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REDEEMER REFLECTION November marks the beginning of the holiday season, at least in my mind. And holidays mean family! I cannot imagine any holiday without family, but as Thanksgiving Day approaches and the Advent and Christmas seasons follow closely thereafter, I am reminded again of the importance of family in all its many sizes, shapes, and stages. Family shapes who we are and what we become. To be sure, there are many other factors that come into play in that shaping as well, but family is the first formational influence in life. Family should be our safety net and the warm hug of security that allows us to step out into the future with confidence. Family is meant to be where we meet God, learn morals, learn to share, to compromise, to accept discipline, and to take responsibility. Sounds pretty lofty, doesn’t it? Maybe unrealistic? Time for God’s Word 101. What does God say about family? “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8. “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Proverbs 13:24 Pretty strong stuff, this family thing, right?

God meant family to be the training ground for life in this temporary world. He meant for us to have love, discipline, and Him in our families. Family should be the spiritual training ground for our children, as well as the practical learning place for worldly survival. Read what God says to parents in Deuteronomy 4: “Teach them [His precepts] to your children and to their children [okay grandma and grandpa, this means you!] after them.” “Talk about them while you sit at home…” Deuteronomy 6:7a. But it also should be the place where we can rest and be accepted; a place where we are loved and encouraged (“…love covers over all wrongs.” Proverbs 10:12), welcomed and forgiven, even as the Prodigal Son was greeted by the outstretched arms of his father. “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3. Holidays are family days, but family is a gift God has given us for all seasons. Thank you, Jesus, for our church family, too. Let’s celebrate family!

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THANKSGIVING BASKETS

JOY IN THE GIVING

by Susan Belt

by Ron Rockwell

Redeemer plans to supply Thanksgiving baskets for our members who are out of work due to the downturn in the economy. Please help in any way you can.

So, what are you plans for Thanksgiving? Are you going to sit home with soup and sandwich? Would you wish that on anyone? I can’t solve some families’ holiday blues on my own but, together as a congregation, we can brighten the holidays for some. If we pull together, we can turn an ordinary Thursday into a memorable Thanksgiving. For Thanksgiving there will be donation boxes for non-perishables; if everyone drops off just one single item, we will truly give our adopted families a reason to give thanks. We have four families to start with, but we are looking for other families in need of some assistance for the holidays. This would be a great opportunity for small groups; perhaps put together an entire basket for one family…maybe include a card from your group and extras that your group thinks may be needed as well. We will also need people to deliver the baskets. What a great outreach opportunity for a small group! If you have never done this before, you don’t know what you are missing! Truly, you get more joy than you give. Quick trip down memory lane: I had the privilege to deliver a basket to a family a while back. The boy in the family, who was maybe 10 years old, looked into this box full of all the favorites and saw a jar of applesauce; he starts begged his mom to let him eat it then and there! Applesauce!

We will need: Turkeys Potatoes Rolls Canned Vegetables Margarine Yams Eggs Pies, or Pie Fixings Jelled Cranberry Sauce If you would like to contribute any of these food products or money for their purchase, please contact Susan Belt at 787-3010, or talk to her at church. Ron Rockwell will also be helping with this venture and can be reached at 517-937-6219. We also need help to assemble the baskets just before Thanksgiving Day. Also contact Susan or Ron if you know of someone in need or are in need yourself. In James 5:1-6, we are told to take care of others and not to pamper ourselves! Let’s do just that!

“It is not what we do, it is how much love we put into the doing.” Mother Teresa November Newsletter

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MYSTERY OF THE MANGER

FROST FOOD BACK PACKS

by Kathy Voss

Sponsor a child - $20.00 per month can feed a child.

Help Solve the Mystery of the Manger! Coming to Redeemer this Christmas! Mark your calendar. On Sunday, December 13th, we will solve the mystery! We must get ready first by finding our soloist and speakers, and of course our cute little ones are invited to sing and perform the motions for all the songs. Rehearsals are scheduled for Saturdays: November 14 and 21, and December 5 and 12. The little ones will practice from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. The older children should plan to stay from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Snacks and lunches will be provided. The key to the success of this great program is to get organized now! It takes lots of help from lots of people to make this all come together. Please don’t sit back and wait for the performance. Step up in faith and find out if there’s anything you can do to help. See Gay Alcenius or Kathy Voss as God leads you to get involved!

