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Tech Tickets


Families face all kinds of challenges. Do not let technology be a challenge that goes unaddressed with your children. Here is a fun way to start! Download or pick up a free Tech Ticket Board at the Glenwood STAND@Home Center. This is a fun way to help your children set boundaries and guide them into understanding the need for control. Here is how it works:

Download:

Tech Tickets Board
Tech Tickerts

The Rules

  1. Each child receives 12 tickets every Sunday Night
  2. To use any of the tech devices, give a ticket to Mom or Dad and they will set the timer for 30 min.
  3. If somebody else is watching TV and you want to join, you will also have to turn in a ticket.
  4. When the timer goes off, tech time is OVER.
  5. Once the Tickets are gone you do not get any more tickets until the next Sunday night. (Unless you earn more).
  6. Mom and Dad can say no at any time, and can take tickets away for misbehavior. They can also give out extra tickets for good behavior.

1 Ticket = 30 minutes of Tech Time.

To Earn Extra Tickets:

  • 30 Min of reading
  • 30 min of extra homework time
  • 30 min of math practice
  • 30 min of Bible Study/ Reading
  • 30 min of EXTRA Chores
  • 30 min of writing

To Lose Tickets:

  • Using Tech without giving up a ticket
  • Use tech past the timer
  • Argue or whine about Tech time
  • Misbehavior or disobey.
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Learning to Swim

In a world overflowing with technology, many parents feel ill-equipped to teach their kids how to use it wisely. This workshop session provides a clear model for helping the parents and leaders in your ministry navigate this crucial subject. Listen to “Learning to Swim: Helping Parents Navigate Raising Children in a Technology World,” presented by Jeremy Pettitt at the 2018 Children’s Pastors’ Conference in Orlando.

 

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Navigating Technology

The Following presentation was presented by Christina Jontra at Glenwood Church of Christ on January 28, 2018.

Reading Material

The following resources were compiled by Christina Jontra: Director of Digital Learning. Grace Community School.

Parents, Stop Teenage Privacy Now – Writer John Pavlovitz explains that mobile technology has changed how and with whom teenagers connect with and those changes mean that parents should invade teenager’s privacy in an effort to protect them.

“Big Brother”? No, It’s Parents — New York Times article discussing one parent’s experience monitoring her child’s online activity.

Facebook Age Requirement: Children Lying About How Old They Are May Put Peers At Risk — Interesting article that explains in simple terms how underaged children could put others at risk on Facebook.

lol . . . OMG! by Matt Ivester — Written for college students, but explains how to guard one’s online reputation well.

The Next Story by Tim Challies — “Explore how Christians can live in this new reality with character, virtue, and wisdom — and how we can respond to these revolutionary changes as followers of Christ in a digital age, learning to live faithfully as “the next story” unfolds.”

It’s Complicated the Social lives of networked teens by Danah Boyd — “In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media.” Amazon.com

Why should you be concerned about the Location Services on your child’s phone?Digital photos have their own DNA. With free programs, and a click of the mouse, you can tell what camera was used to take a picture, what app was used to modify it, the settings used to capture a certain light, AND exactly where on a map the picture was taken.

Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About the Website “Omegle” Now – Anne Marie Miller explain in blunt detail the dangers associated with the online video chat site Omegle. This post is shocking and eye-opening.

Apps Every Parent Needs to Know About – Snapchat – Anne Marie Miller explains in plain English the inherent problems with Snapchat.

What I Wish Every Parent Knew About Instagram – Tina M. the blogger-mom behind mothersniche.com writes about how she stumbled upon porn on Instagram when doing research on a DIY craft project.

Resources

  • Common Sense Media — read app reviews, Digital Citizenship resources, Cyberbullying resources
  • Yoursphere For Parents — Helping Families Live Healthy Digital Lives
  • “Keep Your Child Safe Online” — PC Magazine article reviews several filtering and monitoring software options
  • Hay There Social Media — website with many resources, including a blog and a Saving Face video course for parents
  • Fight The New Drug – the purpose of this website is to raise awareness about the harmful effects of pornography using only science, facts, and personal accounts.

Digital Is Different

This video, “Think Before You Post,” is a great visual representation showing that once something is posted on the internet, it can never be removed.

Privacy Settings

Understanding privacy settings for each social media platform you allow your child to use, is vitally important. In the physical realm, one of the ways parents protect their children is to be aware of who has access to their children at all times. We do that here at school when we run background checks on any adult who has contact with our students.

Disregarding privacy settings has the potential to anyone and everyone access to your child, and no one would advocate for that.

