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Ummm… No.

Strange thing happened to me this evening.  I was about to go into a Workcamp Adult Leadership Team meeting when a young man asked if he could hang some posters up for a community event.  I asked what he was advertising and he got a poster out for me to look at.  The event?  A seminar for parents talking about how to raise your kids without religion.  Seriously? 

“I don’t think we’re interested, but thanks for stopping by.”  I wish I had more time to talk with him to see why he thought it was a good idea to advertise at our church.

Teens and Tech

About a month ago, I wrote about our new workshop for parents of teens (or others who are interested) titled Parenting the Internet Generation.  We’ve created the publicity piece for the event:

Flier

The event is open to anyone who wants to participate, so if you know someone who might be interested, tell them to come.  The event is scheduled for April 22 from 7 – 8 p.m.  Hope you can make it!

Marriage and Ministry

Parents are the primary spiritual influencers–for good or for bad–in the lives of their kids.  Media, peers and schools have significant influence, but parents are the pinnacle.  They can control what media comes into the house, what school (if you’re willing) your kid attends and who they hang out with outside of your presence.  The parent’s job gets a lot harder when trying to do it alone, so taking time to improve your marriage actually helps your kids.

The Barna Group released some new statistics for marriage and divorce in America today.  Some of the interesting highlights:

  • 78% of adults have been married at least once.
    • 84% of born-again Christians married at least once.
    • 74% of non-Christian faiths
    • 65% of atheists/agnostics
  • 33% of all adults who have been married have had a divorce. 
  • 25% of all Americans, married or not, have been through a divorce.

What are you doing to keep your marriage strong so you don’t become one of the 33%?

Parenting the Internet Generation

Almost 2 months ago now, I taught a course at St. John’s Lutheran’s PTL on Internet Safety. At the time, I thought it would be good our parents to hear as well, but my schedule was so busy that I never got around to eating that frog scheduling the class. We’ll be having it at First Trinity on February April 22 at 7 p.m. We’ll be covering:

  • Instant Messaging
  • Cell Phones
  • Social Networking (Facebook, MySpace, Etc.)
  • Music/Filesharing

We’ll focus primarily on what the technologies are and how kids are using them, as well as what it means for their spiritual development. We’ll also have some tips for parents as we explore the topics. If you don’t have kids but want to know about these technologies, there’s plenty of good stuff there for you as well.

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