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
May 5 — 10:00 AM TBD
May 10 — 10:00 AM TBD
May 17 — 10:00 AM TBD
May 24 — 10:00 AM TBD
May 31 — 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.
WORSHIP PLANS AND OPTIONS
For as long as social/physical distancing is recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pastor Bob and Pastor Judy will take turns preparing liturgies for worship that congregants can use at home. These will be distributed by email and, for those without email, in hard copy.
In addition to devotionals for “regular” Sundays and Easter Sunday, the pastors plan to share a prayer for Maundy Thursday and a devotional for Good Friday.
Please also consider live-streamed or YouTube worship services produced by the larger Lutheran churches. For a list of these services, go to the Virginia Synod’s special website page, www.vasynod.org/covid-19/. Click on the blue bar that says, “Online Worship Opportunities.” There is lots of other useful information on this page, too, including periodic messages from Bishop Bob Humphrey.
In addition, Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church graciously has invited us to participate in their Sunday “drive-in” services held at 10 AM in the parking lot at the church in Weems. You can check the church’s website, www.campbellchurch.net, to confirm that a parking lot service is scheduled.
[A note about Easter lilies: Needless to say, we will not be ordering Easter lilies this year. If you already paid for one, please contact Treasurer Cathy Heacock, firstname.lastname@example.org, to request a refund.]
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.
CHURCH STREET FOUR CHANGES PLANS, DONATES $2,000 TO FOOD BANK
For several months a steering committee comprised of two members each of the four Church Street Four churches—Abiding Faith Baptist, Calvary Baptist, Living Water Lutheran, and St. Andrews Presbyterian—had been meeting to plan a meaningful way to give back to the community. The event would be financed by the considerable sum of money collected in various offerings over the five years the churches have been in an alliance. So plans were underway for a WinterFest in January, 2021—a free meal for those in need of food and/or companionship, plus clothing, non-perishable food, tools, and children’s books and games, free for the taking.
And then COVID-19 came along. Not only was it uncertain what life would be like in January, 2021, but clearly there was a new and urgent present need for food for persons who had lost jobs and were facing financial stress. After consultation among the churches’ pastors and the steering committee members, it was agreed that the Church Street Four could better show Jesus at work in our community by canceling WinterFest 2021 and giving the money immediately to the Health Harvest Food Bank. And so a check for $2,000 from the Church Street Four churches was given to the Food Bank in early April.
Members of the steering committee were: Sam Cain and Chris Dameron (Abiding Faith); Bonnie James and Vera Lee (Calvary Baptist); Joanna Bradley and Dave Mower (Living Water); and John Dickie and Amy Ryan (St. Andrews). The Rev. Barbara Cain is the Pastor of Abiding Faith; Deacons Bill Lee and John James lead Calvary Baptist at this time when they are without a Pastor; and the Rev. Sandi Shaner is the Pastor of St. Andrews.
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.