Refuge Youth Weekly Update

December 1st, 2015

Advent Week 1, Hope

It's officially December, Thanksgiving is over, and we can finally, without fear of being judged, put on the Christmas music and start decorating! Christmas is upon whether you're ready or not. I love this season each year, that even with the busyness and stress that holidays bring, Advent is a time to re-focus on who Jesus is and what He means for our lives. It was such a wonderful evening on Sunday celebrating the beginning of Advent at ADVENTure Night with so many of you, and to mark the beginning we lit the first candle, the Hope Candle. And that is what Christmas is all about: the unfailing, firm hope that we have in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. No matter what the world has going on around you, we can always come back to our Hope in Christ. That never fails, that never ends. I encourage you all this week to take a few minutes and consider for your life what the Hope of Christ Jesus means to you.

"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf."

Hebrews 6:19-20

Quick Updates:

-Winter Camp: Save the date for Winter Camp 2016: Middle School Winter Camp is February 5-7, High School Winter Camp is February 26-28. Full details will be announced at our Christmas Party on Dec. 13th.

-Guy's Bible Study, apologies for the weird scheduling these past few weeks; we're taking one more week off, this Wednesday 12/2, as I will be out of town for a few days.

-Youth Worship Team will be leading Christmas Carols and worship during our single service this Sunday morning at 10am! Worship team, your practice time is 6-7pm this Thursday at church.

-Star Wars Movie Night: We're up to 47 people coming to see the new Star Wars movie on Friday 12/18, you're not gonna want to miss this! Please let me know if you want to join our group so I can get more tickets!

This Sunday Single Service at 10am // Slug 9am, Refuge Ice Skating 6pm

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Ice Skating!

Sunday, December 6th 6-7:30pm

Join us Sunday, December 6th for a fun night of Ice Skating at the Folsom Holiday Ice Rink! Get on the ice and get ready for a fun evening! Skate session is from 6-7:30pm, meet at the rink! $13 per person, includes rental. They require you to fill out their own liability release form, which you can do online here.
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Refuge Youth Christmas Party

Sunday, December 13th, 6-8pm

Join us for our annual Refuge Christmas Party! A fun night to share Christmas cookies, play awesome Christmas games (tip: brush up on your Christmas Carols), exchange ridiculous gifts, and have a great time celebrating the season with each other. Invite a friend to share the fun with!

Bring White Elephant gift for the gift exchange (no more than $12.87 value)!
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Star Wars Movie Night

Friday December 18th, 8pm at Century in Folsom

Star Wars is coming and we'll be there! Opening night for the new Star Wars movie Refuge is having an awesome movie night! This is a 3D show for opening night and tickets are only $10. We have gone ahead and pre-purchased tickets for the Century Theater in Folsom so talk to Matthew to reserve yours now, please do this as soon as possible so we can pre-purchase more tickets if necessary.

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Guy's Bible Study

Wednesdays, 8-9pm @ Peet's Coffee inside Raley's

We have just began a mid-week Guy’s Bible study; this study is geared toward High School guys and is a great time for us to get together and study God’s Word together. It’s never too late to join, we've just begun a study through the book of Galatians. Meet at the Peet's Coffee inside Raley's at 25025 BLUE RAVINE ROAD.

We will not have Bible Study on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd. Apologies for the weird scheduling the past few weeks!