Dear Watermark Church family,

“The next day John [the Baptist] was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard [John] speak, and they followed Jesus…

“So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John [the Baptist] speak and followed [Jesus], was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). He brought [Peter] to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas”(which is translated Peter). John 1:35-42

It was no small thing that “Andrew brought Peter to Jesus!” By introducing his brother Peter to Jesus, it planted the seed for an amazing ministry throughout Peter’s life. The result was thousands of people being led to believe in Jesus through Peter’s teaching and preaching in places like Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth and Rome.

And it began when Andrew simply asked his brother to come and hear Jesus.

Andrew’s example is significant to us, as we begin to measure the scope of the task given to the church by Jesus to “go and makes disciples of all the world.” (Matthew 28:19,20) Andrew reminds us that the place to begin in reaching others for Christ is not to immediately travel across the world, but instead to look across the dinner table, to look across the neighborhood, to look across the soccer field or to look across the shop floor.

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.

This winter, Watermark Church is focusing on helping you become effective at sharing your faith in Jesus with others. Join us the Sunday, February 4 at 10:30 AM as we discover how to fulfill our role in reaching others for Christ!

Youth Group News – The Watermark Youth Group Grades 6-12 is using a teaching series called "The Way I'm Wired" this semester. This 6-week series has a student devotional (The Way I'm Wired), a DVD series, and a parent's book (How Your Teenager is Wired) that covers the following topics:

  • Reflective Listening
  • Understanding Your Spiritual Gifts, Best Qualities, and Finest Values
  • Rethinking Your Motives, Relationships, and Use of Time
  • Knowing Your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
  • Praying for Courage, Perseverance, and Miracles
  • Writing Your Lifetime Dream Statement
  • Surrendering All to Jesus

Here are links to the material if you would like to check them out. You do not need to order the materials because we will be placing an order:

The Way I'm Wired Devotional: http://a.co/aeItxK5

The Way I'm Wired DVD: http://a.co/9EtRwgo

How Your Teenager is Wired parent's book: http://a.co/3Uegmad

Note: We are planning to use all the materials provided through this series in a maximum effort to help the students discover who God created them to be and the purpose He has for their lives, as well as helping you as parents by equipping you with tools to help you effectively converse with your teens about these topics. On the dates below, we will meet with the students to watch the DVD and discuss the topics. Once a month, during one of the youth group times, Larry will be meeting with the parents to discuss the parent's book.

Here is a list of upcoming dates and times for the Youth Group:

February

Sun, 11th @ 6:30 - Youth Group / Parent's Study

Sat, 17th FAMILY EVENT- Winter Jam @ US Bank Arena (meeting time and info to follow in future email, see http://2018.jamtour.com/cities/cincinnati-oh/ for artist and speaker lineup)

Sun, 25th @ 6:30 - Youth Group at Watermark Church facility

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 our youth group meeting) 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 at 9:30AM 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

Together reaching friends and neighbors for Christ,