Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to the December Newsletter! We are so stoked for all that is coming up with YOCF in this next month! If this is your first time receiving this Newsletter, welcome! We send out a Newsletter each month to update our parents of students from OCF to keep them in the know of all of the events, activities, and teachings that will be coming up in the following month! You can access this Newsletter through the email that you receive or through our OCF website. You don't want to miss all the good stuff we have in-store for this month. In this Newsletter you will find information on Winter Camp sign-ups, our Christmas Party, & our service opportunity!
We meet On Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm for youth group. We kick off our nights with some upbeat games, follow up with a lesson, and break-off into small groups for some discussion. Make sure to take a look at our Parent Cue thats attached. It is a great resource to start the conversations about what your student is learning. I would also highly recommend downloading the Parent Cue app to find ways to engage with your student and guide them toward a deeper faith throughout the week. In addition, we meet on Sunday mornings at the 11:15 service, except every 4th Sunday when we share communion with our church family. Our Sunday morning teaching lines up with what is being taught in the adult service, where we currently are going through advent!
It is a true blessing for both Ryan & I to come alongside you as parents & be an aide in the spiritual development of your students! We are thankful to be apart of your families in this season. As we are in the midst of the holiday season, let us remember and hold this verse close to our hearts. "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." (Romans 12:12)
With Much Love,
Signups for Winter Camp 2020 open up December 1st!
What you need to know!
Where: Thousand Pines Christian Camp
When: January 10th-12th
Cost: $265 (includes long sleeve shirt)
You can sign up your student here! Or you can find it on the Student Ministries page on OCF's website!
Signups for Hume are still open! We're heading up to camp this year from Aug 2 - 8.
The total for camp this year will be $740. You can pay in full or in 4 month payments of $185. The monthly payments are due in December, January, February, & March.
The first 5 students to be signed up that pay in full will receive a payed for coffee or milkshake each day up at camp!
To reserve your spot for camp you MUST pay the first payment as a non-refundable deposit, and submit the form online. Once all the spots are filled up we will start our waiting list immediately!
You can find the form on our website!
December 13th: We will be serving together as a group with World Impact at their pop-up toy store. We are planning on meeting and leaving from the church by 4pm and carpooling with students up to the store in DTLA. If your student is interested in serving they can sign-up online here! We are planning on arriving back at the church at 9/9:30 pm after a stop at In-n-Out. If your student is planning on being driven up please make sure you have filled out our driving permission form.
December 18th: We will be celebrating with our annual Christmas party! This is a night filled with food, fun, and games! It is a great opportunity for your student to invite friends who might not go to church or friends that do! We will be having a white elephant gift exchange. Gifts must be worth $5 or less, & nothing can be alive or dead. Make sure to wear your ugly Christmas sweaters!
1 - Hope
8 - Peace
22 - Christmas (NO YOCF)
29 - Christmas (NO YOCF)
4 - Lookout
11 - Christmas Lesson
18 - YOCF Christmas Party!
25 - Thanksgiving Week (No YOCF)
From the silly to the sentimental, traditions create meaningful memories for your family. They provide opportunities to build your family legacy as your children grow up. But sometimes, families get in a rut with traditions, never experimenting to see if new traditions might add some new spice to your family life.
Christmas is a great time to try some new ideas. You just may create a new traditions that will continue for generations! Consider the following:
1. Start traditions with Christmas Eve/Christmas Day meals. For example, at the Burns' home, it's always Chinese food on Christmas Eve.
2. Try a family version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. First, decide on a friend, relative, or neighbor who will receive all of the "gifts." Then, create a unique gift for each day of the carol, (example: five golden rings could be five glazed donuts) and place the gifts each day on the recipient's front porch.
3. Visit a Nursing Home. There are typically a lot of lonely people living in nursing homes. These people can be especially lonely during the Christmas season. Prepare some Christmas cookies and take your family to visit nursing home residents -- spreading the love of Jesus to sick or elderly people. (Be sure to check with the nursing home in advance to make sure it is okay to drop by and deliver Christmas cookies.)
4. Celebrate your family's ethnic heritage(s). During the Christmas season, prepare a family meal(s) that celebrate your family's ethnic heritage. This is a great way to expose your kids to your family roots -- especially if you don't regularly focus on this throughout the year.
5. Letters to Jesus. Before opening your Christmas presents, write thank-you letters to Jesus. Collect them and make them available every Christmas. Keep adding new letters annually. Here's one rule to make this tradition work well: family members can only read the thank-you letters they have written.