Coming in September 2013

We are happy to announce that Living Waters Church of God will be providing Royal Rangers and Mpact Girls Clubs for our youth. Mpact was formerly known as the Missionettes.

We will be posting more information soon. Click on the links below to be taken to the official websites of each group for more information.

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Maids of Honor

Max Lucado's book "It's Not About Me." It is the book to be discussed this fall at the Maids of Honor women's ministry meetings.
Max Lucado’s book “It’s Not About Me.” It is the book to be discussed this fall at the Maids of Honor women’s ministry meetings.

The new women’s ministry group is called Maids of Honor. The mission for this fall is “Rescue Me From Me.” It goes along with the content of Max Lucado’s book titled “It’s Not About Me.” The group is going to meet one Tuesday each month. There have been 38 commitments to read the book so far.

Tammy Singo presented the books Sunday June 30th along with a note taking journal and pen. The display she set up at the Welcome Center was very nicely done.

We are steadily growing with more valuable things to get involved with at the church. All of our ministries have their foundation in the Word of God with all the glory for their success going to him.

Church of God Stance on Same Sex Marriage

In light of the recent court decision, this is a reaffirmation of where we stand as the Church of God as an organization. We also stand by this here at Living Waters Church of God.

 

CHURCH OF GOD STATEMENT ON REAFFIRMATION OF BIBLICAL MARRIAGE

This statement was adopted by the Church of God Executive Committee on June 26, 2013, reflecting the position of the denomination regarding the issue of marriage.

The Church of God bases its doctrinal positions and practices on the teachings of scripture. Its statement of Practical Commitments affirms, under the rubric of Family
Responsibility, “Marriage is ordained of God and is a spiritual union in which a man and a woman are joined by God to live together as one (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:7).”

Further, the Church addresses the critical issue of Moral Purity by asserting,

Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and we are to glorify God in our body (Romans 12:1, 2 ; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31). We are to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Examples of fleshly behavior which do not glorify God are noted in several passages of scripture (Romans 1:24; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelations 21:8). Sinful practices which are made prominent in these scriptures include homosexuality, adultery, worldly attitudes (such as hatred, envy, jealousy), corrupt communication (such as gossip, angry outbursts, filthy words), stealing, murder, drunkenness, and witchcraft.

In response to the imprudent decision of the United States Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, in the case of the United States v. Windsor, the Church reaffirms its historical and biblical position on marriage. The action of the Court nullifies Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of a man and a woman and, consequently, by this action upholds the legality of same-sex marriage.

The Church of God supports a definition of marriage that upholds the truth that sexual difference is a valuable characteristic of the marriage relationship; that the fundamental good of complementarity found in the union of a man and woman is essential for the wellbeing of the family. Abundant research acknowledges the equivalent significance of mothers and fathers to the healthy development of children. We defend an understanding of marriage that reflects centuries of common sense, biological reality, the Bible’s definition, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and the wisdom, on this subject, of all the great religions. We sustain a position that argues for the welfare of children and the good of society.

We affirm this statement based on two truths: the sacredness of marriage and the sinfulness of homosexuality.

The idea of marriage did not originate from the mind of man, but of God. The Bible explains that the Creator made man and woman for each other (Genesis 2:18-24), and this truth is reaffirmed by the Savior (Matthew 19:4-6). It is God who ordained marriage and it was Christ who said “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” This being the case, men cannot legitimately change the definition of marriage to please themselves. A redefinition of marriage would constitute a negation of marriage. Human laws must be judged by the laws of God.

Same-sex marriage recognized as legal in effect legitimizes homosexuality, which the Bible declares to be sinful. Homosexuality violates the natural order of sexuality by which the human race develops and continues. It violates scriptural teachings, as demonstrated in Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:25-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; and 1 Timothy 1: 9, 10. It violates God’s plan for marriage and the family, as clarified by Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:3-4; 1Corinthians 6:9; 1 John 1:9. Although some distort the scriptures to suggest that the plain meaning of the passages does not apply, the reality is that homosexuality is never viewed as anything but displeasing to God.

