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

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Thank you for supporting VLM Camp Vermilion & Camp Hiawatha at our Annual Camp Sunday!

We are once again sending many of our youth to camp this summer, and if you want to support this important ministry, you can designate your giving at anytime toward our cost of sending youth. We want to be able to help every family send their children if they have an interest in attending camp. It is a wonderful experience, and a great way to assist in the spiritual formation of a young person as they grow in their faith. Thank you for considering~

Now Hiring Summer Staff!!!

The privilege to change our world by investing ourselves in the lives of children is the best way to spend a summer.

We are seeking college-aged adults to be part of our summer community. Not only will you impact the life of our campers, but you’ll also gain skills in leadership, problem solving, small group development, worship planning, and more. You’ll also grow in your own faith as you dig into what it means to Weave JOY. And all of this as you enjoy the beauty of God’s great northwoods!

In addition to counselors, we are also seeking kitchen staff (head cooks and assistants), waterfront directors, health care managers, canteen managers, maintenance assistants and leadership staff.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more, go to our Summer Employment page. You can also find the application there.

 

 

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Youth Ministry

 

Happy February OSLC!

Pastor and I had a meeting sometime this last month in which we were recapping all the events that had transpired over the season of Advent. We shared all the joys we had with the season, as well as the busyness of it all! We came to the conclusion that the busyness has simply just carried over to the New Year, as we see our building being oh so active every single day! As I get to know our members on a deeper level with the more time I spend here, I am continually surprised with the generosity that our Congregation has to support our mission and outreach we have. On January 20th, I became a member of Our Savior’s, and it brings me joy to be connected with our members on a new level!

Sunday School will be back in full swing for the month of February! After meeting with parents and our Sunday School volunteers, I’ve decided we are going in deep to explore some of our biggest Bible stories! From Noah and the Ark to the parables that Jesus told, we feel the need to revisit these important Biblical stories to really give our students a foundation for greater learning possibilities in future. Our lessons will change depending on the particular story, as I work with our volunteers to determine the best ways we can get the message to our students. I am excited to start this new unit with our students, and learn what our students already know!

Confirmation classes are now at Gethsemane for the remainder of the Confirmation year! We had a glorious time at Our Savior’s which included meeting seven times for class, our caroling event, as well as a fellowship movie night! As we look ahead to February and beyond our students will continue to tackle complex subject areas crucial to our faith. Our 6-8th graders will explore Holy Baptism, Communion, Confession, Forgiveness, and Daily Prayers. Our 9th grade class will go into detail about the Two Kingdoms, Vocation, Worship, and Doubt before we get into Ash Wednesday and Lenten Worships. Members of each congregation are currently meeting to plan Lenten Worships, so more information about how our Confirmation youth will involved in those services will be released shortly! We have a retreat opportunity towards the end of February on the 22nd and 23rd at Camp Vermillion! As always if you have any questions about our youth programs or would like to get involved, please let me know!

Ben

 

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Youth Announcements – Winter is upon us!

Happy Holidays!


I am incredibly excited to start the season of advent with you all! The month of November was busy for our youth, and December is going to be even more eventful! Again, our Sunday school will be putting on the Christmas program on December 9th! It will be wonderful telling of Jesus’ birth—performed by all members of our program with some songs mixed in! Our children have been working diligently over the past few weeks, and are excited to show our Congregation! After our program we will spend the last few Sundays of the Advent season going over details in the Christmas story, as well as creating all sorts of crafts!

Confirmation students are in for a change with the season as well! Starting on December 5th Our Savior’s will be hosting Confirmation classes! We have had a wonderful time at Messiah, but I’m excited to bring the joy of our fellowship to our building! We had 13 youth attend the Middle School Youth Gathering at Cragun’s a few weeks ago! We had a blessed time worshipping with youth across our synod, and had a blast with all the fun activities the LYO board had planned for us! On December 12th we will have our Christmas and caroling event, which will include all of our Confirmation students going to Assisted Living Facilities to spread the Christmas cheer that is starting to build up in our hearts! Drivers are still needed for this event to help transport students to each place! Once we have sung our last carol we will come back to Our Savior’s to celebrate in fellowship with Hot Cocoa and snacks!

Our Confirmation program also hosts a meal on Wednesdays before class in which all are welcome to attend, this also means we need volunteers to help with these meals! If you have any interest please reach out to me.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Ben

Confirmation classes will start meeting at OSLC in December on Wednesdays at 6:30pm as usual!

 

 

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Hello from Houston!

Isn’t it wonderful to see the Journey come to fruition? Many of you have contributed to make this National Youth Gathering trip possible; and you are very much appreciated for your thoughtfulness and hard work!

Won’t you continue to pray for the youth and youth workers who have embarked on this important journey to Houston~ Please pray for Hailey, Kelsey, Katie, Ryan, Jace, Jayda, Alex, Eric & Meagan, and all the youth & youth workers from neighboring churches who are also attending. 

You can find updates while they are in Houston on our facebook page (Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Virginia MN) and also at  http://elca.org/gathering.

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Voyageur’s Lutheran Ministry

VLM is  an Outdoor Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that offers summer and year-round camping programs for God’s people of all ages.

Voyageur’s Lutheran Ministry  “provides opportunities for Christ-centered spiritual growth, leadership development, and outreach in God’s great northwoods.”

For yoiuth, spend time at Camp Hiawatha or Camp Vermilion during the summer and you will experience a week of a lifetime!  It’s a chance to try some new things, meet new friends, explore your creative side, learn team work, be silly, sing, laugh, and learn what it means to live as God’s people in the world!

We have programs for all ages – a one day experience for those new to camp, a two night program for those not quite ready for a full week, and week-long programs for elementary, junior high, and senior high campers.  No matter what option you choose, we will work hard to make it a experience to remember.

During the fall, winter and spring, there are various retreats that take place for adults and youth. You can find out more by visiting their site at http://www.vlmcamps.org/

 

 

 

 

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Food Shelf Giving Throughout the Year

Our Savior’s raised funds with our Annual S(o)uper Bowl of Caring Day on Super Bowl Sunday! The proceeds we collect for this benefit the Quad Cities Food Shelf to tackle hunger in central St. Louis County.

During the year, we have several events and special  times that we collect funds to give to Quad Cities Food Shelf, like giving in March, when funds are matched in the state of Minnesota through Food Share! WELCA, our Women of the ELCA group also gives regularly to combat hunger in St. Louis County.  We also collect funds during Lent for the local food shelves.

There are many ways you can give, along with others at OSLC, to help families and children thrive in our area and beyond. You will find that people here have big, generous hearts, and are always willing to help area organizations keep food on the shelf for those  who may need that little extra to get through the month.

2015 ELCA Youth Gathering

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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!