Living Word Lutheran Church

Sunday Mornings 10:00

Dear LW family:

     Your Council members have listened carefully to COVID-19 updates presented today by the President Trump’s task force of experts and reviewed Arizona Governor Ducey’s recommendations for our state.

 

      Arizona has reported 18 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Monday (March 16), according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Currently, the level of community spread in the state is "minimal." At present, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Mohave county.

 

     ADHS now recommends the cancellation or postponement of gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks (starting Sunday, March 15). Schools are closed state-wide from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.

 

     Here is an update on how our Living Word family will worship this coming week. Our purpose is to allow everyone to choose their level of comfort!

  • Worship services will continue as scheduled. We will discontinue food fellowship after Sunday worship and before Wednesday Lenten devotions until the emphasis on “social distancing” is relaxed. Sunday worship will be at 10 AM and Wednesday Lenten devotions will not include a meal but will begin at noon and again at 6 PM.

  • Handshakes and hugs are optional during “Share the Peace” as is joining hands during the Lord’s Prayer. If you wish, feel free to raise your hands in prayer instead!

  • Pastor Michael’s message will continue to be live streamed to our Facebook page. This was a success last week and the message was viewed more than 70 times!

  • Holy Communion will be served each Sunday as usual. If you are unable to attend Sunday worship and desire home Communion, please contact Pastor.

  • Yoga has been discontinued until after Easter.

  • At present, we are still anticipating a church outing and travel together to see the "Stations of the Cross" at the Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains in Yarnell and have "lunch on the road" together -- more details to come! Will meet at church at 8:30 am to carpool. A Lenten adventure together! Stay tuned!

     Obviously, we continue to emphasize the importance of covering coughs and sneezes, hand washing, and use of hand sanitizer. Also, feel free to sit in one of the front rows of our worship area to participate in some “social distancing”! And, of course, if you are ill, stay home! Check out our Facebook page to worship!

 

     During this time of change, please remember that if you would like to send your tithes and offerings, please use our post office box address:

Living Word Lutheran Church, 3880 Stockton Hill Road 103-300, Kingman, AZ 86409

 

     We encourage each of us to continue to pray for our nation, our leaders, and our healthcare workers. Take comfort in the words of Paul:

“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

 

Blessings to each one of you,

Your Church Council

 

March 27, 2020

Dear Living Word family,

As we are all aware, the global spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has become a central topic of discussion and concern for many of us. It has caused us to think about the things we take for granted and to rethink how we go about the practices of our daily lives. In the church, this pandemic has caused us to consider new ways to approach what have been longstanding practices and traditions. Churches in our immediate area are doing a variety of things including closing for the pandemic, providing services online, being open for prayer, counseling and/or personal worship in small groups, parking lot services, etc.

 

Here at Living Word we have made the decision to continue small group worship on Sundays while maintaining CDC recommendations for social distancing, hand washing, etc., as well as posting Pastor Michael’s messages on our Facebook page so those who choose to avoid groups are able to participate. Council members are closely monitoring ongoing developments and will make changes as necessary. There will be no mid-week Lenten devotions on April 1. The outing to Stations of the Cross planned for 3/29 has been postponed to a later date to be announced.  

 

In our efforts to consider different ways to worship together, we urge each of us to remember tithing/offering as an important part of our worship life. By tithing/offering, we give ourselves a regular reminder that we should depend on God. In good times, tithing helps us remember the source of all our blessings and in bad, it helps to remember God’s faithfulness and trust in the Lord for all our needs.

 

As we re-think our previous patterns, here are several methods we could easily use to continue to make our offerings on a regular basis:

  1. Of course, you could continue to send individual checks not to our worship address but to our mailing address below.

  2. You could send your tithe digitally by using the Venmo app, a free app for your cell phone.  Venmo works by linking with your bank account and/or a credit or debit card. Transactions made with either your bank account, debit card, or with your Venmo balance are free, while a standard 3 percent fee is added to credit card transactions.

