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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.

March 9, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. We continued our 12th birthday celebration yesterday with TWELVE, the series and Stu’s talk called More Than Enough. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Because we are turning 12 next Sunday, I am officially declaring that next week, March 15-21, is WEC Week.
2. Passion for God’s house is what consumes Jesus so it should consume us.
3. A true follower of Jesus doesn’t follow Jesus because of what He can do but because of who He is.
4. Prayer isn’t about changing Jesus, prayer is actually about changing us, it’s about preparing us, it’s about getting us ready to do what Jesus wants us to do ‘cause He already knows what He’s gonna do!
5. Experience and logic are not going to help us but let me tell you one thing that we can always count on – turning to Jesus will never fail us!
6. We are the distribution center on the earth to distribute His love, and His joy, and His peace, and His forgiveness to the crowds who so desperately want it and what we have will never run out because Jesus is more than enough.
7. The miracle is in our hands to distribute.
8. Jesus does not do lost!
9. Jesus cannot stand the thought of His Church, the House of God, being lost without His Mission and He cannot stand the thought of His children, those far from God, being lost without His love!
10. Jesus is more than enough for this church and He is more than enough for your life.

March 4, 2015

The 12 Buck Initiative, Pt. 2

In honor of our 12th birthday as a church, I’m challenging everybody to give 12 extra bucks every Sunday, all month. It’s simple to give. Just text “give 12” to 757.695.3019 and follow the prompts to choose your campus, it matters fund, and enter your credit card information. Everybody can give $12!

Here are the last 6 of 12 reasons you can give 12 bucks:

  • 12 bucks is approximately the price of a 2-hour experience at the movies. I’ve checked and there are no good movies coming out this month!
  • It’s tax refund time! If Uncle Sam gives you 12 bucks, just give it to WEC.
  • Have you tried ebay? It’s easy to make 12 bucks on ebay! List a few items for sale – you won’t miss them and you can give the 12 bucks you make.
  • I bet you have 12 bucks just sitting around your house. Check the console of your car, the change jar in your room, and the cushions of the couch. If all else fails, look in your kid’s piggy bank!
  • “Give 12” is such an easy thing to text to 757.695.3019.
  • If everybody would just give 12 bucks every week, we would eliminate the gap we have in funding our Yorktown expansion project. Just a few bucks will make a huge difference.
March 3, 2015

The 12 Buck Initiative, Pt. 1

In honor of our 12th birthday as a church, I’m challenging everybody to give 12 extra bucks every Sunday, all month. It’s simple to give. Just text “give 12” to 757.695.3019 and follow the prompts to choose your campus, it matters fund, and enter your credit card information. Everybody can give $12!

Here are the first 6 of 12 reasons you can give 12 bucks:

  • Hopefully you’re starting the Daniel Fast…you will save 12 bucks by not eating junk food for 12 days!
  • Speaking of the Daniel Fast, you won’t be spending 12 bucks on sodas, coffee, or other beverages…water is free!
  • With lower gas prices, I bet you’re saving 12 bucks every time you fill up at the pump!
  • It’s our 12th birthday, and everybody gives a birthday gift when they go to a birthday party – make 12 extra bucks your gift to WEC!
  • I just spent 12 bucks at the carwash and now my car is dirty again! Talk about a short-term investment! Giving 12 bucks to WEC is long-term…eternity!
  • One simple phone call to your favorite insurance company and who knows, you might be able to save 12 bucks or more on your car insurance!

Check back tomorrow for the other 6!

March 2, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, we kicked off “TWELVE, the series” as we celebrate 12 years of Waters Edge Church. Here are a few of my favorite quotes.

1. I really do believe that year 12 is going to be our best year as a church that we’re about to experience more of God’s presence, and more of His supernatural power, and experience more of His work, and accomplish more of His mission in this year than in the total 11 years combined before this year.
2. I know some of you, you’re a little bit soft, and you like your little wimpy, hippy Jesus but I’m telling you, I like this bold, brazen, butt kicking, cage fighting, whip snapping, room clearing, WWE Jesus!
3. He has great zeal for people far from God and for the house of God and the house of God today is the local church, and Jesus is passionate about it.
4. I believe that most of what God intends to do in our world and in your life He intends to do it through the local church – that’s how important it is.
5. In honor of our 12th year birthday and to increase your passion for this house, I challenge every single one of you today to participate in a 12-Day Fast.
6. We will write the future for the next 12 years over the next 12 days.
7. Prayer actually brings power to the fast and fast brings power to your prayer!
8. The second thing I’m asking all of us to do…is to pray three specific prayers:

1. Influence With 10,000 People.
2. Fully Funded Vision.
3. A Bolder Church.

9. Give 12 Bucks.
10. So together, let’s make year 12 our best year yet and let’s kick it off with fasting and prayer and giving and watch and see what God might do.

February 26, 2015

Video Update…This Sunday!

February 23, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I really hope that you joined us for the finale of Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby! If not, watch it now! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. On this stage there are more than 138 combined total marriage years.
2. We Fight Fair
3. Conflict can be the doorway to intimacy.
4. Fight to resolve, not to win.
5. Words Can Speak Louder Than Actions
6. Partner, Not Project
7. It’s not what you say; it’s what you pray.
8. Seek God Together
9. Fight For It
10. I think that’s true for you today, that if you would fight for the relationships God’s given you, that God would fight for you – God wants you to have healthy relationships.

Don’t forget to look up your new service time for next week!

February 18, 2015

Why We’re Changing Service Times

We’re changing our service times beginning March 1st at Waters Edge Church! It has been YEARS since we’ve made a change like this and I am so excited about it. I know change doesn’t come easy for everybody…so I want you to know the top 4 reasons we’re making this change. We’re changing our services times because…

4. It’s our 12th year! Service times will change on the Sunday we kickoff a brand new series celebrating our 12th year as a church. There’s a lot of significance to the number 12 – I’ll be teaching you all about it soon. In the meantime, just know that a change like this can make our 12th year celebration even more exciting!

3. Later is better (for most people)! We’ve talked to tons of people who prefer a little extra margin in their schedule on Sundays. Shoot, we don’t even need to talk to most people…we can just observe what time they show up. Starting our services a few minutes later might actually help you get here on time.

2. We’re adding 5 minutes to our services. You get 5 more minutes of what you love the most on Sundays, but adding 5 minutes isn’t as easy as you might think. Moving to a 60 minute service means that every service time has to change anyways because we need a certain amount of time between services to clear parking lots and kids environments and to move our volunteers into place.

1. Even service times are easier to remember…which means it’s easier for you to invite! This is our year to reach 10,000 people and I believe this one simple service time change is going to help us do just that!

So, beginning March 1st, here are our new service times:

Hampton: 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM
Newport News: 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM
Williamsburg: 11:30 AM
Yorktown: 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM & 6:00 PM

February 16, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you braved the weather and joined us for part 2 of Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Spanx close the gap.
2. There’s a gap between what we experience and what we expect.
3. The #1 gap that all of us would say today that we have in common… the relational gap.
4. As the gap gets wider, the more disconnected you get, and the more dissatisfied you become, and the more discontent you grow.
5. You can’t expect in a relationship what you do not express in your relationship.
6. If you speak to your man like he is your knight in shining armor you might be surprised ‘cause tomorrow he might show up riding a white horse!
7. Fellas, you don’t have to go to Jared if you would just learn to use the right words!
8. Honor marriage and guard sexual intimacy.
9. Give-Save-Live Budget
10. What God wants for you relationally is intimacy. He wants the gap to narrow. You be the Spanx this week to make that happen.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our first Love Weekend – March 20-21!