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October 24, 2023

Congregational Midweek

Tomorrow night – Wednesday, October 25 @ 7:00 PM
Childcare will be provided. 

This coming Sunday, October 29, we will meet in House Churches
Check with your House Church leader for time and location.
There will be a group meeting at the church building if you need a place to go. 

 There are now 4 open spots available for Financial Peace. Please contact Reese Fick @ 770-880-3953  if you are interested. $55/person with the church discount. This is a great opportunity to learn how to change your concept of money so you can live like no one else and give like no one else, freeing yourself from bad debt and setting a good example for future generations.

Mark your calendars for the Marriage Retreat coming February 16-18, 2024!
More details coming soon…

Upcoming Women’s Midweeks
November 1 – The Unoffended Soul: Nurturing Peace Amidst Chaos
December 6 – Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind
Special Women’s Connection Event

Christmas Women’s Event: A Celebration of Joy, Connection, and Sisterhood
Saturday, December 9 @ 9AM-12 Noon at the church building
This special gathering is designed to create memories, fostering a sense of community and celebrating the bonds that make this season truly magical.
This women’s event is crafted to be an enduring experience, weaving together the elements of joy, friendship, and celebration. Come, be a part of a day that will fill your hearts with the warmth of the season. Mark your calendars for this occasion, and let’s make this Christmas Women’s Event a celebration to remember.

Sites and dates for the 2024 Hope Worldwide Volunteer Corps and Community Service Brigades have been announced! Click on the links below for more information:
 Volunteer Corps 
 Community Service Brigades
Check out the latest news for Hope Worldwide here: https://www.hopeww.org/

 Father/Son Retreat – November 10-12, 2023
Use this link to REGISTER: https://campswamp.com/youthcamp/registration/retreats/
Select ‘Father Son Retreat’ and follow the prompts to register the dads and sons before cabin slots fill up!
You may also choose to purchase a copy of The Awe of God by John Bevere on Amazon (or audio book version on Audible) before the retreat to help prepare your heart and mind. 

 Camp Swamp Retreat Schedule

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


Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.
Proverbs 22:6 (Good News Translation)

I was talking to a friend last week who has a daughter in college. The daughter has been taught by her parents to be responsible and  has expressed great frustration to her mother about her peers not having the privilege of this same teaching from their parents. The daughter expressed that she understands now and is grateful for her parents teaching her to be responsible and preparing her for being on her own (although she didn’t always appreciate it at the time).
Of course, as parents our number one concern for our children is that they learn about God and fall in love with Him, making the commitment to be a follower of Jesus their whole lives long. But we also want them to be successful adults – capable of taking care of themselves when they move away from home. Below is an excerpt from an article on the topic of teaching responsibility to our children. A link to the entire article is at the bottom if you are interested.


Teach Your Children Responsibility
by Jeff Asher

Jesus taught us how to teach responsibility. We can and must do so, for the good of the nation, for the good of the family, for the good of the church and, most importantly, for the good of our children.

First, learn that one is responsible to the limits of his ability. Jesus taught that in the parables of the talents and the unfaithful servant (Matthew 25:15; Luke 12:47-48). Early training, therefore, should consist of gradually giving responsibilities to our children according to their newly acquired abilities (see: Galatians 4:1-2; 1 Corinthians 13:11). Duties about the home should increase with age and skill with a view to making the child a useful adult when on his own.

Second, when responsibility is given, the recipient must be held accountable. Jesus taught this as well in the above mentioned parables (Luke 12:47 Matthew 18:23). The one talent man was not punished because he did not do as well as the other two servants. He was punished because he did not do what he had the ability and, therefore, obligation to do. A wise parent recognizes different levels of ability in his children and deals with each accordingly. But a fool fails to hold all equally accountable according to his individual ability. When parents do not make children give answer for their actions they eventually will have rebels with which to deal (1 Samuel 2:22-26; 3:13).

In order to teach responsibility it is necessary to let the young suffer the consequences of their choices. This is why the prophet said, “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth” (Lamentations 3:27). When parents are giving gradual responsibility they are able to help assuage the severity of the consequences. Children learn that the consequences can be serious by learning young from the results of their lesser responsibilities. It is better to learn that each man must bear his own burden (Galatians 6:5) when that burden is a household chore or a missed homework assignment than a job deadline or a utility bill.

Finally, parents must be an example in accepting responsibility (Job 19:4; Acts 25:11). Your children will never learn to be a mature, helpful, resourceful and responsible member of any community, if all they ever see is a parent that casts blame elsewhere refusing to accept responsibility miserably chaffing under the consequences of bad choices. Be responsible and your children will grow up to be responsible.

This is an excerpt from a longer article. Click here if you want to read the whole article:




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