Dear Watermark Church family,
“Now he had to go through Samaria... Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
…Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
…Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.
They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:4-42
For this Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus, an ordinary day getting water at Jacob’s well turned into the most amazing day of her life! Because Jesus took a few minutes to talk with her, the love, grace, forgiveness and eternal life she received that day became the new story of her life.
Since Jesus had changed her so profoundly, she could not help but tell others in her town what had happened to her. Many believed in Jesus because of the power of her testimony!
You and I have a story of how Jesus changed our lives, and it is worth telling all who will listen. But how can we be prepared to describe how Jesus has transformed our lives to others, in just a few short minutes?
- Explain to them in one minute how you needed God – for example, that you were searching, lonely, ashamed, angry or filled with anxiety.
- Describe in one minute how you were drawn to believe in Jesus – for example, a friend showed you in the Bible that Jesus freely offers His love, forgiveness and power to change lives to everyone. As a result, you admitted to God your need for Him, and you are trusting in Jesus to forgive you and give you eternal life.
- Explain how beginning your relationship with Jesus has transformed your life. For example, you have genuine peace in your life and you have freedom from specific struggles or addictions. You also have newfound priorities, such as a desire to help others. You are now experiencing a real relationship with God.
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.
Helping a family in need – Last Sunday, Noah Voss, a Monroe High School senior, took his life. The family has reached out to us for help during this difficult time. The family will be using our church facility this Monday, 2/19, at about 1:00 PM, to provide a meal for those attending the burial service being held at the cemetery next to Monroe Park on Monday.
Our task is to set up tables and chairs to serve a substantial number of friends, family and classmates attending the burial service. We are not responsible to bring any food items - the Monroe Police Wives Group is catering Olive Garden for those who attend.
How you can help: if you are available anytime between Noon and 3:00 PM on Monday, 2/19 to help with set-up and serving, please contact Patty and Tim Kellis at 513-313-1293 today. (We may do some of the table set-up after this Sunday's morning worship service as well.)
Please pray for the family in the loss of their 18-year-old son, Noah.
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 are two opportunities to serve at Watermark Church.
1. Children’s Church teacher is needed to occasionally lead 1st through 4th graders in a lesson during the 10:30am worship service. Contact Tina Savage if you are interested.
2. Sound booth tech 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.
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).
Here is a list of upcoming dates and times for the Youth Group:
Saturday, February 17th FAMILY EVENT- Winter Jam @ US Bank Arena
Sunday, February 25th @ 6:30 - Youth Group at Watermark Church facility
Sunday School at 9:30AM: Prophecy and World Events – Pastor Ron is leading an insightful and encouraging adult Sunday School Class 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 Group: 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.
We have Children’s Sunday School class at 9:30AM on Sundays, along with adult Sunday School. 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 telling our story of new life in Christ,