5 Ways to Safeguard Your Privacy on Instagram

How to Manage Privacy Settings on Social Media

Explained: What is Musical.ly

Parental Controls on iDevices

Apple devices allow parents to set up some basic restrictions. You can turn off apps, restrict the ability to install apps, and even set an age restrictions for apps, movies, and music.

The first step is to turn on the Restrictions. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions >select Enable Restrictions. The first time you do this you will be prompted to set a 4 digit passcode. Set a passcode you can remember.

Location Services and Geotagging?

Why should you be concerned about the Location Services on your child’s phone?Digital photos have their own DNA. With free programs, and a click of the mouse, you can tell what camera was used to take a picture, what app was used to modify it, the settings used to capture a certain light, AND exactly where on a map the picture was taken.

Monitoring and Filtering Options

Family Shield — Filter adult content from your home internet. OpenDNS offers a free and paid version of Family Shield.
Mobicip — Internet filtering for mobile devices
TeenSafe — Monitoring service that allows parents to monitor their child’s smartphone. Monitoring includes text messages, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Kik Messenger.

Extras

What is Instagram? videoCreate an Instagram account Click Here

Should you be concerned about Snapchat? article

How to use Snapchat Like a 14-Year Old Click Here

Open Letter to My Boys Regarding Technology — letter

Meeting Handouts — Click Here or Click Here

Christina’s Presentation — Click Here

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Challenge Family Activity technology

Disconnect to Connect

Technology brings many benefits to our lives. But excessive screen time can create a flat, one-dimensional existence. We were made for the rich, three-dimensional experience of relationship with God and one another. So, while technology is great for some types of communication, it is no substitute for real-world, face-to-face connection.

The goal is not just less screen time, but more real connection. Start two simple strategies to shift the balance in your family life.

TECH-FREE ZONES

Choose several “tech-free zones” where the family agrees to put away devices in order to enhance real-life connection. Select from the following zones or come up with your own. Consider placing a basket in each location for everyone to drop their devices as they enter.

1. Mealtime: Include the table at home and in restaurants so that every mealtime can foster face-to-face conversation.

2. Drive Time: Rather than everyone retreating into his or her device, use the time driving together to connect, pray for the day ahead or hear about everyone’s high and low point during the day. (Some exceptions may apply, such as limited use during long distance travel, etc.)

3. Date Time: Give your undivided attention to your spouse during dates. It is ok if you need to check your phone to be sure the sitter is not trying to reach you, but then go right back to enjoying time together.

<h3>REAL CONNECTION IDEAS</h3>
While reducing tech time, increase the time you spend together as a couple, a family or with friends. Choose from the following ideas or come up with your own for making memories and conversation.
• Play a board game together
• Cook a meal together
• Play a sport together
• Go for a walk or bike ride together
• Read a book aloud to the children as they turn pages
• Do a service project together

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WORD 511 – Scripture Reading Campaign

2560x1600_desktop_screensaver_v01Starting in October Glenwood Church of Christ is launching a 50 day scripture reading campaign called WORD 511. This campaign is intended to help our members and families develop daily scripture reading habits. WORD 511 is simple:

  • 5 Five times a week, each family member studies God’s Word.
  • 1 Once a week, spouses connect to talk about what they are learning in God’s Word.
  • 1 Once a week, the family connects and everyone talks about what they are learning in God’s Word.

To help encourage and motivate our families Glenwood is offering the following resources and ideas. Below you will find links to the WORD 511 family packet full of helpful information and resources to get your family in God’s Word.

We are also offering daily scripture text alert. Over the next 50 days Glenwood will send one scripture a day with a link to a short devotional. You can sign up to receive these text messages by texting WORD511 to the number 41411.

We are also giving away a $500 gift card to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine TX. Families can enter to win once a week by letting us know your family actively read the Bible using the 511 model. You can enter at the STAND@Home center or online here: https://glenwood.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=157

Thank you for accepting the challenge to lead your home in the WORD 511 challenge. We hope these resources help you and your family.

Free Tools and Resources:

WORD511 Family Guide

Verse Of The Week Card

Children’s WORD Journal

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Family Activity Resources

Summer@Home

Summer is a great time to do things that you don’t get to do during the school year. Who doesn’t love a good road trip? But, if we are not intentional, we can let our faith take a back seat. Here are some resources to help you—as an individual or as a family—to grow in faith, and have fun, too, this summer.

Check out this article written by Christina Embree with families in mind:

Practical and Fun Ways to Keep Church and Family Connected All Summer Long

One of the ideas Christina features is the Summer Family Activity Book created by The Village Church. Click here for a list of activities specific to the Tyler area.

