Dear Watermark Church family,

 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9

 

God's love for us is amazing, and it has no limits! For example, our salvation - our forgiveness and our assurance of eternity with God - is a free gift! The payment for our sins has been made by Christ at the cross, as His free gift to those who believe. There is nothing more we can add to Christ's work at Calvary. Our "work" is to believe!

 

You would never think about trying to pay for something that was free. For example, think of a BOGO (buy one get one) sale for an item at the store. Would you go up to the cashier and say, "I insist that I pay for this free item." Of course not, that would be ridiculous. 

 

Why do we try to pay for what God has freely given us, our salvation? Why do we even think that we can pay -- time after time with our own good works? In fact, the danger is that it becomes our lifestyle, our "brand" of Christianity, to pay or work for what God has freely given us, through good works.

 

"But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3 

 

There’s nothing we can do, or need to do, to add to the work of Jesus to save us -- it is a free gift. It is as simple and pure as that. So, let’s stop trying to earn our salvation by works, serving, church attendance or even by praying, fasting and giving our tithes. Those are appropriate responses to God’s love, not the means by which we earn our salvation.

 

A Potluck Lunch will be served this Sunday, September 29 immediately after the morning worship service. Bring your favorite main dish or side dish/dessert to share and invite a friend!

 

A Baby Sprinkle shower will be held for Julia Baumgartner at noon this Sunday, 9/29 at the church facility.

 

Please join the Watermark Church family in lifting Tim and Patti Kellis and their family in prayer, as Tim's mother passed away on Friday, 9/13. 

 

We appreciate the love and sacrifice that Tim and Patti have shown to so many over the years, and we join together in offering our love to them and our prayers of support for them during this difficult time.

 

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.

 

A 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.


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.

 

Together rejoicing in our free gift of salvation, 

Larry