Dear Watermark Church family,

 

This week, enjoy this story with an encouraging reminder of keeping an eternal perspective in this life.

 

There was an eager but small kid who joined the football team. He gave it everything he had but never excelled. The kid never missed a practice but he never got in the game.

 

In his senior year—right before a big playoff game—the coach gave the kid a note he received from the office.  The kid read it and became silent… and then he told the coach, “My father died this morning.” The coach consoled him as the boy walked away.

 

Saturday came… and the playoff game was not going well. The team was losing and all hope seemed to be lost. But then in the third quarter, the coach noticed the kid coming from the locker room. All the players were surprised to see him there.

 

The kid said, “Coach, please let me play today! I’ve got to play right now!” The coach ignored him at first. There was no way he was going to put his worst player in for this crucial game. But the kid kept persisting, “Coach, please let me in the game!” Finally, the coach thought, “We’re behind and about to lose anyhow.” He said, “Ok kid, you can go in.”

 

Immediately, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands were amazed by what they saw. The kid, who had never been in a game before, played with new energy. This little unknown brought a needed spark to the team.

 

Soon the score was tied. In the closing seconds of the game, the kid intercepted a pass and ran all the way back for the winning touchdown. The fans cheered and his teammates carried him onto their shoulders.

 

Later, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach saw the kid by himself in the corner all alone.  He said, “Kid, you were fantastic today. What got into you?”

 

The kid answered, “Well, you know my dad died this week.”

 

The coach said, “Yes, of course... now I understand.”

 

The kid said, “Actually, you may not understand everything, Coach.  You see…, my dad was blind…and today was the first day he ever saw me play.”

 

God, our loving, heavenly Father, is watching us play the game of life today. Let's all excel for Him!

 

“Therefore, also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:9


Our next Watermark Church business update meeting will be Sunday, September 22 after the morning worship service.

 

Our next Potluck Lunch will be Sunday, September 29 immediately after the morning worship service. Bring your favorite main dish or side dish/dessert to share!

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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 keeping one eye on eternity,

Larry