Walk humbly with God, upcoming events!

Walk humbly with God, upcoming events!

Many of us have been “humbled” by hard times and difficult circumstances and have still remained arrogant. “Being humbled” is not the same as humility. The former is what happens to us. The latter is what we choose to do with God. Humility is an act of our will, a choice to rely on God and not ourselves. James and Peter describe the results of pride and humility this way: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5).

Mother's Day Quotes, Youth Dodgeball Tourney, VBS Dates!

Mother's Day Quotes, Youth Dodgeball Tourney, VBS Dates!

This Sunday, May 13, is Mother's Day. Please join us at Watermark Church this Sunday, as we celebrate all the mothers in our families and in our church. Enjoy these quotes complied by John Hopler in honor of our mothers!

Intimacy with Jesus, Youth Dodgeball Tourney, VBS Volunteers!

Intimacy with Jesus, Youth Dodgeball Tourney, VBS Volunteers!

The primary goal for a disciple of Christ is intimacy with Him. It is intimacy with Jesus – (a close relationship, an abiding in Him, a depth of communion with Him), that will be the catalyst for Christian service, church attendance, tithing, obedience, sacrifice and agreeing with the Holy Spirit about our daily sins.

Living with grace and truth, Fundraising Team meeting

Living with grace and truth, Fundraising Team meeting

How can a faithful disciple who tells others about Jesus give no cause for offense in anything? After all, Jesus taught that we will be opposed for preaching the gospel and many of His faithful followers who shared the gospel drove people to such rage that they were martyred! Is this a Bible contradiction? Not at all. Here's the difference: Paul was careful to make sure he did not personally offend even though he knew his message (the message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for forgiveness of sins) could offend.

Leadership (influencing others), Fundraising team, Life Groups

Leadership (influencing others), Fundraising team, Life Groups

There is simple but profound difference between the Old Testament (the Law with its temple sacrifices) and the New Testament (Grace based on the cross of Jesus Christ): Under the Law, the sheep died for the shepherds. Under grace, the shepherds die for the sheep. And Jesus the Chief Shepherd is our example of self-sacrifice.

Evangelism Seminar 4/7, Parent Forum, Youth Group!

Evangelism Seminar 4/7, Parent Forum, Youth Group!

Have you ever been aware of and ashamed by your sin, your “dirty feet”? Maybe you are in that place right now. You think to yourself, “I’m a Christian, I should know better than this. I can’t still be dealing with sin like this. I need to be cleaner than this, holier than this.” Perhaps you are compelled to minimize that you are even struggling. Or you think you can’t take your failures to God because He is too holy to wash your feet, to cleanse and forgive you. Yes, God is holy, but He is also full of mercy and compassion, and that is beautiful (Psalm 103:8)!

Palm Sunday, Outreach Seminar, Easter Sunday preparation

Palm Sunday, Outreach Seminar, Easter Sunday preparation

The surprise about Jesus the Messiah is that he came to live a life of sacrificial, dying service before he comes a second time to reign in glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And the surprise about discipleship is that it requires a life of sacrificial service on earth, before we reign with Christ in glory. On Psalm Sunday, it is a time to praise Him. It is also a time to join Him in laying down our lives for others for the sake of the gospel, until we see Him face to face! (Adapted from and article by John Piper)

Compelled by love, Evangelism Seminar, Easter Walk-thru!

Compelled by love, Evangelism Seminar, Easter Walk-thru!

As followers of Christ, Paul says that we are to no longer live for ourselves. That means that we choose each day to live for God’s purposes and glory. Living for Him Who died for us means that we honor God’s Word, obey His commands, live by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to share the resurrection story with as many people we can while on this earth. 

Reaching our world, New Members Lunch this Sunday, Evangelism seminar, Parent forum, SPRING FORWARD!

Reaching our world, New Members Lunch this Sunday, Evangelism seminar, Parent forum, SPRING FORWARD!

Dear Watermark Church family,

This past week we have heard of the many wonderful ways that God worked through Billy Graham. But there is one contribution—perhaps his greatest—that is unknown by almost everyone. 

In 2000, Billy Graham called a conference in Amsterdam for the purpose of advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. At that event, various mission organization leaders were stirred to identify the unreached people groups throughout the world and to take the gospel to those people groups. One group of leaders at this conference, at Table 71, decided to be more intentional in this task. Watch this inspiring video about what happened at Table 71 at Amsterdam 2000:  https://vimeo.com/38237609

From Table 71, Call2All was formed which has the goal of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to every man, woman, and child in the world. Watermark Church is a supporter of missionaries associated with Call2All. We have a role in reaching this world for Christ – let’s fulfill it in Monroe, the Tri-state and the world!

Billy Graham devoted his life to advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Perhaps his greatest contribution was the calling of Amsterdam 2000 which led to the Call2All initiative. Praise God for Billy Graham!


Plastic Easter eggs will be available this Sunday morning in the lobby for you to take home and fill with candy, and then return them by March 25. If you fill some eggs with sugar-free candy, gluten-free candy or peanut-free candy, just label that on the bag the eggs are brought in. Also, little toys and prizes are also welcome. Contact Tina Savage if you have any questions. 

 

Time Change Sunday is this Sunday, March 11. Be sure to set your clocks AHEAD one hour on Saturday night!

