New Members' Class and Baptism 5/19, VBS Volunteers!

New Members' Class and Baptism 5/19, VBS Volunteers!

The first story we read in the gospels about Jesus as an adult is His baptism. The last command Jesus gave to His disciples before ascending into heaven was that they should go throughout the world making disciples and baptizing them. Baptism is obviously a very important event in the New Testament. Watermark Church will be having a baptism this Sunday, 5/19 during our worship service. Here are some insights on the purpose and meaning of baptism.

Living with Joy, New members class 5/19, upcoming events!

Living with Joy, New members class 5/19, upcoming events!

How joy-filled have you been lately? The Scriptures instruct us that "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Here are some quotes to inspire us to live a life of joy in Jesus Christ, compiled by my friend, John Hopler.

Lean on Him, Vacation Bible School dates, upcoming events!

Lean on Him, Vacation Bible School dates, upcoming events!

As a follower of Christ, there is a choice to make in every circumstance, difficulty, trial, hardship or perplexing situation we face. Will we choose to trudge forward, dependent on our own worldly wisdom, fashioning a plan of our own design to get through things? Or will we look to our God, and “acknowledge Him” in all our ways?

Celebrate EASTER this Sunday, 4/21 - He is Risen!

Celebrate EASTER this Sunday, 4/21 - He is Risen!

The validity of Christianity is centered on one main truth and one main event – the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. If He did not rise from the dead, then Christianity is a hoax. If He did not rise from the dead, then there is no path for us to experience God’s forgiveness through Jesus. If He did not rise, then those who follow Jesus today are deceived and most to be pitied!

Receiving your King, Easter preparations!

Receiving your King, Easter preparations!

As we approach Holy Week, may we receive Jesus in our hearts as our King! May we declare His blessings, which we have received from Jesus, to those around us each day. Then the rocks will not have to cry out – for declaring His glory to a lost and dying world is our main purpose in life.

Growing in Faith, Easter preparation!

Growing in Faith, Easter preparation!

Every day, God has something in mind to bring Him the glory He deserves, and He wants to use someone like you to do it! But He uses the weak things of this world to shame the wise. He uses the unassuming and the ordinary, so that all will know the victory God wins through us has been accomplished by Him!

From fear to faith, Pot Luck Sunday, Lobby Decor Team!

From fear to faith, Pot Luck Sunday, Lobby Decor Team!

Are you experiencing tough circumstances? Multiplied trials? Dashed dreams? As followers of Christ, God wants to train us to overcome our doubts, and walk by faith. He wants to transform us into people who lay aside our fears and doubts to live in power and victory!

Made for a mission, cleaning crew, upcoming events!

Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations (“ethne” = ethnic groups), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

 

God has a goal and a plan to reach this world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. His goal is that every person, in every nation, in every ethnic group, no matter how large or small, would hear the gospel of Jesus.

 

In fact, just as Jesus was sent by God into the world with this mission, Jesus sends us out with the same mission! John writes, “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ ” John 20:21  As followers of Jesus, we have all been given the same mission – to go and tell the world, with our words and through how we live.

 

The plan is simple – through the church, we are to begin to share with people right where we are and keep increasing our circle of influence. Look at the example of the early church: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

 

How does this example of the early church relate to you and me?

 

1. I am created by God to share Christ with those in my immediate world. For example, who do you know that you could invite to our Easter Sunday celebration on April 21?

 

2. I can dare to reach beyond my immediate world. How can we influence our city? How can you meet needs of people beyond your circle of friends? Clothing ministry? Vacation Bible School? Other ways?

 

3. I can care about the whole world. Two million Americans will pass into eternity this year, most without Christ. Fifty-four million people will enter eternity this year. Who will be in heaven because I fulfilled God’s mission for me to tell others about the love of Christ, seen through His death and resurrection for our sins? Can I pray for the lost around the world? Can I support mission activity around the world?

 

Let’s start start today, by simply asking my neighbor or co-worker, friend or relative, “What can I pray for you today?” Let them know the God you have come to know loves them dearly. As you begin to share the gospel more abundantly with others, watch what God will do through you!

 

Pot Luck Lunch – Join us on Sunday, March 31 after the 10:30AM morning worship service for a meal together, along with great fellowship! Please bring 1) a main dish or 2) a side dish or dessert to share!

 

Baptism – We are planning a baptism for anyone wishing to publicly profess their faith in Christ. Please fill out the connection card this Sunday if you would like to be baptized.

