Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5,6

 

“I would take it for granted that everyone who becomes a Christian would undertake this practice of taking time to be alone with God in prayer. It is modeled by our Lord; and since they are his commands, I believe in following them. It is always just possible that Jesus Christ meant what he said when he told us to seek the secret place and to close the door.” — C.S. Lewis

 

God desires that you and I have a Big faith in Him! That you would confidently believe He is with you, that He can be trusted in every circumstance, and that He will provide the grace and resources for your every need.

 

One common catalyst in the lives of those who have a vibrant faith in God is their practicing of daily spiritual disciplines. Spiritual disciplines help us transform into the image of Christ, and as a result we grow in our faith. Spiritual disciplines result in power to live like Jesus.

 

As we discuss these disciplines, the goal is not to simply practice them or even master them as an end to itself, but to experience the power of God that results from daily implementation of these holy habits.

 

These disciplines help us experience God. They result in us entering into a life that walks with God. They help us build a personal experience and history with God. They lead us to a relationship with God that transforms us.

 

What are some of these spiritual disciplines? Personal worship, bible study, prayer, fasting, silence, solitude, service and giving, to name a few.

 

These disciplines help us to know and trust God on a daily basis. The life that is filled with faith and pleasing to God does not come by gritting our teeth, but by falling in love with God. Practicing these disciplines will ultimately help us fall more deeply in love with Jesus, and help position ourselves for a life of vibrant faith in God.

 

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM as we look at how developing daily habits in the spiritual disciplines helps us to grow in our faith!

 

Watermark Church will be providing a meal for the Monroe HS Football team, on Friday, August 23. We need people to come to the church by 2:00 PM to prepare the meal. See Tim and Patti Kellis for more info.

 

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 Sundays.

 

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

 

Connection Cards are used for prayer requests, others needs or requests of our attendees or for updating directory information. Connection Cards have been placed in the back pocket of the chairs in the sanctuary, for your convenience.Thanks to all that participated in the National Night out for Police at Monroe HS. Our church gave away over 1050 bottles of water and made many contacts with our Monroe residents. God blessed and was honored.

 

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 pray for Claudia and George Shrive, whose son Charlie recently passed away.

 

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, geared toward 20-somethings/young families. 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.

 

Growing together in our faith through spiritual discipline,

Larry