Come and join us in class on Wednesday Nights where we will discuss, discover, and experience what holds up a strong community! Trust us, it’s a good place to be!
Title: Love Does Class
For: High School Students only (Sorry Middle Schoolers).
Cost: $10 to help cover the cost of the books.
Size: This class is limited to 20 students.
“The brand of love Jesus offers is that it’s more about presence than undertaking a project. It’s a brand of love that doesn’t just think about good things, or agree with them, or talk about them. Love Does.”
This class will be looking at the New York Times Bestseller, “Love Does” by Bob Goff.
Hope you’ll join our class on Sunday mornings!
Please email Betsy Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: “Women in the Lineage of Christ”
For: Middle School and High School Girls (Sorry Guys)
Size: The amount of girls that can fit in a breakout room.
Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary are the only four women Matthew mentions in the forty-two generations separating Abraham from Jesus. Each of these women are wrapped in their own scandal which we will be learning and discussing each Sunday morning.
Title: For Bro’s Only!
For: Middle School and High School Guys (Sorry Girls)
Size: The amount of Bro’s that can fit in a breakout room.
Tim and Hayes Holland dropping masculine knowledge bombs on young men each week. It’s gonna be dope!.
Title: Praise Habit: Why we do what we do
For: Anyone interested in worship
Size: The amount of Bro’s and Girls that can fit in a breakout room.
There are as many different styles of worship as there are people on this planet, but why do we do what we do? Perhaps more importantly, what is worship, and how can we move beyond going through the motions to truly make praise our habit?
Join us this summer to explore the meaning and practice of worship.
For: Literally anyone
Size: The amount of Bro’s and Girls that can fit in the main room.
We just spent 31 weeks studying a story about God loving and living with his people. Throughout The Story we emphasized how important it was to know that these are just the beginning 31 chapters and that God is still writing our story today. So for the Sundays in the summer we will have a different guest speaker who will come and tell us their story of how God has loved and lived with them. You will also get a chance to ask them questions about their stories and interact with each speaker.
Tomorrow night we will be worshipping with the rest of Woodmont in the Great Hall. This 1st Wednesday will be a Taize style worship service which is a little different than what you may be used to, but I wanted to teach you a little about it so you could come with an open mind.
Taize worship is named after a religious community in France in the city of Taize. After World War II a man named Brother Roger was disturbed by the grim new world where Christian brothers and sisters destroyed each other because their nationality was more important to them than their share religious beliefs. So he decided to establish a religious community that put worship of Christ and reconciliation of all people at the center of everything they did. To move away from the Nationalism that was at the heart of WWII (not to mention the newly discovered concentration camps) they needed to do things a little differently. They began writing their own music that they would often sing in multiple languages. The music also gave preference to songs with easily repeatable, almost chant-like, refrains that focused on a very specific aspect of spirituality. This kind of music facilitated 1) the ability for people from different countries and languages to worship together and, 2) the unified focus on a shared belief in Jesus Christ while de-emphasizing national differences.
As you may be able to tell, I kind of dig it. I’d ask that you come and give it a try. It won’t be for everyone, and if it’s not for you it doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. However, you might also dig it and you’ll never know until you try.
There will not be any youth classes this Wednesday (tomorrow) or Sunday (the 25th) due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
However, our annual Y.E.S. Christmas Store “Change for Children” drive will be starting the 25th, so please bring your piggy banks if you’re going to be at church!
If you’re travelling, no problem, Change for Children will last through December 9th.
We have just noticed 2 mistakes we made in communicating dates.
The first is this: We’ve been incorrectly announcing in several places there will not be youth classes this Sunday. Our bad, we got mixed up on the date of Thanksgiving. There will be youth classes this Sunday, November 18th. There will not be youth classes Sunday the 24th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
The second is this: The calendar magnet we mailed out earlier this year says the Whitsitt Easter Egg Hunt is March 23rd. Well, as it turns out Easter is pretty tricky to figure out and the Whitsitt Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday March 5th instead.
Please contact us if there is any confusion.
Remember: If you are not attending the retreat with us this weekend, there will not be any 9am youth (6th-12th grade) classes this Sunday.
We encourage you to attend worship with your family, and we’ll see you when we get back!
This Sunday our whole church is beginning a time change experiment. First service will still go from 9:00 – 10:15 but second service will now begin at 10:30 and go till 11:45. It’s a small change but we think it will help us accomplish a big goal; namely, worshiping as one family instead of doing the “church within a church” thing. “What does that mean to me?” you ask. Good question!
In light of this change we are changing up classes on Sunday morning and, beginning this Sunday, we are starting a sort of “choose your own adventure” class series. There will be 4 classes you can choose from (well, 3 and a half, but I’ll get to that later) and I think they will all be great. You really couldn’t go wrong. Here are the options
Option 1) Title: Money, Sex, and Power – What it means to be a Man of God
Teachers: David Sessions, Jesse Baker, and Ward Boone
Who Can Attend: High School and Middle School Boys
Option 2) Esther
Teachers: Lindsey Bell, Carly Kendrick
Who Can Attend: High School and Middle School Girls
Option 3) “Poor in Spirit” – Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount
Teacher: Chet Butterworth
Who Can Attend: Anyone
Option 4) “Identity Crisis” Finding Your Identity in Christ
Teacher: Reid Hillin
Who Can Attend: Everyone