Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to our September Newsletter! If you are new with us each month we send out all the information that is going on within YOCF. Thank you for working with us through all of these changes in the past few months we really appreciate all of your patience and support! We have a lot of good stuff coming this school year! Make sure to stay connected to our instagram @yoyoyocf and the OCF youtube channel 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 updates for future plans for the year.
We are so stoked to announce that we now will be meeting every other week in-person for youth group! We are doing everything to make sure that we follow guidelines and safe social practices. At any in-person event masks, social distancing, and registration will be required. We understand that not every family will feel ready yet to come and meet in person. Whatever you have decided that is best for your family whether it gathering in person, staying a 100% virtual, or only attending small gatherings YOCF supports your decisions for your family. Our hope for this season is to continue to stay connected and create space where everybody can have their needs for community met.
Ryan and I are so excited for what this next school year holds as we continue to stay connected to each other and walk alongside your students as they grow in their faith. As we enter into this new season lets keep this truth close to our hearts, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13)
With Much Love,
This September we have lots of opportunities to connect with your students that they will definitely want to be apart of! We know that not all families feel comfortable coming back in person, but we wanted to provide options to connect for wherever a family finds themselves in this season.
9/9- Back To School Beach Bash: Families are welcome to come join all of YOCF down at the beach from 6pm-7:30pm at 22nd St in Hermosa Beach. It is an opportunity for us to connect and share about what this year will look like!
9/16- Virtual Week: At 6pm your students can tune in to our Episode that we will be premiering on OCF's youtube channel. Similar to our Summer Episodes we will watch the video together and break up over zoom into small groups to discuss after. We are mixing things up a bit & your students will definitely want to be there!
9/23- In-Person Youth Group: We will be meeting for the first time since March for an in-person youth group! We are meeting at 6pm in the patio under the white tent where we hold our Sunday in-person services. Students are required to come wearing masks and keep them on the whole time! We will be setting out chairs socially distanced.
Students must fill out this permission slip to come to anything in person for the year.
9/30- Virtual Week: We will be having a virtual week every other week when we are not meeting in-person. We will premiere an Episode on OCF's youtube channel at 6pm with zoom small groups after!
Talk It Over Tuesday is a space for all of our YOCF ladies to come and ask any questions that they have about the Bible, God, or anything else. This is taking replacement of our Testimony Tuesday's we did throughout the summer. Come with your questions or ready to listen to what others have questions about.
When: 4pm every Tuesday
Where: Here is the zoom link!
For more info email Hannah
Every other Wednesday in-person before Youth Group at 4:30pm we have our boy's Bible study!
Email [email protected] for questions
Parents are mentors to their kids. Studies tell us that for good or bad, you are their most influential person in the most important stages of their life. From the day our kids are born, we become mentors, involved in the process of leaving a legacy to a new generation.
To better understand what it means to mentor our kids, let's look at four biblical examples of mentoring:
1. Jesus and His Disciples: Being Real. Jesus spent time "doing life" with His disciples. Like your family, they lived out their daily lives together. They observed how Jesus carried out His day. They watched Him and they knew His habits. Of course, Jesus was perfect and we are not. The thing is, kids would have a very difficult time relating to parents who were perfect, so just being real is one of the great ways of mentoring.
Your kids need to see your everyday life, your faith, even times when you are vulnerable. I heard a missionary tell an audience once, "You are the only Jesus somebody knows." You are the only Jesus your child knows.
2. Eli and Samuel: Instruction in Hearing the Word of God. You probably remember the story: Eli was young Samuel's teacher. While Eli was asleep, God spoke to Samuel. Samuel didn't recognize the voice of God, so three times he interrupted Eli's sleep. Finally, Eli figured out God was speaking to Samuel and Eli taught Samuel how to respond to the word of God.
The most effective way to mentor our kids in hearing the word of God is for our children to see us reading and listening to His Word. Through this we teach them, and another generation is able to hear and respond to God.
3. Moses and Joshua: Passing on Wisdom. Moses was very intentional about passing on his wisdom and preparing Joshua for the Promised Land. You, too, are in a relationship where it is your job to pass on wisdom to your kids at appropriate times in their lives.
When our kids were growing up, Cathy and I discovered that it was best to find a teachable moment in the everyday happenings of life to engage in meaningful conversations with them. You have wisdom to pass along. Find ways to creatively share it with your kids so it doesn't feel like school or a lecture.
4. Paul and Timothy: Sharing Life. Paul called Timothy his son and treated him as such even though Timothy had other parents. As they lived, worked, and traveled together, Paul mentored Timothy. It is in the daily sharing of life that your habits, character, and lifestyle will bless your kids.