This past week we had our last Alive! night of 2011. Paul led worship, Sue spoke, and Sheldon ran games... it was so nice to be able to relax a bit more and give others the opportunity to lead the night! I had a gread time and thought it went really well. The preteens joined us for worship and it was AWESOME to have so many students in the room!
The main reason it was nice for me to have an easy Friday night was because the youth hosted a Soup & Bun Lunch fundraiser yesterday so I was very busy with that this weekend. I'd really like to thank Bob and Jake for helping to make soup, run the event, and help with cleanup. I'd also like to thank the youth for setting up the gym, serving the soup, and cleaning up/doing dishes afterwards. Thanks to the adults who were able to stay and put away tables and chairs too! The preteens offered to help but we finished setting up ahead of time, so some of the senior highs played games with them in the youth room instead. It was really great to see our students building relationships and taking initiative without the help of adult leaders! Finally, I'd like to thank our church family for the many generous donations we recieved! We hosted the lunch as a fundraiser for our World Vision project. Our goal was to raise $2500 to buy a share of a well drilling project. We chose this project because lack of clean water kills more people than anything. We were able to raise a whopping $3500 for this project!!! Thanks everyone!
This week we are hosting an event called Christmas Morning on Friday Night. It's a pajama party so be sure to dress accordingly! We'll be playing some Christmas games and having some festive snacks. At the end of the night the preteens and young adults will be joining us as it's the deadline for our Blanket & Outerwear Drive - we'll be counting all of the donations and announcing which ministry is the winner! Donations can be dropped off at the church office during the week or brought to the youth room on Friday night.
While this week is a 'silly' Christmas party celebrating all of the typical things we love about the holiday season (a.k.a. "Me Christmas") next week, December 9, we'll be having our last event of the 2011 year - Classy Christmas. This is a formal dress up dessert potluck and we'll be celebrating the birth of our Lord without the fluff. So often we get caught up in festivities that we forget to celebrate "Jesus Christmas" first and foremost so I'm really looking forward to this event. If anyone is interested in contributing to the program (music, speaking, reading something, etc.) please let me know!
Have a great week everyone!