by Karen Balcom

Frost Food Back Pack Program needs your help and financial support. $20.00 per month can feed a child. On Thursday, October 15, 2009, we gave out 131 food back packs to children ages 5 – 12, and the list is growing. The Back Pack Program allows children to bring home nutritious food when other resources are not available, and on the weekends or during school vacations. The children receive free breakfasts and lunches at the school during the school week. Back Packs are filled by volunteers each week on Thursday at 9:00 a.m., with childfriendly, non-perishable, and vitaminfortified food. The back packs are then discreetly distributed to the at-risk children at Frost School. The program gives the students food needed to help them grow a strong body and a strong mind for learning. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please make your check payable to Redeemer and note “Frost Food Back Pack Program” in the memo area. We will be out of money for this much needed program at the end of the current year, 2009. If you are interested in helping, please contact Karen Balcom at 517-789-1003 or Ken and Deanna Brandt at 517-782-6157.

DECEMBER TOPIC The theme for the December newsletter is “Joy!” What a wonderful season we are entering, and a focus on joy seems to be appropriate now. Think and write about the joy of the season, the joy we have because of our King, the joy of celebrating His birth and His love for us, and the blessings of joy our families bring us are just a few suggestions to get the creative juices flowing. November Newsletter

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it’s midterm time, which means that we’re heading into the second half of the semester already. The semester has been going by pretty quickly so far. I wouldn’t say that I’m enjoying all my classes, but at least they’re going well. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, especially for my history class, which had eight different paperback books on the list for required reading. We recently got behind, and the professor reduced that number to seven. Outside of the classroom, I’m enjoying walks to the lake and continuing to get familiar with the city of Marquette. I enjoy going to the weekly Bible studies at the LCMS Campus Ministry House across the street from my dorm, like last year, and am again in the adult choir at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Marquette. My roommate and I walk to church most Sundays, but pretty soon it will be cold and snowy enough to start driving. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the fall colors, and hope to go hiking soon to see more color than just the few trees sprinkled around campus. I hope that all is going well downstate, and I look forward to seeing everyone when I come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

NOVEMBER Lori Zeidan Kirsten Mogle Dean Potter Leah Anderson Richard Kline Kristofer Herrick Bill Poland Dev Tompkins Blaise Uphaus Sherry Hood Sara Primm Duane Coon Ed Friedlein Karen Krauss

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This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

UPDATE FROM THE NORTH by Amy Highlen

It’s cooling down up here on the campus of Northern Michigan University. We’ve already had some snow flurries this week, the first little bit on October 10th, but the more substantial flurries came on the 12th. The hats and gloves are starting to come out now, and November Newsletter

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A SPECIAL PRAYER CONCERN FOR OUR REDEEMER FAMILY

AUTUMN ACTIVITIES Birdwatchers: Sparrows at Dahlem Center

by Carol Faris

If you like to bird-watch, seriously or just out your window, you may enjoy this sparrow program at the Dahlem Center. The program will be presented at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Gary Siegrist, People for Wildlife coordinator and past president of Michigan Audubon, will explore the various sparrow species. Helpful tips about their markings and songs can help your bird-watching!

We have been asked to pray specifically for those in our Redeemer family who are without employment, or will soon be. There is often a grieving process that goes along with job loss, and subsequent anger and depression may set in. There are quite a few people at Redeemer going through job loss and unemployment, dealing with insurance companies, and having concerns about providing for their families. Let us continue to take this to the Lord and pray that He will provide what is needed (perhaps using us in practical ways), and that all those affected would continue to trust in God’s provision under the most difficult circumstances. What better way to intercede for our brothers and sisters, than to come together in concerted prayer for them? Will you come? You are invited to come to an Open Prayer Time each Tuesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Redeemer’s Prayer Chapel. Jesus said that where two or three are gathered in His name, He would be in their midst. Come and be blessed as the Body of Christ comes together to show our utter dependence on our great and loving God! November Newsletter

Harvest of Fun at Dahlem Center Children, fifth grade and younger, are welcome to come and get “crafty” at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 8. Dahlem Center Education Director Kimberly May will provide materials for several nature crafts and fun outdoor activities to explore the sights, sounds, and scents of autumn. Proper outdoor attire is necessary. Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and participate, or they may leave and return at 3:30 p.m. if their children are 8 years or older.

