Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

 

Your faith is a big deal to God. By faith you are forgiven, by faith you know God is with you, has your best in mind and will supply all of your needs. As you exercise your faith, you please God and walk intimately with Him until you see Him face to face.

 

One catalyst to help you confidently trust in God is learning to respond by faith when encountering difficult circumstances in your life. C.S. Lewis wrote in his book The Problem of Pain, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is His megaphone to a deaf world.”

 

So many people’s stories of growing faith often involve difficult circumstances that change their lives forever. Though painful at the time, they can look back on these pivotal circumstances and see what God did in their lives to grow their faith.

 

What difficult or painful circumstances are you currently facing? What has brought you disappointment with God? God’s Word is filled with people who experienced how God used their difficult circumstances to help them grow their faith.

 

Join us this Sunday at 10:30AM as we look at how to trust Jesus in the midst of difficult circumstances and discover how the trials of life can grow your faith in ways you never imagined.

 

Watermark Church will be providing a meal for the Monroe HS Football team. On Friday, August 23. If you would like to help, come to the church by 2:00 PM Friday to prepare the meal. See Tim and Patti Kellis for more info.

 

The door locks to the newer side of the church building have all been changed due to several security issues over the past few months. No current keys that have worked in the past to open the doors will work now. 

 

The building may be accessed by entering in the side door of the WAC / sanctuary near the baptistry, closet to the back parking lot. There is a key in a lockbox on the door handle. The code to the lockbox will be given to anyone that needs to enter the building. 

 

Please contact Tim, Nathan, Ron or Larry to receive the code. 

 

Once you open the door, place the key back in the lockbox and lock it back up.  

 

Monroe Local Schools District is accepting donations of all school supplies. Bring pencils, paper and other school supplies to our church lobby over the next few weeks.

 

Operation Christmas Child is accepting school supply donations and small children’s toys, stuffed animals, etc. for the shoeboxes which will be sent out in the fall. Bring these donated items to our church lobby over the next few weeks.

 

Church Directory – please update your contact information for the church directory this Sunday morning. A current directory will be available in the lobby for you to check if updates are needed for your info. Please fill out a new info form this Sunday and leave it on the table in the lobby.

 

A new Offering Box has been placed in the entrance to the sanctuary. We are no longer using offering plates for the tithes, offerings, prayer requests and Connection Cards. Please place these items in the large wooden offering box at your convenience.

 

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

 

Watermark Sunday Group meets at 9:15 AM on Sunday mornings, great Bible discussion geared toward all ages. Childcare is provided! Led by Jameson Baumgartner.

 

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.

 

Together trusting God to reveal His will in His time, 

Larry