This past weekend was Easter weekend.  This is the weekend we celebrate that everything changed – that renewal and restoration of all things is on the march!

Typically Easter weekend is a time to gather to celebrate, but thanks to an amazing team of leaders we were able to also serve our community practically.

On Saturday, the day before our Easter celebration, a huge group of Watermarkers served 101 family units a warm meal, gave helpful give-aways, listened to people’s stories, had fun with kids, handed out personal care items, and also provided a food truck with fresh food.

This day was a smashing success because:

  • We were able to make personal connections with people who found themselves in need of a hand.  It wasn’t just about the stuff – people listened, cared, and shared time together.
  • Watermarkers led the way.  Under the fantastic leadership of Becky Staal, our InCommunity ninja, Watermarkers stepped up and gave leadership to all the key areas.  They did a tremendous job and many of the folks receiving assistance commented on how well things went.
  • New Watermarkers served.  I saw a lot of newer faces serving!  It wasn’t the just the same committed crew.
  • Practical needs were able to be met!  Personal care items, medicine, food, and even gas cards were able to be utilized to bring hope.  Thanks to all the Watermarkers who generously helped make that happen!
  • We were able to be the presence of Jesus!

I feel like our faith family is at our best when we are looking beyond ourselves and banding together to offer relationship, hope, and service to folks in our community.  This “Great Saturday” made “Easter Sunday” all that more special as we celebrated the fact that Jesus is alive and His Kingdom is repairing all things!

Thanks to all who participated!

Flip it!

Pete and I in New Zealand back in the day.

We all deal with relationships.  The Bible is full of practical teaching on the importance of treating one another with love and grace.  So, I’m excited that I have the opportunity to teach alongside Dr. Peter Newhouse about this issue.

Beginning this Sunday we are rebooting a series entitled: “Relationflip.”  Flipping one negative pattern in relationships for a positive one.

Peter is a great friend and has a lot of wisdom and great tools to help us take steps in the right direction.  He also has co-authored a number of books including the Necessary Nine.

My hope and prayer is that our relationships will be strengthened and be more life giving as a result of the discussions that take place.

8 years in…

Here is an old header made by Kedron Rhodes for us.

Well, it was on this date in 2003 that we held our first “vision chat” to dream about a faith community (that had yet to emerge) we were calling Watermark.

Here are some of my notes from that night eight years ago:

Watermark Vision Chat

April 15, 2003

Tonight we had our first vision chat meeting with those that were interested in learning more about Watermark.

We had over 50 people present. (6:30-8:00 pm @ the Grand Hall in Grand Haven)


  • Great turn out and interest
  • One unchurched guy was interested in coming on board
  • Good relational mixing from our emerging core team
  • Good spirit and great team

Personal:  I felt good about the chat. Sometimes I find myself plagued with doubt, however, tonight gave confirmation to God’s movement in this thing.  Therefore, I choose to put my trust in Him alone.  I truly am not a good enough leader to make this work.  We need God!  I really need God!  I need to depend on Him.

God I pray that this will be the launch of something amazing!

God – thank you!

Watermark is the body of Christ – you are the head.

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Thanks to God and all who contributed along the journey!