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Current Series :: Self-Sabotage and the Avoidance Thereof

4.10.11

Do you ever feel like the direction of your life is a moving target? Many of our “issues” sometimes seem to resurface even after we thought that they had been dealt with. Our habits, tendencies and inclinations can often be painfully cyclical - we sometimes find ourselves in the same boat over and over again - and at times it can get just plain frustrating, but the cycle doesn’t have to continue. Let’s head into Spring with some solid introspection, and start zeroing in on the facets of our focus that have the potential to undermine the identity God longs for us to have in relationship with Him.

News ::

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 :: returning May 13th

Summer is still a few months away, but Movies In The Park returns next month! It’s the summer’s best (and cheapest!) way to enjoy a movie under the stars with friends and family. All movies will take place at the Freedom Park amphitheater on the second Friday night of the month from May - August. Visit our website for movie titles and more info, and make plans to join us on May 13th to kick off the Summer series. Interested in volunteering? Email matt@watershedcharlotte.com - we’d love to have you as part of the team!

Girls On The Run 5k :: May 7th

Girls on the Run, part of Watershed’s Catapult Project, is a character development program for girls in grades 3 through 8 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self as the girls train for a 5k race at the end of the school year. The next race, a 5K, is on on May 7 at Independence Park. Volunteers are needed to help staff the event and encourage the girls along the race. Sign up in the lobby after Transit if you’re interested, or circle the icon on your connection card for more information.

West Virginia trip :: August 3rd-7th

Watershed will be returning to West Virginia this Summer! From August 3rd-7th, Watershed will again be partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Parkersburg, WV to repair a home for a family in need. The group will work on the house during the day, and at night we’ll camp out at Mountainwood park to play games and enjoy dinner by the campfire. The cost of the trip will be $165 - if you’re interested in learning more or joining this year’s trip, contact Dan Bailey at jdbailey704@gmail.com, or circle the icon on the connection card.

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 icvon on your connection card or email Jamie McCollum at jamiemccollum@gmail.com

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

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 :: Girls On The Run 5k (May 7th)

GreenHouse :: volunteer opportunities

While Transit is going on at Center Stage on Sunday mornings, our kids are having an incredible experience in GreenHouse. We believe that our kids are our greatest resource and biggest investment in our future. GreenHouse is in need of a few more all-star volunteers to help fill out our team and support our kids. If you’ve been looking for a fun way to serve that can also make a huge impact in a child’s life, contact Kayla George (kayla@watershedcharlotte.com) or circle the GreenHouse icon on your connection card.

Blocs ::

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

(see back for meeting times/contact info)

Intersect:North

Intersect:North will be returning soon for another series, with new opportunities for people on the North side of town to connect over an evening of thoughtful conversation. The centerpiece of the discussion is the Convergence DVD series by author Donald Miller, and the Bloc will be meeting on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, with occasional weeks off. For more info, circle the icon on your connection card, or contact the Bloc leaders for details.

Through Girls On The Run, a select group of girls from Byers Elementary in grades 3-5 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 alongside the group of girls from Byers and encourage them throughout the race. Contact Rachael, the Girls On The Run coach, if you’d like more info as the event draws near. Contact: Rachael Shaughnessy - krehfish79@aol.com / 434.851.9640

West Virginia (August 3rd-7th)

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. Trip leaders are Dan Bailey & Kevin Reeves, and the team will leave Wednesday, Aug 3rd and return Sunday, August 7th. Contact: Dan Bailey - jdbailey704@gmail.com / 704.363.2605

Relationality Relationality is an 8-week exploration into the mysterious dynamics of dating and marriage. Relationality engages people across a diverse spectrum of backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs, exploring questions like: How do our identities and longings impact the most significant relationships in our lives? How are expectations created and managed? How do we interpret our feelings or the feelings of others? Expect engaging conversation and thought-provoking discussions as we explore the potential for relational betterment in our lives.

GreenHouse ::

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 provides kids with a safe, fun place to spend their morning while you can be a part of Transit. To learn more about Greenhouse or to learn how you can get involved, contact Kayla George (kayla@watershedcharlotte.com)

Giving :: weekly need: $8,167 last week: $4,955


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 information, 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. 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

Zach and Jami Fay - jami.fay@wachovia.com / 704.408.0227 Scott and Kendra Miller - scottm@watershedcharlotte.com / 704.302.4592

Her:Grow meets weekly to read, discuss, and do life together. Join together in community with other women to grow spiritually and relationally.

Rachael Cook - rachaelcook@me.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: TBD

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

Relationality 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 meets at a variety of dates/times - contact Bloc leader for more info

Matt O’Neil - matt@watershedcharlotte.com / 704.299.0557

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: TBD

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: Sunday, May 15th Where: Lunch after Transit, then the Double Door Inn at 2:00pm

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: TBD 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. Next excursion: April 16th-17th Where: South Mountain( Camping/Hiking)

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


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