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Happy New Year, DGYM Parents!

I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas holiday and were able to have some quality family time. I really enjoyed my 2-week staycation. Even though we didn't get to travel down South to see family members, it was nice to have a break from "work." I'm thankful to our elders and church family for allowing me and my family to experience some quality down time. It was much appreciated! Even with the break, we had a packed month of youth activities from serving at Bristol Heights to supporting many of the teens in their school Christmas concerts. We also had a fun movie day and a van full of teens go with us to Richland for a New Years Eve Lock-In. I want to especially thank the Cutler family for providing the food, house, and devotional thought for our SNL Devo last month.

But now school is back in session (praise the Lord!), and our youth ministry is in full swing again for 2018. Be sure you check the calendar and list below for all the details of this month's activities. Along with the news update, I'm also planning to include some kind of short parenting article each month that I hope will be an encouragement to you and give you some insight into raising teenagers in today's world. This month's article is about how to be a "Triple A" parent by youth ministry veteran, Doug Fields. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions to help make our youth ministry even more effective, please feel free to share them.

Praying for you and your teens to experience incredible growth this year,


"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." (Galatians 6:9)

Be a AAA Parent by Doug Fields

When I'm asked about what parents can do everyday (besides praying) that can make a huge difference in their kids' lives, I tell them three things that can make them "AAA Parents."

Affection. Everyone needs affection to thrive, but kids want affection from their parents. I'm convinced that one of the reasons teenagers are so sexually promiscuous (especially girls) is because they lack affection from the significant male figure in their life. My parents were great, but they weren't overly affectionate, so I chose to change the script in how I parented. I pour affection on my kids through hugs, back rubs, and snuggling during TV time.

Affirmation. Mark Twain once said, "I can live for two months on one good compliment." Unfortunately, many kids go two months without any genuine affirmation from their parents. Through their words parents yield so much power to shape their kids. Imagine your child has a bank account and each encouragement, affirmation, positive comment, intentional and personal word of kindness is a deposit of a penny to their account. Each negative comment is like withdrawing a quarter. How is your child's bank account doing?

Attention. Simply stated, this means parents need to focus and engage on what's happening in their kids' lives. Giving kids attention means more than popping by their bedroom and waving goodnight -- it means tucking them in. It means more than asking how their day went -- it means asking and really listening to the answer and then asking more questions. It means more than making sure they get homework done -- it means helping and coaching in a way that they feel confident and empowered. Kids need to feel that they matter to their parents!

Parenting isn't easy. Intentional parenting is even more difficult, but the rewards your child will reap through affection, affirmation and attention are worth the difficulty it takes for parents to make these into daily habits!

January Activities

TNT Group
Our Tuesday Night Teen Group is back. All 6th-12th graders are encouraged to join us from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Youth Barn for a time of fellowship, worship, and study. The flow of each night usually consists of 20 minutes of hanging out (video games, foosball, food) then we spend about 10 minutes with some kind of group game or activity. After that we spend around 20-30 in worship and singing to God followed by 20-30 minutes of Bible study, discussion, and prayer. This is a relaxed environment perfect for any teen to bring their friends.

Singing Squad
Everyone is encouraged to join us on the first Sunday of each month as we go to the Coeur d'Alene Church of Christ down on 4th Street for their singing night. We will leave the Youth Barn at 5:00pm. After worship we'll head downtown to Calypsos for coffee (bring your own money) and card games until 8:00pm.

All 6th-12th graders are encouraged to join us for this fun-filled Youth Rally hosted by the Northside Church of Christ in Spokane. The theme this year is "Spirit Wars: Your Faith Awakens" and there will be many different guest speakers and fun activities. We will leave the Youth Barn at 5:30pm on Friday, January 12th, and return home around on 1:00pm on Sunday, January 14th. The registration cost is $50 per student, but if money is an issue (especially if you have multiple kids) please let me know. Forms can be picked up from the youth bulletin board in the lobby of the church building. Don't miss this opportunity to help your student grow in their faith and build strong friendships with other young Christians.

This month SNL stands for Sunday NOON Live. We will be leaving the church building immediately following the morning worship service to head to the Klein's house. We'll enjoy a delicious lunch together then do some sledding if there's snow (so come prepared with clothing and gear). If there's not enough snow we'll still have some fun activities planned and wrap up with a time of worship and devotional. All teens and parents are invited!

Chili Cook Off
Everyone is encouraged to stick around after the morning worship service on Sunday, January 28th, for our annual Chili Cook Off. This is always a great time of delicious food and fellowship. This is a great opportunity to invite that friend or neighbor that you've been praying for.

Super Bowl Party : February 4
Snow Tubing with Wenatchee : February 17
Road Show : March 11

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