Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

The Grape Vine Announcements

(Posted December 19, 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our dear Sis. Connie Maderi and her husband Bro. Garry are requesting emergency prayer.  Sis. Connie has been experiencing a great deal of pain during her and Bro. Garry’s trip home from Florida.  They have had to check into the nearby hospital, and the doctors are still trying to come to a consensus as to what is wrong and how to proceed.  Sis. Connie and Bro. Garry would so appreciate your prayer for them in their trial.  Their faith is strong, but their discomfort is extreme.

Oh, Lord Jesus, deliver our Sis. Connie Maderi from her pain and the causes of it.  Give her, Bro. Garry, and the whole family faith and peace and grace in the name of Your mighty Son Jesus.


Bro. Bryan

(Posted December 9, 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Access Living Word Live here.

Here is the schedule for Living Word Live broadcasts for the coming days, Lord willing:

Tonight 7:30pm.

Friday, December 11, no broadcast.

Sunday, December 13 10:00am.

Wednesday, December 16 7:30pm.

Friday, December 18, 7:30pm Testimony night.

Sunday, December 20, 10:00am.

Wednesday, December 23, 7:30pm.

Friday, December 25 — no Living Word Live.

After Christmas there will be broadcasts on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and Friday evenings, which will be testimony nights, like we did in the spring.

Stay safe!


Bro. Bryan

(Posted December 7, 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news…

A number of COVID-19 cases have surfaced, primarily among Living Word Academy students.  A large number of families and Living Word staff have been put into mandatory quarantine, including me and some of our regular preaching staff.  Because of the outbreak and the large number of people in quarantine, we will suspend face-to-face church meetings until after the first of the year.

In the meantime, we will start virtual church services as we did in the spring.  Soon we will announce our schedule of Living Word Live meetings, including a start date.

The Table food pantry will continue as previously planned as will Monday English classes.  

If you are a parent of a Living Word Academy student please pay close attention to any forthcoming communications from Bro. Isaiah.

We have so enjoyed coming together in the house of the Lord, especially after we restarted last May.  We pray that you look forward just as much to restarting in January.

Psa. 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.


Bro. Bryan

(Posted May 23, 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Psalm 122:1  I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

It is with great joy and sobriety that we announce to you that we will open the Living Word Worship Center for church services starting this Friday, May 29th at 7:30 pm.

We say this joyfully because of our great spiritual longing to assemble the church for prayer, worship, the Word, and fellowship. We say this soberly because we understand the threat of COVID-19 to our congregation, our visitors, and our community.

We believe we can take good care of you and the community while we assemble. If we were not confident that we could assemble with a reasonable degree of health safety, we would not do it. During this time of fear and unprecedented government intervention, we believe that we will continue to be an excellent example to our community of Christian faith and practical concern by opening church.

Until the corona virus pandemic has been overcome, our procedures and conduct at church services will have to be adjusted for the protection of all.  We have assembled teams of medical experts and ushers to help us provide a safe environment and safe procedures for our church services.  In a good Christian spirit please be ready to learn what is expected of you and comply.

QUESTIONS?  This announcement is only the beginning of our communication with you about opening the church.  You certainly have many questions about what church will be like.  The answers will be coming in the next week.  By Wednesday morning this week we plan to post a brief YouTube video that will familiarize you with assembly procedures and expectations.  Most of your questions will be answered by this video.  Please be patient while you wait for the video to be published.  We will give you access to the video right here, at the “Living Word Grapevine.”

NURSERY?  One item that we want to let you know about early is the nursery.  The nursery will not be open right away, so you will have to make a prudent decision about whether to attend church if you have nursery age children. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  We encourage any of you who are not feeling well to plan on staying home.  We encourage any of you who have medical complications that make you more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 to consider staying home.  You have to make a prudent choice for yourself and your loved ones.  Simply because the church doors are open doesn’t obligate you to go through them.

LIVING WORD LIVE?  At least for a while, we will broadcast the church services live.  We are doing this because we realize the virus pandemic is requiring many of you to take shelter at home, and we do not want you to be left completely out of a blessing.

Praise the Living Lord!  We will be in touch.


The Living Word Leadership

(Posted May 8, 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The COVID-19 Announcements tab on Living Word Church’s home page has now been renamed “The Grape Vine Announcements.”  If you were already subscribed to “COVID-19 Announcements” you are automatically subscribed to “The Grape Vine Announcements.”  No need to do anything. 

If you want to add a new subscription to The Grape Vine, simply plug in your information to the right.  You can subscribe for text notifications, email notifications, or both.

We pray that this tool serves you well.


Bro. Bryan

(Posted April 28, 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Just a heads up:  If you subscribed for notifications on either this announcement page or our devotional “A Word for Today,” your email may be sent to your “Spam” mailbox or your “Promotions” mailbox instead of your “Primary” mailbox.  Some email programs simply have to be taught that these notifications belong in your “Primary mailbox” by moving the email there once or twice.

We pray that you are well served by these two new functions on our church website.


Bro. Bryan

(Posted April 20, 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are very happy to make available to you our own Living word Church devotional.  Different members of our church will post a new article to the devotional every two or three days.  It is available on the Living Word Church website under the tab A Word for Today.

You will be able to sign up for an automatic text or email (or both) if you want to be automatically notified when there is new article.



Bro. Bryan

(Posted Friday March 13, 2020)

Dear Living Word Brothers and Sisters,

I never expected having to explain to you why we are not keeping our regular church schedule. But I trust you will be understanding.

The public response to the COVID19 virus is unlike anything we have ever seen. I am sure the 1918 flu pandemic deserved an even more aggressive response than COVID19 nearly one hundred years ago, but alas, we did not understand viruses then as we do today. Our church needs to do its small part to avoid another virus-event like the 1918 flu.

Due to the public health crisis we will not be holding our typical schedule of church services. In the meantime, we expect our government officials to clarify for us what we can and cannot do within the ban on large gatherings. We will be in contact with them soon to learn more about the new regulation that limits the size of a congregation and/or a meeting place.

We will surely take every reasonable measure to protect our church members and visitors during this health crisis. In addition, we also have to think about being responsible members of the larger community. God forbid that a life-threatening sickness would incubate at our church services and hurt the community where the Lord has placed us.

That said, we don’t want our responsibility to the community and our life of faith to contradict each other. There may be ways to fellowship in faith while still maintaining the safety of our members, visitors, and the whole CNY community. We will be giving this considerable thought and prayer.

We are now assembling teams of brethren to help put together alternative ways for us to fellowship and be strengthened in worship and the Word. We will be making announcements through the Grape Vine and this web page about how you can still enjoy fellowship. Please stay tuned.

In Luke 21:11 Jesus tells us some of the signs of the end days: “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” There is no question COVID19 is one of the pestilences Jesus predicts.

We should respond to these plagues with humility before God instead of irritation, frustration, or fear. The Bible told us these things would happen. They are the birth pangs that precede the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh, Lord, may you keep your people and help us to be good examples for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


The Living Word Leadership

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