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or the community of family and friends—that heart-connection allows the release of resources. Whether you are wealthy or homeless, dealing drugs or using them; God has a plan for you and He loves you. Have a Little Faith and see what God has planned! Reading is fun and free entertainment when you use the library. Check it out in our Redeemer library!

BOOK REVIEW by Peggy Bennitt

A Jewish Rabbi once changed the course of history with His life and death. His story is still told today, thousands of years later. In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom tells the story of another rabbi, whose more recent life and death have affected Albom’s life story and through him, the stories of many others. Have a Little Faith is a true story about how God uses real people to accomplish His plans here on earth. The three prominent characters in this story read like a bad joke: a rabbi, a preacher, and a sports writer… See what I mean? This tiny, little book is filled with humor, drama, and the mysterious ways God works through the Family of Man and the Family of God. It’s a short book: an easy read. It’s a book that clearly shows stewardship in the true sense of the word. Have a Little Faith shows stewardship with life, stewardship with sphere of influence, and the stewardship of talent, abilities, and yes, money too! Stewardship is never once mentioned in this book, but if we read the book with our hearts wide open, we discover that giving from the heart is a God-thing and we all have it in us. Once you have a heart-connection, the resource connection is a given. That connection to God and each other through community—whether it be the religious community, local community, November Newsletter

LEADERSHIP BOARD NEWS There will be three positions open on the Leadership Board at the end of this year. We will be electing new people to these board positions at the December Voters’ Meeting. Each of these positions will be for a three-year term. If you are interested in being part of the Leadership Board, or know someone who you believe would be a good candidate, please contact John Highlen at 517-629-9826. You can talk to any of the current board members to find out more about the responsibilities and commitment involved. Excerpt from Stewardship and Simple Thinking by Dan Hotchkiss Stewardship is complicated. It includes everything from dilemmas facing households in a shaky economic time to … generosity versus selfishness, faith versus the world… Look beyond [your church’s] need to maintain real estate, meet payroll, or continue customary programs: what changes in the world are gradually rendering your ministry irrelevant…What fresh ideas are your structures of decision-making squelching? What human needs cry out, and how could you respond? - 6 -

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couple, passionate about the spiritual nurturing of their own children and the children of others, as well. And it all comes down to one word really: PRIORITY. Kim and I raised two very active and athletic sons. And no, we didn’t always make the right priority calls. But we did make sure that our boys knew that walking with Jesus in this life was and is the pinnacle of what life is all about. So, at those teaching moments and in times of relaying the Bible and prayer, we made sure that they carried the seeds of their own faith. And, with both of them at CMU, we regularly hear how their faith is challenged both in and out of the classroom. Their life in Christ is all His grace. And boy, do we know it! Having said that, many are praying and working to see Redeemer become a place where we help those “heads of families” get a grip on prioritizing or re-prioritizing the lives of their families so that Sunday morning isn’t all they get spiritually. Mom, Dad: do your young ones see you engaged in regular and deep Bible study? Do they know you pray—even without them? Are they “catching Jesus” from you and do they know without any doubt that the Lord Jesus is just that … the Lord? This month, as the newsletter focuses on our families, remember that your family is part of a much larger one: God’s family. And remember to ask God and your leaders for help in making home the place where Jesus is known, loved, served and hungered for. That’s what families can do.

THE WITTENBURG DOOR by Craig Britton

What’s a Family to Do? There is a little instruction in the Small Catechism (you remember that little volume)? After each of the categories is announced, Dr. Luther wrote this: “As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.” Lots of stuff is implied in that short statement. First, each family has a head. Under Christ it’s the adult given the high responsibility of raising kids and young people in the faith of Christ. For some it’s a dad, for some a mom, and for some it’s grandparents or others. But each family has a head. And there’s more. This statement assumes that the head of the family has taken on the role of teacher. I know. Knees are beginning to shake a bit and swallowing is getting harder too. Then the audience—yes the audience: It’s the family itself. And it is not an optional assignment. In fact, no one before Martin, and no one since Martin, has done more for the Christian community in pointing us to the high vocation of parenting. Think of it: a former Catholic priest and a former nun, shaken and well-stirred in marriage, and what do you get? A November Newsletter

