JYM Weekly News Oct. 17th - Oct. 24th
ALL EVENTS in October & November are at Almaden Hills UMC on 1200 Blossom Hill Road unless otherwise stated
(near Pioneer high school and Whole Foods/Costco area)

Sunday night it was so good to do youth group together as a family. Lisa, myself, and our volunteers love being a part of your kids' lives, but we know the biggest influence in their world is you! Their parents! So it's great to have you be a part of their youth group setting every once in a while. A big thank you to the pastor of Cambrian Park, Rev. Amy Beth Durward for leading our topic on Tuesday about death, Dia De Los Muertos, and living without fear. Keep reading to see all we have going on in the next few weeks...

Please click below and sign up to serve in one of those capacities!

JYM Serve-A-Thon
@ 3:30pm - Sunday Nov. 3rd. 8:30am

It is time for our annual fall fundraiser!! The Joint Youth Ministry would not be able to do half the programming we do if it were not for our two fundraisers, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Typically, our fall fundraiser has been a walk-a-thon, but this year we wanted to do something different!

The general premise is the same, students will begin to collect pledges and donations from family, friends, neighbors, church members, and strangers all month long. Pledge forms are available online and at youth group.

However, instead of turning in forms and participating in a walk-a-thon around campus, we will instead be participating in a Serve-A-Thon! You can count the hours serving with us as community service for school.

But wait... it gets better. This event will be a LOCK-IN! After we announce our grand totals, we will do dinner together and any students who want to spend the night can stay for our lock-in We will watch a movie and just chill after our busy day.

We are so excited about these fun changes - and hope that you will all help us reach our fundraising goals this year!
Beside keeping our program functioning, we have some incentives for students to raise funds. The different prizes are:

$100: Serve-a-thon Shirt

$300: All above and Dave and Busters gaming day and a Jamba/Starbucks

$500: All above and “500 club” Eat first at every YG event, trip and meeting.

$750: All above and $75 coupon off any event

$1000+ : All above and Monthly deliveries to you after school of Starbucks/Jamba Juice, and once to a youth group event as well!

$2000+ : All above and we will come up with something great

$3500: All above and free trips all of 2020
Parents! We need your help.
Students do the majority of the work for this event, but we still need adults present to help make everything function smoothly. If you can volunteer the day of (Jobs include helping students check-in, helping students with the physical service projects, and counting money totally separate from any students.

See what jobs we need to have filled and sign-up HERE.
If the link does not work, please contact Julie Asada at asadajulie@gmail.com
We have envelopes and donations slips being handed out at all JYM events this month. Even if you don't have a donation form yet, you can still collect donations online! Send the below link in an email to a family member and explain what the Joint Youth Ministry means to you. Or download and print your own paper form straight from this email.
You can also download the pledge form from our website www.jointyouthgroup.com
We hope your student can join for all, BUT we know it is a busy time of year! So any bit your student can participate in is great with us.
We only ask that envelopes of money be turned in as close to the start time as possible, even if sent with a sibling or friend, and any students not spending the night be picked up no later than 10:00pm. Thank you!
Saturday Nov. 2nd
3:30pm-4:00pm: Students check in and turn in their pledges.
4:00: Split for service projects
    A. Older students begin cleaning out the youth room and taping off the walls to paint
    B. Younger kids do weeding and maintenance on AHUMC property
    C. A handful of students help set up for our "Kids Against Hunger" packing event
5:00pm-6:30pm: All students do the food packing event. for Kids Against Hunger. We will be assembly line packing hundreds/thousands of nutrition packs for developing nations or places where weather has caused a natural disaster. Parents are more than welcome to help us pack too (We hope to have 100 people for this part of the evening)

6:45pm: Awards and dinner
A. Older kids painting youth room
               B. Younger youth baking bread and treats for delivery the next day 
               C. Another group of kids doing SF trip care packages

10pm: Any student NOT spending the night must be picked up at this time!
10pm - 12:30am: Movies, Games, Chill
1am: Sleep

Sunday Nov. 3rd
8:30am pick up - Please pick up on time as we need to be sure church is cleaned and prepped for worship that morning
This Week & beyond!
Youth Group with Small Groups!
Sun. Oct. 20th at 5:00 - 7:00pm
Sunday night Jeanette AHUMC
Join us for a fun evening of games and discussion, with some snacks! Jr. High will be talking about facing our fears, and Sr. High will be continuing with their children's book series.