New Members Orientation Lunch on Sunday, March 11 – Join us for our New Members Orientation Lunch this Sunday, March 11, immediately following the morning worship service. You will meet the pastors, and learn about the vision, ministries, beliefs and responsibilities of membership at Watermark Church. Lunch will be served. Contact Pastor Ron or Pastor Larry if you would like to participate.

Seminar “Witnessing With Power” coming April 7, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Watermark Church – Presented by Dr. Tommy Beeker, a local evangelist, musician, counselor and teacher. This seminar will help you to eliminate your fears and doubts about witnessing, address the objections to receiving Christ and help you reach your loved ones and immediate family. Lunch is included – the cost is $5.00. Sign up this Sunday on the Connections Card.

“Evangelism Seminar” Planning Meeting – Sunday, March 11 after the Sunday morning service. We need a few people to help Dr. Beeker and Watermark Church to plan and promote this seminar, which will be held on Saturday, April 7. Please stay after the Sunday worship service on March 11 for a meeting with Ron and Dr. Beeker if you would like to help us plan and promote the Seminar.

Parenting Forum - March 11 at 6:30PM –  For parents of pre-teens and teens, join Pastor Larry and other parents as we tackle topics related to the parent resource, “How your teenager is wired.”

Youth Group Sunday, March 11 at 6:30PM - at the Watermark Church facility.

All Hands on Deck! Sunday, March 18 – Easter Service ministry walk-thru after the morning worship service. Join us in the sanctuary right after the morning worship service, as we discuss ways to have our hospitality team and all ministries prepared to host our Easter newcomers!

New year, new opportunities: Using your time and talents to serve the Lord is always a rewarding experience, and a great blessing to others as well. Here is an opportunity to serve at Watermark Church:

Sound booth tech – a person is needed to occasionally run the soundboard and video screen on Sunday mornings from 9:30AM – 11:30AM. Training provided. Contact Gary Savage if you are interested.

Sunday School at 9:30am: Prophecy and World Events – Pastor Ron is leading an insightful and encouraging adult Sunday School Class on Sundays at 9:30AM at the church facility. If you have never been to our morning adult Sunday School classes, this is a great way to start your Sunday morning! We have Sunday School classes for children at 9:30 AM as well.

Sunday School: Women’s Bible Study Group – Claudia Shrive is leading an encouraging women’s adult Sunday School Class each week at 9:30AM at the church facility. Join the ladies for fellowship and great discussion on various in-depth topics from God’s Word. 

Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study is now meeting every other Friday, and is discussing the book, “Forgotten God,” which is a great introduction to the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our world, church and personal lives. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.

Life GroupThe Wednesday night life group led by Pastor Larry meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the Kinkopf’s (6624 Forest Hill Ln., Hamilton, 45011.) We are studying the book of 1 Peter. Contact Larry if you would like to be a part of this Life Group. Our next group Bible Study will be Wednesday, March 21.

We have now added a Grade 4-6 Children’s Sunday School class at 9:30am on Sundays. Classes are currently being offered as follows: 

9:30 AM Pre-school - grade 3            Patti Kellis

9:30 AM Grades 4-6                            Tim Kellis 

 

Together reaching our world with the gospel of Jesus,

Larry

Free from Guilt, New Members Orientation, Evangelism Seminar

Free from Guilt, New Members Orientation, Evangelism Seminar

Guilt is like that awful neighbor who’s always poking his head up over the fence to tell us how terrible our garden looks. But what do you do with your guilt? With your feelings of remorse over sin? With lingering thoughts of sorrow and shame?

Being teachable, New members orientation, Life Groups

Being teachable, New members orientation, Life Groups

Obviously, as Christians, we believe that God’s grace is powerful enough to save and transform anybody. But Proverbs repeats this theme over and over again. The fool is intractable, or unteachable. In contrast to the fool, a wise man or woman is one who is teachable. In your own life, are you teachable – open to instruction, correction and input from others, with an attitude of humility?

Telling your story, Helping a family in need, ministry opportunities!

Telling your story, Helping a family in need, ministry opportunities!

No one has your exact story of how God has changed your life. Many people are searching for the invisible God, and they can see and hear about Him through your testimony. Take time this next week to write out your God-story, one that can be shared with someone in three minutes or less. You will be amazed at how many opportunities you will have to offer the life-changing message of salvation that has meant so much to you.

Prayer this Saturday, Youth Group / Parent Forum Sunday, Sowing on Good Soil!

Prayer this Saturday, Youth Group / Parent Forum Sunday, Sowing on Good Soil!

The greatest message you will ever hear is the Good News of forgiveness and eternal life through a relationship with Jesus. The message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection gives new life to all who will put their faith in Him. But why does the gospel message bear fruit in some people and in others, it does not?

Sharing your faith, Youth Group Calendar, Life Groups!

Sharing your faith, Youth Group Calendar, Life Groups!

God desires for you to plant seeds of the gospel in your everyday relationships. Through the Word of God, authenticated by how you behave (with the love of Christ), God will use you to multiply His disciples on the earth.These individuals are in your life for an eternal reason. Pray for their receptivity to God’s Word, and then tell them your story of how Jesus has transformed your life.

Parenting Forum, Compassion for others, Life Groups

Parenting Forum, Compassion for others, Life Groups

We all realize that God has commissioned His church to share with others the good news of forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, we are often too busy or too afraid to share our message of new life in Christ. But what is it that will enable us to keep the urgency of telling others about Jesus? It is the same thing that motivated Jesus to ultimately go to the cross for the sins of those who are undeserving: compassion.