STEVENSVILLE — Living Water Lutheran Church will celebrate its new life and install its new pastor during a grand re-opening celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Christ Church Parish, 830 Romancoke Road in Stevensville.

Living Water Lutheran Church is celebrating 25 years as a congregation, and is inviting everyone to see the birth of a 21st century church.

A few months ago, the congregation called on its pastor, the Rev. Matthew Beers, to join them in strategizing what it means to be a church in the 21st century.

“What appealed to me about Living Water was the eagerness with which they embraced the opportunity to reinvent themselves, and the excitement they showed about being led by God into the future,” Beers said. “We’re being reborn, becoming a brand new community and trying our best to go where God leads us.”

Throughout the years, they planned to build a brick and mortar church, but came to find out that there were more exciting plans for them. Instead of their own building, they rented a space from Christ Church Parish in Stevensville. Instead of attracting people to their own space, they find themselves going into the community to serve others.

Church is more than just a building at Living Water; it is a way of life.

“I hope people take away that this is a congregation that is generous, energetic, eager to be present with people in the community — where they live, who wants to build relationships, who wants to be there for people and who wants to give good news to people where they live. Folks who are willing to drop positivity in the community,” Beers said.

Beers was trained and educated at United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., and Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn. He served as a chaplain at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and had a previous career in the psychiatric rehabilitation field.

For more information, call 410-604-0414.

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