JYM Weekly News Dec. 5th - Dec. 12th
NEW CHURCH! ALL EVENTS in December and January are at Cambrian Park UMC on 1919 Gunston Way unless otherwise stated
Please keep collecting your Serve-a-thon donations! We want to actually bring in the promised total so send your reminder emails to family who said they'd pledge and ask at church for those promised donations. It would be great to have all the pledges resolved before the end of the 2019 year. We are very close to receiving our total, final push!
December 6th at 6pm
Pickup between 10:30 - 11:00pm
What we still need:
  1. Parent Drivers: We still need a couple more parents to help drive students to and from the mall. If you are able to do this, please respond to this email with how many seats are in your car. You can stay for the entire event, or just drop kids off at the mall and come back to pick them up
  2. Gift Wrapping Supplies: Gift bags, Tissue Paper, Wrapping paper, scotch tape, ribbons, scissors. If you have any extra you would like to donate, we would love that! Just have your teen bring it with then when they arrive.
  3. Unused socks: Everyone needs a pair of socks, especially when it's cold out! If you want to donate some new socks, we will add them to people's packages.
Keep reading for every detail about the night - including why, how, and what you can donate!
*When: Dec. 6th. Drop off at 6pm. Pick up students between 10:30pm - 11:00pm that night.
Meet at Cambrian Park. When all money organized and students are gathered we will leave for the mall. (Around 6:30pm we hope.) We return to CPUMC about 9:15pm for wrapping. We should be done wrapping by 10:30. We will play some games and hang out while parents pick up their kiddos.
*Where: Meet at CPUMC 1919 Gunston Way.
Leaders and parents will drive over to Oakridge mall and back to CPUMC for wrapping and parent pick up.
*Cost: Up to you! Students bring money to buy themselves dinner in the mall food court. They keep that cash with them.
Any money students of families want to donate will go toward gift buying for our sponsored families. We will collect all the money and divide it equally among the individuals receiving gifts.
*Why: Students often love this event because they can give their own money, and often some from their parents.
They shop specifically for a person or family, take ownership in selecting a gift, and do so with friends.
It teaches teens about budgeting, generosity, intention and much more.
Food court
*What & How: We are sponsoring 81 people for groceries and Christmas gifts this holiday season. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Students bring money they are able to donate to put in a pool for all the families we sponsor. Then we evenly distribute all the donated cash (and online donations) to the people we are shopping for. Our goal is $40 per individual for gifts, and $125 of grocery gift cards for each of our 11 families.
Each teen shopping group (of 3-6 teens) will have multiple people to shop for with cash and gift list. They will pick out the gifts at the mall and then come back to CPUMC to wrap and label. Every family in the JYM donates differing amount so there is not a "requirement" of what you give to participate. Do what you can. We can give you a tax donation receipt.
Ideally we want students to not only have their parent give a little for this shopping night, but have them contribute some of their own working, chores, or allowance money as well. This makes the evening and task more personal for them.
Sometimes students bring $10 to donation to the general fund and some bring $300. Anywhere and anyway you can give is fine with us whether its time or money . Give what you are able. Additionally, we are collecting gift cards to grocery stores. We want to be sure each family has enough to purchase groceries for Christmas dinner and beyond. Donation receipts can be given on night of event. 

Sunday, December 8th Kat is preaching at Cambrian Park UMC in the morning. (10:00am worship). Anyone is welcome to attend church and hear her message!
There is no Youth Group in the evening, due to Friday's Mall Night and all of our other Dec. Events
Guys Girls night
Tues Dec. 10th
6:00 - 8:00pm
Guys & Girls Night!

We know December gets busy, but we hope you can join us for a guys & girls night! We will have Roundtable for dinner. Girls will be talking about the true story of Mary, and guys will be playing some fun games in the dark.
Sunday Dec. 15th
5:00 - 7:00pm
A Very Jolly Small Group Sunday

Join us at for the Sunday before finals week! Come in a tacky Christmas outfit. Bust out the ugly sweaters, Santa hats, onesie pajamas, and all the tinsel you have. We will choose a Jr. High & Sr. High winner and they will each receive a $25 Starbucks gift card for their effort!

We will play some Christmas themed games, get together in our small groups for discussion, and end the night with a fire pit, hot chocolate, carols, and s'mores!

(Families - if anyone has a portable fire pit they can bring and/or help set up the fire while Kat & Lisa lead youth group, we would appreciate it!)
BIG DATES in the 2019/2020 school year.

Fri Dec. 6th- Mall Night Christmas service project

2020 - Confirmation Class!

“February Month of Service”
February 15th - 17th: SoCal Trip

March 29th- Afternoon at the Ball Park

June 12th - 20th: Sr. High Mission Trip

July 5th - 10th: Jr. High Camp!

July 30th - Aug 1st: Magical Mystery Tour!
We love being in ministry with you all. Please keep sending Kat and Lisa your schedules for sporting events, plays and other things so we can try our best to come watch you shine! We know the holidays are full of Christmas musicals, choir concerts, and other programs. It's a busy time, but we will try and be present and see the crafts you spend so much time working on outside of youth group.

Parents, we enjoy supporting our teenagers, but we know you often time need support to. If you are in need of a parent support, someone to talk about hte highs and lows of parenting teenagers, or just have questions about being a parent involved in the JYM, Laura Burnett would love to connect with you! You can reach out to her by email at 1967lauraj@gmail.com

In Christ,
Kat Kraynick-Baker
Joint Youth Ministry Director