Dear High School Parents,
Wait... there are only FIVE Sunday's left this school year?! How has the year flown by so quickly?! As always, thank you for all your prayers and support as we made our way through a new format and set up to our youth groups this year. If you're a planner and already looking ahead to your family's Summer plans, make sure you scroll to the bottom for our schedule in the upcoming months!
Last month, we talked about FORGIVENESS and how we deal with grudges and ultimate find ourselves forgiving others and beginning to heal in the process. This month, we'll be talking about INJUSTICE in a series called SEE NO EVIL that we see in the world and we've experienced ourselves. Make sure you check out the Parent Cue below for more ways that you as parents can engage your students spiritually.
Here's a quick rundown of our series on injustice, SEE NO EVIL:
Injustice is all around us. It's in our world, our communities, our schools, and even in ourselves. It's easy to want to turn our eyes to avoid dealing with it, but is that really the best way to live? In this series, we'll take a look at the way God calls us to deal with the injustice around us. As we do, we'll learn that the best way to get rid of evil and injustice is to see it - and then do something about it.
Remember This: "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
Week 1: Matthew 9:35-37, Serving starts with Seeing
Week 2: Matthew 7:4-5, Pay attention to the injustice in you.
Week 3: James 2:15-17, Change a world, and eventually, you could change the world
God bless - Ryan
4/7 - INJUSTICE
4/14 - ONE-OFF TOPIC
4/21 - EASTER SUNDAY (no YOCF)
4/28 - INJUSTICE
5/5 - GOSPEL NIGHT
5/12 - MOTHER'S DAY (no YOCF)
5/19 - SENIOR TAKEOVER (last Sunday night YOCF)
5/26 - PROMOTION SUNDAY
4/17 - 72 Hours of Prayer Worship Night (6:00-7:30pm)
5/5 - Kid's Table Dinner (after HSM YOCF, 6:30pm)
5/26 - Promotion Sunday
5/29 - Family Beach Summer Kick Off - 22nd St, Hermosa; all OCF CM, MSM, HSM, and families invited!
6/5, 12, 19, 26; 7/3, 10, 17, 31 - All YOCF Summer Beach Nights
7/8-12 - APEX (HSM Service Opportunity)
7/22-26 - VBS
8/4-10 - Hume Lake
Youth Volunteer and Leadership Opportunity for OCF's VBS!
Youth gain leadership experience and have an opportunity to use their gifts as they invest in younger kids. Plus, it's tons of fun! The dates of VBS are July 22-26 from 6-8pm. Volunteers arrive at 5:30pm and stay until 8:15pm to check out their kids. The deadline to sign up to volunteer is June 1st. All youth must attend training. The training session will be Sunday, June 2nd after 3rd service (a make-up training session can be scheduled for youth who have a family conflict on that day). Contact Brenda Fukuda with questions at [email protected]
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
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
11th Grade Girls
Leaders: Ellis Linehan & Kayli Baker
When: Wednesdays, 7pm
Place: The Point
12th Grade Girls
Leaders: Kristine Ho & Paige Foote
When: Wednesdays, 7:30pm
Place: Coffee Bean (1590 Rosecrans Ave)
*details subject to changes!
For better or worse, media has a powerful influence in our kids' lives! Today's media sends nonstop communication, delivering its voice through television, movies, Internet, music, magazines, books, computers, smartphones, tablets, and more. Frankly, it is impossible for parents to have control over every message that is being sent to our kids.
Because parents can't control all of their kids' media consumption, some feel lost, hopeless, or paralyzed when facing today's technology and media. We may complain, but it is time for us to quit whining, and do something. Don't give up. Don't bail out. There are things we can do and environments we can foster to create a media-safe home.
Watch, Listen, and Read. Creating a media-safe home requires that you become a student of the culture. The easiest way to get a handle on what media your kids are consuming is to watch what they watch, listen to what they listen to, and read what they read. Look for every opportunity to ask and learn from your kids.
Evaluate. Evaluate everything you see and hear with your kids. When you evaluate, don't just play the bad-guy role. At times, this will likely be necessary, but also tell your kids what you like and why, and help them learn to discern what they are putting into their minds.
Examine Your Own Behavior. Too many parents want their kids to make good media choices but aren't willing to discipline themselves. Remember the old adage: Children see, children do. Set the example you want your kids to follow.
Discuss and Listen; Don't Lecture. Anytime we can truly dialog with our kids about media use and influence, it is better than any lecture or sermon we could ever deliver to them. Ultimately, you may choose to disagree with your kids' opinions but they will at least feel you were willing to listen.
Develop Clear Expectations. Work together with your teens to come up with clearly expressed expectations about media consumption and use of the devices that deliver media. As technology changes rapidly, you'll need to revisit the expectations from time to time to keep them relevant and current.