1 1911 4th Avenue North Sauk Rapids, MN (320) FAX (320) Facebook - Living Waters Lutheran Church SR Twitter - lwlcmn So much fun...was enjoying myself too much! This was so fun! Hope it is a new tradition!! Thank you to all who came to our house and sang Christmas songs to us! A special thank you to Blake Sheldon for singing Joy to the World. The ladies truly enjoyed it! A Blue Christmas Candlelight Service A new tradition? Intern Pastor Sarah put together a special time of worship that focused on the hope and peace revealed through the ever-present light of Christ Parade of Lights Congratulations to LWLC for winning 2nd place! Kids Christmas Program
2 Page 2 JANUARY 2019 Sundays in January Sunday, January 6 Epiphany 9:40 am Pond & Splash 9:45 am table Talk 10:30 am Worship Sunday, January 13 Baptism of our Lord Sunday 9:40 am Children s Church 9:45 am table Talk 10:30 am Worship service Sunday, January 20 9:30 am Blood pressure check 9:40 am Pond & Splash 9:45 am Table Talk 10:30 am Worship service Sunday, January 27 9:40 am Pond & Splash indoor Carnival 9:45 am Table Talk 10:30 am worship Service Table Talk Join the conversation each Sunday morning between services for good discussion and information about a variety of topics. Come whenever you want! The conversation is informal, and no one is pressured to talk. Grab a cup of coffee (or juice), pull up a chair and join us for Table Talk, Sundays, 9:45-10:15am. Table Talk meets at the back of the sanctuary by the little kitchen. TABLE TALK TOPICS JANUARY 6 How Generous Were Your Parents? JANUARY 13 JANUARY 20 JANUARY 27...a conversation about giving. GOOD GOD QUESTIONS! Connecting to God Through the Psalms Nooma: A video and discussion about our faith There will be a time during each service in which you will be invited to go to the font to renew your baptism. Of our Lord Sunday Children baptized during 2018 can pick up their baptismal shells at either service.
3 JANUARY 2019 Page 3 Pond, Splash, and 3rd grade Breakfast Club (Children s Ministry) News Children s Church on Jan 13 F r e e I n d o o r C a r n i v a l SUNDAY, JAN 27 9:40-10:15 AM - Let's warm up the winter with some fun! Join us for some indoor carnival games and prizes! Our older students will run the games, kids 3rd grade and younger can play them! Bring your friends! There will be a short worship service in the sanctuary that is designed especially for kids and parents on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 9:40 to 10:20 am, during what is normally Pond and Splash time. All are welcome! Would you be willing to share a story of your faith? We are starting to look for people who would be willing to share any aspect of their faith story during a Wednesday night Lenten service this year. Speakers typically speak for 5-10 minutes. Wednesdays in Lent this year are March 13,20, 27, April 3 and 10. "Always be ready to give an account of the hope that is within you" (1 Peter 3:15. Talk to one of the pastors and let us know if you're interested. Thank you!
4 Page 4 JAN UAR Y th 9th grade Wednesday Night Education 4-9th graders paint for the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser for Place of Hope Students will meet at Art As You Like It ( 109 Division St, Waite Park) to paint a bowl for this great fundraising event! 7-9th graders meet at Art As You Like It on January 16 from 6-7pm, 4-6th graders meet on January 30 from 6-7 pm. NOW AVAILABLE IN THE CHURCH OFFICE! Pick up your 2019 copy of DAILY TEXTS, a daily offering of scripture and dwelling on the Word. Books are available in the church office. They are $8. "Clearing the Air: Making Sense of the Vaping Trend and How to Talk to our Kids About It" -- Parents and all interested adults, please join us on Wed, Jan 2nd at 6:30 pm. There is no kids programming on this night, but parents are invited to come get more information about the current vaping trend, what to look for (different kinds of vapes will be there for you to look at), and how to talk to your kids about it. Community Health Specialist with Benton County Public Health, Brenda Lovitz, will be there to share with us, Please help us spread the word!
