Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to our May Newsletter! In the beginning of each month we send out all the information that is going on within YOCF. Make sure to stay connected to our instagram @yoyoyocf for updates! Check out down below our plans for the coming weeks and the ways we will be connecting with each other, daily, weekly, and upcoming events!
Our Middle School students meeting together during our second service. They will start over in the main service for the first set of worship, but will head on out at the end to the youth room for their own message. We follow along with the same teaching series and will be diving into Isaiah with the rest of church. On Communion Sunday (4th Sunday of the month) we do not have youth group & we encourage families to sit and enjoy Communion together. Starting May 29th we will be having all of our students, middle & high school, in for our youth service at 10:45.
Our mid-week youth program is happening every Wednesday night from 6pm-7:30pm at OCF in our youth room. We do games, message, and small group time! It is a great opportunity to connect with other students and learn more about God. Look below for our schedule for the rest of the month and into the summer
As we move into this next month let us be reminded of this " Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans" (Proverbs 16:3).
With Much Love,
Important Upcoming Dates
11th- 8th Grade Takeover
18th- End Of Year Party
22nd- Promotion Sunday
29th- Summer Sundays (Middle & High School together at 10:45 service)
1st- Beach Nights Summer Kickoff (Families Welcome)
24th- VBS Kickoff
28th- VBS Ends
30th- Hume Lake Health Screening & Parent Info Meeting
31st- Buses Leave For Hume
6th- Buses Come Home From Hume
Promotion Sunday May 22nd
On May 22nd we have our Promotion Sunday during both of our main services. We will be acknowledging our incoming 6th graders, 9th graders, and saying goodbye to our seniors. In the 10:45am service we will be bringing our seniors on stage to pray over them and honor them on their last Sunday as YOCF students.
There is one month left to sign-up to volunteer for VBS! Here is the link to become a volunteer!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Wednesday nights we have out mid-week YOCF for Middle School at 6pm-7:30pm! Come for games, teaching, & small group time!
Our last MSM Wednesday Night is May 18th
IN PERSON YOUTH SERVICE 10:45AM SERVICE
Every Sunday morning during the 10:45am service we will have a youth service during the teaching portion of the service. Students will start in the main service through the first set of worship. Once worship ends and during announcements they will come over to the youth room for their own teaching & youth fellowship experience. We will be going through Isaiah like the main service!
On the 4th Sunday of the month is Communion Sunday
Hume Lake signups are open now!
You can find the links to register or make your next payment HERE
Happening July 31st- August 6th
Every week in the Prayer Room at OCF on Wednesday's come join for the boys Bible Study at 4:30!
Email [email protected] for questions
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me!" Oh yeah...? When we were growing up, our parents gave us some pretty flimsy advice when it came to dealing with taunts, teasing, and putdowns. "Just ignore it," they'd say. "Easier said than done," was usually my response.
Scripture is quite clear that the tongue is one of the most dangerous weapons known to man. It can build one person up and tear another right down. And often times the words we use most carelessly or thoughtlessly are the ones that wind up doing the most harm.
Even with anti-bullying initiatives these days, putdowns are still part of our kids' cultural landscape. So, what's a parent to do? I suggest that first and foremost, you try making your home a "Putdown-Free Zone."
Here's how it works---simply require each member of your household to refrain from putting down anyone else. Easy, right? Well, maybe not at first. But in time, it actually gets easier.
Years ago, a high school history teacher was discussing world cultures with a class of ninth-graders. In the middle of his lecture on cultural norms, he stopped and asked them this question -- "If you could only give love to someone, or receive love from someone, which would you choose?"
Overwhelming, the class opted for the latter because who wouldn't want to receive love, right? Well, there was one young lady in the room who decided to buck the trend. She declared, "I'd rather give love---because if everyone gave, then everyone would receive, too."
That same principle applies when it comes to the how our families choose the words we use, also. If everyone in your home spoke only words of encouragement, affirmation, appreciation, and support to one another, think of what kind of family life you'd enjoy! Now consider the ramifications in our schools, communities -- even in our churches.
As a parent, your words have power: in the lives of your spouse, your children---everyone you come in contact with. So never underestimate the power of your words. And never forget that you have the power to choose the words you use!
Now, for the experiment -- try making your home a "Putdown-Free Zone" for ten days. Keep a journal of what happens as a result. Include the number of times each member of the family "blows it," and who has the easiest time paying complements rather than piling up criticism.
You can do it! Be an encourager! Make your home a "Putdown-Free Zone!"