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2.6.11

Imagine crawling into the mind of the opposite sex...understanding how they think, why in the world they act the way they do, and what really motivates them. Possible? Well, maybe at least a little. Watershed’s Stogies & Stilettos series is our way of unearthing the possibilities of understanding yourself, understanding the opposite sex, and embracing both our similarities and our differences. Young, old, single, dating, or married; come on your own or drag your significant other along. Start 2011 off on the right foot by investing in the future of your relationships. Ten Minute Huddle :: right after Transit

If you have a question, would like to speak to someone personally, or would like to have someone pray with you, consider attending the “Ten Minute Huddle” at the close of Transit this morning. It’s hosted by our Watershed leadership community and is located to the left side of the stage just in front of the screen. It would be our privilege to speak with with you and lift up your concern in prayer.

Movies In The Park :: sponsorship opportunities

Summer is still a long way off, but before long Movies In The Park will be right around the corner! We are again inviting area businesses to celebrate community and cause with us by sponsoring this Summer’s Movies In The Park. All resources above the actual cost of the event will be forwarded to the various causes we support, from helping kids at Byers Elementary to digging wells and feeding children in Malawi. If your business or someone you know would be interested in sponsorship this Summer, check the box at the bottom of the back of your connection card or email Matt O’Neil to learn what opportunities are available (matt@watershedcharlotte.com) We’ve had some warm days recently, but the nights can still get bitterly cold at times. Our next opportunity to give some of our homeless neighbors a warm place to sleep for an evening will be February 13th and 14th - spaces are available for setup, helping provide meals, helping with transportation, staying the night and cleaning up in the AM. To learn more or sign up, circle the icon on your connection card or contact Scott Miller (scottm@watershedcharlotte.com / 704.302.4592)

Land of a Thousand Hills :: brewing hope and restoration

The coffee we brew on Sunday mornings comes from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, a sustainably-grown coffee that comes from Rwanda. Through microfinance loans and partnerships with farmers in Rwanda, the coffee brewed on Sunday mornings is helping to bring peace to a land that just a few years ago was known for one of history’s most atrocious genocides. To learn more about Land of a Thousand Hills, or to find out how you can support their work by brewing at home, visit www.drinkcoffeedogood.com (see back for meeting times/contact info)

Intersect:North

This past Fall, we launched a new Bloc for our Watershed contingent on the North side of town. Intersect:North will be returning next month with a new opportunity to connect over good drink and thoughtful conversation. The centerpiece of the discussions is be the Convergence DVD series by author Donald Miller. The Bloc meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, with occasional weeks off (see the website for the full schedule) For more info, circle the icon on your connection card, or contact the Bloc leaders for details.

Her:Gather :: meeting at Crave

Ladies - come join the Her:Gather Bloc at CRAVE on February 8th! We’re sticking with a popular theme for our next meeting - drinks and dessert. We are meeting at Crave in Uptown Charlotte (www.cravedessertbar) at 6:30pm on February 8th to relax, unwind and enjoy some tasty treats. RSVP to one of the Bloc Leaders to let us know if you’re coming (so that we can reserve enough space) When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9:30am-12:00pm Where: 14205 Northridge Dr

PrimeTime :: lunch after Transit

If you are approaching 50/60 years old or beyond, you are invited to join the Prime Timers for lunch on Feb 13th and/or 20th! We’ll be meeting at a local restaruant after Transit for a nice meal and great conversation. If you have been wondering about this group and just haven’t yet made the call or sent the email, this would be a great opportunity! Contact Pam/Gene if you’d like to come - we’d love to have you join us. Younger attenders will never be turned away - as long as they can keep up!

Immerse :: openings on Sunday AM and Monday evenings

Immerse is an exploration of life, faith and Christian spirituality designed to engage people across a diverse spectrum of backgrounds, experiences and beliefs. Engaging conversation, thought-provoking discussions and relational connectivity is what you can expect to experience. There are currently openings for groups meeting at 9:00am on Sundays and 7:00pm on Monday nights - circle the icon on your connection card, or email Matt or Andrew to find out how to jump in. (see back for contact info)

GreenHouse ::

Family Promise is a program that helps families in need by providing temporary housing while they are getting back on their feet. We have offered to help get a family set up in their temporary space on Sunday, Febr. 6th. You can help by unloading the truck that will be carrying the family’s beds and belongings, or by helping provide dinner for the family and the volunteers that night. This can be a great way to “get your feet wet” in the area of justice here at Watershed, or a way to make some new friends and get connected! Contact Scott Miller or circle the icon on your connection card for more information.

Room In The Inn :: helping neighbors in need (Feb 13th/14th)

During the most bitter months of winter Watershed helps to run Room at the Inn, an interfaith network of winter shelters for our homeless neighbors in Charlotte. Room In The Inn provides some of our neighbors with a warm place to rest for the night, a meal, and some friendly faces. Volunteer opportunities are available for everything from preparing meals and cleaning up to driving neighbors to/from the site and staying overnight.

