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Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Virginia, Minnesota Youth

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Back to School Bonfire

8 On one of the last perfect nights of the summer OSLC families gathered in the church backyard for fun and games, s’mores and songs. Nuke ‘Em was perhaps the most popular activity of the evening, although frisbees and bags were also thoroughly enjoyable. We ended the night with a campfire. Carolyn led us in camp songs, and the Sr. High youth shared a skit for our message. What a wonderful evening!

2015 ELCA Youth Gathering

The NE MN Synod Journey to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gatheringnyg 2

Minnesota-Lansing-Detroit-Minnesota

July 11-20, 2014

Every three years, ten’s of thousands of high school students gather together for the ELCA’s Youth Gathering. This year we invite our 9-12 grade students to journey with us as we travel from Minnesota to Michigan to…

DIG DEEP and RISE UP:

KNOW the Story . BE the Story . TELL the Story

Please prayerfully consider if this is a journey you want to take, too! For more information, join us at an informal Information Session Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 pm at OSLC or contact Meagan (Director of Youth and Family Ministry) at 218.410.4704 or m.esterby@gmail.com.

Full Time Director of Youth and Family Ministry Hired

MeaganforwebsiteMeagan Esterby will be joining Our Savior’s staff on July 1 as its new, full-time Director of Youth & Family MInistry.  Meagan comes to us from the staff of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry.  She has worn many hats at the camp as she grew up there!  She has experience as a camper as well as serving as a camp counselor and just prior to receiving a call from OS, served as Guest Relations Coordinator.  Meagan’s educational & vocational background includes: Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College with Majors in Religion and Art and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Meagan spent 4 years teaching social studies, English (and Canadian History!) in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China; AmeriCorps*VISTA with North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity; and worked extensively with college ministries at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.   Meagan shared, “Faith is more than just what we do Sunday morning and Wednesday night.  When students see how God’s call to serve has led them to volunteering in IRYA, when the Bible is the lens by which they understand a news article or a novel they are reading in school, when the life of Jesus shapes their interactions with both colleagues and opponents on the court or in the classroom, suddenly we see how active and relevant God is in our lives.  There is a greater purpose behind every decision we make and everything we do.  I believe that I can help students make those connections both at church and as a supporter in their activities in the community.”  We are excited to welcome Meagan as our Director of Youth & Family Ministry!

Opening for a Full-Time Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Our Savior’s has an opening for a full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry position.   To apply please send a letter of interest and a resume by May 23rd to the church (OSLC 1111 8th St S. Virginia, MN 55792)

JOB / PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Director of Youth and Family Ministry                                                       

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

1111  8th St S.Virginia, MN 55792

218.741.6207

2014 Ministry Description/Responsibilities

Acting in love + Building relationships + Following Jesus

Purpose

The purpose of Youth and Family Ministry at Our Savior’s is to nurture, support and foster youth and their families in faith formation.   To lead a dynamic and comprehensive, Christ centered ministry that encourages faith filled intergenerational relationships, programs and activities, as well as pastoral care for youth and their families.  Provide primary leadership in developing and implementing a congregation based ministry with youth and families.

Accountability

The Director of Youth and Family Ministry is supervised by the Senior Pastor; works directly with the Youth and Family Board as well as other staff (AiM, secretary, janitors, music director, etc…) as needed in coordinating activities, events and other special needs.

The DYFM will report to the council monthly with a written report and attendance at the meeting.   Will attend weekly staff meetings and the monthly Youth and Family Board meeting.

Qualifications

  • Loves the Lord and can express his/her faith well
  • Demonstrates a mature faith in Jesus Christ and a basic understanding and agreement with Lutheran theology
  • Has a passion for ministry, enthusiasm, a positive outlook, and a sense of humor
  • Self-motivated, models teamwork, and able to take constructive criticism
  • Ability to lead, motivate and relate well with youth
  • Ability to communicate and relate well with adults and congregational leadership
  • Ability to lead small groups to promote faith development
  • Is willing to receive coaching, outside training, and on-the-job training
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; experience with youth required
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Basic technology skills (computer programs Word, Excel, PP; texting, social media, etc.
  • A background check

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with salary and benefits as outlined in Attachment A.

