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August 2017
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2017 Pella FCA Camp
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In July, 312 campers attended FCA Pella Camp where
49 campers made 1st time commitments to Christ and 146 campers made recommitments.
Click below to watch a video highlighting the week:
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Parenting Challenge

5 Tactics to Use When
Parenting Teens

by Melissa Loudermilk

I remember the first time I realized I was a mother of a teenager.  My oldest girl was 14 years old, and she was complaining about a family member. As a general rule, I try my best not to yell, but that day I broke my rule.  After what seemed like the hundredth time of her complaining about how this person was so much worse than she was, I snapped.  I raised my voice, yelled at her and told her she was no better than them because she was doing the exact same thing she was complaining about: gossiping.  An emotional verbal sparring match ensued, and I said things I regretted; she said things she regretted, and we both had to come together later to apologize.

I wish I would have learned earlier what I know now–not to meet the teenager at their emotional highs and lows. Teenagers are emotional; they know everything, and they are learning to grow up and become independent.  Maneuvering the waters of the teenage years is tricky at first, but what I have learned from others wiser than me has helped my entire family be calmer, cooler, and more collected. Here are 5 tactics to use if you are wondering how to parent teens. Click here to find 5 tactics to use if you are wondering how to parent teens.


To Know and Be Known

2 Corinthians 12:14: "...I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children" (NASU).

What do we seek from our children?  What do they offer us?  Many times, we seek validation from their achievements.  It feels good to be the parent of the overachieving child.  In the end, however, if we seek to be validated by their acts, we are seeking what is theirs.  Instead, we should be seeking them.  Our kids are not responsible for our well-being; we are responsible for theirs.

Think of your relationship to your heavenly Father.  God does not need your performance; He wants only you.  To be known by God, despite our many faults and failings, is our highest reward (see Matt 7:23).  It is no different for our children.  They long to be known by you for their own merit, not for their ability to perform.  To model that kind of love for your children is to model the love of God for us.

Seek to "know" your children for who God made them to be.

Prayer Requests

* Pray for ISU Football Coach Eli Rasheed whose youngest son (21 yrs old) died in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago. Please pray for strength, encouragement, comfort and relief for Coach.  

* Pray for all of the coaches and teachers in our area that they begin this new year and their new seasons with a fresh outlook on their calling.  Pray that the Lord captures their hearts and for them to become Coaches for Christ!

*Praise for the team building weekend that the Drake football team had at Wildwood Hills Ranch this past weekend. 

*Pray for all of our volunteers and staff who will be helping with parking for the Solheim Cup 8/16-20.


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Hope Parenting Conference
Lutheran Church of Hope
West Des Moines, IA
Saturday, August 19th
10:00am - 5:00pm

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