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FCA Pella Sports Camp
July 11-15, 2016

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Parenting Challenge

"Remember When Summer Was Relaxing?"
by by Cynthia Yanof,
AandM summer 2
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by Joe Stowell,
“God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:3

The old Porgy and Bess tune that declares, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”no doubt was written when life was so much different than what it is now. If you’re like most people, you are hoping that summer will be a time to kick back and relax a little, but maybe you’re afraid that it will end up like most other summers with lots to do and flying past far too quickly.

But while we may bemoan the fast pace of summer with all of its chores, the packing and unpacking for vacations, and repeated trips to Little League games, it would be good to stop and think about “easy living.” So, let’s get some perspective from God’s Word about the importance of rest.

It can’t go unnoticed that God Himself rested after six days of assembling the universe. Knowing that time to kick back was important for the people He created, God instituted the Sabbath so that we would get the point that no one can work without a break along the way.

Tanks that run on “weary” all the time soon lack the stamina to do well spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and relationally. Even Jesus, with more sermons to preach, more people to heal, and more tasks to accomplish for His Father, often went apart to rest a while.

I am not sure why it is that some of us feel guilty or unfulfilled if we are not busy all the time. It’s important to realize that not everything needs to be done—at least not done right now. It may be more important to sit back with a tall glass of iced tea and contemplate the beauty of nature and the greatness of our God who is as faithful to us as the dependability of the seasons. As the hymn says, in “summer and winter and springtime and harvest . . . join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.”

So carve out a little easy livin’ time this week and refresh your heart and spirit with blessedness instead of business. And don’t worry; the chores will still be there. They aren’t going anywhere!

*When was the last time you truly rested from your work, whether at the office, school, home, or even at church?
*What has the Lord revealed to you about your busyness? In what ways do you need to learn to relax?
*Make time for some easy livin’ this week! Think of one thing you can do to enjoy God’s creation—then do it! You can even turn your thoughts into worship by writing a poem or composing a song about the experience. If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Prayer Requests

* Pray for Sue Gravert (wife of South Central Area Rep – Gary Gravert) who will have knee replacement surgery on June 13th.  Pray for a successful surgery and complete recovery.

* Pray for FCA Sports Camp coming up next month (July 11-15). Pray that final camp staff and huddle leader sports will be filled soon. Pray for continued strong registrations (we are on track to be close to our record number of campers from 2015!)

* Pray for the Central Iowa Area Leadership Board and Staff who will be meeting on June 17th for a key meeting designed to formulate strategies for growing the Iowa FCA ministry for the next 3-5 years.

* Pray for Stephanie & RJ Sumrall as they prepare for the addition of twins scheduled to be born around August 11th.  Pray for comfort for Steph as she carries these two growing lives over these next several weeks and for the move they are making to a larger home.


Pella Camp
July 11-15, 2016
Central College
Pella, IA

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Sports offered:
Baseball - (New)
Cross Country
Track & Field

Cross Country
Track & Field

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
  Joshua 1:9

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