Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to our September Newsletter! If you are new with us then welcome! We are so happy to have you here! In the beginning of each month we send out all the information that is going on within YOCF. We are pumped to jump into this school year with your student! 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 updates for future plans.
We are back to our regular program of 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 Philippians with the rest of church starting the first Sunday of September.
We are also stoked to bring back our mid-week on Wednesday night's for Middle School at OCF. We will be meeting in the youth room at 6pm-7:30pm with games, teaching, and break up into small groups!
It is such a gift to Ryan and to walk through this season of life with your family. We are praying that in this coming school year we can all be encouraged to, "seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matt 6:33).
With Much Love,
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL IS BACK!
Every Wednesday night, starting September 5th, we will be back to our regular school schedule of YOCF at 6pm-7:30pm! Come for games, teaching, & small group time!
This month our teaching will be centered on our YOCF mission statement (Word, Worship, One Another, Others) where we will be doing a deep dive on the purpose and meaning of it for our youth group.
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 Philippians like the main service!
Every week in the Prayer Room at OCF on Wednesday's come join for the boys Bible Study at 4:30!
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Let's begin with some truth-telling: Parenting is difficult!
Yes, it's hard. But what you do as a parent every day and every week matters. Your actions---over time---are the single greatest influence in the life of your child.
Still, many parents wind up relying on quick fixes as a parenting style. Simply put, parenting becomes about fixing kids' problem behaviors or the agony parents experience because of these behaviors. Parents use quick fixes to achieve some short-term wins---to fix current problems---but over time the strategy falls and fails because there is no connection to a long-term purpose and no intent to lead a child from Point A to Point B. Using quick fixes to solve problems do not help kids grow up to become healthy and independent young adults.
We'd like to suggest a better way: you can become an exceptional parent when you choose to be an intentional parent.
We didn't do everything right as parents, and you won't either. But we made the choice to fight against Quick-Fix Parenting in order to become Intentional Parents. And along the way we discovered 10 intentional actions that are key to becoming intentional parents.
1) Intentional parents have strong belief. Intentional parents believe that they are the most significant influence on their children.
2) Intentional parents understand they are 24/7 role models. They make a deliberate choice to be vigilant about the examples they set for their kids by how they live their lives.
3) Intentional parents use encouraging words. Encouraging words are positive, life-giving, powerful, and memorable. They are like food for your child's soul.
4) Intentional parents offer genuine affection. Appropriate and regular physical affection gives kids more security, better self-esteem, and healthier emotional balance.
5) Intentional parents provide consistent presence. They plan, strategize, and sacrifice in order to be present in their lives of their kids.
6) Intentional parents create a peaceful home. A peaceful home is a safe home, giving kids a shelter from the storms of life.
7) Intentional parents use delicate discipline. Discipline and love go together; they provide kids with needed guidance, care and concern.
8) Intentional parents activate responsibility. They provide opportunities for their children to develop responsibility and pursue healthy independence.
9) Intentional parents create positive memories. For better or for worse, your kids will carry family memories into adulthood. Intentional parents pursue a path to ensure kids will have a flood of positive memories.
10) Intentional parents provide serious fun. They work to nurture and model a home environment where laughter and fun is the rule, not the exception.
Doug and Cathy have created two resources to help parents dig deeper into the important topic of becoming intentional parents. You can find their Intentional Parenting DVD and Workbook at www.dougfields.com