Dear Watermark Church family,
Today is National Day of Prayer. In honor of this annual call to prayer for our nation, I am reposting an article by Tom Short, a campus preacher committed to turning the hearts of our citizens back to God. (www.TomThePreacher.com)
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Tom writes, “I love my country. I really do. I believe that from the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock throughout our history, we have sought to honor God. Yes, I know our past is littered with grievous sins and I'm certainly not claiming everyone was a true believer. But generally speaking, the God of the Bible was honored in both private and public life.
But over the past few decades, we have lost our way.
Secular humanism and progressivism have become the dominate worldviews of our time and they are embraced as if it’s our very religion. [Proponents of these views want to] rule the cultural institutions that will invariably shape our nation. And whether we admit it or not, these values are shaping believers and Christian churches as well.
I realize that the theme of this year's National Day of Prayer is "Unity." I'll pray for this because our nation is deeply divided and, as Jesus said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." But unity is not always good, as was demonstrated at the tower of Babel. Our nation is divided because we are involved in a serious cultural war based on starkly different core values.
Therefore, I'm not so concerned about unity as I am revival -- a revival in which both believers and unbelievers turn to Christ with all their hearts. And yes, it begins with us who name the Name of Christ.
I pray for and seek the Lordship of Christ in what Bill Bright and Loren Cunningham referred to as the Seven Cultural Mountains. I urge you to pray for and bring your Christian influence to these seven areas as well. They are
- Media (how we get our information)
- Arts & Entertainment
Let's pray for our country. The hour is late. Destructive forces are deeply entrenched and they sense ultimate victory. Let's wage war on our knees and with the powerful truths of God's word.” Tom Short
You can find more information on how to pray for our country at http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org
Watermark Church is one of several Monroe churches helping the community mourn the loss of Kaylie Jackson, who lost her life following a car accident last Friday. Visitation for Kaylie Jackson, 17, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at Liberty Heights Church, 7904 Princeton Road, Liberty Twp.
In addition, Watermark Church will be hosting a meal for family and friends on Monday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m. Patti Kellis is coordinating the food for the meal with other local churches. We will send out an email once we know what food items Watermark Church will be responsible to provide.
- We will be setting up tables and chairs this Sunday, May 6 after the morning worship service, and we welcome the help of those who are able to stay after church.
Please continue to pray for the healing and hope that will be needed for the families and classmates affected by this tragedy.
Watermark Church Renovation Fund Team Meeting was held recently. We will be raising funds through a variety of events and projects to upgrade the church sanctuary, and we need your help! If you have fundraising ideas or projects in mind or would like to simply brainstorm with others, please contact Karen Werling for more information.
Parenting Forum – Sunday, May 20 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.”
A representative of the Gideons International will be visiting Watermark Church this Sunday and will give a brief review of the ministry and how we can support their mission.
Youth Group Schedule –
Sunday, May 6 at 6:30 PM - Youth Group
Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 PM – Free Dodgeball Tournament. Free Pizza!
Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 - Youth Group, Parent’s Forum
Sunday, June 3 - Youth Group End of Year Cookout – Time TBD
Vacation Bible School is the week of June 18-22. Many children’s lives are influenced for eternity during this special VBS week at Watermark Church. Let Tim and Patti Kellis know if you are available to help that week.
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 Prophecy and World Events class is offered at 9:30 AM Sundays, taught by Pastor Ron.
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 are studying the book of 1 Peter. Contact Larry if you would like to be a part of this Life Group. Our next group Bible Study will be Wednesday, May 9. Everyone is welcome.
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 praying for revival in our land,