Student Ministry Recap
The cold autumn air didn’t slow down our youth ministry activities! For Sunday morning bible studies, youth finished up a movie study on I Can Only Imagine, and then jumped into a study on a different movie: A Case For Christ. The movie is based on a true story about Lee Strobel, an atheist journalist who comes to faith after investigating Christ. It will help us look at ways we can defend our faith in the face of tough questions.
In very exciting news, 2018’s Confirmation class of 27 Freshmen confirmed their faith in Christ Jesus on Reformation Sunday. Please continue to pray for these young people that they keep fighting the good fight of faith. Junior high youth participated in a very fun Halloween tradition: “Trick or Canning.” Youth got into costume and went out into the community, except instead of collecting candy, they collected canned goods for our food pantry. Together we gathered close to 200 cans!
It has been 3 months since we officially launched a very exciting project called the Youth Leadership Initiative. Basically, six members of the high school youth group have taken on leadership roles that assist the youth program. They have already taken charge by doing things like improving our social media presence, leading prayers, planning activities, and leading small groups during our devotion time.
Looking forward, we are continuing to prepare for the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis in July 2019. Every three years, close to 30,000 young Lutherans gather together in one city to praise God, serve the community, and strengthen their faith at National Youth Gathering. We are excited to be a part of that! The youth will be hosting at least 8 fundraisers in the coming months to raise support for their trip, so stay tuned to see how you can help! In November, the Junior High students went to a trampoline park and the High Schoolers are had an overnight lock-in. These events are fun, but they also help the youth build their friendships and develop a stronger internal unity within the youth group. Our December fellowship events included a trip to the German Christmas Market downtown and a White Elephant Christmas celebration.
One challenge for our youth program is finding more committed volunteers to help consistently with Sunday nights & special events. We are blessed with very committed Confirmation mentors: Teresa Buse, Joanne Unrath, Bob Schmidt, Marilyn Lemke, Marsha Edeus, and Jayne Sanne. Additionally, Shilpa Hull, Greg Frey, and Cassandra Fischer have been a blessing with their help on Sunday nights. However, due to the growing size of the youth group, we desperately need more hands on deck to ensure the safety and effectiveness our ministry provides to the youth. Please consider helping out with our youth program and pray that God would send the right people to aid in His ministry. Thanks for reading!