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July 18, 2023

Women’s Midweek
Tomorrow night – Wednesday,  July 19 @ 7:00 PM
“She Laughs at the Days to Come:
Knowing the God Who Cares”
(Childcare will be available.)

 Calling on our brothers! The sisters are in need of two men to play with any kids who come to the women’s midweeks. You can take them to the playground or play inside in one of the classrooms. Text any questions to Betty Roepe at (678) 643-7831. Please sign up here: Women’s Midweek Childcare.


 The ACOC Co-ed Softball Team is seeking additional members! We are going into our 4th season as a softball team at ACOC and need your help! We are in need of two more female players for the fall ball season. Here’s the criteria:
1) Must be 18 years or older
2) Willing to have FUN and play ball
Games are Monday evenings for 8 games beginning the week of August 14.
Please text Reese Fick at 770-880-3953 or Sally Fick at 678-887-4991 if you or someone you know is interested. 

 From Ludlow Lawson:  I am trying to find a used car to buy. If you or someone you know has one for sale, please email me at ludlow@sports.uga.edu.

 Ushers are needed to serve for the remainder of the year. Each usher will serve in one month intervals. Please sign up even if you have served before as this is a new sign-up year. Contact Mike Rose at mikerosepc@gmail.com to sign up.

 From Robin McKay: My 14-year-old daughter, Gwen, is raising money to go to Swamp this summer. She can babysit, house sit, pet sit, and/or do light housework. If you would like to “hire” her, please contact me at 770-601-6557. Thank you! 

 From Lark Schroeder: St. Joseph Catholic Parish School in Athens, GA is seeking a part-time school counselor and a part-time art teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. SJS is a family-oriented community and a wonderful place to work! Applicants must hold current certification. Please send resume, references and letter of interest to Dr. Theresa Bangert, principal, via email: theresa.bangert@sjsathens.org

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
Proverbs 25:28

One of our roles as parents is to teach our children self-control. That starts, of course, with parent control, and then we start giving the control away to our children in increments starting pretty much at a few months old when they start moving on their own! Having a strong-willed child has its unique rewards and challenges. A link to a free program for parents was recently passed on to me. I have not personally purchased this program, but it looks to be a good resource. Check out the note and link below from Focus on the Family:

Parenting is tough — and parenting a strong-willed child is even tougher!

How do you know you’re raising one of them? If you don’t already know, here are some signs:
  • They test limits.
  • They want to be in charge.
  • They want to be right.
  • They don’t like being told what to do.
  • They have strong convictions.
Sound familiar? You may have been blessed with a strong-willed child. Parenting these kids comes with its own set of challenges, but understanding them is half the battle.
To help you better understand your limit-testing children, we’ve put together this FREE 6-part video series called “Parenting a Strong-Willed Child.”
Cynthia Tobias, author of You Can’t Make Me, and Pastor Brian Noble will be your guides. They’ll talk about how to understand your child’s feelings and motivations, and how to communicate in a way that works for both of you.

Each video comes with discussion questions, a Scripture verse, a prayer, and links to additional resources if you want to dig deeper. I hope this series gives you the wisdom you need to raise your child well. May God bless you and your family!

Dr. Danny Huerta, PsyD, LCSW
Vice President of Parenting and Youth
Focus on the Family

July 19 – Women’s Midweek: “Knowing the God Who Cares”
July 23 – Congregational Sunday
July 26 – Men’s Midweek
July 30 – House Church Sunday
August 2 – Women’s Midweek: “Knowing the God of Peace”
August 6 – Congregational Sunday
August 9 – Men’s Midweek
August 13 – Congregational Sunday
August 16 – Women’s Midweek: “Knowing the Enemy”
August 20 – Congregational Sunday
August 23 – Men’s Midweek
August 27 – House Church Sunday
August 30 – Hospitality Midweek

 The last week of Camp Swamp summer camp is currently in session!
Here’s what’s still to come this summer: 
Family Camp II (July 26-29)
Questions? Contact Steve Gibson at 706-351-3092 or steve@campswamp.com.  

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