Hope to see you there!
Sunday Oct. 20th at 2:00pm AND Monday Oct. 21st at 7:00pm
Ages 18 - 35
Both Meetings at Willow Glen UMC in Woodhaven Retreat Center
Young adults who have grown up in the church and/or Joint Youth Ministry - we are beginning to dream and plan what it would look like to start a brand new ministry in San Jose, built specifically for you! We would like to invite you to come and meet with Susan Smith (Childrens and family pastor of WGUMC), Lisa, and Kat to catch up a little and to tell us about what you might want/envision/need from a church or faith community at this point in your lives.

We are hosting two gatherings at the Woodhaven Retreat Center on the Willow Glen UMC campus (1420 Newport Avenue).  Please join us either Sunday, October 20 from 2-4pm or Monday, October 21 from 7-9pm.  We'll have food to share while we imagine a new ministry for you and your friends that your churches hope to make happen in 2020.

We look forward to seeing you soon to talk about the possibilities. If you know you can attend, please RSVP with Susan Smith at susan@wgumc.org
Tuesday Oct. 22nd
6:00 - 8:00pm (Dinner included)
Leadership Team
If you signed up to be a part of our Student Leadership team in August or September, we are so excited to meet with you! Look out for a specific email from Kat or Lisa, but we will meet this upcoming Tuesday to plan some events for the rest of the year.

Thanks students for stepping into this role!
Sunday Oct. 27th
5:00 - 7:00pm
Halloween Hootenanny!
Join us for an evening of inflatables, pumpkin decorating, games, and fun! We will hold a Halloween Party at AHUMC this Sunday evening. A great event to invite a friend to!

Come in your costume, and you may walk away with a prize...

Cost is $15, but only $10 if you come in a costume!
San Francisco High School Mission Trip Weekend
Nov. 15th - Nov. 17th
When: Friday, November 15th at AHUMC at 6pm. Dinner together then travel to city. Service all day Saturday and half day Sunday. Home by Sunday, November 17th at 3pm.

Who: Any high school students in the JYM or their friends. 40 students MAX

What : A weekend of social justice education, volunteer work at multiple non-profits, team building, spiritual growth and a little free time in an awesome city

Where: We will sleep at the Waller Center- a United Methodist owned retreat center in the heart of the Haight. We will travel around the city in our rented 15 passenger vans. We will do lots of walking also.

Why: To grow in our understanding of the world and diverse people groups, to bond as a youth group, to serve others and to challenge ourselves spiritually.

Cost: $190. Checks made out to WGUMC-JYM or paid online on our website www.jointyouthgroup.com . Payment due by November 8th.

This cost covers most of our retreat center, rental vans and all our meals. You can use scholarship hours but we expect help at the Serve-a-thon on November 2nd/3rd by students fundraising l participation and some parent volunteering at October and November events where we need some help.
Youth Group Supply Ask

Thanks for those who have gifted us with some appliances that will help make Feed the Need even better! We are still in search of a few more things, so if there is anything listed you want to de-clutter, (And is still in working condition) please send our way

We are looking for:
  1. Food Processors
  2. Garlic Presses
  3. Lemon Juicers
  4. Cutting Boards
  5. Large Frying Pans and large pots
  6. Can Openers
  7. Apple TV - This is not a food item of course! But we would like to update our youth room at AHUMC and as both Lisa and Kat have Macs, an Apple TV would make sharing curriculum, videos, and movies on movie nights much easier! If you have an older Apple TV box you are no longer using, please let us know!
Parent Opportunity:
Oct. 21st, 7:00 - 8:30
Keep Middle School Girls Confident, Connected & Courageous
Lisa came across an event being hosted at the YMCA in Santa Clara that may be of interest for parents of daughters!

"It's time to LEARN! Join us at our Fall Education event featuring a panel discussion on: How to Keep Middle School Girls Confident, Connected & Courageous. Being a teen in Silicon Valley in 2019 has its challenges. We will learn about emerging research on brain development and explore best practices on engaging middle school girls to keep them on track.  
Please RSVP by Oct. 18th"
BIG DATES in the 2019/2020 school year.
October 27th - JYM Halloween Hootenanny

Nov. 2nd-3rd - Serve-A-Thon Fall Fundraiser & Lock-In

November 15th-17th: High School SF Mission trip

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!

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