Dear Watermark Church family,
“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40
This week, I would like to forward to you a message from Robbie McAlister, a friend of mine and a pastor and missionary who is in Greece, ministering at a refugee camp there. In this letter sent originally to my friend John Hopler, you will be touched by Robbie’s heart—his compassion for people and His love for Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
May God raise up more and more people who have a heart of compassion for the people for whom Jesus Christ died!
From Robbie: “Today was filled to the brim with incredible moments of opportunity to learn and serve. I served in the “new arrivals area” in the refugee camp in Greece where in the last two days over 200 mostly Afghans have come in. I am charged with guarding the gate.
When they come in, the police back a huge bus to the door and the refugees get out to shouts of “move along!” “Who is in your family!” “How many are you?”, etc... They are yelled at and then herded into a holding area where they are photographed and screened before being allowed back into the new arrivals area where I am. The faces are filled with fear, uncertainty, exhaustion and sadness.
I had the job of counting how many men, women and children there were and seeing if they had shoes. In the midst of this process while trying to keep control, the authorities are very abrasive, and that’s too soft a word.
I am busy counting when from behind me I hear a sweet “hello” and turn and there are three precious children reaching up to me for a hug with big smiles. I am momentarily caught in some kind of reality warp. The harshness, sadness and trauma on the faces of the new arrivals and the innocent laughter and joy on the faces of the children. How does one know how to feel in that situation?
And when the last arrival is locked away in the holding area, the police leave, and it is back to normal... that is refugee camp normal of course. The rest of the day was filled with opportunities to help a single mom with an epileptic child, a husband and wife look for eyeglasses since they lost theirs in the sea crossing, and after being asked why I as an affluent American am there, sharing my testimony with several people from Afghanistan and giving hugs, chatting with and serving new refugees from, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Kurdistan, Somalia, Palestine, Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Sudan and Guinea. I could have missed a few.
I cannot think of anything I have done in my life that gives me more fulfillment than simply loving the least, most vulnerable people on earth in Jesus’ Name. They are so very appreciative of the smallest gesture to love them. Apart from missing my family and friends, I cannot think of a place I would rather be in all the world at this moment in history.” Robbie McAlister
Countdown to our Yard Sale on Saturday, 9/15!
1. YARD SALE PREPARATION TONIGHT! Tonight, Wednesday, 9/12, we will do our final pricing and layout for all items. We need volunteers to help sort and price the items from 6:00PM to 7:00PM tonight.
2. The yard sale is this Saturday, September 15 from 9:00AM – 1:00 PM.
A. Volunteers are needed this Saturday, 9/15, at 7:30 AM to help set up tables and displays before we begin at 9:00 AM. We will need cooks for the hot dogs, and some of you to mingle with our shoppers. Wear your Watermark Church T-shirts if you can!
B. It is not too late to bring your donated church Yard Sale Items to church! You can bring any and all items you wish to donate to the sale to the church tonight at 6:00 PM. We can still use more donations of non-clothing items. Then on Saturday, 9/15, come between 7:30AM and 9:00AM to help us set-up, and then stay and help us greet the community members who shop at our yard sale! We will provide free food and water bottles for shoppers. (A donation has already been given to Watermark Church to cover the cost of the food and beverages for the yard sale!) Pray for God help us “shine our light” for those who come to shop!
The 20-somethings/College and Career small group is starting Sunday September 16th. See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more details.
Next Youth Group is Sunday, September 23 @ 5:30PM HS / 6:30PM JH – Bible Study at the church. Youth from grades 6-12 will begin studying the book “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman. See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more information.
Men’s Night Out Friday, September 28 – Join us at 5:30pm on Friday, September 28 for food, football and fellowship! We will meet at the church at 5:30PM for a grill-out, then see the Monroe HS football game at 7:00 PM. Let Dave Reuss or Larry know if you are planning to come.
Baptism – Sunday, October 14! We will have a baptism for several members of our church on 10/14 during the worship service. Let pastors Ron or Larry know if you would like to be baptized.
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.
Please pray for healing for Robert Crowder, as Robert is recovering at UC hospital this week after successful cancer surgery.
Together loving the least in Jesus Name,