Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1,2  

 

Each year, as summer approaches, I set up our small above ground pool. As the water fills the pool, numerous small holes emerge, which require vinyl patches and strong glue to repair. No matter how hard I try, the glue remains powerfully stuck on my fingers, sometimes for days. Attempts to remove the glue by hand are futile, until it wears off on its own.

 

Like glue, often the guilt of our sins sticks to our hearts and our consciences for days. We live in fear of God and others, because we feel we deserve punishment. Or we punish ourselves, so God won’t be so hard on us. Or we become bitter at God because we feel He is punishing us for our sin. Or we simply blame others for our failures.

 

The truth is, YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED BY GOD, even when you sin! A believer in Christ does not need to fear God’s punishment. In fact, out of love, Christ has borne the punishment we deserve for disobedience to God. John states that Jesus is our propitiation, which means God sacrificed His Son, Jesus, in order to turn away, or propitiate, His wrath that we deserved and put it on Jesus.

 

Christ’s act at Calvary is the greatest weapon against Satan’s lie that states you are not loved by God when you fail to obey Him. The wrath of a holy and just God, which we deserved, has been satisfied as it was put on Christ at the cross.

 

When we sin, there is nothing we can do ourselves to remove the guilt, the shame, the power or the penalty of our sins. But it is what Jesus did, when He died and rose from the grave, that removes the stain of our sins far from us, far from God and makes us clean in His eyes. It is our faith, as we believe in the resurrection of Jesus, that removes our guilt and shame. Those who believe in Jesus are made pure and are saved from their sin and its penalty of separation from God.

 

The apostle John says in the verse above that if we sin, Jesus is our Advocate, or one who pleads our case of righteousness before the Father in heaven. If we believe in Jesus, we are looked upon by the Father as being as pure and holy as Jesus! Now that is cause to rejoice, and that is motivation to want to obey God!! Thanks be to God for our Advocate, the One who pleads my case – Jesus!

 

Youth Group cookout – Sunday, June 9th at the Hruby’s.

 

Vacation Bible School craft items needed - We need empty 8.5-ounce vegetable or fruit cans for a VBS craft, along with empty small plastic water bottles with the cap on them. Please bring them to the church lobby on Sunday morning.

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!

 

church business meeting will be held on June 23 after the morning worship service, to discuss finances and other updates.

 

We are looking for the large, yellow, two-wheel metal chair dolly with rubber tires. Please contact Tim or Patti if you know where the dolly is located.

 

Locking the door by the copier - If you exit the church building using the door by the copier, leading to parking lot, be aware that that door will not shut completely by itself. When using that door to enter or exit the building, make sure to shut it and check to make sure it is locked. 

 

Watermark Church Volunteer opportunities: 

- 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 Patti Kellis.

 

- Lynn Combs has worked so hard for many years to keep our flower beds looking beautiful. If you are interested in doing landscaping, please contact Lynn.

 

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. 

 

Please keep Diane Crowder, Robert Crowder, Claudia Shrive, Doug Combs and Chris Morgan in prayer, as each of them are being treated for various physical ailments and surgeries.

 

Together deeply loved by God,

Larry 

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