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August 29, 2023

 Calling all Parents of Middle School and High School Students!
Don’t forget about the parent meeting scheduled for  Wednesday evening, August 30, at 7:00 PM at the church building. For everyone else, this will be “Hospitality Wednesday.”

Here’s the link to send support to those affected by the fires on Maui if you are interested:

 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

From Robert Goodwin: Travis and Christa Newsome’s son-in-law, Jose Andrade, has been deployed overseas for the time being. He and his unit would appreciate any cards/letters of encouragement while they are deployed. Also, if you would like to help in any other way, please contact Christa Newsome via email at techdummy2002@yahoo.com and she can give you more information on how you can assist. 
Here’s the mailing address to send cards/letters:
SFC Andrade, Jose
HHC BN, 40th BEB
APO, AE  09754
Let’s keep the Newsomes, along with their son-in-law and family, in our prayers during this time! 

 There are two open spots available for Financial Peace for this fall. Please contact Reese Fick @ 770-880-3953  if you are interested.

 From Clyde WhitworthFamily Promise has two consecutive OPEN Weeks (no host congregation) now through September 10. They need  help to cover the host slots at the shelter in order to take care of guest families and keep everything running smoothly.
If you are available to take any slots through Sunday 9/10, please sign up here: 

  If you are facilitating a small group within the church such as a family group, BEMA class, God’s Girls, a fireside chat group, etc. please let Corrie know who is in your group via email: corriemcclary@gmail.com

in September…

3 – Meet in House Churches

10 – Congregational Worship

17 – Congregational Worship

24 – Meet in House Churches

Women’s daytime Bible study groups
Young at Heart – Winder/Jefferson
When: Thursdays at 10:30am beginning September 21
Where: Rebecca Mapes’ home, 415 Leyland Drive, Winder, GA 30680

God’s Girls – Athens/Watkinsville
When: Thursdays at 11am, new book begins September 21
Where: Lisa Sawhill’s home, 2960 Flat Rock Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677

The topic for both groups beginning Thursday, September 21, will be based on “What Now, God? Finding God in Transitions” by Jeanie Shaw. For questions, contact Brenda Pyle bjp852@yahoo.com or Lisa Sawhill sawhillinteriors@gmail.com

The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
Luke 6:40 NIV
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 NIV
Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. Ephesians 6:4 The Message

There are so many opinions flying around – both inside and outside of Christian circles – about the best parenting methods. As you are well aware, children are all unique and respond differently to different situations – even in the same household! In a conversation with one of my daughter-in-laws recently about this topic, she mentioned that there’s a lot of buzz about “gentle parenting” among her peers. I did a little research and found several articles about it. One of the articles is posted below. According to this article, it is not a “method” per se, but an approach or an attitude toward our children as we parent. We still have age-appropriate boundaries and discipline as the Bible instructs, modeling for our children how to deal with life as we go. In the end, our children tend to grow up to be  a lot like us, as the Bible so wisely tells us! 

Opportunities abound for many to participate in retreats and volunteer activities this fall. Keep scrolling to see the list…

 Hi, Camp Swamp Family!

We have a couple of requests: First, volunteers are needed! We can’t run our retreats without volunteers! If you’re looking for a way to serve, we need kitchen workers (18+) and teen workers (rising 10th graders) and counselors. This is a great opportunity to serve.  

Second, feedback from Camp Swamp surveys are needed! – Whether you are a camper, parent of a camper, counselor, or volunteer from this past family or summer camps, please help us by completing the survey. Our mission is to help kids see God and your feedback helps us be sure we not only continue doing that, but that we can be even better moving forward!

To fill out the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8867VBM

Thank you for supporting Camp Swamp! We are SO grateful for you!

Steve and Rachele Gibson, Camp Swamp GA – Directors

Camp Swamp Retreat Schedule

To register for any of the retreats, click on the link:

We are so excited for our High School Retreat from September 15-17 entitled “The Possible Challenge”. You can register here for $95 which includes 2 nights at Camp Swamp, all meals Saturday (note: no meals on Friday), breakfast/lunch on Sunday, and a T-shirt! Cost goes up to $120 after September 4th, so be sure to register ASAP!
We will be bringing back the TALENT SHOW on the Saturday night of the retreat. If  teens want to submit a talent, please click here for instructions and signing up!
Please let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to an incredible weekend!

We are excited to announce the 2023 Southeast Singles Retreat, entitled “Limitless – No Boundaries” in beautiful Chattanooga! We believe that God can overcome any boundary in our lives. Whether it’s cultural, financial, emotional, or self-imposed, God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. For those who attended the retreat last year, the format will be similar.  Like last year in planning this retreat, our mission is to create a space for people to spend time with God and to fellowship together in all walks of life.  We’re praying that everyone leaves inspired by our limitless God!  Register now to get our early bird pricing of $30! Cost rises to $50 on October 1. Click on the picture below for details:

Looking for a way to serve others? 
There are multiple opportunities for people to travel and serve this fall with the potential to be partially funded through Generosity Sunday funds. Please see the websites below.  Anyone interested should contact one of the ministers or elders.  
•   Swamp Corps https://www.campswamp.com/swampcorps/ – 3 upcoming trips this fall.
•   HOPEww Volunteer Corps https://www.hopeww.org/hvc – 3 trips open this Fall, each one is at least one week in length.
•   HOPEww Community Service Brigades https://www.hopeww.org/csb – 4 trips left this fall, four-day long missions.

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