This is the week of
Guys’ Retreat Dudefest.
Many of you have manned-up for Dudefest already, but it seems that there are several delicate flowers out there who aren’t sure how much they dig havin’ stellar hangs chillin’ with their dude-bros. If that’s you, then, GET IT TOGETHER, BRO.
If you know what’s good for ya, then you’ll get yourself signed-up for the best weekend of your life by this Wednesday. If you don’t know what’s good for you, then some combination of the three men below will be happy to teach you. #MANSTUFF
So get those forms in, PRONTO, because the last thing you want in this man’s life is to miss out on Dudefest.
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF:
That’s pretty much it, so PARTY ON!
Let us know if you have any questions.
Listen up, brother.
It’s time to get those forms in for Guys’ Retreat (Dudefest).
Here’s the deal. If you don’t get them in on or before January 9th, then the price will go up from $60 to $75. That’s $15 you could be using to buy 5lbs of bacon… or flowers for your mother, because you’re considerate like that.
You don’t want to miss this weekend. Because you’re a man.
David and I went to visit the place where we’ll be having Dude-fest January 18-20th, and it’s awesome!
Don’t forget to turn in your forms by January 9th. (On January 10th a $15 late fee will be added.)
And, if you haven’t already turned in an annual medical release form we will need you to turn that in with the application. That can also be found in on the forms page.
Well the girls just finished the first ever WoodmontYG Girls’ Retreat so it’s only appropriate we start talking about the 1st Ever WoodmontYG Guy’s Retreat.
The 1st Ever WoodmontYG Guys’ Retreat (Potential new name: Dudefest 2013) is scheduled for January 18th, 19th, and 20th at Camp Bethany Hills in Kingston Springs.
So mark it on your calendar and go to our forms section to download an application.
The cost is $60. Scholarship money is available if necessary.
Applications and money are due by January 9th 2013. On January 10th a $15 late fee will be added.
Lastly, if we don’t already have an annual medical release form for each student we will need you to turn that in with the application. That form can also be found in on the forms page.
The First Ever Girls’ Retreat was a huge success! I have trouble finding the words to express how wonderful you girls are. Donna, the camp caretaker, wanted to be sure I told you how impressed she was with how well you cleaned the Virginia Waller Center! It’s funny how we can touch people even when we are doing things like cleaning up after ourselves! You girls only solidified that David and Jesse have the BEST group of teens ever! Thank you for making this weekend so incredibly special for me. I loved watching you pour out your hearts in worship, share some of your deepest thoughts with your small groups, spending quiet time alone with God, and doing silly things together like a music video. I am praying for each of you as you are entering back into the hustle and bustle of your routines.
Do you want to see Annie again? Well, we have a great opportunity to hear her along with several other talented women at the Girls of Grace Conference on February 23rd. The Beautiful Truth is the can’t miss event for teen girls, equipping them with the tools they need to find their security in Christ. If you would like to see who will be speaking and the artists that will be attending, go to this link http://www.girlsofgrace.com/tour/nashville-tn. Right now I am trying to gage general interest. Ticket cost may be somewhere around $50, however, we are hoping to get a group discount to lower the cost. If you are interested in going please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just in case you’re reading this and you don’t know what happened this weekend. Here’s a little taste.
First of all please remember the Girls’ Retreat application deadline is quickly approaching! I absolutely cannot wait to spend the weekend with everyone who can make it. Please please print off an application and turn it in ASAP!!
Secondly, I was reading Annie F. Downs’ book “Perfectly Unique” this morning and felt the need to reiterate how excited I am that she is coming to speak to us!! We are truly blessed to have this amazing opportunity to spend the weekend with such an inspirational sister in Christ.
As I read chapter 5 titled “Mouth,” I must confess that it hit a little too close to home. It was one of those moments that you know you could have only been placed there by the gentle guiding of God’s loving hand. Annie described 3 different circumstances happening all in one day that involved gossip. She had to spend 12 hours that day either involved in resolving gossip said about about her, gossip said about her sister, or cleaning up after gossip she was accused of spreading. Listen to what Annie had to say regarding this experience:
“Our mouths are powerful. Just look how in one day, in 12 hours exactly, mouths have changed everything. Something as small as a tongue has rocked my life.”
At the moment, I find myself in a situation that has been going on for far too long (5 months actually) that has been damaged by words. On this one particular day for me, words were spoken and a relationship that I cherish was altered. Now 5 months later we find ourselves trying to rebuild what was broken with someone’s words. Honestly, I am still dealing with the pain of this situation but praying for God to mend this very special relationship and to guard us from the evil that so easily entangles us.
I wanted to share this with you girls because I know that on a daily basis you are confronted with things from the mouth like gossip, sarcasm, boasting, crude jokes, cruel words, complaining, and do I need to go on?! But what we must remember is this:
“With your tongue, you create. The question you can ask yourself daily is this: What am I creating with the words I am saying?”- Annie Downs
Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Are you going through tough times with friends or family members where words that were exchanged were damaging? Then you don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear Annie speak. She speaks of real life situations, gives them perspective, and kindly encourages us to hear the call that God has for us as women and using the unique beauty (I’m not just talking about outward here) that was so intricately woven by God.
Her challenge for us today is this:
Listen to yourself today. What are you talking about? How is it honoring God?
Write these scriptures on your heart
Matthew 12:34- For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Proverbs 10:19- When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Proverbs 16:24- Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Big news! We now have author Annie Downs (visit her web-page here) coming to be our guest speaker for the entire weekend!
Annie recently published a book called Perfectly Unique which she describes as, “A candid, easy-to-read guide that uses real-life examples and faith-based instruction to equip girls with the confidence, faith and moxie they’ll need to face their teen and college years.”
We are quite lucky to get Annie to come be with us on the Girls’ Retreat and we hope you all are as excited as we are to hear and experience what God is teaching Annie.
The retreat is for all girls grades 6 – 12, the sign up forms and $60 are due by October 28th (From now on we will ask for a $15 late fee for turning either money or forms after the due date).
Kristin Sessions and your female Lifeguards are already working really hard on this and it is sounding like its going to be a really wonderful weekend.
Look for sign forms on the “forms” page soon.
The following is our Fall Retreat Schedule. I think I (Dave) may have told some of you wrong that we are meeting at 6:00, that is wrong, but not terribly wrong. See the schedule below.
Friday September 7th
6:30 – meet at Woodmont having already eaten dinner
7:00 – Leave for retreat (I know the temptation is to arrive at 6:55 because we don’t leave till 7, please don’t do that)
8:00 – Arrive at retreat and set up for the weekend
8:30 – Fun Activity
9:15 – Worship
10:45 – Lights out
Saturday – September 8:00
8:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – Morning Devo. (High School and Middle School will do this and Solo Time separately)
10:00 – Solo Time
11:00 – Lifegroups
12:15 – Lunch
1:00 – Activity
2:00 – Free time
5:00 – Dinner
6:00 – Special, surprise, super splendid guest star
7:30 – Worship
9:30 – Surprise activity
Sunday – September 9th
8:15 – Breakfast – Clean up
9:30 – Worship
10:30 – Final Clean up
11:00 – Leave
I forgot to mention in the first draft of this that there will be a late van going up Saturday morning that Paul and Charman Compton have graciously offered to drive. If you would like to go up on Saturday PLEASE contact us to reserve your spot. PLEASE do not just assume your spot is saved!