I trust that you're all doing well this afternoon. Firstly, please make sure you save this e-mail address to your contacts list... the staff here recently updated all of our e-mail addresses due to several individuals letting us know that our e-mails were not being received, so hopefully those issues are now behind us.
As you may have heard, we have a very busy spring break ahead of us so I just want to fill you in on some of the details now so you're not out of the loop. Firstly, on Thursday March 15th, we have a Sr. High Only screening of the movie Beware of Christians. I will provide all Sr. High students with tickets to this event which is being held at Hermitage UMC in the Andrew Jackson Blvd campus, however if you or anyone you know would like to come, you can print your own FREE tickets here.
Next, we're participating in 30 Hour Famine this year. This event requires a high level of commitment from the participants both leading up to the 30 Hour Famine Lock-in by collecting donations and during the event. I will be sending permission forms and fundraising packets home with your youth this coming Wednesday, and our Famine Lock-in will be from 7:00pm Saturday March 17th until 6:30pm Sunday March 18th. You can find out more about what the 30 Hour Famine is here.
Lastly, we're having a weekend focused on homelessness beginning on Friday March 23rd through Saturday March 24th. This will be an opportunity for your teens to experience homelessness as we have a "Box-Inn" on Friday night, sleeping in cardboard boxes on the front lawn of the church, and we will follow that up by going to Nashville on Saturday morning to serve through CSM (Center for Student Missions). Please see the "News Advisory" for more detailed information.
These two overnight events within a week of each other will be very demanding of your youth, both spiritually and physically, but I anticipate these being true growth experiences for the youth (and adults) who participate. Both of these events will allow your teen understand some of the challenges that people face around the world in a very practical way, and it's my prayer that they will come away with a greater appreciation for their blessed lives, but also that they will have greater compassion and desire to serve those who are less fortunate. I hope that you'll encourage your teens to participate, and if you're available for either of those events, we desperately need additional chaperons who are willing to serve.
Please let me know if you have any questions at all. Many many blessings!
Be the Change,
Youth Ministry Coordinator
SWAT Youth Ministries - serve//worship//teach
Cook's United Methodist Church
7919 Lebanon Road
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122