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We would like to thank everyone who gave time and money to help make That Fall Family Fun Thing a huge success. Almost 1,000 people came out to enjoy the day and we hope they learned a little more about Cedar Creek West & the Aiken County Family YMCA. We’ve contacted over 90 families who said they were not members of any church to make sure they know they are more than welcome to come to Cedar Creek West anytime!
This event has been such a success, the past two years, that we plan to make it an annual event held on the 2nd Sunday in October.
We’ve included a link to a short video so you can see just how much fun everyone had! Thanks again for all your support.
That Fall Family Fun Thing 2014
1. We’re Teaching This
If you set your course in the wrong direction, you’ll end up in the wrong place every time. No matter where you hope to end up, the road you choose matters. The book of Proverbs gives us wisdom to help navigate the choices of life, because we know that each choice determines the direction of our lives. And it’s our direction, not our intention that ultimately determines our destination. Where are you heading? What path are you on?
2. Think About This
It’s easy—in the midst of the busy-ness and craziness of life—to get off course. It’s easy to forget goals we’ve set and ideas we once had of who we want to be and just keep trucking along, ticking things off our lists and getting the next “thing” done. It’s the tyranny of the urgent and it often keeps us stuck in the immediacy of the moment.
This can be true for our families as well, can’t it? We start off with young children, thinking about all of the goals we have—the values and virtues we want to instill and model for our children. And then, life happens and things just start going too fast. And suddenly, we see road signs—we see warnings—telling us that maybe, somewhere along the line, we’ve gotten off course. It’s the moment we realize that though we intended to head in one direction, our choices of what to do with our time, money, words and actions take us in a different direction.
It’s totally normal. It’s a place most people with children—of any age—often find themselves. And it’s a place we don’t have to stay in.
To remedy it, it may be that the best thing to do is to take a step back and look around. Look back at the things we had once hoped for our families. And then, look forward towards the steps we can take to get to where we ultimately want to go. Make a plan. Take a moment to pause and refocus—to do a little course-correction. A small pause and a little action can go a long way.
3. Try This
Pick Two: Two Words, Two Rules, Two Answers
Get your family together to try the following:
Together, pick two words/phrases that you would like to describe your family. Feel free to come up with some of your own as well:
o less busy
o good communicators
o open to other people/families
o good stewards
There are two rules for when your family does this.
1) Don’t call anyone out. This is not a chance to dish, bash or point figures. It’s a chance to move forward.
2) There are no perfect answers. Just start brainstorming and go from there!
1) What is the first step you need to take to make each of the words/phrases you chose above a reality for your family?
2) What kind of mile markers and guardrails/boundaries can you set up as a family to make sure you stay on course for the long haul?
Get connected to a wider community of parents at www.orangeparents.org.
August is going to be GREAT at Cedar Creek Church!
August 3rd is a big day for Cedar Creek West as our Campus Pastor, Wes Holbrook, will return from Sabbatical and speak live. But that’s not all!
Also that day, Our Kidz Creek Kidz (preschool & elementary) will make a visit to adult worship to share what they have been learning this summer! If that’s not enough, that same day…
Also on August 3rd, all three campuses of Cedar Creek Church will join together at our campus for a New Life Baptism Celebration, starting at 6:00. If you haven’t had the opportunity to sign up to be baptized, have signed up before but was unable to participate or feel like this is your next step in following Jesus, it’s not too late! You can get more information about baptism and sign up to be baptized here. Since we’re having this at our campus, all are invited to stay after the baptism service and enjoy the water park! The only thing that could make that night better is ice cream, so we’re asking all who are willing to bring their best home made ice cream, prepared ahead of time and in a cooler with you. If you’re willing to provide a churn of ice cream and a serving spoon for it, please sign up here. We will provide bowls, spoons and napkins.
Each school year there are many families in our local community that cannot afford school supplies for their children. This year we want to encourage your family to BE THE CHURCH by supplying at least one backpack to a child in need by partnering with one of the schools in our area. More information will be coming your way on August 3rd.
Cedar Creek West will be hosting an indoor YARD GIVE in partnering with the Aiken Family Y’s Fit 4 School event on August 9th from 10:00am – 2:00pm! What is a yard give? Think yard sale but everything is FREE! This is a great outreach opportunity as over 2,000 attended last years event.
Here’s 3 ways to help us BE THE CHURCH:
1. Donate items for the yard give. Items may be dropped off at the Cedar Creek West office starting August 4th
2. Help sort & organize donated items during the week of August 4th-8th.
3. Serve during the yard give on August 9th.
For more info or to help organize & serve, contact Lori at 803.392.7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 17th, our Centerpoint area (for middle and high school students) will gather again at the West Campus, using the Aiken Family Y Water Park for the Back to School Bash, starting at 6:00. This is a church-wide event for all Centerpoint students to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. There will be food, games, fun and a great time had by everyone. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Have you ever turned on the news only to wish you hadn’t? Or answered a phone call only to wish you could un-hear the news on the other end? Whether it’s a global disaster, a school shooting, our parents’ divorce, or the death of a friend, there’s nothing fun about learning of a tragedy. It can make us feel like we are walking through a shadowland—where nothing seems quite right and there are more questions than answers. What do we say? What do we do? What happens next? And, how long will it take? At some point, we will all face a shadowland, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay there. There is a way through to the other side of tragedy, to healing. But getting there means we have to trust the One who is leading us.
While it may seem like there are very few things we can agree with our students on while in the middle of these tumultuous teenage years, we probably all have a similar goal in mind for our families. We want to be functional. We want to be healthy. We want to do everything we can to set ourselves up for success. And this may require some hard work—on everyone’s part. But, as parents we should be leading the way here.
So, as you get a glimpse into how your family is changing and evolving, sit down and ask yourself the following questions, taking the time to be introspective and answering honestly—as difficult as that might be. Then sit down with your teenager and ask them the specified questions that follow.
1. How can you learn not to be reactive but to take a step back and get some perspective on the tension and issues within your family?
2. What can you do to help your children see a patient and in-control parent in the midst of conflict?
3. How would you feel about letting someone else into your family dynamics in order to bring the most health to your family relationships?
4. Who would you consider to be trustworthy to confide in about your family and the potential issues and struggles you face?
5. Are you opposed to seeking outside counsel from a pastor or Christian counselor? Why or why not?
1. Think about some families that you know and enjoy spending time around. What makes them comfortable and fun to spend time with? Try to share a particular experience that you’ve had with this family.
2. What are some things you have seen or experienced this family do that you admire?
3. What are some things that you would enjoy doing together with your own family?
4. What are some characteristics of you’re your family that you really like? Why?
5. How do you feel about the interactions you have with each of the people in your own family? Is there one person you have an easier time relating to compared to the others? Is there one person you have a harder time relating to compared to the others? Why do you think this is?
6. What is one way that you would like to see your family change and grow?
7. What can you begin doing this week to make that change happen?
After answering the previous questions, ask your teen to help you make a list of 5 family goals for the following year (i.e. have a family meal together once a week to connect and re-assess the above questions, commit to spending one radio/cell phone¬¬-free drive to or from school per week to just talk, research and set up a family counseling session, etc.).
To Read Rhett Smith’s entire article, go to http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/2011/06/managing-anxiety-in-the-family/