Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3

 

Pray for our leaders this July 4th - Franklin Graham, the CEO of international relief group Samaritan's Purse, told Americans celebrating the Fourth of July that now is the time to pray for all the soldiers who have fought and even died for freedom, but also to remember that Christ died for the greatest freedom of all.

 

"The freedoms we now enjoy pale in comparison to the freedom we have as Christians, purchased by Christ's death on the cross," Graham wrote on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, and quoted from Romans 8:1-2 NIV, which reads:  "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death."

 

The son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham said that it is important to remember all those who gave their lives for America, and pray for the country as a whole.  "We should also pray for our national leaders. Regardless of whether we agree with our country's policies, we have a biblical mandate to do this," Graham wrote.

 

"The Apostle Paul – who knew what it was like to lose his freedom – wrote to Timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3

 

Franklin also called for prayers for all government officials to seek "God's wisdom and guidance."

 

This July 4th let’s thank God for the freedom we have in Christ, and pray for our national leaders to acknowledge Christ as the foundation of a healthy and fruitful nation.

 

God never wastes a hurt - "You must learn, you must let God teach you, that the only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing." Phillip Brooks

 

"Behold, I will do something new." Isaiah 43:19

 

What new thing does God want to do in your life during the remainder of 2019?

 

Wisdom from Oswald Chambers, who wrote the well-known and beloved devotional book “My Utmost for His Highest” – “The remarkable thing about fearing God (revering Him) is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.”


“Blessed is every one that fears the Lord.”

 

Watermark Church will host a meal for the Madison Smallwood family on Friday, July 12 at noon, for approximately 60 people. Madison is the brave 12-year-old Monroe Elementary School student who went to be with the Lord on June 25th after a long fight with bone cancer.

 

Madison touched the hearts of the Monroe community during her battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma in July 2015. Her courageous fight against bone cancer affected her entire community.

 

Please let Tim and Patti Kellis know if you would like to help with serving the meal in any way.

 

Watermark Church Volunteer opportunities:

If you can help in any of the following ways -- let us know. Watermark needs you!

- Take trash to curb every Tuesday Night

- Bring trash cans in every Wednesday

- Clean the church, restrooms, etc... one day per month

- Run the sound system occasionally on Sunday mornings

- Clothed With Love clothing ministry

 

“During all my years as an evangelist, my message has always been the Gospel of Christ. It is not a Western religion, nor is it a message of one culture or political system… it is a message of life and hope for all the world.” Billy Graham

 

"For I determined to know nothing among you but Jesus Christ and Him crucified." 1 Corinthians 2:2

 

Whom has God placed in your life this week for you to influence for Christ?

 

Understanding the Opioid Crisis - Almost every day we hear a news story about opioid addiction in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over 2 million people in the United States are currently addicted to prescription opioids. In this link, Leith Anderson talks with Dr. Lindsay Stokes about the opioid crisis and how churches and Christians can respond. Here is a helpful message from the National Association of Evangelicals on how the church and Christians can respond to this crisis. This is an encouraging example of how to meet people where they are.

 

Vacation Bible School was a huge success! We are rejoicing over all God did during our VBS! We had a total of 56 children participating in our VBS and had 30 volunteers who helped during the week. Four children made a decision to receive Christ as their Savior. Thanks to the dozens of volunteers who have made the week and the Friday night Carnival a wonderful success. Please see Tim and Patti Kellis if you would like to volunteer for next year’s VBS, to be held June 8th – 12th!

 

Please keep Peggy German’s mother, Dorothy Thelen, in prayer. She recently fell and fractured her hip, and she has developed pneumonia and kidney issues as well.

 

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.

 

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

 

Together praying for our leaders,

Larry