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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN Youth News & Events

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.

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.

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!

Way to go, Joe!

Joe Dennie with his gift of appreciation from VLM for his years as a board member.
Joe Dennie with his gift of appreciation from VLM for his years as a board member.

At its annual meeting on Feb. 2, Voyageur’s Lutheran Ministry recognized longtime OSLC member Joe Dennie for serving on the VLM board. Joe served six years (two three-year terms), and helped guide the organization through a period of significant transition, including selection of new executive director Joel Abenth. Thank you, Joe — Our Savior’s applauds your faithful service to this camp ministry that has touched the lives of hundreds of youth.

It’s S(o)uper Bowl time!

The countdown to the Big Game has begun — and Our Savior’s youth hopes they can count on you to “Tackle Hunger.”Souper_Bowl_of_Caring_Logo_with_Web_Address

OSLC Youth will join 573 groups across the nation in the Souper Bowl of Caring, one of the largest hunger-reduction efforts in the nation. Since the “Bowl” kicked off on Jan 21, these groups have raised more than $2 million in cash and food donations for local charities.

Again this year, OSLC’s Souper Bowl collections will go to the Quad Cities Food Shelf. Youth will be at the church doors holding soup pots following the service to collect donations. Just drop your donation in the pot representing your favorite Super Bowl team — and help gain a victory over hunger on the Range.

 

 

 

Faith Finders begins on Wednesday, September 18th at 3:15.  Bus #12 from Virginia will drop students off at the church.

 

 

 

 

The following is a schedule of events for the after-school program:

3:15 – 3:45 Students arrive and have snack

3:45 -4:00 Large Group opening in the Sanctuary

4:00-4:30  Center #1

4:30 – 5:00 Center #2

5:00 – 5:10  Large Group closing

5:10 – 5:30  Homework Help, reading, etc..

5:30 – 6:15 Dinner for All

6:15 – 7:00  Worship

7:15 -8:15 Faith Matters

To register your child for Faith Finders (K-5) or Faith Matters (6-10) you can use the following link:  REGISTRATION