 

Church Cleaning/Maintenance Crew forming – If you would like to be a part of the Watermark Church cleaning/maintenance team to keep the church facility looking clean and fresh, please let George Shrive or Tim Kellis know this week by emailing Tim at timalmtm@aol.com.

 

Youth Group – March schedule

 - Sunday, March 24th @ 5:30 PM HS/ 6:30 PM JH - Bible Study

 

Prayer Requests

- Pray for Ron and Peggy German, as Ron’s father passed away on 3/16.

- Pray for Emma Reuss, who had her thyroid removed recently. She is doing very well.

- Pray for Marcia Moore, who is battling pneumonia and is in the hospital.

- Pray for Susan Ries, for strength and to feel better.

- Pray for Chris Morgan, as she recovers at home from back surgery.

- Pray for Diane Crowder, who has not been feeling well for several weeks.

 

Supporting Monroe HS and our local community - Last week, Watermark Church hosted dozens of Monroe HS students for ACT testing at our church. A big thanks to everyone who came in to clean our facility!

                

The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is held every Friday at 7:00 AM at the Waffle House at the Monroe Outlets / SR 63 & I-75. Join with the men of Watermark Church for an encouraging time of fellowship!

 

A Women’s Bible Study is being taught by Claudia Shrive on Sunday mornings at 9:30AM at the church.

 

A Prophecy and World Events class is being offered at 9:30 AM Sundays, taught by Pastor Ron.

 

Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study is meeting every other Friday at 7:00 PM at the Settimo’s home. They will be looking at what the Bible has to say about current events. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.

 

Together om mission for Christ,

Larry 

SHAPED to serve God, church cleaning, upcoming events!

Salvation from our sins is the result of God’s grace, or His undeserved favor toward us. Those who are forgiven by faith in Jesus have one thing to boast in: Jesus and His work on the cross for us. Though our good deeds can never save us from sin, we ARE created by God to do good works to demonstrate that we ARE saved!

Fellowship in God's family, Cleaning Team forming, Calendar of events!

One of the answers to the question “What on earth am I here for?” is that we were made for fellowship in God’s family! You and I were formed by God to live in and contribute to the community of believers in Christ. There are a few levels of fellowship.

Belonging in God's family, New Members Class this Sunday, upcoming events!

Belonging in God's family, New Members Class this Sunday, upcoming events!

As followers of Christ, God has intended that we live out our journey of faith in fellowship with other believers. We are not made to live out our faith alone! That is why God designed the church. It is a place for you to fulfill God’s purpose for your life in a family of other believers.

Quality friendships, new members class 2/17, upcoming events

Quality friendships, new members class 2/17, upcoming events

Recently a visitor to our church commented how welcomed they felt the first time they attended Watermark Church. People respond positively when they are noticed by others, loved and accepted for who they are and where they are in life. That is how friends treat each other.

The power of Love, New Members Class 2/17, Engage the Mission!

The power of Love, New Members Class 2/17, Engage the Mission!

The starting point to Christian influence, credibility and being a “light” to a lost and dying world is to LOVE one another as Christ loves us. As the verses posted above state, without love, my words of witness sound merely like a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. But with love, especially for one another, we distinguish ourselves uniquely and undeniably as followers of Jesus.

Honoring all people, new members class 1/20, weather updates

Honoring all people, new members class 1/20, weather updates

This Monday, Americans remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his work in the Civil Rights movement. My friend and mentor, John Hopler, has a practice of using this day as a day of study and reflection, to examine his own heart and to grow in love towards those whose race is different than his. In his study, he has been encouraged to see how much the civil rights movement was motivated by people who loved Jesus Christ.

Happy New Year 2019!, New Members Class, Upcoming events!

Happy New Year 2019!, New Members Class, Upcoming events!

It's a new year—and God wants to do new things in each of our lives. Here are some encouraging quotes on being transformed by God, compiled by my friend and mentor, John Hopler.  May 2019 be a year where you experience the powerful transforming work of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ.

2019 spiritual growth goals, new members class, small groups!

2019 spiritual growth goals, new members class, small groups!

As the new year approaches, setting personal goals for your health, relationships, career or finances is a common practice for many people! For example, health club and fitness center memberships swell as people resolve to discipline their bodies, in order to feel, look and last better. Have you thought about setting goals in your spiritual life? These 5 spiritual disciplines listed below are helpful habits to help us grow and “bear fruit” as followers of Christ.