5 ALL THINGS HIGH SCHOOL. A MERRY TIME WAS HAD AT THE... NEW WINE is on hiatus during the month of January while Todd is in Tanzania. Thy will be returning for rehearsals on February 3rd. NEW WINE SUNDAY Mark your calendars when NEW WINE will lead worship services on Sunday, February 24th. PIZZA FACTORY NEW WINE put together a few hundred pizzas that were pre-sold during the month of December. Here are some pictures of the crew! WATCH FOR THE NEXT H20 EVENT IN FEBRUARY!
6 We set off on the journey on November 1st, and now, with two month s readings underfoot, how goes it? We have year-read Bibles yet available in the church office. It s not too late to start the journey. It s NEVER too late to start your journey through the Bible. And you won t be going it alone! Checkout our Facebook Group: LWLC THE JOURNEY Attend one of our monthly gatherings to get some background information and ask your questions! The gatherings are always the first Thursday of the month at 7pm and the first Friday of the month at 11am, This month s gatherings are: THURSDAY, JANUARY 3 7PM AND FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 11AM How goes the journey? A number of people are currently on a journey to read the Bible in one year. JANUARY S Read the Bible in one year READINGS JANUARY 1 JOSHUA 7:2 10:6 JANUARY 2 JOSHUA 10:7 13:7 JANUARY 3 JOSHUA 13:8 17:15 JANUARY 4 JOSHUA 17:16 21:26 JANUARY 5 JOSHUA 21:27 22:18 JANUARY 6 JOSHUA 22:19 24:33 JANUARY 7 JUDGES 1;1 5:16 JANUARY 8 JUDGES 5:17 8:11 JANUARY 9 JUDGES 8:12 13:23 JANUARY 10 JUDGES 13:24 17:12 JANUARY 11 JUDGES 17:13 21:25 JANUARY 12 RUTH 1:1 3:10 JANUARY 13 RUTH 3:11 4:22 JANUARY 14 1 SAMUEL 1:1 4:3 JANUARY 15 1 SAMUEL 4:4 9:4 JANUARY 16 1 SAMUEL 9:5 14:7 JANUARY 17 1 SAMUEL 14:8 16:13 JANUARY 18 1 SAMUEL 16:14 19:7 JANUARY 19 1 SAMUEL 19:8 20:18 JANUARY 20 1 SAMUEL 20:19 24:8 JANUARY 21 1 SAMUEL 24:9 28:3 JANUARY 22 1 SAMUEL 28:4 31:13 JANUARY 23 2 SAMUEL 1:1 5:9 JANUARY 24 2 SAMUEL 5:10 9:9 JANUARY 25 2 SAMUEL 9:10 11:8 JANUARY 26 2 SAMUEL 11:9 12:13 JANUARY 27 2 SAMUEL 12:14 15:1 JANUARY 28 2 SAMUEL 15:2 18:32 JANUARY 29 2 SAMUEL 18:33 20:13 JANUARY 30 2 SAMUEL 20:14 24:25 JANUARY 31 1 KINGS 1:1 5:5
7 January 2018 Page 7 Tanzania j-term trip Pastor Todd will once again be co-leading a J-term class of students from Gustavus Adolphus College to Tanzania during this month of January. This class will study the role music plays in healing in Tanzania. A number of rural dispensaries will be visited along with a number of Maasai preaching points. Todd will be sharing stories from his trip at a Table Talk in February. Thank you to all the bandage rollers from the God s Work Our Hands project last September. Those bandages will be delivered to the Tungamalenga dispensary. NEEDED SOUND/PROJECTION PERSON or TWO for WEDDINGS We are looking for one or two people who would be available to work running the sound and projection systems for weddings. You will be compensated by the wedding couple at $40/hour. You will be shown how to run the system. Contact the church office if you are interested. Living Nativity at Coborn s in Sauk Rapids. LWLC WOMEN S GROUP The Women s Group generally meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm. Stay tuned to the Waterlife for January meeting date(s). All women are invited to spend time with other women in conversation, bible study, and a service project. Invite a friend!