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All who believe in Jesus will be with God in heaven. This is God’s family, and we are part of it. We are His sons and daughters through faith in Jesus Christ. This truly is the most important family to be in. God wants us at Redeemer to be involved in reaching out to the nations of the world. World missions is evangelism. Some are called by God to be missionaries and go to other countries. Most of us will stay at home and become involved in world missions by promoting and supporting the ministry and lives of missionaries who are already there or who are planning to go. It’s not the “talking to someone one-on-one about Jesus,” but it is evangelism, non-threatening, and something God needs all of us to be involved in. Evangelism is not just doing things locally in the Jackson area and in your neighborhood to tell people about Jesus; Evangelism is also world missions. And Evangelism is doing things to encourage Sunday visitors to return to Redeemer. In the near future, everyone who is interested in any of these three areas will be invited to gather together to talk about Evangelism at Redeemer. We will begin brainstorming ideas and things we can do in the above three areas, and then put together a plan that we can do at Redeemer to carry out the Heart of God and reach the world for Christ, making everyone, far and near, part of His family.

THE LARGEST FAMILY GATHERING IN HISTORY by James Keat

Guiness World Records confirms that the world’s largest ever family reunion took place at Flat Top, West Virginia, on September 24, 2009. 2,585 members of the Lilly clan, related by blood, marriage, or adoption, gathered to set the record. However, the largest family gathering is still to come. It’s real and it’s important. We don’t know the date, but we do know that when Jesus returns, God will gather everyone who believes in Christ as Savior. Everyone in that group is in one family: God’s family, related by blood – the blood of Jesus. Here is how the book of Revelation describes this recordbreaking family gathering: A great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes…crying out…“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb (Jesus). As a believer in Jesus, you are going to be in that huge, uncountable family. God wants you to stand on that day and say with everyone, “Thank you, forever, for giving me the forgiveness of my sins.” And God wants you to able to look around in amazement at that huge gathering of His family and be able to say, “Thank You, Lord, that I could play a part in bringing Jesus to many of the people standing here. Thank you that You counted me worthy to help bring the forgiveness of sins earned by Jesus to the nations and tribes and peoples and tongues of this world.” November Newsletter

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THE MERRY CHRISTMAS GANG by Ted Miller

Our Redeemer Merry Christmas Gang is set to perform again this year at the Ganton home on Kingsbrooke Drive at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19th. We will offer popular seasonal sing-a-longs, interspersed with fourpart a cappella carols. If you love to sing Christmas music, join the Gang! Rehearsals are in Ted Miller’s barn on December 5 and 12 (Saturdays) at 3:00 p.m. Call Ted for details at 517750-2126 (home) or 517-607-2398 (work).

by Ron Rockwell

What makes a person rich? If it’s cash, then I’m in real trouble! If it’s friends and relationships, then I’m a zillionaire! A special thanks to those who have helped our family out lately: Dick and Linda Kline, Dave and Fran Althouse, Rick and Diane Scouten, and my parents: Jerry and Marilyn Rockwell. Many hands, and chainsaws, made quick work of the dead tree next to our house and one on each side of the propane tank. Thanks to the log-splitter that Dick brought over, splitting the logs was enjoyable and not a heart attack in-theworks. Thanks to Dale and Lynette Luksan for the donation of their dead trees; the wood will help keep my family warm this winter. Thanks also to our anonymous donor for payment of our electric bill; both of us say “thank you.” My wish is to get into a position so that I can one day pay it forward to someone else in need. It is because of friends and family here at Redeemer that we consider ourselves zillionaires. Thank you all, and may God bless you as much as He has us!

CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE Redeemer will again have an Angel Tree for Christmas gifts for needy families. There will be a tree in the narthex, during the Advent season, with names and gift requests printed on paper ornaments. Please take an ornament from it, buy the gift, attach the tag, and place it under the tree. This would be another great opportunity for small groups to get involved in a big way. More details and announcements will be in the bulletin as the holidays approach. Search your heart and help make someone’s holiday truly a blessed and memorable day, overflowing with God’s blessings. Any questions, please see or call Ronald Rockwell at 517-937-6219. November Newsletter

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FAMILY CHANGES by John Highlen

