Weekly Announcements | March 4, 2018
Living Water Lutheran Church

Feb 26 - Mar 4
Renelle Gill
& Shannon Palma
Mar 5 - Mar 11
Mar 12 - Mar 16
Debbie Hamman
& Vicki Cole
Mar 17 (Ruby's)
Mar 19 - Mar 25
Diane Bowers
Mar 26 - Apr 1
Ebert Family

(Contact Carl & Lisa Fischer for a key or questions
about cleaning.
Carl @ 715-931-7668 or Lisa @ 715-931-7636)

Michelle & Duane Benoy
Ushers & Greeters
Hagert Family

Nikki Holten

Feb 26 - Mar 4
Pete Kolpack
Mar 5 - Mar 11
Mark Palma
Mar 12 - Mar 18
Renelle Gill
Mar 19 - Mar 23
Cole Larson


Haily Klump &
Bethany Kurshinky

March 4
Rory Schnacky &
Wayne Schachel 
March 11
David Forcey &
Jason Zappa
March 18
Lisa Folz & Scott Rataj  
March 25
Jim Adams &
Wayne Schachel  

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Weekly Letter From Our Pastor

Sunday Church
Famous Last Words: Why?
     In the earlier years of my ministry I was pastor to a congregation with a large number of shut-ins and nursing home patients. Weekly I'd grab my travel bible and home communion kit to connect with these most precious saints of God who could no longer make it to Sunday church.
     There was one woman with whom I spent many hours, named Arlene. Arlene has been gone many years now, but I'll never forget our time together. A severe stroke had robbed her speech of all vocabulary except one word, 'why'.   Month after month she would take my hand, look me in the eyes, and ask over and over and over, "Why?"
     If I were to tally up and put in categories all the questions I've been asked in my years of being a pastor, far and away the biggest could be labeled, "Why?" And the list of our 'why' questions, it seems is endless:
  • Why did my _____ have to die?
  • Why do I have cancer?
  • Why did I lose my job (and not my lazy co-worker)?
  • Why can't I stop _____?
     In this week's message we turn to a time Jesus asked the Father His, 'why' question:
Why, God, have you abandoned me?   Sunday morning I encourage us to bring our own 'why' questions as we gather at the foot of the cross and dig deeper into this emotional story of our Lord's suffering and death. Preaching theme: "Why?"
Name Tag Sunday
     Last month during our Celebration of Serving the question was asked, "We need to learn more names; when can we have another Name Tag Sunday?" Answer: this Sunday!
Card Writing Sunday: March 4
     Every week we have a fabulous Card Ministry Team headed up by Bonnie and Noni that sends out prayers of healing, love, and support on behalf of Living Water. Ladies, thank you!! Immediately after worship this Sunday we'll be joining them in a new ministry outreach to U.S. soldiers deployed throughout the world. Throwing up tables, setting out pens and cards Living Water will partner with our friends (via Skype) from Madison Ave. Baptist Church in NYC, writing cards to soldiers.

Living for Jesus!

Chicken Coop Church
What started out as an ordinary week turned out to be anything but. In the midst of school papers, tests and classes our little Jakobe developed an illness that landed us in the hospital for an extended stay. Jakobe's now home, but continued prayers are welcome on this long journey back to full strength. Thanks, everyone! Jesus Loves You! - Pr. Peter
JAM (Jesus And Me) 
Little Jammers - Mrs. Ebner
Middle Jammers - Mrs. Harder
Big Jammers - Mrs. Ebner

This Wednesday for CORE we're ordering in movie popcorn and screening the film, "Remember the Goal," a compelling story based on 1 Corinthians 10.1, about the real-life issues facing five young girls on their journey to win the school's first-ever State Title.
Parents and friends, welcome!
Wednesday Worship
There are tons of important ways we can prepare our hearts for Easter. At Living Water, one of the most intentional is our weekly community meal & worship. Every Wednesday we're served up a simple supper of soup & sandwiches, followed by Holden Evening Prayer in the Worship Center. This year we have a very special treat: weekly installments from a ficticious family as they struggle with the very real-life issues raised by Jesus and his ministry. Here's how it shakes out:
Soup & Sandwiches: 5:30-6:30pm
Worship: 6:30-7pm
Cards For Soldiers 
This Sunday right after worship we'd LOVE to have each and every one of you join us in writing notes of support to our deployed U.S.A. soldiers. We will set up tables, turn on some music and spend a few minutes putting words to our feelings of gratitude; while at the same time connecting via Skype with our friends at Madison Ave. Baptist Church in NYC, who will be joining us in this awesome outreach!
Easy Yoga for Women -
This Sunday!

