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March 31, 2015

6 Words I Want To Say To Everybody @ WEC!

As we get ready to celebrate the greatest day in the history of the world, here are 6 words I want to say to you:

1. Pray
Wake up praying for our Easter services! Go to sleep praying for those you invite! Before every meal and all throughout the day, pray for EASTER!

2. Invite
Now is the time! You have the hope to offer to people who need it. AND remember, nobody gets offended by being included! People get offended when they’re excluded. Let’s include everyone!

3. Download
Tickets are our way to ensure that everybody who expects a seat has a seat. Please download your tickets today at watersedgechurch.net.

4. Expect
You better show up expecting God to do something amazing on Easter Saturday & Sunday! Jesus is ALIVE – there’s nothing He cannot do!

5. Engage
I challenge you to get lost in the experience of Easter! Engage in the services. You’ve got 70 minutes to give all of yourself to Jesus and the empty tomb.

6. Follow-up
Give it a day or two, but make sure you follow-up with your guests and ask them about their experience! Make it comfortable to talk about and invite them back for next Sunday.

March 30, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant! Yesterday was an awesome Sunday-I hoped you joined us as we learned about “The House Of God” (and saw the fun throwback footage). Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Passion consumes you.
2. If Jesus is passionate about the house of God we should be passionate about the house of God as well.
3. Wherever we come together as one in Jesus’ name, on Jesus’ mission, wherever we come together, becomes the house of God.
4. Jesus is passionate about it – so passionate He gave Himself for her.
5. I’m going to bless you, I’m going to use you, and I’m going to be with you! and that was not only the message God gave to Jacob but that’s the same message God’s been giving to His people ever since!
6. God’s presence is here and if you don’t respond to it you’ll miss it.
7. It’s not the challenge that somebody’s missing, it’s the response.
8. I’m at the house of God, hearing from God, and I’m giving back to God, that’s my response.
9. Our newest value at Waters Edge Church is this…We Give Big!
10. God gave big and so do we!

March 27, 2015

She Didn’t Spit In My Drink

March 26, 2015

Jesus’ Passions

When you love someone, you learn to love their passions too. If you want to share life with them, you have to share their passions as well! If you want to be like them, you have to be passionate about the same things they are.

The best I can tell, Jesus is passionate about three things. There are three things that cause His heart to beat fast. Very simply they are:

– God The Father
– The House Of God
– People Far From God

If you say you love Jesus and share your life with Him and want to be like Him…compare your passions to His.

I want to have Jesus’ passions.

March 23, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we continued TWELVE, the series. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. For the entire 12-year history of Waters Edge Church, we’ve always wanted to share our seats.
2. If you’re thankful to have a seat, then it’s time to share a seat.
3. 2,000 Inviters X 12 Invitations = 24,000 Invitees
4. You’re not responsible for their “yes” or their “no” – you’re just responsible for your invitation.
5. 24,000 Invitees X 40% Yes Rate = 9,600 Easter Attendees
6. 9,600 Attendees + 2,000 Inviters = 11,600 Easter Attendees (+kids)!
7. Everybody who comes through the doors on Easter weekend will hear the Good News that Jesus Christ is risen from the grave, that He lives today, and He can change their lives.
8. I’m challenging you to go after people far from God and bring ‘em to the House of God, the two things Jesus is most passionate about.
9. Jesus came to share a seat in heaven and the only way that people can get to heaven is if you share a seat with them on earth.
10. So the challenge is simple – 12 days of 12 invitations to 12 people using 12 simple words: “Would you like to come to my church with me on Easter?”

March 19, 2015

Video Update… Love Weekend!

March 17, 2015

12 Buck Q&A

As a celebration of our 12th birthday at Waters Edge Church, I’m challenging everybody to give an extra 12 bucks! Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about our 12 Buck Initiative:

Q: What are the extra 12 bucks being used for?
A: There’s currently a funding gap of about $190,000 in our Yorktown expansion project. We are doubling the square footage and capacity of our Yorktown campus to include new parking, new auditorium, and new preschoolers and kids spaces. The 12 bucks and other money given to it matters / Future Expansion is funding this project.

Q: Why is there a funding gap?
A: There’s a funding gap for two reasons: 1) the project costs came in slightly higher than anticipated as a result of current steel prices and other variable factors; 2) the appraisal on our current facility came in significantly lower than anticipated as a result of the commercial market thus impacting our borrowing capacity from the bank. After adjusting our plans and working with the bank, we need to raise an addition $190,000.

Q: What happens if we don’t raise the extra $190,000?
A: We currently have the money in reserves to make up the gap; however, it would leave us in a vulnerable position financially with very little money left in savings.

Q: Why 12 bucks?
A: 12 bucks is a relatable number that everybody can give and if everybody at Waters Edge during the 5 weeks of the TWELVE series gave 12 bucks, the gap would be filled.

Q: Other than the 12 Buck Initiative, are there other ways to make up the gap?
A: When you give any amount to it matters / Future Expansion, you’re helping to make up the gap. Also, as you fund our General Operating Budget, we are carefully managing those dollars so that any excess cash flow can be used to fill the gap.

Q: How can I give 12 bucks?
A: You can give online or text “give 12” to 757.695.3019.

March 16, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Happy WEC Week! I hope you joined us yesterday as we continued TWELVE, the series. If you missed it – check it out now. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Instead of you getting a free t-shirt, a community organization that really needs it is gonna get an awesome free project completely paid for and completed by you this weekend!
2. Not From You, But For You.
3. I don’t want anything from you, but I passionately want something for you.
4. Waters Edge Church does not want anything from you, please hear me on that, but we so desperately, passionately want something for you!
5. I want you to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
6. I want to tell you that God wants something for you… and what God wants for you is going to flow to you through the local church.
7. I really do believe this – that most of what God wants to do in your life and in our world, He wants to do it through the church.
8. At Waters Edge there really are four ways to really be deeply rooted…Worship Experience / Groups / Volunteer Teams / Giving
9. Grow a root!
10. Imagine what this will look like 12 years from now if thousands of us get firmly planted and deeply rooted today!

March 12, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

This Sunday we will celebrate the 12th birthday of Waters Edge Church! I will never forget that feeling 12 years ago as I pulled into the Victory Family YMCA parking lot and sat quietly in my car under the glow of a lamplight and wondered, “will anyone even show up today?” We’ve come a long way in 12 years and seen God do amazing things – but I am more convinced than ever before that our best is still to come! I hope you’ll join me on Sunday as we celebrate the past and look forward with anticipation to our future.

Happy Birthday Waters Edge Church!

March 10, 2015

How 12 Bucks Becomes A Whole Lot More!

As part of our 12th Birthday celebration and TWELVE, the series, I’m challenging everybody at Waters Edge to give an extra 12 bucks every week of the series. It’s just an extra 12 bucks! A lot of us wasted 12 bucks last week on things like…

– lottery tickets
– junk food
– car washes
– entertainment
– coffee
– manicures
– clothing
– and more!

When you think about what you spent 12 bucks on, 12 bucks doesn’t seem like much does it? However, 12 bucks can become a whole lot more! Watch this! I hate math, but let’s do it anyways:

There are approximately 3,200 adults each week at Waters Edge Church
If each adult gives an extra 12 bucks
For all 5 weeks of this series
It would equal a total of $192,000!

Your extra 12 bucks, when combined with mine (and others)…can become a whole lot more! So text “Give 12” right now to 757.695.3019.