Dear Watermark Church family,

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  Matthew 9:35-38

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.

in the verses above, Jesus looked into the eyes and into the hearts of those He came to save, and saw that they were distressed, downcast, harassed and helpless. Instead of judging them or condemning them for their sins and their rejection of God, He instead wept for them. He saw their only hope was for Him to become a sacrifice for sins on their behalf, that they might have a relationship with the heavenly Father once again. Today, that is the only hope for those around us living without a relationship with Jesus.

How can we maintain a compassion for others as Jesus does? Basically, as we realize that we, too, were distressed, downcast, harassed and helpless before we met the Savior, we will be motivated to love others more genuinely and more deeply. We will readily extend the grace of God we have received to others. And that means that we will become less busy and afraid to tell others of the love the Good Shepherd has shown toward us.

To share your faith regularly with others, remember that He died for you, and that you should no longer live for yourself, but for Him. Then let your growing compassion for a lost world motivate you to be a worker for God in His Kingdom. Join us this Sunday at Watermark Church at 10:30 am, as we look at being a worker in God’s harvest field!

Parenting Forum February 11 at 6:30 PM –  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.” Our first topic on February 11 at 6:30 PM at the church facility (during youth group) will be using the power of communication to build a deep relational bond with your child.

Sunday School: Prophecy and World Events – Pastor Ron is leading an insightful and encouraging adult Sunday School Class beginning this Sunday, January 21 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 at9:30AM at the church facility. Join the ladies for fellowship and great discussion on various in-depth topics from God’s Word.

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.

The 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 will be studying the book of 1 Peter. Contact Larry if you would like to be a part of this Life Group. Our first group Bible Study will be next Wednesday, January 24.

Church facility upgrades. This February, Watermark Church will begin making exciting renovations to the sanctuary. Drywall will be repaired and painted, carpeting will be laid, and the stage will be lowered and steps will be added. Sunday morning worship services will continue as normal during the building process. The work is planned to be finished before Easter, which is Sunday, April 1 this year. It is not too early to begin thinking about who you would like to invite to our Easter morning worship service!

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

 

Growing together in our compassion for others,