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April 24, 2014

We Believe Church Should Be…FUN!

There are enough unenjoyable things in life…church shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why one of our values around Waters Edge is…Church Should Be FUN!
-Fun is engaging.
-Fun is disarming.
-Fun is relatable.
-Fun is enjoyable.
-Fun is unexpected.
-Fun is exciting.
I love that we have FUN at Waters Edge. Of course, our driving force behind fun at church is our passion to reach people who are far from God and change the way they think about church! Unchurched people love having fun at church – especially unchurched men. I say it like this all the time: men love 2 things….1 of them we can’t do in church; the other 1 is FUN! If you want to reach people far from God and disconnected with His church, have a little fun!

Our team put together a really FUN video for our Easter Services…I hope you enjoy it!

April 23, 2014

Video Update… Easter Recap!

April 22, 2014

EASTER Quotables

Happy Tuesday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope that you joined us for Easter with Waters Edge Church – it was amazing! If you missed it, you can check it out here. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Who knew that people at Waters Edge Church even owned ties?…Don’t worry, we’ll cut ‘em off before you leave.
2. Jesus Christ is alive and He lives in us and He can change your life!
3. You came to perform a ritual but get ready because you’re about to experience a miracle – you cannot look into the empty tomb and walk away the same.
4. I want to help you see some things that will help you believe when you look into the empty tomb…
5. The Fight Was Fought For You.
6. You are worth so much to the God of this universe because He was willing to pay for you with the very life of His own Son.
7. The Victory Has Been Won.
8. Jesus Christ conquered death, hell, and the grave – what have you got to worry about today? You win!
9. All Things Can Be Made New.
10. The blood Jesus shed for you on the cross and the empty tomb will never fail you.

April 17, 2014

The Difference An Invitation Makes

I am challenging all of us to make as many invitations as possible to experience Easter with Waters Edge! I’m telling you, nobody ever gets offended by an invitation. People are only offended by being left out – not by being included. So let’s include everybody we know (and even some we don’t) and INVITE them to a campus this weekend.

Your invitation can change a life. If you don’t believe me – let the following list convince you! These are just a few of the people who have met Jesus because of an invitation to Waters Edge Church:

• Emily Kerr was invited by her realtor Olivia Laurenn in 2010 and it changed her life forever.
• Susan Hogge met Jesus after being invited by Don Watt in May 2013.
• Dave White says that he began a relationship with Christ at WEC after being invited by Rob and Karen Self in January 2013.
• Kristen Rawls was invited by Tiffany Sigmon and came with Taylor Sites in April 2013. Kristen is now on staff at Waters Edge Church!
• Irana Gussett Abrams was invited by Jessica Wallace the day the Hampton Campus opened in 2011. That day changed her life.
• Michelle Minor was invited by Jon Wallace last Easter!
• Andrew Hamrick was invited by Amber Gibbs 2 years ago. He now says, “I love my church!”
• Linda Henry Barger was invited by her daughter, Lisa, when we were still meeting at the YMCA! Her life was changed.
• Daniel Wright was invited by his friend Jessica Haskins.
• Melissa Elswick Warrick was invited by Ashley Wuska and Kerry Storms in March 2013.
• Michele Phillips Sears was sitting on a bar stool when she was invited by Ronnie McCarty about 2 ½ years ago. She says that her life has changed in EVERY wonderful way.
• Jennifer and Taylor Lawson were invited by Brayden Hodges in November 2013. Since then, they have begun a relationship with Jesus, volunteer every Sunday, and both attend a Community Group every week.
• Robert Horne was invited by his nephew, Nick, on Mother’s Day two years ago and his life has not been the same.
• Kim Allen Montalvo was invited by Jennifer Hinson Byers and Claire Parrish Manicone in July 2008.
• Michael Wells was invited by Isabel Terrasa in March 2014.
• Tiffany and Philip Caruso were invited by Kristin Waters in July 2011.
Both began a relationship with Jesus because she invited them!
• Melanie Ferrie was invited by Melissa Miller Hansen in February 2013.
• Joannie Lentz Young and her husband were invited by Eric Thomas to watch him play the drums with the band. They have only missed one Sunday since then!
• Rob Self was invited by Karen Ebert in October 2010. Karen Ebert is now Karen SELF!
• Scott Hunt was invited by Alainna Baxley in January 2012. Of note, Alainna Baxley was invited by Stu Hodges in March 2003.
• Stephanie and Joey Smith were invited by their daughter Emily 2 years ago. They both accepted Jesus and restored their marriage.
• Kim Wilson was invited by Melissa Horton when we were still meeting at the YMCA. According to Kim, “My life has been changed forever!”
• Gizelle Roman was invited by Karen Michalisko Carroll to Christmas services in 2012, but at the 2013 Easter service, accepted Jesus.
• Brittany Black was invited by Kathy O’ Connell in February 2013.
• Christian Mashtare was invited by Alicia Danielson, Dave White & Kristen Rawls in March 2013.
• Sally Klasek and her husband were invited by Cory Hall several times and finally agreed to go on Mother’s Day 2012. That summer, her husband prayed to receive Jesus!
• Lisa Prescott Cawthon was invited by Wendy Bach in November 2013.
• Whitney Matkins Johnson invited her husband in November 2013 for the opening of our Newport News Campus. Soon after, he began his own relationship with Jesus.
• Katie Batten Spencer was invited by Ryann Henderson Winn.
• Christina Gurnee was invited by Kim Orange in August 2013.
• Dawn Sweeney was invited by Robin Drew in Nov 2011.
• Alice Grace Cherry was invited by the Baxley Family. Alice Grace is now one of our most amazing Kid Kraze leaders!
• Amanda Charnick was invited by Heather Byrum last Easter 2013
• Leyna Snead invited her husband for Easter 2011. His life changed that day!
• Jeanette Henry was invited by Tracy & Walker Stippell in 2012.
• Zach Westfall was invited by Sonny Deuell in spring 2013.
• Whitney Thorton was invited by Sherry Carducci on Superbowl Sunday 2014.
• Emily Griffiths was invited by Carolyn Insley in June 2013.
• Stacy and Ruth Anne Reed were invited by Stu Hodges and family in 2010. A short time later, Stu got to baptize his friends at our Yorktown Campus!
• Diane Bailey Longoria was invited by Tina Chipman back in 2008
• Angela Burns Kellereskie was invited by Larry Enscore in 2006.
• Sarah Goggins was invited by Constance Talley in Oct 2011. Sarah is now on staff at Waters Edge Church!
• Jennifer Blake was invited by Vana Crayton when we were still meeting at the YMCA! She was later baptized at WEC.
• Russell Wyatt was invited by Hunter Winn in 2012.
• Jacqueline Christine was invited by her friend Tiffany Tifka Witherspoon who posted pics of Easter services 2 years ago.
• Dawn Forrest Sweeney and her family were invited by Robin Saunders Drew in Nov 2011…an invite that forever changed the lives of Dawn, her husband, and her daughters.
• Misty Moeller was invited by Patrizia Ridout in June 2012.
• Lindsey Woodward was invited by Nathan Faison at Easter 2011.
• Sean Maddern was invited in 2003 by Chantelle Davenport.
• Ryan Somerset was invited in 2009 and was baptized in 2010.
• Tricia Gattone was invited by Dawn Chapman in December 2012
• Jan Russell Whitam was invited by Melissa Miller Hansen. Jan invited her daughter Jenn Call who accepted Christ and was baptized on March 30, 2014.
• April Hudson was invited by Amanda Beals. Her first exposure to WEC was online. Now she says that WEC has definitely changed her life for the better.
• Sherry Griffith was invited many times and finally came and it changed her life.
• Laurel Sasinouski Garrelts was invited by Stu and Tab on the baseball field five years ago.

