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.
Living Water Lutheran Church
Worship Service on Sunday at 10:00 AM
Fellowship Coffee Hour at 11:00 AM
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April Worship Schedule
June 7— 10:00 AM TBD
June 14 — 10:00 AM TBD
June 21 — 10:00 AM TBD
June 28 — 10:00 AM TBD
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.
GOD’S PEOPLE CONTINUE TO WORSHIP
Pastor Bob and Pastor Judy will be continuing to prepare weekly Sunday worship liturgies for the congregation, sent out by email as a Word document. They will continue to alternate weekly.
We have missed the opportunity to gather in person on Sundays as well as for major liturgical events such as Easter and Pentecost—and that is a loss. But God does not care about the grandness of our worship—only that we do worship. God’s people, including the part of the body of Christ known as Living Water Lutheran Church, have found ways to worship, pray to, and give glory to God amidst the constraints of the COVID crisis.
In addition to reflecting on the devotional materials sent by the pastors, some of you have attended services virtually at your childhood churches or at large churches in cities. Some have live-streamed worship services from churches you’ve always been curious about. Still others have found “parking lot” worship services.
The apostle Stephen reminds us, in Acts 7:48, that “ . . . the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands.” Until the time when we can safely gather in person in our church, remember that we are still a community of faith, loving God and caring for one another and our “neighbors” as best we can.
Pastor Bob and Pastor Judy will maintain contact with the members of the congregation, but please know that you are welcome to reach out of them. Pastor Bob: email@example.com and 804-229-0822. Pastor Judy: firstname.lastname@example.org and 804-725-6743.
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.
PASTOR BOB MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION
Pastor Bob Maier was ordained to the Lutheran ministry on June 6, 1970. On June 6, 2020, he will mark the 50th anniversary of his ordination—his “Jubilee year.” Had this not been a year with a pandemic, there would have been several public recognitions of Bob’s service to Jesus’ church: at the Synod Assembly; at his home church, St. Luke Lutheran in Richmond; and at Living Water.
Mary Simonovich, who, along with her husband, Sam Simonovich, helped get Living Water established, notes that Pastor Bob’s first service with our church was on April 9, 2005. Bob has capably and devotedly served Living Water as Vice Pastor and Interim Pastor on and off several times over the past 15 years. One suspects Pastor Bob has a special place in his heart for the congregation of Living Water, and indeed he does.
Mary also has suggested the following: Let all of us who have been blessed by Pastor Bob’s service at Living Water pause at noon on Saturday, June 6, to offer a prayer of thanks for his ministry. Let us also give thanks for his family and the support they have provided him: his wife, Judy, and their daughters, Allison and Jennifer.
You have been blessed to be a blessing, Pastor Bob. Thank you!
PRISON MINISTRY AT LIVING WATER
Mindful that “empowered by the Spirit of God, we are to touch lives with Christian love,” Living Water’s Prison Ministry currently is offering outreach and support to former member Kristi Brandom. Our thanks go to Mary Simonovich for heading up this ministry.
There are strict rules for corresponding with someone in the jail where Kristi currently resides. They must be followed exactly, or the correspondence will be returned to the sender. Mary notes the following:
Kristi Brandom, T558028
Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail
3250 West Lower Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Only postcards may be sent. The postcard must not have been tampered with or contain inappropriate images (that is, those that are obscene or violent). The minimum size for a postcard is 3.5” x 4.25”, and the maximum size is 4.25” x 6.0”.
The ink color can be only black or blue.
The return address must be placed in the top left corner of the postcard. It must contain the sender’s first and last names, and address. No labels are permitted. Failure to provide a full, hand-written or hand-printed return address will result in the postcard being rejected.
Kristi welcomes postcards from Living Water and even has responded to a few who have sent her cards. Mary has prepared a schedule (which may be found on the Information Table in the sanctuary) that allows Kristi to receive cards on a steady basis, so please consider signing up. However, anyone may send a card at any time.
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.