A few weeks ago, we made the annual family fall pilgrimage to our cabin near Tehquamenon Falls in the U.P. As we were sitting by the fire one evening, making s’mores, I got to thinking about my family and how much it’s changed over the years. In the beginning, there was me. Of course there was Mom and Dad, too, but the family pretty much revolved around me. A few years later, my brother Mark came along and the family became the four of us, with the frequent expansion to include grandparents, aunts and uncles, and a host of cousins. Over time, grandparents were no longer with us, cousins grew up, my dad passed away, and I got married. I found then that family was primarily back to two, Julie and me. That lasted about five years and then “family” began evolving again with Amy, and later, Megan. Then, all too quickly, there I was sitting by the fire at the cabin with both daughters in the upper half of their teen years, realizing that my whole idea of “family” would likely be changing again before many more seasons rolled by. It struck me how dynamic families are, how quickly they can change, and how broad the term “family” actually is. If we’re going to minister to and through families as we [as a congregation] say we are, then our ministries will need to be varied, flexible, and cover a broad range, just like families. The possibilities are huge! Think about all of the different stages a person goes through with respect to their family, and the different needs associated with those stages. Every stage and every need represents a November Newsletter

ministry opportunity (or several opportunities). Each opportunity is both an opportunity to help and be helped. As we begin expanding existing ministries and creating new ones, everyone plays a critical role. God has placed each one of us here at Redeemer for a reason. There isn’t a person here that doesn’t have some special gift or experience that God intends to use to help someone else. Each one of us is a unique blend of gifts and experiences with a specific personality, designed to fill a niche that nobody else can fill. So, what’s your story? What special ministry has God crafted you for? Each one of us needs to ask (her)himself: “What needs do I see or what issues am I aware of at the different stages of life/family that people might need help with? More importantly, the question is, how can I help? Or, where do I fit into this ministry opportunity?” The possibilities are exciting! The needs are many. The opportunities are big. God is giving each one of us a personal invitation to get involved. Think about it. Pray about it. Do something about it.

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KIDSVENTURE!

THE PARENTS’ PLACE

Sunday Lessons

1. Please give your child chances to handle and read the Bible at home daily, or whenever possible. 2. Model your faith by showing and telling them how God’s Word helps you. 3. Let them see you read your Bible and invite them to join you as you “dig into” God’s Word.

by Julie Keat

What is the Bible? Why should I read the Bible? What is sin? Who is Jesus? These are questions we are learning to answer this fall. The Bible is God’s love letter to us. I can read the Bible anytime, especially when I’m happy or sad, excited or worried, scared or brave.

GRAPPLE!

Sin is doing anything that God would be displeased with. Sin is “being bad,” according to our KidsVenture! Clubhouse kids! Sin has consequences. But the Good News is that Jesus came to clean us up—to take away all our sins. He’s our best friend because He’s our Savior.

The KidsVenture! Treehouse gang is the new venue for 4th and 5th graders this year, and the Grapple curriculum is designed to help them grapple with different everyday issues they will encounter in school and friendship situations. Once a month, a Parents’ Day is offered for all of the KidsVenture! classes. This is an opportunity for any adult member to come visit the classrooms and find out what the children are learning about on a weekly basis. It’s a good chance, for parents and grandparents in particular, to get familiar with the curriculums offered in each classroom, as well as a chance to meet the teachers and helpers involved with each age group.

Clubhouse kids learn that even “a little sin” can muddy the waters of our lives!

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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! The Jungle Room is where learning opportunities happen for our three year-olds through Kindergartenage children. During the Parents’ Day learning time, the children were taught the five-finger prayer. Let’s see how involved we all are with our little ones. Ask a child to tell you about the fivefinger prayer.

KidsVenture! Parents’ Day for November is Sunday, November 22. Hope to see you there!

JUNIOR HIGH “Whys!”

If you need a “cheat-sheet” to help you, check the Family Life Resource Center and the Parents learning area for instructions. Both areas are located in the Education wing in the lower level. KidsVenture! is hopping with activities, and everyone is welcome to become a part of the helping team!

Parents appreciate having trained educators to help them with spiritual resources and demonstrations.

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Junior-highers are learning the basics of the faith. Some of the questions and concerns this group of youngsters is tackling are thoughts and questions that we all may have from time to time. How does God speak to us? Who is God? What’s wrong with us? Our God is an awesome God! Anyone else have these concerns and feelings about our relationship with God? Feel free to stop in and visit, and make Parents’ Day a must on your calendar each month. With families at risk in these tough economic times, this is an easy way to connect with this next generation of Redeemer. The next questions for all of us are: How can we help build up and teach this next generation of spiritual leaders? And, are we giving them the thirst for Living Water that will grow this spiritual crop for the Lord? KidsVenture! and Youth Bible studies are all about growing the faith in these up-and-coming members: the church of our future. Come watch them grow! Come be a part of this spiritual adventure at Redeemer! Let’s grow our children spiritually, one at a time. Let’s grow our families spiritually, one by one, one child at a time. Spiritual growth challenge for families: learn “spiritual stuff” with your children! - 12 -

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this as an annual event, so plan on attending next year, especially if you missed it this year.