8 JANUARY 2019 Young People to Share their Experiences of God -- Wed, Jan 9 at 6 pm -- The congregation is invited to come hear Tricia Walz and several central MN young people come tell about their experiences of God. They will be speaking to our 4-9th graders and parents, but EVERYONE is welcome to come! Their book will also be available for purchase that night. Here is more information about the book and about what they will be talking about that night: Page 8 "By His Mercy" is a collection of testimonies of how 11 young, ordinary, local, Christians have seen God's extraordinary mercy. Each story is very different stories of miracles, surviving a plane crash, losing a loved one, discerning a vocation. All of them are very powerful and each of them shows how we have seen God s mercy in our lives. We hope that this book will inspire people to look into their own lives and notice how God has worked and showed them His mercy. If you are interested in purchasing the book go to and search for Tricia Walz. PLEASE KEEP THE HEALING HAITI TEAM in your prayers while they are in Haiti bringing fresh water to Cite Soleil, visiting orphanages and schools, supporting local initiatives and businesses and serving the elderly. The team is made up of the following: Erik Hanson (LWLC), Eric Falk (LWLC), Larry Hanson (Erik's dad and a member of Atonement in St. Cloud), Trygve Hanson (LWLC), Riley Holmes (SR Resident and New Winer), Brooke Lorentz (LWLC), Don Myers (from Oregon), Merilee Myers (from Oregon), Rick Neyssen (St. Cloud resident and member of Atonement in St. Cloud), Anna Satre (LWLC), Allison Stiegel (LWLC), and Kirsten Stiegel (LWLC). The Healing Haiti mission trip is from Monday, Jan 14 through Monday, Jan 21. PIANO POSITION UPDATE HOME DELIVERED MEALS You may have noticed a few different faces leading our music at worship services as of late. Janet Anderson, our piano accompanist ended her time in that position on December 9th. Janet will be continuing to direct the Living Waters choir. In the meantime, Living Waters has been interviewing candidates to share the piano position in the future. If you know of someone who might be interested in this job opportunity, please have them send their resume to the church, and they will then be contacted for an interview. A BIG THANK YOU to Janet for her time accompanying the worship services at Living Waters over the last year. THANK YOU to everyone who delivered meals last week for CentraCare s Home Delivered Meals program!
9 Join us this August for a living waters holden village trip! Part of Todd s sabbatical this last summer was a trip to Holden Village. Holden is an ELCA retreat community, high in the Cascade Mountains in Washington. What an amazing place and experience...enough so that he d love to bring a group from Living Waters out to also experience Holden. Please consider joining Todd and Kris as they journey back to Holden this summer. The group will fly out to Seattle and travel by van and boat to Holden Village, staying a few days. Days at Holden are full of activities or free...you choose! There are interesting lectures to attend, art classes to take, concerts from guest artists to hear. OR...maybe you ll want to hike one of the many trails to high mountain lakes or glacial vistas. OR...maybe you just want to sit in an Adirondack chair and read, or sleep, or simply soak up the smells and beauty of the Cascades! Add to that AMAZING food and beautiful evening vespers (this is where the Holden Evening Prayer Service was created!) and you have a restful, inspiring and refreshing opportunity not to pass up! Interested? Want more information? Come to the February 3rd TABLE TALK Here s some more information about Holden: or give Todd a call at Over the course of 50 years, Holden Village has been transformed from a copper mining town to a vibrant place of education, programming, and worship. It has been a rich journey of faith. Holden welcomes all who seek contemplation and community in the remote wilderness of the beautiful Cascade Mountains. We invite people of all ages to come and experience our rhythms, which inspire and equip travelers to continue a sustainable life of faith outside the Village. And we continue to listen to and reflect on our story and history as we seek to discover our place in God s creative mission in our world. when? AUGUST 5-12 * COST: APROX. $1100 Cost includes airfare, other transportation, lodging and most all your meals! * sign up deadline: FEBRUARY 10 $100 saves you a spot!