An invitation can make all the difference in the world! Now go invite somebody!

April 16, 2014

Easter Message From Stu

April 14, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu concluded our series, The Red Phone, with “Who Are Your Eight?” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. On Friday, Jesus died on a cross, they put His dead body in a grave but here’s a spoiler alert! I’ve read the end of the story and He doesn’t stay dead for long… He rose again and He lives in us today and there is nothing that can stand against us!
2. One of the prevailing reasons that we have access to God and God has access to us is so that He can have access to others.
3. Let me put it to you another way, God is calling you to call someone else for Him.
4. The red phone has 3-way calling.
5. I want to tell you four things that are gonna happen this week as you respond to the voice of God, as you invite 8 people…
6. #1 Unusual Opportunities
7. #2 Uncomfortable Conversations
8. #3 Undeniable Invitations
9. #4 Uncommon Transformations
10. Connect those you love to the One you love, and let’s see what God might do.

Download your tickets for Easter with Waters Edge Church today!

April 9, 2014

Video Update… EasterRocks.com

April 7, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope that you joined us yesterday as Stu and our Campus Pastors continued The Red Phone series with a talk called “Heaven’s Phone Number.” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. You’ll leave from here next Sunday happier than a tornado in a trailer park!
2. Prayer Is Not A Tool To Get From God. Prayer Is A Tool To Know God.
3. God is not like some cosmic vending machine so if you have the correct amount of change and you say just the right words then you’ll get whatever you order. Prayer is not like that.
4. The Lord’s Prayer is actually a prayer that shows us how to pray, it actually provides for us a pattern for how we are to pray.
5. #1 Praise
6. #2 Priority
7. #3 Provision & People
8. #4 Purity
9. #5 Possession
10. I believe if you would pray the next five days, with those five categories, for five minutes a day, it literally could change your life, not because everything you would get from God… but instead because you would get to know God better.

April 4, 2014

4 SPIRITUAL Ways I Use Mobile Technology Every Day

Like most people, I love technology…that is as long as it’s working like I want it to! Technology makes me more effective and more efficient and I’ve discovered, it actually really plays a significant role in my spiritual life. Here are 4 SPIRITUAL ways I use mobile technology every day:

1. I read my Bible on my phone. I love the YouVersion Bible App – other than our Waters Edge Web Notes, I just don’t believe there’s a better tool to help you read your Bible.
2. I listen to podcasts on my commute. I’ll admit it, I’m a sermon junkie! I love good preaching – so I listen to it as much as possible throughout the week on podcasts. And yes, sometimes I’ll even listen to my own!
3. I text encouragement to friends and family. Like a lot of people, I would often rather text than talk on the phone. I’ve found that a lot of my friends and family love getting texts with encouraging thoughts, verses specifically for them, or even a prayer I just prayed for them.
4. I invite people to Waters Edge Church using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can do the same thing by going to watersedgechurch.net/invite.

Why don’t you pick one of the four and try it out for yourself today!

April 2, 2014

Video Update: 4,040!