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Last Minute Dudefest Info

ATTN DUDES: The bus will arrive in front of the White House around 5:30 tonight. Since the weather isn’t so nice, just be ready to find Jesse to check in, load your stuff under the bus, and hop on to find a seat. We’d like to roll out by 5:45, so please be on time! Please remember to eat dinner before coming to the building tonight.
Also, don’t forget to pack some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (it’ll be muddy tomorrow) and a trash bag for dirty clothes.

Parents, we’ll be back to Woodmont by noon on Sunday.

Get Forms in for Dudefest by Wednesday!

If you have not turned in your form for Dudefest, please do so by Wednesday at the latest, and go ahead and email us to let us know you’re planning to attend.

You can find the form here.

Resolution and Next Sunday

We hope you’ll join us this Wednesday starting at 6pm for dinner and some 2015 resolutions for the WoodmontYG!

Dinner is free, and a notary will be present to update medical forms. This is a great time for the whole family to come hear about what’s going on in the youth ministry, so we hope you can make it!

Also, this coming Sunday, while many of our guys will be out at Dudefest, there will be a combined class downstairs in the East Wing for ALL 6th-12th graders at 9am.

Neighbors in Need: Siloam Health Clinic

Siloam is a nonprofit health clinic that serves the uninsured in our neighborhood. Located just up the street from our building, 88% of Siloam’s patients are refugees and immigrants who are new to our city, language, and culture. Fifty refugees are coming on Monday, and Siloam is in need of a few extra items. That’s where you come in!

If you’d like to help, please bring the following items to church tonight or Sunday morning…

  • Large bottles of shampoo
  • Bars of soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Adult toothbrushes

Those are the immediate needs they asked for, but other items they collect that you can also donate are…

  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Bandaids (cartoon ones for the kids!)
  • Children’s vitamins (chewy or gummy, preferably)
  • Children’s books/coloring books (can be gently used)
  • Small stuffed animals (must be new)
  • Small Toys (Please nothing that represents weapons or violence as many of our refugee children are coming from war-torn countries)

Thanks for your help! You can give these items to me (Jesse) any time between now and Sunday, just let me know if you need to make special arrangements.

Dudefest 2015


How much masculinity is just too much masculinity? We don’t know but we willing to push the limits.

Dudefest 2015 (Guys’ Retreat) is January 23rd-25th and we hope all WoodmontYG Dudes can come.

Our theme this year will be Servant Leadership. We’re going to have good food, good discussions, good games, and, most importantly, good company.

Click on the “Forms” tab to go get a form to sign up.

Basketball Games this Saturday

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Jr High Boys (6th, 7th & 8th Grade)
Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 8:00am
Location: Calvary United Methodist

Sr. High Boys (11th/12th Grade)
Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 8:00am
Location: Belmont United Methodist
Opponent: Woodmont Hills  (0-0) vs. Judson Baptist (1-0)

Sr. High Boys (10th/11th Grade)
Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 9:00am
Belmont United Methodist
Opponent: Woodmont Hills (1-0) vs. St. George’s (1-0)

Girls Team
Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 11:00am
Westminster Presbyterian
Opponent: Woodmont Hills (1-0) vs. Hillsboro (1-0)

Middle School Advent Challenge

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.

The Challenge
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 Goal
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,


Y.E.S. Christmas Shopping and Christmas Party Details

That’s right, our annual night of shopping and merriment is nearly upon us.

This year things will look slightly different than in years’ past. Only high school students will be going shopping for the Y.E.S. Christmas Store, then we will gather all together, 6th-12th grade for the GREATEST CHRISTMAS PARTY OF ALL TIME.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, December 12th

  • 5:30 – 9th & 10th Grades meet in front of the building to go shopping
  • 6:15 – 11th & 12th Grades meet in front of the building to go shopping
  • 7:00 – The party begins for all 6th-12th grade students in the Great Hall
  • Pick-up time will be 10pm at the latest

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Be sure to bring warm clothes for laser tag.

This party is gonna be tons of fun, and a great way to celebrate an amazing year together in the WoodmontYG.

There will be laser tag in the courtyard, Christmas movies, games, snacks and drinks, and a very special surprise for you to find out about when you get there.

Even though there will be snacks, be sure to go ahead and eat dinner before you come.

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We thought so.

Holiday Class Schedule

25 – Thanksgiving Service
26 – No Classes
30 – No Classes

7 – Christmas Festival
12 – Y.E.S. Christmas Shopping (HS)
12 – Youth Group Christmas Party (6th-12th)
24 – No Classes
28 – No Classes
31 – No Classes

Fall Retreat is Gonna be HUGE

We are SO pumped about the Fall Retreat this weekend, and we are blown away by how many of you have signed up to be a part of it! Due to the overwhelming response, we will not be able to take any further applications.

We’d also like to remind you to bring some warm clothes! It’s gonna be a chilly weekend!

If you have any questions about the retreat, feel free to let us know!

Middle School Service Opportunity: Harvest Sunday 2014

harvest sundayOur 6th-8th grade students have the distinct honor of helping with Harvest Sunday each year by sorting the donations we receive before they are distributed to our neighbors.

After 2nd Service this Sunday, November 16th, please plan for all middle school students to stay until about 1:30pm (depending on the number of bags, and how quickly we work). Pizza will be provided, free of charge.

Parents are welcome to stick around and help, or enjoy a nice lunch before returning to pick up.

Fall Retreat Deadline

We have now passed the extended deadline to sign up for the Fall Retreat, but we’d love for everyone to have the chance to come. Please let us know if you still plan to attend but have not turned in a form!

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