10 JANUARY 2019 Page 10 Chalking the Door on Epiphany, January 6 The day of Epiphany, January 6, is a time to gather with family and friends at the main entrances to homes, apartments, rooms, etc. and ask God s blessing on dwellings and on all who live and visit there. Leadership may be shared with a change of voice at each Leader s part (L). L: Peace be to this house and to all who enter. L: A reading from Proverbs 24:3-4: By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. L: Let us pray: Gracious God, as a shining star once guided the magi to the birthplace of the infant Jesus, so enable those who dwell here to be your light in the world; through Jesus Christ we pray. ALL: Amen. Using chalk (hence, Chalking the Door ), people are invited to inscribe the lintel of the home (the horizontal frame above the door) with the inscription shown below, The letter C M B come from the traditional (9th century) names for the three kings Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Some also suggest Christus Mansionem Benedicat which means May Christ bless this dwelling! Each person is given a turn to make one or more of the marks: 20 + C + M + B + 19 L: A reading from Isaiah 32:17-18: The effect of righteousness is peace and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwelling, and quiet places. L: Let us pray: Sovereign God, we pray that you will bless this home and all who live here with your gracious presence, that your love may be our inspiration, your wisdom our guide, your truth our light, and your peace our benediction; through Jesus Christ we pray. ALL: Amen. L: Lord, remember your children and teach us to pray: ALL: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. L: May the Lord watch over our going out and our coming in, from this time forth and forevermore. ALL: Amen.
11 JANUARY 2019 January Calendar CLOSED MONDAYS Tuesday - Friday 9am - 3pm Please see the online calendar for an up-to-date listing of events at calendar.html Tuesday, January 1 Office closed Wednesday, January 2 10:00 am Staff meeting 6:30 pm Speaker: Clearing the Air 7:30 pm NA Thursday, January 3 7:00 pm The Journey 7:00 pm NA and Al Anon Friday, January 4 11:00 am The Journey Saturday, January 5 10:00 am Rosemaling Sunday, January 6 Epiphany Sunday 9:40 am Pond and Splash 9:45 am Table Talk 10:30 am Worship service Monday, January 7 Office Closed 6:30 pm Defiant Joy Tuesday, January 8 5:30 pm Finance Team meeting 5:30 pm Worship and Music team meeting Wednesday, January 9 5:30 pm Pizza $1/slice 6:00 pm 4-9th gr Speaker Tricia Walz 7:30 pm NA Thursday, January 10 5:30 pm Care Core 5:30 pm Inreach team meeting 7:00 pm AA and Al Anon Thursday, January 17 7:00 pm AA and Al Anon Sunday, January 20 9:30 am Blood Pressure Checks 9:40 am Pond & Splash 9:45 am Table Talk 10:30 am Worship Monday, January 21 Office closed Wednesday, January 23 NO 9th grade education 5:30 pm Pizza $1/slice 6:00 pm 4-6th gr Trek 6:15 pm 7th-8th gr Home Huddles 7:00 pm NA Thursday, January 24 7:00 pm AA and Al Anon Sunday, January 27 9:40 am Pond and Splash indoor kids carnival 9:45 am Table Talk 10:30 am Worship service Monday, January 28 Office closed Wednesday, January 30 5:30 pm Pizza $1/slice 6:00 pm 4-6th gr Art As You Like It 6:00 pm 7th 9th gr Trek 7:30 pm NA Thursday, January 31 7:00 pm AA and Al Anon Page 11 BP Checks 3rd Sunday of the Month, 9:30am Friday, January 11 Council reports due Sunday, January 13 Baptism of our Lord Sunday 9:40 am Children s Church 9:45 am Table Talk 10:30 am Worship service Monday, January 14 Office closed Wednesday, January 16 6:00 pm 7-9th gr Art as you Like It 6:15 pm 4-6th gr Servant Night 7:30 pm NA January Service Team 5 Team Leaders: Kathy Lund & Laura Mumm If your service team is scheduled for an upcoming month, please check the online calendar and sign up online!
12 1911 4th Avenue North Sauk Rapids, MN Phone: Fax: Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 10 Sartell, MN Address Service Requested Time Sensitive Materials IT IS NOT TOO EARLY to plan to SHAKE OFF THOSE POST-CHRISTMAS, JANUARY- BLAHS BLUES! THERE S MORE FUN AHEAD! ANNUAL MEETING FEB 3, 2019 at 9:40 AM between services. Rosemaling Saturday, January 5 At 10:00 AM Maybe you have a New Year s resolution to learn something new in If so, consider rosemaling. Join others (beginners to more experienced painters) at LWLC. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Patti at Feel free to pass this invite on to someone who may be interested. Some supplies are available for a minimal fee.