Easy Yoga for Women is this Sunday. If you're interested, just show up that day in comfy clothes and bring a water bottle. Yoga mats will be provided. This class is designed for beginners, but all levels are welcome to come. Cost is $5 per person and due at the start of class. Julie Emerson of The Tree House will be leading this group. We'll see you there!
Cast & Crew of AMP
Attention cast and crew of A Mother's Passion: We will gather after church (10:30ish) this Sunday to sing through the Passion with the background CD.  Crew members:  If you have any questions for me this will be a great time to catch me! Cast members:  Please remember to bring your word sheets and your staging sheets!  -Janine
New Bible Study Coming: 
Run for God's 5K Challenge
Join us in the exciting, new small group for Run for God's 5K Challenge!  Run for God's 5K Challenge is a 12-week Bible study program that allows runners to combine faith and endurance training in a way that helps take people, even those who have never run, through their first 5K.  This group will be part Bible study and part training program. The primary goal is to learn to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ while understanding the parallels of enduring a sport like running and enduring your faith. Check out the sign up sheet on Clipboard Central, or contact Julie Emerson for more info!
Families Needed for Announcements
Have you seen of the families featured below in our weekly announcements? Has your family been featured? If not, please send a recent family photo and your answers for the questions to Lindsey Wood. You can Facebook message or email her at linz_o@hotmail.com (just be sure to put Family Info For Church in the subject). We want to have every family featured! 
Also, if you are not featured on our wall at our 411 building- please print out a picture or email that to Lindsey Wood and we will get you up there!
LW JAM Easter Celebration
You are invited to a LW JAM Easter Celebration on Saturday, March 24th from 2-4pm. This event is open to o ur JAM kids and their families. We will have  crafts, games, snacks, and an Easter egg hunt! Please note that there will not be JAM on Easter Sunday. We will run a playgroup for our 2 year old-4K kids. The rest of the children will stay with their families during church on Easter.  Questions? Contact Christine Ebner  chrisandryan@gmail.com  or 715-296-1890
Save Your UPC Codes
Luther Bible Camp is collecting "Our Family" brand UPC codes off grocery items.  Throughout 2018 any UPC codes you collect (we do not need the entire label, just the physical UPC code) will be sent to Luther Park and your donations will be turned into money for programs they do on Lake Chetek.  A collection container will be in the back of church.  Thank you for supporting this important resource for both children and adults.
Attention Handymen 
Are you handy? Do you have a talent or ability that you would like to share? Are you looking for opportunities to serve others in our community with those talents relating to small projects? If you think that's too many questions - then this is right in your wheelhouse. We are looking for men of all ages and all skill sets who like to get their hands dirty. Don't know how to do anything special- we need backs and bodies too. If you have an interest in serving alongside other men out in our community on (blitz) service projects, then we have something in common and an opportunity for you to get involved! Join us on the ground floor of something new- (so new, there's not even a name for it!)
If you know of someone who could use help, or handy work, but has little for resources or ability, we'd like to meet them and take a look! 
Please contact Ike Stouffer at 1-920-716-9127 ikeor80@gmail.com
or Bryan Wood at 715-699-2937 bryanwood86@hotmail.com
A Mother's Passion: The Passion of Christ Through Mary's Eyes
Please join us for "A Mother's Passion:  The Passion of Christ Through Mary's Eyes".  This emotionally raw updated production of the Good Friday story, arranged by Janine Hansen (in loving memory of her son, Auhston Hansen 1983-2015), will be told through modern song and staging.   Performances will be held at Living Water Church on Wed, March 28 through Fri, March 30 at 7pm, with a dessert reception to follow each night.   Admission is free (with a free will offering to benefit family tragedies). Powerful new songs (and some new faces) will captivate your heart. Come lose yourself in this age-old story of Christ's journey to the Cross. 
United to End Racism - Road Trip Washington DC, April 3-5
