Dear Watermark Church family,

 

How joy-filled have you been lately? The Scriptures instruct us that "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Here are some quotes to inspire us to live a life of joy in Jesus Christ, compiled by my friend, John Hopler.

 

"When was the last time you laughed for the sheer joy of your salvation? People are not attracted to somber doctrines. There is no persuasive power in a gloomy and morbid religion. Let the world see your joy and you won't be able to keep them away. To be filled with God is to be filled with joy." Anonymous

 

"The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance." C. S. Lewis

 

"I choose joy... I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical... the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God."   Max Lucado

 

"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun." Chuck Swindoll

 

"Holy joy will be oil to the wheels of our obedience." Matthew Henry

 

"I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy." C.S. Lewis

 

"Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience." Richard Foster

 

"Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life."  Alexander MacLaren 

 

"The purest joy in the world is joy in Christ Jesus." Robert Murray McCheyne

 

Watermark Church New Members Class to be offered Sunday, May 19 from 11:45AM – 1:00 PM. Our New Members Class and Lunch will be held on May 19, immediately following the morning worship service. You will learn about the vision, beliefs, ministries and next steps of membership at Watermark Church. Pizza will be served for lunch. Use the connection card to sign up on Sunday morning and place it in the offering plate.

 

Vacation Bible School dates set! The Watermark Church VBS themed “In The Wild” will be held on June 17-21, from 9:30 AM to Noon. There will be a Carnival for the children and their parents on Friday evening, June 21 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Tickets won by the children during the VBS week can be redeemed for games and prizes at the Carnival.

 

Helpers/volunteers are needed for the week, in many areas. These areas include decorations, crafts, music, teaching a lesson, serving refreshments and being a group leader. Contact Tim and Patti Kellis to find your place to serve. Let’s make this our best VBS yet!

 

Youth Group – May schedule. Here are the remaining Youth Group dates:

 

May

Sun, 5th @ 5:30 HS/ 6:30 JH - Bible Study

Sat. 18th or 26th - Canoeing

Sun. 19th @ 5:30 HS/ 6:30 JH - Bible Study

 

June

Sun. 9th – Cookout

 

Baptism Coming!  We are planning to have a baptism soon. Fill out the connection card this Sunday if you would like to be baptized. 

 

The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is held every Friday at 7:00 AM 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!

 

A Women’s Bible Study is being taught by Claudia Shrive on Sunday mornings at 9:30AM at the church.

 

A 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 is meeting every other Friday at 7:00 PM at the Settimo’s home. They will be looking at what the Bible has to say about current events. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.

 

Together living with joy in the Lord,

Larry