In recognizing God’s condemnation of sinful practices, the Church affirms its love and concern for the temporal and eternal security of those in this lifestyle, and denounces only their sinful conduct. The Bible assures those who wish to be free of homosexual urges that freedom is possible. After the 1 Corinthians 6 listing of sins, including homosexuality, it declares, “Such were some of you.”

Deliverance is a reality. In lamenting the Court’s decision that we believe may adversely affect future generations by unpredictable demographic, cultural, social, and religious outcomes, we also call upon people who value biblical marriage to take all possible steps to counter family disruption in all of its forms.

Baptismal Service June 2013

Derek Partozoti just before water baptism. Pastor Mike Singo in the foreground, and Pastor Matt Singo in the background.
Derek Partozoti just before water baptism. Pastor Mike Singo in the foreground, and Pastor Matt Singo in the background.
Joe Fields before water baptism. Pastor Mike Singo in foreground, and Pastor Matt Singo in the background.
Joe Fields before water baptism. Pastor Mike Singo in foreground, and Pastor Matt Singo in the background.
Michael Ardeno getting ready to be water baptized. This photo was taken right before he pinched his nose to keep the water out. Anyone who has been water baptized knows that you cross your arms and pinch your nose hoping that those doing the baptizing are strong enough to lift you back up out of the water.
Michael Ardeno getting ready to be water baptized. This photo was taken right before he pinched his nose to keep the water out. Anyone who has been water baptized knows that you cross your arms and pinch your nose hoping that those doing the baptizing are strong enough to lift you back up out of the water.

Well, the baptismal tank sprung a leak delaying this baptismal service by a week. Pastor Mike reported that there was damage to the downstairs of the church from the water, and that a restoration crew had to be called to make repairs.

Some folks might be embarrassed to have their picture taken just before being water baptized. After all, people are not wearing their Sunday best even though they are in church. Some churches have those being baptized wear a white robe made for the occasion, but even those are not entirely flattering for photos.

However, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. This is a glorious occasion! It is good to mark the moment just before baptism due to what it means. In fact, these photos are high resolution if you click on them, and they are cropped to make 4×6 prints. The three men being baptized here should make a print of the moment just before they were baptized and frame it to keep this moment in their minds.

The important thing about the photos of these three Christian men is that they were taken just seconds before they were symbolically buried and raised to newness of life in Christ. We know that water baptism is that outward manifestation of that inward change that has taken place when we have put our faith in Jesus as our Savior.

As we are baptized, we fall back into the symbolic grave dying to our flesh, rising up and declaring our purpose to live according to the Spirit. We fall back into the arms of those performing the baptism as we spiritually fall into the arms of Jesus. We hope that the strength of the arms of those baptizing us will lift us out of the water, but we know that Jesus will raise us into immortality because he has conquered death and the grave.

Jesus himself was baptized by John. These three men, following the way of our Lord, showed everyone today the commitment they have made of being obedient servants of God. This is what this world needs. It needs men and women who have committed themselves to service to God first and foremost above everything else.

This is where real strength is. This is where real toughness is tested. Pray for these men that they learn and grow in knowledge and faith. Pray that as they stand as spiritual warriors for the kingdom of God that they go forth in the Great Commission commanded by their Lord and Savior to reach the lost with the glorious message of the Gospel that Salvation is open and there for all to receive.

Pastor Mike and Tammy Singo’s Wedding Vow Renewal Service

What's a wedding vow renewal without a little cake?
What’s a wedding vow renewal without a little cake?
Pastor Mike and Tammy Singo's wedding anniversary cake.
Pastor Mike and Tammy Singo’s wedding anniversary cake.
Pastor Mike and Tammy Singo's longtime friends Reverend Brian Swan and his wife Kelly share in the wedding vow renewal service at Living Waters Church of God in Washington, PA.
Pastor Mike and Tammy Singo’s longtime friends Reverend Brian Swan and his wife Kelly share in the wedding vow renewal service at Living Waters Church of God in Washington, PA.
Shannon Hines sang for Pastor Mike and Tammy's wedding vow renewal service.
Shannon Hines sang for Pastor Mike and Tammy’s wedding vow renewal service.
The wedding vow renewal kiss!
The wedding vow renewal kiss!