 Ministry Responsibilities

In order to fulfill the purposes of Youth and Family Ministry at Our Savior’s, the following tasks are recommended:

Sunday School

The DYFM supports the Sunday School Program and Leadership by assisting in many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Developing/choosing Sunday School curriculum
  • Ordering curriculum and supplies
  • Developing/choosing Vacation Bible School opportunities
  • Assisting and/or recruiting for Special Events such as Christmas Program, Rally Sunday, Youth Sundays, etc.
  • Assisting in weekly Sunday school activities if needed
  • Incorporating at least monthly intergenerational activities
  • Maintaining open communication with Sunday school students, parents, teachers, and leadership through meetings, phone calls, emails and appropriate social media.

Confirmation – Faith Matters

The DYFM supports the Confirmation Program and Leadership by assisting in many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Developing/choosing Confirmation Curriculum, including organizing weekly lesson plans for small and large group, and organizing and tracking yearly requirements
  • Developing Confirmation Special Events, including fellowship opportunities, service opportunities, retreats, banquet and Confirmation Sunday
  • Assisting in weekly Confirmation activities, including teaching Confirmation lessons and leading Confirmation Small groups as needed.
  • Maintaining open communication with Confirmation students, parents, mentors, and leadership through meetings, phone calls, emails and appropriate social media.

Faith Finders – Wednesday Afterschool Program

The DYFM supports the Faith Finders Program and Leaders by assisting in many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Recruiting, training and supporting leadership for the Faith Finders Program
  • Developing/choosing Faith Finders curriculum and schedule
  • Assisting in weekly Faith Finders activities as needed
  • Coordinate schedule, activities, transportation, leaders, meals and snacks

Youth Group

The DYFM nurtures the youth group by organizing many events including, but not limited to Weekly Meetings, Bible Studies, Summer Trips, Camps, Retreats, Lock-Ins, and Fundraisers.

Youth and Family Ministry Team

The DYFM stays connected to the needs of the congregation by working in collaboration with the Youth and Family Ministry Team.  This Team learns about Youth and Family Ministry, listens to the needs of the congregation, envision future possibilities for this ministry, and supports with work of the Director of Youth and Family Ministry by encouraging broad support and participation in these programs and events by the youth, parents and other adults.

Mentor Youth and Families and Pastoral Care

Serves as Youth Mentor and confidante:

  • Make regular contact with the youth and families who are participating         members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church programs.
  • Make contact with youth and families who are not participating members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church programs.
  • Contact visitors and their families to introduce them to Our Savior’s programs.
  • Provide emergency and pastoral care for all youth and their families as needed or requested by families and/or the pastor.
  • Establish and maintain personal relationships with families that have children and youth participating in any of the programs at Our Savior’s.

Special Events

The DYFM develops and coordinated special events which create opportunities to nurture faith relationships among youth, family, congregation, and community.

  • These events should be planned in response to needs and participation of the community.
  • Preparation for these events includes recognizing spiritual gifts in others and developing appropriate leadership opportunities for them.
  • The following are Special Events already established at Our Savior’s
    • Synod Events – Middle School Gathering, Cardia Deo, National Youth Gather, LYO
    • Souper Bowl of Caring
    • Mardi Gras
    • Quad Cities Youth Events
    • Quarterly Family Events

Fundraising

The DYFM supports the youth and families in fundraising so that special events are affordable to attend.  The following are fundraisers that have been established at Our Savior’s:

  • Land of the Loon Parking
  • Shrove Pancake Breakfast (Sunday before Ash Wednesday)
  • Easter Breakfast
  • Lenten Soup Supper
  • Coffee first Sunday of the month

Support for these ministries may include coaching, training, and connecting these ministries to each other as well as to additional resources.

Publicity and Contact Hours

Office Hours –This includes time spent creating publicity regarding special events and ministries.   Attending staff, committee & council meetings as well as any other administration duties as defined in job description or by senior pastor.

  • Publicity includes invitations, bulletin inserts/announcements, newsletter articles, posters, flyers, emails, phone calls, social media, church website, etc.

