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Happy November, DGYM Parents!

I've never really been one of those holiday people who gets into the "spirit of Christmas" with lights, decorations, and gifts galore. But I can't help it, and I'm not ashamed to admit it... I LOVE Christmas music! (I even like the Mariah Carey Christmas album, even though I had to listen to it nonstop while working in the Walmart Christmas department the year it came out.) I suppose there are two types of people in the world: those who get annoyed with Christmas music and those, like me, who would listen (and sing!) all year 'round if it weren't for the odd glances. I just think thereís something joyous about good Christmas music, and thereís no better reason to have joy than to think about Christ entering our world and lives. All of our 6th-12th graders who attend Bible class on Sunday, December 2nd, will receive a daily devotional booklet Iíve put together to guide them through this season of Advent (December 2-24). I will have some extra copies on the Welcome Desk for any who arenít in class (or parents who want a copy). I encourage you to work through this booklet together this month and spend time with your family focusing on the hope that Jesus has brought to our lives.

In November we started a new series in our Tuesday Night Teen (TNT) Group called Forensic Faith. I hope this series of lessons will help our students know that our faith in Jesus isnít a blind faith, but a faith based on real evidence, something they can stand firm on as they grow and eventually leave our direct care. Also, I think our monthly Prayer & Praise nights have been especially powerful. You should plan on joining us for one of those! We had our initial meetup for our Girls and Guys Groups, and they will continue on a regular basis in January. We had a great group go with us to Richland for paintball and Friendsgiving in November, and their youth group will be joining us this month for a hockey night. I think itís great for our students to build relationships with teens from other parts of the Northwest.

December is always a busy time of year, and as you can see on the calendar below we have lots of ways to be involved and encourage others this month. Check out all of the details below to see what the DGYM is doing. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please donít hesitate to contact me. Merry Christmas to all!

Jeff

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:1-3)


SNL Devo
All 6th-12th graders and their parents are encouraged to join us for our Sunday Night Live Devo at the beginning of the month. We will be meeting at the home of brothers, Jacob and Nick Rommann (7542 N Wheatfield Dr.), on Sunday, December 2nd, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. We'll eat and play together (we'll see which team can Unlock the Box first!), then have a time of singing and devotion. We'll be meeting at the Youth Barn at 5:30pm for any who want to ride in the church van.

TNT Group
Our Tuesday Night Teen Group will only meet once this month because of the holiday happenings. So join us on Tuesday, December 4th, from 6:00 to 7:30pm as we continue our series called Forensic Faith. Sandwiches, chips, and drinks will be provided at the beginning of the evening. Don't miss this time of study and fellowship.

Hockey Night
All 6th-12th graders (families welcome too!) are invited to join us for an evening at the ice rink. We will be leaving the Youth Barn at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 8th, to drive over to Spokane to watch the Chiefs take on the Kootenay Ice. Tickets for the game are $12 each plus it will be Dollar Night for all hot dogs and Coke products. The teens from Richland will be joining us too and then coming back to stay the night in Coeur d'Alene to join us for Bible class and worship the next morning. Please sign up on the list on the youth bulletin board by Wednesday, December 5th, to claim your spot.

E-Squad
This time of year brings LOTS of Christmas concerts, and we want to support our fellow youth group members in some of their extracurricular activities. We will be taking the van to watch every Middle School and High School student perform (at least the ones who told me about their concerts) so check the calendar and be ready to leave the Youth Barn at the designated time. Come join us as we encourage one another and build each other up.

Christmas Caroling & Party
Make plans to join us for this fun-filled evening as we celebrate the season and spread some joy. Bundle up in your scarves and ear muffs and meet us at the Youth Barn at 4:00pm to go caroling to some of our Senior Saints. After caroling we'll head over to the Cutler's house (3433 Ranero Dr.) for some food and games. Everyone is asked to bring a wrapped white elephant gift ($10-$15) for a fun game of Dirty Santa.

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