Dear Watermark Church family,

Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.  – Proverbs 27:22 ESV

The term “recidivism” is the rate at which a criminal offender returns to prison. One study found that within five years of release, 77% of released prisoners were rearrested. In some penal facilities, the recidivism rate is as high as 90%! The annual cost of incarcerating a prisoner in some states is nearly $30,000. The sad joke as many released prisoners leave is that they would be back again!

Proverbs 27:22 above tells us that folly is not easily removed from a fool. Do you know what a mortar and pestle are? A small bowl and a blunt, club-shaped object. You put the substance you want to grind into the mortar and crush and grind it with the pestle. This verse in Proverbs teaches you that you can’t remove a fool’s foolishness. You can grind and crush grain into powder and remove the various components. But you can’t remove a fool’s foolishness. One author said, “You can separate the wheat from the chaff, but folly is too much a part of a fool to take it from him.”

Obviously, as Christians, we believe that God’s grace is powerful enough to save and transform anybody. But Proverbs repeats this theme over and over again. The fool is intractable, or unteachable. In contrast to the fool, a wise man or woman is one who is teachable. In your own life, are you teachable – open to instruction, correction and input from others, with an attitude of humility?

Proverbs repeatedly tells us you can teach a wise person. But with a fool, you are just wasting your breath. Would your family call you teachable? Does your spouse? Do your co-workers or people at church consider you humble and open to correction? Does God? This week, be aware of the teachable moments God has for you, given to you through the words of those around you. (adapted from an article by Josh Whitney)

New Members Orientation Lunch on Sunday, March 11 – Sign up this week for our New Members Orientation Lunch on Sunday, March 11, immediately following the morning worship service. You will meet the pastors, and learn about the vision, ministries, beliefs and responsibilities of membership at Watermark Church. Lunch will be served. Please complete the connections card this Sunday morning, or contact Pastor Ron or Pastor Larry if you would like to participate.

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 is an opportunity to serve at Watermark Church:

Sound booth tech – a person 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 Church Youth Group is meeting this Sunday, February 25th at 6:30PM at the Watermark Church facility.

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).

Sunday School at 9:30am: Prophecy and World Events – Pastor Ron is leading an insightful and encouraging adult Sunday School Class on Sundays 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 GroupThe 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 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


Teachable in our hearts,