Every Winter, HSM takes a weekend to recharge our spiritual batteries. It's been exactly 6 months since our last camp experience, and we're looking forward to this opportunity to retreat and connect. There is still time to sign up! You can register online, on our webpage. Cost is $150. Let me know if you have any questions about anything - including finances!
Read below to get a better idea of what our weekend will look like as we approach our weekend of TOGETHER.
Look around you. In our culture today, there is more division than there is unity. Some division is trivial. Some is life changing. And yet, into this landscape, the Gospel speaks a round truth: in Christ, we are united. We are together.
Acts 4:32, “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul…”
Dear High School Parents,
Welcome back to this month's Newsletter! Take a look at what's coming up in this busy February!
We'll continue in our series called The Greatest.
Sometimes following God feels a little complicated. With so many rules to remember, prayers to pray, and guidelines for how we’re supposed to live, it’s easy for it all to feel overwhelming. In this series, as we look at how Jesus kept faith simple, we’ll see that it’s really all about doing one thing—the greatest thing.
We've already taken a look at how (1) God is for you and (2) If you want to know God, get to know Jesus, and (3) Loving your life comes from knowing your worth. This month, we'll finish up the series and talk about how to (2/10) Move people from a category to a conversation, and (2/24) Let Jesus lead you toward Love.
We also have a couple really awesome events this month!
First up, on 2/3, from 1-3p, we're going bowling... SUPER BOWLing, that is. Before the big football game, we'll meet/caravan to Bowlero in Westchester for a couple games. We'll wrap up our time around 2:45ish so everyone can be home for the game! Cost is $10, register online.
WINTER CAMP / WINTER CAMP / WINTER CAMP!!! The biggest event of our winter season is our Winter Camp! This year, we've rented a cabin in Big Bear and are excited for what God has in store for our group. This year's theme is based on Acts 4:32, "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had." We'll take a look at the importance of a Christ-centered community. Cost is $150, register online.
If you have questions about anything, including finances, don't hesitate to reach out! As always, Thank you for your continued prayer and partnership.
2/3 - SUPER BOWLing event (no YOCF)
2/10 - The Greatest (4/5): Move people from a category to a conversation
2/16-18 - WINTER CAMP!
2/24 - The Greatest (5/5): Let Jesus lead you toward love.
Life Groups will start back up in January. Enjoy your breaks and family time this holiday season!
Life Groups is where your relationship with God is going to take the next step. This is where discipleship, accountability, and fellowship will flourish! Don't miss it!
9th/10th Grade Boys
Leaders: Ryan Hiney & Zach Fields
When: Thursdays, 7pm
Place: Ron Dunatez's House - 219 W. Maple, El Segundo
11th/12th Grade Boys
Leaders: Ben Ho & Ben Foote
When: Wednesdays, 7p
Place: Ben's House - 1225 Madrid Ave., Torrance
9th/10th Grade Girls
Leaders: Jaimee Brzechwa-White & Mindy Minkus
When: Wednesdays, 4pm
Place: Jaimee's House - 5169 W. 136th St., Hawthorne
Topic: Eternity - Francis Chan
11th Grade Girls
Leaders: Ellis Linehan & Kayli Baker
When: Wednesdays, 7pm
Place: OCF Church (Prayer Room)
Topic: 1 John
12th Grade Girls
Leaders: Kristine Ho & Paige Foote
When: Wednesdays, 7:30pm
Topic: 1 John
*details subject to changes!
On the outside, most young people seem happy-go-lucky, but inside each adolescent is a complex network of potentially explosive pressures. Adolescents with a strong parental and social support system are the least likely to experience the painful effects of the pressures they face. When parents become aware of the typical sources of pressure that kids face, they are better able to provide their kids encouragement and support. Here are five common pressures adolescents face:
1. The Pressure to be Perfect.
Teens repeatedly talk about their parents wanting them to be perfect, particularly in the areas of behavior and school. No kid is perfect and when they fall short of their parents' expectations, they feel more pressure.
2. The Pressure to Succeed.
The pressure to succeed elicits the attitude that life is a perpetual performance. To fail is to feel stupid. When kids fail, they fear that others will reject them.
3. The Pressure to Conform.
Kids find it extremely uncomfortable to be different from their peers; so, they work hard to fit in and be accepted by one of the subcultures on their school campus.
4. The Pressure from Body Changes.
Since consistent change is part of the developing adolescent body, teenagers are in a continual state of stress over what's happening or what's not happening.
5. The Pressure from Emotions.
Adolescence is a time of emotional development. For many teens, the strength and frequency of their emotions is much like having new emotions altogether. They are often not sure where the emotions have come from, and they are equally unsure what to do with them.
Pressure is simply going to be part of the adolescent experience. Learning to process pressure and stress is actually an important part of preparing kids to face the pressures and stresses of adulthood. Rather than trying to eradicate all pressure, the wise course for parents is to help kids manage and moderate the pressures they face so that they do not become overwhelmed as they journey toward adulthood.