Contact Hours – are a way to create, sustain, and deepen relationships with youth and families.

  • These hours include time spent making direct and continued contact with youth and families through phone calls, emails, personal visits, and community events
  • Community events include any events youth are involved in, such as sports events, school plays, concerts, etc.

Resources and References

The DYFM provides information to the community about important issues impacting youth and families.  These resources should be provided in response to the needs and participation of the community.

  • Resources can be made available in print, online, and in person as the youth and family minister provides referrals to appropriately trained professionals to resolve certain issues.

The DYFM will use appropriate adult leaders (chaperones) at all youth events.  Suggestions may include one adult for every seven youth, at least one male and one female adult, and adults that are at least 21 years old.

Special Congregational Meeting – April 27th, 2014

The council has called for a special congregational meeting to take place on Sunday, April 27th starting at 10:30 a.m.  The agenda item for this meeting will be a motion made by the Youth and Family board regarding adding at full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry position.    Below you will find further information regarding the position and the upcoming meeting.  Please plan to attend.

Happy Spring!  This letter comes to you with exciting information about the proposed addition to Our Savior’s staff of a Full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry.   Two presentations have been given on this vision and proposal.  This letter breaks down the financial piece as we will be looking to the congregation to help support the second half of the salary for the first year and a half of the new position.

If at anytime you have questions about this position, you are encouraged to contact the church office to talk to either Pastor Bob, AiM Brenda or Pastor Liz. Or feel free to contact anyone of the members of the Youth and Family Board (Steve Carlson, Kristi Ongalo, Jackie & Nathan LeBeque, Bob Bjorum).  You are welcome to pick up packets available in the church office that contain the information and proposal for this position.

The church council has called for a special congregational meeting on Sunday, April 27th from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall to vote on the following motion that will be brought forth by the Youth and Family Ministry Team.

The motion states:

The Youth & Family Ministry Team moves that a full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry be added to the staff.  The funds for the position will be received through donors for the first 18 months with the 2016 budget properly reflecting and sustaining the full-time salary, benefits and taxes of this position.

Please plan to attend the meeting on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 10:30 in the fellowship hall.  Absentee ballots are not allowed per our constitution.

If you find it in your budget and part of your personal stewardship and ministry to financially support this position, please fill out and return the Intent to Pledge slip found in this mailing.  A return envelope has been included for you convenience.  There are many options and levels of giving for you to choose from.   A reminder that this pledge would be above and beyond your regular giving.  Please see the breakdown of pledges and number of donors needed to make this happen.  Note that the current budget covers about half of the full-time salary – $15,604.50

Thank you for your faithfulness and your continued stewardship, which comes through in many ways.    Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to be a part of this wonderful and important ministry opportunity!

In Christ, Our Savior’s Youth and Family Ministry Team

Vision is a Gift of God: Director of Youth & Family Info

Vision is a gift of God that leads us into a powerful, purposeful future where transformative ministry happens! Please make plans to attend one of two informational meetings regarding a future full-time position for a Director of Youth and Family Ministry here at Our Savior’s. A proposal has been presented to both the finance committee and church council, put together by Our Savior’s Youth and Family Visioning Task Force Team (at the request of the council).

It was approved by the Youth and Family Ministry Team. We are now ready to present this vision and proposal to the entire congregation on Sunday, March 30th in the fellowship hall following the worship service and on Wednesday, April 2nd following the Lenten service.

You will have the opportunity to “Catch the Vision” and hear the proposal. There will be no decisions made at either of these meetings. They are simply informational and an opportunity for you to ask questions. Please plan to attend. The future of Our Savior’s is counting on it.

Bible Quest (Sunday school) Begins!

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Bible Quest (Formally Known as Sunday School) begins on Sunday, September 15th at 10:35 with singing in the Bridge Room.

There are three classes:  Preschool-K; 1st – 3rd Graders; 4th & 5th Graders

Classes meet on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays in the West Wing following worship at 10:35 a.m.

The First Sunday of the month there will be an intergenerational class that takes place in the Fellowship Hall for all ages!