Happy Advent! I trust that everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their families and enjoyed their much-deserved break from school and work. We're all back at it today – on the countdown 'till Christmas.
Thank you to all who helped at the Tamale dinner and the Hanging of the Greens last week-end. It was a fun time and we raised nearly $200 to spend on the children who are part of the Prison Ministry.
Student Leadership Meeting this week
The Leadership Meeting will meet this week, December 4 at 12:15. Lunch will be provided. We will decorate the Youth Hall for Christmas following our meeting.
Sam Brasch will have devotions.
All of the Sunday School classes have started a study on Advent titled "Destination Christmas." We want to help our youth find true meaning this season! Please encourage your youth to be in Sunday School as well as in worship
Sunday School Breakfast
The Scrivner family will be providing breakfast this week, December 4.
This week at Student Outreach
We've got one more week left in our Emotional Roller Coaster series. We've been having a lot of fun with this series – and it has generated some great discussions. Who doesn't like to talk about what makes them angry?! This Wednesday, we're on the Tear-Jerker – the roller coaster of sadness.
Teenagers may experience powerful sadness. The cause of these feelings might seem trivial to those of us on the outside, but it's important to help them understand that these feelings are legitimate. Even "good Christians"; who trust God have times of sadness. The reality of the hope that Christ brings should change how we encounter sadness, but it doesn't change the reality of sadness in our lives.
Shopping on Sunday, December 11
Mark your calendars now for our annual shopping excursion to Wal Mart. Armed with lists and the money we raised from the Tamales, we going to purchase gifts for needy children. This year, we've adopted kids who have a parent in prison.
We'll have lunch after the 11 am service and leave immediately following. Look for a sign-up sheet in the Youth Hall. We will need drivers as well.
Christmas Caroling and Party December 14
We're going Christmas Caroling on Wednesday, December 14 during Student Outreach. We'll split into groups and walk around the neighborhood behind the church.
Parents – we would love for you to join us! We can use the additional hands – especially in the Middle School group – and the voices! Just let me know. We'll close with refreshments back here at the church. I would appreciate donations of cupcakes, cookies, and soft drinks.
Be sure to take time to enjoy the season!
See you at the church!