The leadership of our parent body, the NW Synod of WI, is putting together an opportunity for Living Water to participate in a n interfaith Service of Prayer and Preparation at the Lincoln Memorial, along with a Rally on the National Mall, sponsored by the World Council of Churches.  Titled, "Unite to End Racism," the bus leaves Eau Claire on April 3and returns April 5. Cost: $250 plus most meals on your own.  Please click here to register by the March 1deadline.  
Kids Stranger Danger & Women's Self Defense Classes - Sunday, March 11th
Sensei Brown of Brown's Karate Academy will be teaching two very important classes on Sunday, March 11th after worship. The first class is Kids Stranger Danger from 11am-Noon. Cost is $10 per kid. This class will teach kid about bullies, strangers and how to build confidence. Immediately following will be the Women's Self Defense class from Noon-2pm. Cost is $30 per woman. This class is meant to help women how to be aware of their surroundings, what to do with in situations, and hands-on moves. Pre-registration links are on our FB page and walk-in's are welcome. Do not miss these classes as they are very informational! 
Church of Felons - Film Screening: Friday, April 27th
Rice Lake area churches are working together to make possible a showing of the film, "Church of Felons." Please see Clipboard Central on how to participate as either a volunteer or film attendee.
Church - good news!  We now are able to offer text-to-give.  Here's how it works:
Step I:   text LIVWATER to 206-859-9405
Step II:   you'll receive a reply with the link to your giving interface
Step III:   login and give immediately if you've already set up a Subsplash Giving account! If not, you can create their account in seconds!
Prayer Team - Clipboard Central 
Living Water's Prayer Team is growing! And we'd like you to be a part of the wonderful body of women and men who each week lift up in prayer the concerns and cares of our church. To sign up, simply email the church or sign the sheet at Clipboard Central. Welcome!
Luther Park Bible Camp: July 8-13
Our church is mightily blessed to have a fabulous camping ministry right out our back door.  At Living Water we believe its impact is so worthwhile we're willing to support each camper with a $100 scholarship.  This summer the week we've identified for Living Water is Week 4, July 8-13:  Pathfinders (Grades 5-8).  To register simply log on their web site and note you are from Living Water:  http://lutherpark.org
Early bird discount of $10 if paid by May 1st!
Save The Date!
Save the date for VBS 2018! We will be holding Vacation Bible School from Mon-Thurs, July 16-19. Be sure to check the FB page and these announcements for more info as we get closer!
 Meet the Living Water Family of the Week
Names: Jill & Ned Lenhart, Grace, Clara & Thea
Something interesting about our household:
Daughter Grace teaches math in an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens in the Denver, CO public school system;  daughter Clara is finishing up college in St. Paul, exploring how to continue pursuing her passion for working with animals;  Thea is our Special Olympics star, whose life is filled with music, dancing, and making people smile. 
How we became connected to Living Water:
In July of 2008, Mike Joosten called and invited Ned to preach at a morning worship service, held at the Celebration Station in Cameron. 
What we like about Living Water:
Day after day, witnessing the miracles God does in and through a people who center their lives on serving others through Christ. 
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
Lenten Wednesday Worship
Soup & Sandwich Supper 5:30-6:30pm
Worship 6:30-7:00pm
Chicken Coop Church - Sunday Schedule  
Soup in the Coop - 4:00pm
Worship - 5:00pm
Pr. Ned @ 411 Building
Monday, March 5th
School's Out: Space Exploration
Friday, March 2nd 9:00am-4:00pm
Easy Yoga for Women
Sunday, March 4th 11:00am-Noon
Card Writing to Soldiers
Sunday, March 4th 10:30-11:30am
Youth in Christ from Prairie Farm
Sunday, March 11th
Women's Self Defense Class
Sunday, March 11th Noon-2:00pm
Kids Stranger Danger
Sunday, March 11th 11:00am-Noon
Leadership Team 
Tuesday, March 13th 5:30pm
Ruby's Pantry
Saturday, March 17th
Cardboard Sledding Derby
Sunday, March 18th 10:30-2:30pm
LW JAM Easter Celebration
Saturday, Mach 24th 2:00-4:00pm
Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 25th
A Mother's Passion Performances
Wednesday-Friday, March 28th-30th 7:00pm
Sunday Worship: 9am
JAM: 9:30am

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