Sunday, December 5, 2010

A wassailing we go!
by Wes Olsen
This week and next, we will be having our youth group on Tuesday, to accommodate the basketball games on Wednesdays and this week is our 2nd annual wassailing night! What is wassailing you ask? Great question!

Wassailing is the same as caroling! It is best known for gaining it's popularity in England and in Christmas caroling! In fact the best example of this is found in the song, "We wish you a Merry Christmas!" Where the carolers were lower-class citizens who would go sing for the wealthy so that they may get some figgy-pudding and a cup of good cheer ( I am sure they meant tea!).
       In the tradition of wassailing we will be politely singing Christmas carols to our neighbors around Shorewood Foursquare Church this Tuesday, in hopes of spreading our own good news of the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

       We will meet in the North Foyer of Shorewood Foursquare Church at 5:30pm, where we will have some hot cocoa ready for our cold, and possibly wet night. Please dress accordingly to the forecast so that you do not freeze or get drenched! We will not be stopping at Starbucks this year, so we can do more wassailing! We should be back about 9:00pm. This is a great tradition, and I pray that many will come to know the Lord through it!

Important Information
  • Youth Group will be on Tuesday December 7 and December 14th. We will meet in the North Foyer at Shorewood Foursquare Church. This day change is to accommodate the High School Basketball games!!!
  • Pastor Matt Ramirez, Youth Pastor at Grace Church Federal Way, will be speaking at Shorewood Foursqaure Church this Sunday, December 12th at 10:00am. Everyone's invited!
  • Tuesday, December 7 is our Christmas Caroling Night. We will be going around the neighborhood in this area singing our hearts out!
  • Tuesday, December 14th is a white elephant gift exchange. Please spend no more than $10 and try not to make it gender specific.
  • We need help with scheduling parents for snacks. We have a lot of youth coming on Wednesdays and need parents to help us. Your youth can even pick it out to share! Also, if you are unable to help by bringing a snack we will also take donations, and go to the store for snacks ourselves.

by Trina Mannery

        Fall is here and we are all settling into our new schedules - school, sports and youth group!
        We are so very excited to be serving the youth, sharing time with them and growing together as we hear Gods call in our lives!
        Part of our evening is to provide the youth with a snack. Not only does a snack give them something to munch on, but provides them with valuable time to socialize and build relationships.

To do this, we need your help!
How can I Help?
        We need every family to help by providing snack one evening throughout the year. Since we have an average of 50-60 youth, we are asking 2 families to bring snack each night. Your responsibility will be to bring enough snack for 30 youth. We have lots of families so if every family contributes; we should only need your contribution once this year.

What do I need to do?
        Please contact Trina Mannery at 206-550-9298 or She will work with you to set up a date for you to bring snack on a week that will work for your schedule.

What should I bring?
       This can be homemade or store bought. Fruit and vegetables, cheese and crackers or cookies, brownies etc. Shop the sales! What's in the pantry? (Hint: They are teenagers, they love it all!)

Should I bring drinks too?
        You may provide drinks if you like, but we can provide water and that seems to work well.

How would you like the snack to come?
        Please bring the snack prepared and ready to serve. Also, please remind your youth to bring home your containers.

My schedule is crazy and I have a hard time preparing a snack, is there any other way I can help?
        Yes! If you would like to help and just don't have the time to provide a ready to eat snack, you can donate $10 to our snack fund. This fund can be used on days when we don't have anyone scheduled to provide a snack.
Thank you so much for coming along side us to help us love on and serve your kids!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Trina

God Bless You!

Important Dates
12/07/10, Youth Group - Christmas Caroling!12/14/10, Youth Group - White Elephant Party12/22/10 & 12/29/10, No Youth Group - Have a great Christmas!1/05/11, Youth Group

We thank God for each and every one of you,

Shorewood Foursquare Ignition Youth Ministry Staff

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