May 28, 2000
Volume 10, Number 22

How About These Dating Rules?

Parents of grown children agree that it was hard to maintain control during the teenage dating years. More than at any other time, there may be tension between the freedom children desire and the control felt needed by the parents.

As an assignment to my Christian Home class at Harding in the fall of 1999, 1 divided 62 students into small groups and asked them to list dating rules they would give their children. To guarantee anonymity, they were told to withhold their names from the finished product. I was amazed at the similarity of their lists and at how strong they intended to be as parents.

The following were among the questions to which they were asked to respond and the answers they gave.

At what age would you permit your children to begin dating?

Sixteen was the most frequent answer for both boys and girls. One group said their children could begin dating "after their father dies"!

What are the dating rules you would give your children?

They should begin by double dating...

What do you consider be proper dating activities?

Bowling, putt-putt golf, movies, roller skating, ice skating, visiting the fair, going on picnics and other group outings, going out for coffee or for dinner (anything cheap!), sporting events, going to the mall, concerts, church activities, cooking dinner for each other, visiting the library, attending school functions, golfing, hunting (with father present), watching rented videos (with parents at home) and scavenger hunts.

What do you consider to be improper dating activities?

Parking, being in a house without supervision, camping alone as a couple, getting together for sex, secluded swimming, gang activities, wild parties or unsupervised parties, sleepovers (lock-ins with many others are OK), overnight car trips, drug use, night park activities, drinking or dancing, twisters, skinny dipping, midnight swimming parties, touchy-feely activities, naughty concerts, sneeking in or out of the house and raves (sleezy parties with dark lights, dirty dancing, alcohol, drugs, etc.).

While I doubt that many of them grew up with all of these rules, I was heartened that the coming generation gives reason for hope in the future. May God bless them, and may some of us profit by their thinking.

Carl Mitchell
CHURCH & FAMILY, Spring 2000


Joey Jenson will be graduating from Venice High School on Friday, June 2, 2000. Following graduation Joey will be moving to Minnesota to continue his education.

Geoff Lund will be graduating from Pine View School on Thursday, June 1, 2000. Following graduation, Geoff will be attending the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Please plan on staying for the fellowship meal next Sunday, June 4, to share this special time with them.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000
See the flyer on the bulletin board.
Applications are in the magazine rack on the table in the foyer.

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Remember in Prayers:

Cathy Jenson - Betty Dougan - Francis Leavens - Stephanie Bennett -

Ersel Riggenbach - Arlene Carnahan - Leslie Johnson -

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier - David Coffman



Building Program: If you haven’t already done so—be sure to check the bulletin board in the foyer to see the preliminary drawings from the engineers and the architect.. We will be adding 85 paved parking places and also are looking at making some architectural changes to the building. These would include closing in and widening the front porch to form a new entry into the building and building a covered driveway onto the front of the building. - click here.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Inspiration of the Bible" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 12-13. (6:30 pm)

Sunday’s Lessons:

"A Meaningful Memorial" (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

"Song Service " (evening)

“The Lord can do great things

through those

who don't care who gets the credit."


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Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Jim Treece



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Frank Small


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Dougan


Jim Treece

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Carl Rigney



$ 1187.00
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
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Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1698.79

Clarence Riggenbach

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