This post is a little late, but we wanted you to at least see a few pictures. On February 10, 2013 Tammy surprised Pastor Mike with a question during the Sunday morning church service. She asked him to marry her! Well, of course they have been married for years. This was their anniversary and a day of renewing their wedding vows.

It was a great service. Brother Terry officiated the renewing of the vows, and Pastor Mike’s longtime friend Reverend Brian Swan spoke as well.

Shannon Hines sang for the happy couple. She is developing into an exceptional music artist with both her guitar playing and vocal talent. It is such a wonderful privilege to be blessed with the ability to minister through music.

These photos are courtesy of Heather Hamilton.

Baptismal Service

On Sunday March 3, 2013 three believers in our Lord Jesus were water baptized. It is a glorious thing to know that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life!

Doreen Taylor baptism.
Doreen Taylor baptism.
Will Vaserio baptism.
Will Vaserio baptism.
Ken Foutz baptism.
Ken Foutz baptism.

 

New Members and Baptisms!

Please join us Sunday morning March 3rd for a special service that will welcome new members to the church along with a baptism service for those who recently have put their faith for salvation in Jesus. It is always an extra special service to see those whose names have been added to the Lamb’s Book of Life be baptized following the command of our Lord.

Sunrise Service Easter Sunday

Easter is early this year. This year it is on the last day of March. We are having a Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday March 31st at the church. It is going to begin at 6:30 AM. There will be no Sunday School that day. The regular service begins at 10:30 AM.

The Sunrise Service is going to include breakfast at the church. We all hope to see you there to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Event: Sunrise Service
When: Easter Sunday March 31st

Time: 6:30 AM

Where: Living Waters Church of God

Details: Easter Sunday Sunrise Service with breakfast at the church.

Painting Day

Pastor Mike and Tammy along with several volunteers are painting the sanctuary. Not only are we a family oriented church, we also are a working church. We have too many workers to honor in one little webpage post, but each and every one of them is greatly appreciated.

Jon Hamilton rebuilt the sound booth to make it bigger. We have been adding new equipment and needed the room. His wife Heather did the drywall. They do excellent work! They should go into business together.

The services this Wednesday (February 27, 2013) may need to be canceled depending on how the painting goes.

The Lame Beggar

Acts 3:11
“And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.”

Peter and John spoke a healing miracle to the lame man. The man was on the ground every day next to a gate of the temple that was called Beautiful. He was crippled from birth and people would carry him to the gate and put him there so he could beg money to survive. Such a contrast of a crippled man on the ground who had to rely on friends or family to carry him to the temple and back home every day so he could beg in front of a gate that was called “Beautiful.”

One source indicates the gate was big and covered in brass plates. The actual Greek word that “Beautiful” comes from in this context is “hōraios.” According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible it means, “belonging to the right hour or season (timely), that is, (by implication) flourishing (beauteous [figuratively]): – beautiful.” With what happened to the beggar, I would say it was both “timely” and “flourishing!”

Out of all the glory of this miracle that Peter plainly gives to Jesus there is one small thing that sticks out to me and that is that the lame man “held Peter and John.” He went from being powerless in one single moment in time to being powerful enough to physically hold two apostles. Also take note that the lame man was” . . .walking, and leaping, and praising God.” God was both due and did receive the glory for the work.

There is no doubt to me that our enemy derived pleasure for every moment the lame man lay on the ground begging. Then there was that moment when the power of God was demonstrated for a purpose. The formerly crippled beggar held onto Peter and John, and then the Holy Ghost held onto everyone there because of the miracle so that the Gospel message would be declared in that timely moment and so it would flourish all the more.

I pray healing into your life so that God receives glory and that the message that Jesus is the Christ and is still offering forgiveness of sins and eternal life to anyone who calls on his name flourishes more!

(I invite you to read the whole text of the healing in Acts chapters 3 and 4.)