June 2019
Bridges of Hope's Monthly Prayer Calendar
" With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:2-3

Hallelujah, it's June! With each increase on the thermometer and graduation party invite, we step further into our long-awaited summer. Another landmark of summer are wedding celebrations, enough so to even coin the term "wedding season". If you're not attending one this year, you probably still know plenty of married couples with summer anniversaries or maybe have one yourself--as we Minnesotans love our outdoor weddings! And why not join in on celebrations, whether your own or others. God LOVES love, the greatest gift of all, and desperately desires for us to experience that as well!

No matter what your relationship status is, I'm sure you're fully aware that marriage and dating is not always a walk in the park. The beautiful gardens adorning many of our outdoor parks require no short amount of planning, working, and tending in order to fully reap the benefits they offer; relationships are no different.

To all those looking forward to their wedding date, celebrating their anniversary, or have any relationships at all in their lives (really), I recommend the following short blog post by one of my favorite Christian authors, Timothy Willard. His article, " The 7 Simple Rules for Marriage Fighting ," is written with such relevance and clarity it didn't make sense for me to pass along any other no-nonsense advice for when our relationships feel more like a walk down a dark ally than a walk in the park. I think you'll appreciate it's candor; feel free to pass it along to anyone else who might like this great reminder :) Happy wedding season, everyone!
If you have questions or feedback about the Prayer Calendar,
or about Bridges Hope's services to the community, please let me know!

Blessings to you,

Ashley Sweet
Development & Communications Specialist
Join us Saturday, June 8 11am - 2:00pm at Lum Park in Brainerd for the Walk 4 Hope, a family fun, community building event!
Prize Drawings – YMCA Supervised Kid’s Activities – Free Lunch!
Free Sober Squad t-shirts for the first 200 walkers, create your own poster of hope, YMCA childcare for 3rd grade and older. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets for the obstacle course! The YMCA Bike Fleet with helmets will also be available on site for use. Kids can also enjoy the activity table! Registration starts at 10:30am.
Check out the flyer & map for more details.

Community ACEs Presentati o ns 

Each month this year Bridges of Hope is offering free presntations on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resiliency. Free meal and free childcare is provided! Click here to see June's events.