Are you guilty of over-planning? Don’t forget to rest and spend time with God:

Four Ways to Rest this Summer

Learn to practice Sabbath with these steps from Pete Scazzero:

Four Steps to a Meaningful Sabbath

Don’t let your faith take a back seat this summer. Be intentional about spending time with God and growing in your faith together!

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Easter@Home – Family Resources

Throughout Church history, families have joined together to commemorate and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. No holiday season is more central to our faith or more important to emphasize with the next generation. Too often, however, we forget to create and capture moments at home that could make the holiday more impactful.

STAND@Home has resources for your family with easy-to-implement ideas for each day from Palm Sunday to Easter. Take advantage of the links below and make this Easter a special time for remembering Christ’s death, burial and resurrection with your family.

Welcome Peace – Palm Sunday Family Discussion

Washing Feet – Family Activity

Praying for Unity – Family Activity and Devotional

Love your Enemy – Family Activity and Devotional

Remembering – Family Communion Devotional

The Day Death Died – A Good Friday Family Devo

I Will Wait – Holy Saturday Reflections

Resurrection Rolls – Celebrate the Resurrection

HOLY WEEK 2016

As you reflect on the days leading up to the resurrection, consider joining with other believers at one or more of these local events.

Wednesday, March 23
—Noon, Holy Week Service, First Christian Church
—6:30 p.m., Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community, Glenwood
—6:30 p.m., Strength for the Journey: A Study of Hebrews, Glenwood

Thursday, March 24
—Noon, Holy Week Service, First Christian Church
—6:00 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service, First Christian Church
—7:00 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

Friday, March 25
—Noon, Holy Week Service, First Christian Church
—7:00 p.m., U2charist, First Christian Church
—7:00 p.m., Good Friday Service, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

Saturday, March 26
—10:00 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
—10:30 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt, Glenwood
—7:00 p.m., I Will Wait: A Taizé Service, Glenwood

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Advent – The Lighting of the Christ Candle: Our Waiting is Over!

The Lighting of the Christ Candle should be completed on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For an introduction to Advent please see our first post: An Introduction to Advent. Also see the lighting of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Candle.

[Re-light the three purple candles and the pink candle]

We Celebrate the Birth of Christ

In the season of Advent we have used the Advent wreath and its candles to help us get ready for this great celebration of the birth of Christ.

When we lit the first purple candle, we asked God to come and be our Good Shepherd. God our Shepherd has come in Jesus Christ!

When we lit the second purple candle, we asked God to come and forgive our sins. God has come in Jesus Christ to take our sins and die upon the cross so that we might be redeemed!

When we lit the third, pink candle, we felt joyful even in our longing for Christ to come. Christ, who has been born in a manger, will come again in glory to wipe away every tear from our eyes!

When we lit the fourth candle, we remembered that Christ would come as a son – the son of Mary, the Son of David, and the Son of God! This Son has been born! He is Immanuel–God with us!

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Good Shepherd, Jesus who forgives our sins, Jesus who will come again, Jesus the son of Mary, the Son of David, and the very Son of God!

Prayer for God’s Help

Dear God, as we light the center candle today, may we celebrate with full joy the birth of your Son, Jesus the Christ. Amen!

Scripture Readings

Micah 5:1–5
God promises through the prophet Micah that his future rule will come from Bethlehem, even though this town is, indeed, a “little town” and quite insignificant.

Luke 2:1–20
Jesus the Messiah is born in Bethlehem!

Psalm 145
Let us join the psalmist in offering praise to God for his mighty works!

Lighting of the Candle

[As someone lights the center, white candle, the following should be read or paraphrased.]

We light this candle with great joy and celebration, because Christ is born in Bethlehem. God’s Son has come into the world to be our Savior! And he will come again in glory.

Prayer of Joy and Adoration

Dear God, as we light this candle, we rejoice in the birth of your Son. May we worship him, welcome him, and make room for him in our hearts. O come, let us adore him! Amen!

Closing Song

O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord!

This Advent Devotional is adapted from Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts Advent Devotional Guide.

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Advent – The Lighting of the Fourth Candle: Waiting for the Son

The Lighting of the Fourth Candle should be completed on or around the Fourth Sunday of Advent. For an introduction to Advent please see our first post: An Introduction to Advent. Also see the lighting of the First, Second, and Third Candle.

[Re-light two purple candles and the pink candle.]