Street Soccer 945

Street Soccer 945 is the first year-round soccer program for those struggling with homelessness and poverty in the United States. It uses healthy living, support from a community of teammates, and mentoring relationships as key ingredients to achieving life goals and overall well-being. Soccer has proven to be a remarkable tool for delivering these elements to people caught in the trap of homelessness. For more information on how to get involved. visit www.streetsoccer945.org or email Jonathan George at jgeorge@urbanministrycenter.org

Hope Teams

Hope Teams, a partnership with the W.I.S.H Program, are groups of 4-6 people within Watershed who provide mentoring friendships to a family in transition. A Hope Team provides relationships, encouragement and emotional support to families transitioning out of homelessness and moving into a more selfsufficient life. Hope Teams require a short training and a 1-year commitment from each team member. For information on initial Hope Team training dates or to learn more about the program, circle the icon on your connection card or email Scott Miller at scottm@watershedcharlotte.com.

The Catapult Project:: supporting a neighborhood school so that it can soar Lunch Buddy

Room In The Inn :: next opportunity February 13th/14th

Blocs ::

Family Promise :: supporting a family in transition (this evening)

We believe that our children are our biggest investment, and our best hope for the future, and so we dedicate much of our time and energy to providing an environment where kids can grow, play, make new friends and develop a spritual foundation for their lives. Our Greenhouse space is just on the other side of the wall, and provides kids with a safe, fun place to spend their morning. To learn more about Greenhouse or to learn how you can get involved, contact Kayla George (kayla@watershedcharlotte.com)

The Lunch Buddy program provides an easy but powerful way to have a lasting impact on a kid’s life through a mentoring friendship. Lunch buddies come to school once a week to talk, play games, read or have lunch with their buddy. Time slots are from 10:30-10:55am, 11:15-11:40am and 11:30-11:55am. Contact: Rachael Shaughnessy - krehfish79@aol.com / 434.851.9640

Reading Tutor

One of the biggest needs at Byers Elementary this year is for reading tutors. Reading tutors come to Byers once a week for roughly 45 minutes, and spend time helping to tutor either one or a group of students in reading. Time slots are available between 8:00am and 1:30pm Contact: Scott Miller - scottm@watershedcharlotte.com / 704.302.4592

Staff Appreciation

A large part of The Catapult Project has been investing in the teachers at Byers, so that they can in turn pour into the students. We periodically have opportunitites to help show appreciation to the staff (bringing snacks for the teacher work room, providing food/drinks for staff meetings, and much more) Contact: Pam Watson - granypam@carolina.rr.com / 704.599.9087

Girls On The Run

Girls On The Run is a character development program for girls in grade 3-8 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self. Volunteer spots are currently full for the Spring season, but spots are open to volunteer for the 5k race in May. Contact: Rachael Shaughnessy - krehfish79@aol.com / 434.851.9640

Right Moves For Youth

Right Moves is a program that helps kids build a sense of belonging and self-esteem, while providing them the encouragement, support and resources they need to build a successful foundation for life. The program meets on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:30pm. Contact: Ryan Grammatico - grammatico1@gmail.com / 803.524.1816

Upcoming Justice Opportunities :: Freestore Cookout/Clothing Drive (April)

The Freestore on 15th Street is a place where people with limited resources are able to get some of the household items they need at no cost. Twice a year (in Oct and April), we host a cookout and clothing drive to help support the freestore. Members of the community are invited to join us as we grill hotdogs and burgers, and people are invited to bring their gently used items to drop off as a donation to the store (mens’ clothing is always a big need)

Girls On The Run 5k (May)

Through Girls On The Run, young women from Byers train for a non-competitive 5k at the end of the semester. Watershed helps with the race at the end of the Spring semester by providing volunteers to help staff the event, and “running buddies” who run with the girls and encourage them throughout the race. Circle the icon on your connection card if you’d like more info as the event draws near.

West Virginia (July)

In July, a group from Watershed travels to Parkersburg to help work on a home through Habitat for Humanity. The group works on the house during the day, and camps out at night to relax, play games, and enjoy dinner by the campfire. No construction experience necessary - just a desire to work hard in order to benefit a family in need.

Giving :: weekly need: $8167 last week: $9,053


Blocs are smaller communities that meet during the week, each centered around various interests. From social gatherings to spiritual discussions, service groups to outdoor adventures, there’s a Bloc for everyone! For more info (including maps and directions), visit www.watershedcharlotte.com Immerse an 8-week exploration of life, faith and Christian spirituality. Engaging conversation, thought-provoking discussions and relational connectivity. meets at a variety of dates/times - contact the Bloc leaders for more info

Matt O’Neil - matt@watershedcharlotte.com / 704.299.0557 Andrew Lombardo - ajbardo25@hotmail.com / 704.773.8881

One.1 explores the kind of intimacy, connection and “oneness” God really wants us to have with Him and each other. For couples who have previously experienced divorce or who have been married 5 years or more. Beginning March 5 When: Saturdays from 7:00-8:30pm

Tim Abare - timabare@mac.com / 704.491.7405 Ann Abare - aabare@gmail.com / 704.681.0316 Brian Hofert - bwhofert@mac.com Gina Hofert - ginahofert@gmail.com / 704.953.5619

