Dear Watermark Church family,
“Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, 2) that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. 3) For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond, they gave of their own accord, 4) begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, 5) and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.” 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
The apostle Paul informed the churches in Macedonia of a financial need that arose in the church in Jerusalem. As we continue our Sunday morning series of messages on Stewardship, there are six observations about the Macedonian Church which we can learn from in the passage above.
They gave supernaturally. (by the grace of God)
They gave out of affliction. (during persecution)
They gave out of poverty. (they were living in a poor roman province)
They gave out of personal choice. (out of their own accord)
They viewed giving as a privilege. (“begging us” for the opportunity to give)
Their greatest gift was giving themselves to God.
Let’s follow the model of these Macedonian churches as we apply stewardship principles for investing all God has blessed us with to build His Kingdom!
Thanksgiving Food Baskets for local needy families – This year, our goal is to assemble 15 Thanksgiving Food Baskets for local families.
Please bring items according to the following schedule:
September 30 – canned corn, canned green beans
October 7 - canned yams
October 14 - stuffing mix
October 21 - pumpkin pie
October 28 - Cool whip
November 4 - frozen turkey
November 11 - rolls
November 18 - deliver the baskets.
Please bring CORN and GREEN BEANS to church this Sunday, 9/30.
Men’s Night Out Friday, September 28– Join us at 5:30pm THIS 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.
Church Clean-up Day Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 AM – Noon! Come help us clean, organize, and remove old items to help beautify our facility.
Baptism – Sunday, October 14! We will have a baptism for several members of our church on Sunday, 10/14 during the worship service. Let pastors Ron or Larry know if you would like to be baptized.
The 20-somethings/College and Career small group is continuing Sunday September 30th and will be studying the book “Vertical Church.” See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more details.
Youth Laser tag is Saturday 9/29 at 6:00 PM. We are planning on having the laser tag event on 9/29 at 6 pm at The Web in West Chester (7172 Cincinnati Dayton Rd). We will do rounds of laser tag, parents are more than welcome to participate. They do have food if you would like to get something there or you are more than welcome to get something before or after. We have an opportunity to get a significant discount on laser tagging using CincySaver. See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more information.
Next Youth Group is Sunday, October 14 @ 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.
The Watermark Christmas Craft Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 3 at the church. Mark your calendars. This will be a fundraiser for the sanctuary upgrade.
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.
Together managing our time, talent and treasure for His glory,