck Christian Youth (NNCY) is an organization for local middle school and high school youth in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties. Currently, there are about 30 participants, who come from about a dozen different local churches. In the summer, the youth and their adult leaders participate in a one-week expedition through an organization called Reach Mission Trips. In 2019, the group repaired houses in West Virginia.
During the school year, NNCY youth participate in outings to local events, and they hold fund-raisers to offset the cost of the summer mission trip. The youth are actively involved with Journey to Bethlehem. Mary Ritz’s granddaughter, Patricia Monge-Meberg, a member of Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, is a founding member and one of the adult leaders of NNCY.
This year’s initial meeting will be on Sunday, November 10, at 4 PM, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. If you know of a young person who might be interested in NNCY—a grandchild or a neighbor—please tell Pastor Judy or—simply show up at the meeting on November 10.
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.