Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to the March Newsletter! Each month we send out an update on everything going on within YOCF. We have lots of great stuff coming for you and your students this month, so make sure to take a look down below so your student doesn't miss out on anything! As always you can access our Newsletter through the email in which you received this or through our OCF website.
We meet On Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm for youth group. We kick off our nights with some upbeat games, follow up with a lesson, and break-off into small groups for some discussion. This month we are finishing up our series "None Of Your Business: A series on sex." We will also be starting a new series, "Undefeated" as we prepare our students hearts for Easter. You can find more information below! Make sure to take a look at our Parent Cue thats attached. It is a great resource to start the conversations about what your student is learning. I would also highly recommend downloading the Parent Cue app to find ways to engage with your student and guide them toward a deeper faith throughout the week. In addition, we meet on Sunday mornings at the 11:15 service, except every 4th Sunday when we share communion with our church family. Our Sunday morning teaching typically lines up with what is being taught in the main adult service.
Both Ryan & I are filled with so much joy to be able to walk alongside your students and families. We encourage you to dwell on this verse this month as we put our faith in God's work even when we do not see it. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1)
With Much Love,
Signups for Hume are still open! We're heading up to camp this year from Aug 2 - 8.
The total for camp this year will be $740. You can pay in full or in 4 month payments of $185. The monthly payments are due in December, January, February, & March.
The first 5 students to be signed up that pay in full will receive a payed for coffee or milkshake each day up at camp!
To reserve your spot for camp you MUST pay the first payment as a non-refundable deposit, and submit the form online. Once all the spots are filled up we will start our waiting list immediately!
You can find the form on our website!
1 - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
8 - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
15 - 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
22 - Communion (NO YOCF)
29 - 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
4 - None Of Your Business
11 - Undefeated
18 - Worship Night
25 - Undefeated (off-site, location tbd)
Some parents find it tough to express their emotions to family members. But finding a way to communicate love is vitally important to the health and growth of each family member. Saying "I love you" is one of the most important gifts you can give to your children. I encourage you to say it often! While expressing your emotions verbally is needed, it is important to realize that there are other ways to communicate your love that are just as important.
In Gary Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages, he explains that everyone has emotional "tanks." According to Chapman, we help keep others' tanks full by using five "love languages" that he has identified. He says that most of us have a "primary" love language, although all of them can be important for healthy relationships. If you want to succeed at showing your love to your kids, identify their primary love language(s) and then do your best to communicate using those languages.
Here is a brief look at the five ways to express your love to your kids:
1. Words of affirmation. Criticism, if overdone, can create devastating consequences in adult life. Determine to praise your child right for every good thing you see him or her doing. A minimum of two compliments a day is a good goal.
2. Quality time. Get down to your child's level. Discover his or her interests and learn as much about him or her as possible. Be totally present, giving your child undivided attention. Give your child at least a few minutes of quality time. Make it a priority.
3. Receiving gifts. Gifts, if overdone, can become meaningless and teach a child a materialistic set of values. But periodic gifts, thoughtfully chosen and given with affirming statements such as, "I love you, so I got a special gift for you," can help meet a child's need for love.
4. Acts of service. The next time you perform an especially meaningful act of service for your child, make sure that you say it means you love him or her. Pick a task that is not especially appealing to you but that is very important to your child.
5. Physical touch. Hugging, kissing, and appropriate touching are very important for a child's emotional tank. Consider the age and temperament of your child and determine a unique approach in this area. When your child gets older, you will need to be sensitive, but you should still maintain a regular habit of touching for affirmation.