Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”

 

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 11:38-42

 

There are always more activities to do in life than we can accomplish in a single day. There is nothing wrong with a busy life, as long as the focus of our life is on the right thing.

But there is a “hurriedness” that short-circuits a life that bears fruit for God. Hurriedness is a condition of the soul where you become too busy or bothered to meet with God and others, for the sake of tending to the busyness of life. Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary serves as a reminder of the main priority of a life that pleases God.

In Luke 10, we see the hurriedness of Martha serving Jesus in her home. She was upset with her sister for not helping her serve Jesus. But with great love and discernment, Jesus instructs Martha, and us, on the main priority of life. Jesus said “Martha, you are worried and bothered by so many things. Few things are necessary, really only one. Mary has chosen to focus on me.”

Mary made a choice to prioritize time with Jesus over the busyness of life. Like Mary, the spiritual discipline of solitude, or spending time alone with God, will help you stay focused on the King of Kings in a world of competing priorities.

It helps you hear from Him, helps you live in light of eternity and reminds you to maintain the priority of influencing people for Christ, in the midst of a busy life.

Occasionally, set aside extended prayer times with God. In addition to a daily devotional time, consider going to a park or other quiet place for 15-30 minutes per week, an hour or two per month and a half-day per year.

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM as we learn from Mary how staying focused on Jesus is the remedy for a hurried life.

 

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.

 

A new Watermark group is studying “Marriage on the Rock” every other Saturday at 6:30 PM at the Gibson’s. See Nathan Gibson or Paul Settimo for more info.

 

Together staying focused on the King of Kings,

Larry