Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19,20

 

One of my goals each day is to be a better listener. It is a great demonstration of loving others. Here are some quotes compiled by John Hopler to help us value the art of listening.

 

"Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable."  David Augsberge

 

"The first service one owes to others in a community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for others is learning to listen to them… Christians who can no longer listen to one another will soon no longer be listening to God either." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

"There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing." G. K. Chesterton  

 

"If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive." Brené Brown

 

"He understands badly who listens badly." Welsh Proverb

 

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk." Doug Larson 

 

"You see pain with your eyes, but you sympathize with your ears. Sometimes the greatest way to serve someone is just by listening. Behind every need is a story." Rick Warren

 

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill

 

Also, join us this Sunday, 11/18 at 10:30am at Watermark Church, as I continue teaching in the Book of Philippians. This week we will look at many great examples of Christ’s attitude of putting others first.

 

All Hands on Deck this Saturday, 11/17 @ 9:00am – relocating the clothing ministry to the parsonage! We are relocating the Watermark Church “Clothed With Love” clothing ministry to the church parsonage, which is the house on the back of our property. We will be transferring clothes from the church to the house from 9:00 am to noon this Saturday, 11/17. Come and help for as long as you are able!

 

Thanksgiving Food Baskets for local needy families – We will deliver the turkeys this Sunday, 11/18 after the worship service. Please see Patti Kellis after church in the lobby this Sunday, and we will give you a food basket to personally deliver to a specific family’s address.

 

The Watermark Christmas Dinner is Saturday, December 1, 6:30PM – 9:30PM! Plan now to attend the dinner, which is designed for you to invite family and friends. An amazing holiday meal will be provided with turkeys, hams and all the fixing's and desserts! Christmas caroling will be a part of the evening festivities! Reservations are required, so let Peggy German know how many people you are bringing, and she will give you a ticket for each person coming. Though there is no cost to attend, a donation of $9.00 per person is welcome.

Set-up for this event will be taking place during the day on Friday, 11/30 and Saturday, 12/1. Stop on by if you have a little time to help us prepare for the big event.

 

Youth Group will meet on Sunday, 11/25 @ 5:30pm HS and 6:30pm JH, at the church!

 

It’s not too early to begin inviting your friends and family, co-workers and neighbors to our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 PM on Monday, 12/24!

 

The 20-somethings/College and Career small group is continuing Sunday, November 18th and will be studying the book “Vertical Church.” The group will meet at JC and Saran Kellis’ home – 2081 Apple Knoll Lane, Middletown, 45044. See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more details.

 

The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is held every Friday at 7:00 AM, and the location is 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!

 

The 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 meets every other Friday. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.

 

United in listening to one another,

Larry