One:2 explores the kind of intimacy, connection and “oneness” God really wants us to have with Him and each other. For of engaged couples and couples married for 4 years or less. When: Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm

Tony and Becky Santoro - becky_santoro@yahoo.com / 704.770.5020 Zach and Jami Fay - jami.fay@wachovia.com / 704.408.0227

Her:Grow meets weekly to read, discuss, and do life together. Join together in community with other women to grow spiritually and relationally. contact one of the Bloc leaders to sign up for the next session

Rachael Cook - rcook@itekcorp.com / 704.258.8910 Kayla Jones - kaylamjones@gmail.com / 828.260.0419 Lauren Grabill - lauren.grabill@gmail.com / 704.615.4723

Soccer The Soccer Bloc (better known as FC Watershed) is a great opportunity to brush up on your skills, build relationships and help in our continued partnership with Street Soccer 945.

Heidi Snyderburn - FCWatershed@yahoo.com / 704.226.5443 Matt Sharp - FCWatershed@yahoo.com / 603.540.0902 Rachelle Chreiten - FCWatershed@yahoo.com

Intersect:North an 8 to 10-week experience of connecting with others over good drink, thoughtful conversation, and new friendships. Families with children - please contact the bloc leader to discuss child care alternatives. When: Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm (Feb 1st through Mar 15th)

Greg and Kelly Geers - kellygeers1@gmail.com / 704.237.4217 Jon and Amy Ray - jonandamyray@att.net / 980.355.1962

Relationality:Uptown an 8-week exploration into the mysterious dynamics of dating and marriage. Centerpiece of discussion is the book The Seven Desires of Every Heart by Debra and Mark Laaser When: Monday nights at 7:00pm (beginning February 21st) Where: 1118 Polk St

Daniel McCollum - danieljmccollum@gmail.com / 704.699.3101 Jamie McCollum - jamiemccollum@gmail.com / 704.699.4568

Relationality:Amelies an 8-week exploration into the mysterious dynamics of dating and marriage. Centerpiece of discussion is the book The Seven Desires of Every Heart by Debra and Mark Laaser When: Sunday mornings nights at 9:00am (beginning February 20th) Where: Amelie’s - 2424 N. Davidson St

Adam and Ashley Basch - Adam.Basch@cbre.com / 980.322.4277 Trey and Georgine Jeffries - Trey.Jeffries@gmail.com / 919.599.2122

PG:Parental Guidance an 8 week conversation with parents from all walks of life. Parents are invited to join us as we dialogue, laugh, cry and dream about how to unleash our kids’ greatest potential. When: Sunday nights from 5:00pm-7:00pm Where: 3407 Steel Yard Ct

Matt Weisner - weisner79@yahoo.com / 919.280.6920 Jennifer Weisner - jennifer_weisner@yahoo.com / 704.619.4305

Her:Gather meets once a month, open to all women of Watershed. Gatherings include everything from fun social events “out on the town” to friendly casual get-togethers. Next meeting: February 8th at 7:00pm Where: Crave Dessert Bar (500 W 5th St)

Ashley Grammatico - ashleygrammatico@yahoo.com / 704.582.2355 Rachael Shaughnessy - krehfish79@aol.com / 434.851.9640

PrimeTime Prime Time is the bloc for those who may be young at heart, but mature in age and stature. Meets once a month at various locations around Charlotte to share a meal and have a good time getting to know each other. Next meeting Lunch after Transit on Feb 13th/20th

Pam and Gene Watson - granypam@carolina.rr.com / 704.599.9087

Coffee Break takes a time-out from the hustle and stress of everday life, sit down for a while and relax with other moms who know what you’re dealing with. When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9:30am-12:00pm Where: 14205 Northridge Dr

Naomi Hofert - nchofert@cccountertops.com / 704.968.3754

OnRamp 2-week Bloc open to anyone new to Watershed that would like to meet new friends and learn more about our community. Topics include our mission and values, and how to connect beyond just Transit. Next Meeting:January 30th Where: Amelie’s (2424 N. Davidson St)

Scott Hofert - scott@watershedcharlotte.com / 704.258.8672

Rove a monthly gig of leaving the plush environment of the city and embracing friends, nature, and the freshness of the outdoors. returning this Spring

Adam Desautels - WatershedRove@gmail.com / 336.392.9695 Rachel Desautels - WatershedRove@gmail.com / 704.689.7671

PO Box 12749 Charlotte NC 28209 704.644.0919 info@WatershedCharlotte.com

Scott Hofert (co-pastor) - scott@watershedcharlotte.com Matt O’Neil (co-pastor) - matt@watershedcharlotte.com Matt Shaughnessy (music/tech/creativity) - mattS@watershedcharlotte.com Scott Miller (justice/leadership) - scottM@watershedcharlotte.com Taryn Hofert (music/creativity) - taryn@watershedcharlotte.com Kayla George (Greenhouse) - kayla@watershedcharlotte.com Donna O’Neil (administration) - donna@watershedcharlotte.com


the Weekly 2.6.11