Thank you to A.J. and Linda Hunter for hosting a great hayride experience for friends and families. October 17th was a beautiful fall day, complete with a brisk breeze that swirled the autumn-painted leaves and danced them down Hickory Creek Lane to greet each car venturing to the Hunters’ beautiful log home.

A. J. was our “fearless leader,” transporting us from our sheltered everyday lives into the rustic, back roads of his home turf.

The hay wagon encourages enjoyment of family and nature at its end-of-the-year best.

The Hunters’ provided hot dogs and a cozy, inviting fire, with two separate hayride experiences for young and old alike. Whether you were 8 months old or over 80 years old, it was great to be with so many Redeemer-ites and friends for this annual event. The Hunters’ plan to continue November Newsletter

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Weather: Cold or invigorating? The companionship was a breath of fresh air for everyone who came for the fun.

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PARENTING TIP Retrieved from parent@biblicalparenting.org on October 19, 2009.

When Giving Instructions, Consider the Timing An important step in a good instruction routine is to consider timing. Parents who realize that a child needs an instruction must stop and think of the best way to present it. Ask yourself, “How can I communicate this problem to my child in the most effective way?” Pausing for just a moment, or in some cases, waiting a few hours, may prove to be the most productive way to deal with a situation. For instance, it’s tempting to greet Jenny when she arrives home from school, “Jenny, you didn’t take out the trash this morning and your bedroom’s a mess.” This kind of ambush focuses more on the issue than on the relationship. Instead, a dad might say to his daughter, “Hi Jenny, I’m glad you’re home” and then engage Jenny in dialogue about her day for a few minutes. After relationship has been reestablished, he could then say, “After you put your books away and get a snack, would you please come and see me? I have a couple of things to talk to you about.” In this way Dad is trying to be sensitive to the timing of his instructions. Considering the timing is a small way of saying, “I love you” to a child even in the midst of the work of family life. You’ll want to make different adjustments in this area depending on the age of your child. Young children need to learn obedience, so we may give less warning and expect a prompt response. Older children, and certainly teenagers, need more time to prepare November Newsletter

themselves. Teens will need to adjust their own expectations or agendas. This takes some work for the teen and patience for the parent.

The Three Most Important Choices Your marriage depends on them. by Gary and Carrie Oliver

Marriage is about choices. At the altar, many couples say, I choose us, but what they’re really saying is, I choose you to help me be happier and to be more fulfilled and to have more fun. I choose you to help me feel better about me. Ultimately, that’s a different choice from the one God calls us to in a Christcentered marriage. So what are God’s choices? • Choosing Forgiveness In a Christ-centered marriage, forgiving and being forgiven are essential—and often a daily experience, because it’s not always about the big stuff... Small things build over time, and if not taken care of, can lead to the big stuff, such as affairs. • Choosing Prayer As we grow serious about prayer, we grow more passionate about each other. • Choosing “Us” In the beginning, God created relationships. Healthy relationships are the ultimate evidence to the truth of Christ and our faith. But ultimately it’s our choice. Read entire article at: marriagepartnership.com

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5 Community Prayer Gathering 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.

Praise Team-RAC 6:30 p.m.

Beth Moore-Esther Bible Study 9:30 a.m.

KidsVenture/Youth & Adult Bible Classes 9:20 a.m.-10:20 a.m.

Quilters 25 9:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon Countryside Bible Study 2:00 p.m.

26 THANKSGIVING

DAY

Thanksgiving Eve Service

7:00 p.m. Praise Service– C 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

KidsVenture/Youth & Adult Bible Classes 9:20 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Praise Service– C 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Leadership Board 8:00 p.m.

29 Blended service– C 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Sat

Countryside Bible Study 2:00 p.m.

Beth Moore-Esther Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Blended service 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Fri

4 Young At Heart 12:00 Noon-3:00 p.m.

Open Prayer 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Praise Service 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Thu

30 Confirmation Class 7:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER 2009


November 2009 Newsletter