Dear Watermark Church family,

 

Football season has started…. so there is a lot of talk in our culture about winning and losing, victories and defeats. But there is a more serious battle raging today—in the spiritual realm, for the souls of men. As believers in Christ, we can be confident of this one truth—in this most important battle, we always have the victory through Jesus Christ. Here are some quotes about our victory in Christ, complied by John Hopler.

 

"Any battle for victory, power, and deliverance - from ourselves and from sin - which is not based constantly upon the gazing and the beholding of the Lord Jesus, with the heart and life lifted up to Him, is doomed to failure." Alan Redpath

 

"Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory." Warren Wiersbe

 

"Victory is never won alone." Woodrow Kroll

 

"The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy." Corrie Ten Boom, WW II concentration camp survivor

 

"It costs something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible.  There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run.  Conversion is not putting a person in an arm-chair and taking them easily to heaven.  It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory." J.C. Ryle

 

"If you want a wonderful experience, take your New Testament and use a concordance to look up the two little words, “but God.” See how many times human resources have been brought to an utter end; despair has gripped the heart and pessimism and gloom has settled upon a people; and there is nothing that can be done. Then see how the Spirit of God writes in luminous letters, “but God,” and the whole situation changes into victory." Ray Stedman

 

"The blessed, fruitful, victorious experiences of yesterday are not only of no value to me today, but they will actually be eaten up or reversed by today's failures, unless they serve as incentives to still better, richer experiences today." S.D. Gordon

 

"Prayer is life passionately wanting, wishing, desiring God's triumph. Prayer is life striving and toiling everywhere and always for that ultimate victory." G. Campbell Morgan

 

"Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christ's and yours through Him." Dwight L. Moody

"Long-lasting victory can never be separated from a long-lasting stand on the foundation of the cross." Watchman Nee

 

"Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

 

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM at Watermark Church as we look into God’s Word to see how to grow in our faith through difficult circumstances!

 

The Lord’s Supper / Communion will be celebrated during the Sunday morning service this Sunday, 9/8.

 

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 winning the victory through Jesus Christ,

Larry