Woodland Men

July 2015

A Call to Persevere

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Summer is a time for vacations and taking it easy, but we need to remind ourselves to spend time with God and fellowship with other so we may stay strong in our faith.

Dog days of Summer

Dog Days is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) and the sun.

A Time to Serve

We have opportunities for you to be part of leadership and service events.

Group video training for being part of the Church wide Men's Ministry Program

Web site for more information about how the program works at:


Looking to get a group of six men to serve food at the Salvation Army near the end of August of sometime in September.

Lead a Wednesday Night Men's Group study.

Serve at the Father/Child campout behind the Church in February.

(actives, cooking, cleanup, etc.)

Please pray about being part of one of these opportunities.

5 Ways of Dealing with Stress to Stay Cool

Stress strains relationships. Stress makes parenting significantly more difficult. Stress has serious health ramifications. Stress kills. Do we have your attention?

The top ten causes of stress, according to the American Psychological Association (2013) American Institute of Stress, are job pressure, money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload, and sleep deprivation.

We’re cognizant of stress and the dangers it presents to our health, our psychological wellbeing, and our families, yet we persist in an approach to life, and parenting, that plays fast and loose with all seven top causes. Here at All Pro Dad, we suggest the following 5 ways of dealing with stress to stay cool:

1. Reprioritize.

We like what our friend Bob did when he turned down a promotion that meant a move. This let the kids stay in the neighborhood, schools, and faith community they enjoyed with a sense of mutual commitment. Extra money versus a family-friendly life is always a choice worth thinking about.

2. Take a step toward health.

As a family, make the commitment to nurture both a healthy lifestyle and a healthy budget. We can move toward both by taking small steps. The benefits, in terms of stress reduction, are not only cost-effective but future cost-saving.

3. Nurture primary relationships.

That feud you’re having with your co-worker may well be killing you. Putting off counseling with your wife is raising your blood pressure and costing you sleep. Being at odds with your kids is giving you an upset stomach—not to mention the irritability.

4. Manage media consumption.

Too much media consumption not only causes stress; it disrupts sleep patterns, family relationships, and productivity. That’s both you and the kids. Make a plan, and then stick with it.

5. Pray.

We can’t overstate the importance of applying the basic tenets of spiritual faith to our stress-filled lives as dads. Prayer changes things, mostly starting with you.

Woodland Men's Group

Wednesday, July 15th, 6:30pm

9607 East State Road 70

Bradenton, FL

Join us for our study in the Book of James.

Room 122

6:30pm to 8pm