As many of our middle school families have probably heard, we have a new challenge this year during the Advent season to benefit our friends and neighbors at The Cookery!
One of the founding directors of Lambscroft Ministries/The Cookery, Brett Swayn, joined us this Sunday to share his story and his passion for serving our homeless neighbors through culinary training, housing, and spiritual support.
In order to invest in our neighborhood this Advent and Christmas, I (Jesse) have challenged our students to give up at least one item from their Christmas list and ask that the money be given, instead, to the worthy cause of helping a neighbor get off the street and back on his feet again.
How to Give
This money can be donated each of the next two Sundays (Dec. 14th & 21st) in the black mailbox on the information desk near the West Hall OR in The Bridge with Jesse during class time. Checks should be made out to Woodmont Hills with “Student Ministry” in the memo line, and please put any cash in an envelope marked “Advent Challenge.”
We fully understand that this challenge will look different for each individual student and family, so there is no specific expectation of how much or how little should be donated. Also, we do not want this to be a financial burden to the family over and beyond what would otherwise be budgeted for Christmas gifts. This is a challenge because it requires sacrifice.
Questions also came up about families that have big Christmases or have already done all of their shopping. If students would still like to participate, maybe they can ask extended family to contribute to this effort or even find odd jobs to earn money to give. There is no limit for creativity! The purpose is simply to practice self-sacrificial love towards our neighbors.
The lofty goal would be to raise the $3,874 it takes to put one student through the culinary training program (More details on that here) and get them off the streets. That may seem like a lot of money, but there’s no telling what God might do through our students!
Thank you for reading and participating in this experiment. It will be my prayer throughout this month that we might be able to give of ourselves to change the lives of others, whether it be through this opportunity or another.
I’m so thankful for my middle school families!
Love you all,