We Remember the Meaning of Advent

Advent is a word that means “coming” or “visit.” In the Christian season of Advent, we prepare for the “advent” of Christ at Christmas. Our preparation includes many things:

• We remember Israel’s hope for the coming of God’s Messiah to save, to forgive, and to restore.
• We remember our hope for the second coming of Jesus.
• We remember our need for a Savior to save us from our sins.
• We prepare to welcome Christ at Christmas into our world . . . and into our hearts.

By lighting one candle each week of Advent, we help ourselves to get ready for the birth of Jesus. So far we have lit three candles. The first reminded us to wait for God our Shepherd. With the second we asked the Lord to come and forgive our sins. The third, pink, candle signified our joy as we wait.

Today we focus on the coming of the Son–the son of Mary, the Son of God!

Prayer for God’s Help

Dear God, thank you for this season of Advent that helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. As we read the Bible and light a candle, may excitement for Christ’s coming burn in our hearts. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Psalm 89:1–4, 19-37, 46-52
This psalm celebrates God’s covenant with David and with the descendants of David. He even calls God “my Father” (vs. 26). But the psalmist composed this psalm at a time when God’s blessing upon Israel seemed very far away. He calls upon the Lord to remember his covenant to David.

Isaiah 9:1–7
Deliverance will come for God’s people through the “son” who is given to them. He will sit on the throne of David and his kingdom will last forever.

Luke 1:26–38
The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is pregnant and will give birth to a son. Her son will also be “the Son of the Most High” and will sit on the throne of David. He will be the reigning Son of David and the divine Son of God!

Lighting of the Candle

[As someone lights the final purple candle, the following should be read or paraphrased.]

We light this candle because we look forward with eagerness to the birth of a child, the son of Mary and the Son of God! The purple color reminds us of how serious we are in looking forward to the Son’s birth.

Prayer of Hope

Dear God, as we light this candle, we look ahead with hope to the birth of your Son — the Son of David, the son of Mary. May we be prepared to welcome him with open arms and open hearts. O come now, Son of David! Amen!

Closing Song

[To be sung to the tune of “O come let us adore him” from “O Come All Ye Faithful.”]

O come now, Son of David,
O come now, Son of David,
O come now, Son of David,
Christ the Lord!

This Advent Devotional is adapted from Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts Advent Devotional Guide.

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Advent – The Lighting of the Third Candle: Waiting with Joy

The Lighting of the Third Candle should be completed on or around the Third Sunday of Advent. For an introduction to Advent please see our first post: An Introduction to Advent. Also see the Lighting of the First Candle and the Lighting of the Second Candle.

[Re-light the first two purple candles]

We Remember the Meaning of Advent

Advent is a word that means “coming” or “visit.” In the Christian season of Advent we prepare for the “advent” of Christ at Christmas. Our preparation includes many things:

• We remember Israel’s hope for the coming of God’s Messiah to save, to forgive, and to restore.
• We remember our hope for the second coming of Jesus.
• We remember our need for a Savior to save us from our sins.
• We prepare to welcome Christ at Christmas into our world . . . and into our hearts.

By lighting one candle each week of Advent, we help ourselves to get ready for the birth of Jesus. So far we have lit two candles. The first helped us to hope for God our Shepherd; with the second we asked God to come and redeem our lives.

Today we remember the joy of waiting, because we know how the story ends!

Prayer for God’s Help

Dear God, thank you for this season of Advent that helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. As we read the Bible and light a candle, may excitement for Christ’s coming burn in our hearts. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Psalm 126:1–6
This psalm celebrates God’s restoration of Israel — and it cries out to God for future restoration.

Zephaniah 3:14–20
Through the prophet Zephaniah God looks ahead to the time when he will renew and heal his people. It will be a day of great rejoicing, both for them and for God!

Philippians 4:4–7
We also rejoice in the Lord, in part because we know that “the Lord is near.” This means, not only that God is with us right now, but that Christ is coming soon.

Lighting of the Candle

[As someone lights the pink candle, the following should be read or paraphrased.]

We light this candle because, like God’s people centuries ago, we know that God has come in Christ and that Christ will come again. We rejoice in God’s work in history and in the future. The pink color means joy!

Prayer of Hope

Dear God, as we light this candle, we rejoice. We know how the first act of the story ended – with the birth of Jesus the Messiah. And we know that he will come again in glory. So even though the story isn’t over, we rejoice in our hope. We wait for you, rejoicing! Amen!

Closing Song

[To be sung to the tune of “O come let us adore him” from “O Come All Ye Faithful.”]

We wait for you, rejoicing,
We wait for you, rejoicing,
We wait for you, rejoicing,
Christ the Lord!

This Advent Devotional is adapted from Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts Advent Devotional Guide.