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Hello, DGYM Parents!

How can it be June already?!? Have you been going as crazy as us with end of school year projects, concerts, and doing everything humanly possible to get those grades up? Well there's just a little bit left, and then we can all take a breath and relax for the summer. Except the summer will be just as full... but with really good stuff! Ain't no rest for the weary. - Gal 6:9

We had a super weekend at the Xexos Rally in Richland at the beginning of May. We had a van full of teens, and even sent Kara down to pick up a couple from Lewisville while I picked up a couple from Davenport. We were encouraged by some great lessons from Jared McCormick about what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus, and met lots of young people from the Seattle area too. So many other good things happened last month like Relay for Life, Cardboard Box City, and lots of school concerts, that I couldn't even do it all. I've been really proud of our teens who come to TNT on Tuesdays... they did all kinds of great service work all month long. Also, a special thanks to Ty and Kimberly Judd and their fun family for hosting our SNL Devo last weekend. The food was delicious and I thought our fellowship and devotional time was great. If you missed it... well... I'm sorry you missed out.

I have been in super-planning-mode for the last couple of weeks, trying to get everything ready for this weekend in Stevensville, Senior Sunday, and Uplift. The summer months are filled with so many great opportunities to strengthen our faith and grow in our relationship with God and each other. I hope that you and your teen(s) will join us and be involved in as much as you can throughout the summer. If there's anything special I can do to help make a difference in the life of your child this summer, please don't hesitate to take me out for coffee and talk. :)


"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)

Creating a Media-Safe Home by Jim Burns

For better or worse, media has a powerful influence in our kids' lives! Today's media sends nonstop communication, delivering its voice through television, movies, Internet, music, magazines, books, computers, smartphones, tablets, and more. Frankly, it is impossible for parents to have control over every message that is being sent to our kids.

Because parents can't control all of their kids' media consumption, some feel lost, hopeless, or paralyzed when facing today's technology and media. We may complain, but it is time for us to quit whining, and do something. Don't give up. Don't bail out. There are things we can do and environments we can foster to create a media-safe home.

Watch, Listen, and Read. Creating a media-safe home requires that you become a student of the culture. The easiest way to get a handle on what media your kids are consuming is to watch what they watch, listen to what they listen to, and read what they read. Look for every opportunity to ask and learn from your kids.

Evaluate. Evaluate everything you see and hear with your kids. When you evaluate, don't just play the bad-guy role. At times, this will likely be necessary, but also tell your kids what you like and why, and help them learn to discern what they are putting into their minds.

Examine Your Own Behavior. Too many parents want their kids to make good media choices but aren't willing to discipline themselves. Remember the old adage: Children see, children do. Set the example you want your kids to follow.

Discuss and Listen; Don't Lecture. Anytime we can truly dialog with our kids about media use and influence, it is better than any lecture or sermon we could ever deliver to them. Ultimately, you may choose to disagree with your kids' opinions but they will at least feel you were willing to listen.

Develop Clear Expectations. Work together with your teens to come up with clearly expressed expectations about media consumption and use of the devices that deliver media. As technology changes rapidly, you'll need to revisit the expectations from time to time to keep them relevant and current.

June Activities

Mobile Mission Force - Stevensville
Many of our congregation will be going over to Stevensville, Montana, on the weekend of June 2-3. We will be helping the congregation there host a "Howdy Neighbor" Community Picnic on Saturday evening complete with games, a bouncy house, prizes, hot dogs, and s'mores. On Sunday morning Michael and Jeff will be helping lead the worship service, and we hope to have a "packed house" to really encourage and bless the congregation there. We will be leaving from the Youth Barn at 9:00am on Saturday and returning home around 4:00pm on Sunday. You will need a sleeping bag, pillow, change of clothes for Sunday, and money for one meal on Saturday afternoon.

TNT Group
Our Tuesday Night Teen Group is open to all 6th-12th graders from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Youth Barn as a time for fellowship, worship, and study. We will wrap up our TNT sessions this school year with a great time of games and worship.

Hang Time
The Youth Barn will be open from the time school gets out until 5:00pm on Wednesday for games, snacks, and just a fun time of fellowship. It's a super relaxed place to bring your friends so they can get to know Jeff and the rest of the youth group. Hang Time is open for all 5th-12th graders.

Senior Sunday
We will have a special time during the worship service on Sunday, June 10th, to honor and pray for each of our graduating Seniors: Jesse Campbell, Lyric Mood, Josh Rude, and Thomas Taylor. They have worked hard to get where they are, and we want them to know they have a loving and supportive family here at Dalton Gardens. After the worship service everyone is invited to stay for a Fellowship Cookout and Reception. The church will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, and cake, and we are asking everyone to bring a side dish or other dessert to share.

Wild Side
All 6th-12th graders are invited to join us for some outdoor fun this summer to enjoy this beautiful place in which God has allowed us to live. We will meet at the Youth Barn on Wednesday, June 13th, at 10:00am, to go over to Corbin Park in Post Falls for some disc golf and volleyball. After we enjoy lunch at Sonic (bring your own money), we'll be back to the church building around 2:00pm. Friends are always welcome (and encouraged!) to join us.

Uplift is a week-long, spiritual growth experience for 7th-12th grade students at the beautiful Camp Prince’s Pine, located about 30 miles east of Colville in Northeastern Washington. Our goal for Uplift is twofold: #1 - To LIFT UP the name of Jesus in all that we do… in our times of worship… in our times of Bible study… in our fun games and activities… and in our interactions with one another. And #2 - To LIFT UP each other in prayer... to build each other up with encouragement… and to strengthen the bond we share in Christ. It is going to be an incredible week of fun with lots and lots of singing! You can register online at the camp website: www.newacc.online or pick up a registration form from the Youth Bulletin Board. Don't miss out!

BSC Mission Trip - Missoula : July 7th-12th
Bible Sports Camp : July 16th - 18th
Fun @ the Slates : July 19th
Silverwood w/ Richland : July 20th
All Teen Camp : July 29th - August 4th
Preteen Camp : August 5th - 11th
MIQVAH : Labor Day Weekend

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