Dear Watermark Church family,


Next Monday, we honor those who sacrificed their lives in military service, to preserve our freedoms. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, modeled love and sacrifice by laying down His life for us. Here are some quotes compiled by John Hopler to inspire us to follow the path of Christ in making sacrifices for God.


"No sacrifice should be too great for Him who gave Himself for us." Harry Ironside


"Love is willing self-sacrifice for the good of another that does not require reciprocation or that the person being loved is deserving." Paul David Tripp


"A person's life is his most precious possession. Consequently, to rob him of it is the greatest sin we can commit against him, while to give one's own life on his behalf is the greatest possible expression of love for him. This, then, is the ultimate contrast: Cain's hatred issued in murder, Christ's love (issued) in self-sacrifice." John Stott


"Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan." John Bunyan


"Nothing of spiritual significance comes without sacrifice. Your spirituality will always be measured by the size of your sacrifice." Jerry Falwell


"People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege." David Livingstone


"The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn't some broad, general outline—it's a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins." Joni Eareckson Tada


"The happiness of married life depends upon making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness." John Selden


"Not one man has ever sacrificed for his Lord without being richly repaid. If the cross is only contrasted with earthly pleasures lost, it may seem hard and threatening. But when the cross is weighed in the balances with the glorious treasures to be had through it, even the cross seems sweet." Walter J. Chantry


"I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service or worship." Romans 12:1


Drawn to Jesus – “No one can come to Me [Jesus] unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44

As you observe the people that pass you by each day, on the surface, you have no idea what God is doing in their lives. Yet the apostle John states that God is working in the lives of people every day to draw them to Him. Knowing that, you can be an ambassador for God, looking for how God is drawing people around you to Himself. Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM at Watermark Church, as I explain how you can join God in His work of leading your friends, family, associates and neighbors to Christ.


“Discovering Your SHAPE for Ministry Class pt. 1”, Sunday, June 9 and “SHAPE Class pt. 2”, Sunday, June 23. (This is a 2-part series class. In Class 1, participants will discover their Spiritual Gifting and ministry interests.  In Class 2, members interact on their homework from Class 1, and set up a one on one meeting for direct ministry placement. Also, in Class 2 we will discuss ministries in the church where the individual can serve.)


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

Sat. 25th - Canoeing

 

June

Sun. 9th – Cookout at the Hruby’s

 

Watermark Church Volunteer opportunities:

- Are you interested in being a part of a new prayer group starting up? It will meet from 9:00 AM-9:30 AM on Sunday mornings. Contact Rachael Gibson for more info at remgibson@gmail.com / ph. 513.382.8657.

 

- Do you love to work with kids? We need your help on Sunday mornings with our weekly Children’s Ministry or for our upcoming VBS June 17th - June 21st. If interested contact Rachael Gibson remgibson@gmail.com / ph. 513.382.8657.

 

- Are you interested in doing landscaping or helping to maintain our facility? Contact Rachael Gibson remgibson@gmail.com / ph. 513.382.8657

 

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 new Watermark Group has formed, meeting at 9:15 AM on Sunday mornings, geared toward 20-somethings/young families. Childcare is provided! Led by Jameson Baumgartner.

 

A bible study 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 laying down our lives for the sake of others,

Larry