Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to our April 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! Hoping that you are all staying safe and healthy! Things are going to look a bit different for our ministry in these next couple months. 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.
We are back in person for youth services during the 11am & have an indoors and in person youth group every Sunday night at 5pm! We will be also live streaming the in person 5pm service as well. Look below for more details of our in person opportunity.
Both Ryan & I are praying for you and your families during this time as we remember the good news of God giving us His Son, "With His wounds we are Healed" (Isaiah 53:5).
With Much Love,
IN PERSON YOUTH SERVICE 11AM SERVICE
Every Sunday morning during the 11am service we will have a youth service outside on the patio. Students will start in the main outdoor service through the first set of worship. Once worship ends and during announcements they will come over to the patio for their own teaching and youth fellowship experience. Make sure your students bring their own chair with them!
IN PERSON INDOOR YOUTH GROUP EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT AT 5-6:30pm
We will be bringing our students inside on Sunday nights starting April 11th at 5pm! Both High school & Middle School will be showing up at the same time with Middle starting in the auditorium on their own for games, worship, & a message. Then they will break up into their small groups throughout the church for follow up discussion and fellowship.
LIVE STREAM SUNDAY NIGHT YOCF & ZOOM SMALL GROUP 5-6:30pm
We recognize that not all students and families are willing or able to come back yet & we still want to be intentional with engaging our families that need to wait. We will be live streaming the first half of our Sunday night youth group on OCF's youtube channel and have a zoom small group option with our designated virtual group leader for discussion and community opportunity for students at home.
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
The thought of passing on a legacy of faith from generation to generation sounds great, but where does a parent begin? As a starting point, try thinking about the spiritual, relational, physical, emotional, and mental characteristics of your life. Then, ask yourself what kind of legacy do you want to leave with your children in these five areas of life? Following, you'll find some goals you might want to pursue. As you review them, feel free to add more specific practical ideas of your own.
- Spiritual: To love and obey God, teach integrity, value involvement in a church, grow in faith, learn and live by the Bible, develop a biblical worldview, be a disciple of Christ, serve others.
- Relational: Times of fun and laughter, family bonding vacation times, recreation times together, ability to resolve conflict with family member, listening skills, how to treat the opposite sex, developing lasting friendships, investing in the lives of others.
- Physical: Eat healthy foods, manage stress, exercise, financial integrity and stewardship, cleanliness and health issues, how to work hard, how to budget your financial resources.
- Emotional: Build healthy friendships, find times of rest and replenishment, build confidence and a healthy self-image, build trust and unconditional love, develop character traits such as discipline, perseverance, courage, and purity.
- Mental: Read good books, learn new skills, write and discuss ideas, discover how to think critically, become skilled at planning, learn decision-making skills.
These are good starting points for identifying what you want to teach your children. However, try hard not to overwhelm them or be overwhelmed yourself. Something is better than nothing, and those who don't aim at anything won't find their way.
Remember that your words are important, but they can only go so far. So much of the work of passing on a legacy of faith takes place when we model it ourselves and believe in our children. To do that, we must make sure that we as parents are working on these same issues within our own lives. It will take a plan, intentionality, and help from above. But I believe you can lead the way for your children and make a generation difference for lifetimes to come.