  3. Or you could continue to contribute by using something as simple as Bill Pay, available through your bank. This easy method allows us to send our offerings even if we are worshipping at home by viewing Facebook, on vacation, or just forgot to bring our checkbook to church with us!  Here is the simple process: 

  1. Contact your bank (either in person or via their website) to set up bill pay services.

  2. During the bill pay set up, your bank will ask for the address and perhaps the telephone number of the church. It is important to use only the following mailing address for all donations:

                                Living Word Lutheran Church

                                3880 Stockton Hill Rd.  103-300

                                Kingman, Arizona 86409

                                928-753-5952

  1. Make your contributions. The bill payment service will send your check directly to our Living Word mailing address and even pay the postage!

 

During this stressful time we can’t do everything we’re accustomed to doing. We know that will change when the pandemic diminishes. For now, we must find joy and consistency in opportunities God has given us. If you are preferring to stay at home and have any needs we can help with please let us know. Need groceries delivered?  House visit? Personal prayer??? OR if you  would like to be a phone caller to assist us in calling through our church list on a regular basis to just "check on" every one, please contact Eileen Pressler our Parish Administrator at ewpressler@suddenlink.net  or  928-486-8511 to help minister in this way from your home.  

 

May the God of all comfort, power, control and grace bless and keep each and every one of us during this time.

 

Your Living Word Council members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2020

 

Dear Living Word family,

As we are all aware, the global spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has become a central topic of discussion and concern for many of us. It has caused us to think about the things we take for granted and to rethink how we go about the practices of our daily lives. In the church, this pandemic has caused us to consider new ways to approach what have been longstanding practices and traditions.

 

Here at Living Word we have made the decision to continue worship but also to post Pastor Michael’s messages on our Facebook page so those who choose to avoid groups are able to participate. Our Council members are closely monitoring ongoing developments.

 

In our efforts to consider different ways to worship together, we urge each of us to remember tithing/offering as an important part of our worship life. By tithing/offering, we give ourselves a regular reminder that we should depend on God. In good times, tithing helps us remember the source of all our blessings and in bad, it helps to remember God’s faithfulness and trust in the Lord for all our needs.

 

As we re-think our previous patterns, we encourage each of us to remember to make our offerings on a regular basis. Of course, you could continue to send individual checks not to our worship address but to our mailing address below.  Or you could continue to contribute by using something as simple as Bill Pay, available through your bank. This easy method allows us to send our offerings even if we are worshipping at home by viewing Facebook, or just forgot to bring our checkbook to church with us!  Here is the simple process: 

  • Contact your bank (either in person or via their website) to set up bill pay services.

  • During the bill pay set up, your bank will ask for the address and perhaps the telephone number of the church. It is important to use only the following mailing address for all donations:

Living Word Lutheran Church

3880 Stockton Hill Rd.  103-300

Kingman, Arizona 86409

928-753-5952

  • Make your contributions. The bill payment service will send your check directly to Living Word.

 

That's it! Thank you for your generosity, and may God richly bless you for your faithful, obedient giving to the Lord's work.

 

Your Living Word Council members

March 30, 2020

 

Dear Living Word Family,

Yesterday, President Trump announced the federal government will be extending its social-distancing guidelines through April 30. The decision was made at the recommendation of the COVID 19 Task Force.

Based on the president’s announcement, Gov. Ducey’s judgment to close Arizona schools for the balance of the school year and the fact that numerous cases have been identified in Mohave County, Council has made the difficult decision to discontinue group worship on Sunday mornings until further notice. As previously announced, there will be no Mid-week Lenten devotions on April 1.

We are aware that next Sunday is Palm Sunday, Holy Week follows, and Easter Sunday next! We are working on several different ideas for worship during this important time. Stay tuned for more information!

In the meantime, remember that God’s Hope is guaranteed and lasting, and He is in our corner! And don’t forget to wash your hands and don’t touch your face!

Council members Ken, Bob, Sharon, Rosie and Eileen