Summer Stretch is a service and recreational program for kids who have completed grades 4-8. We will do service work in the morning and then attend a recreational event in the afternoon, on six various Wednesdays this summer. Light of Christ is partnering with Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo for Summer Stretch! Dates are Wednesdays, June 21 & 28, July 19 & 26, August 2 & 9, with an end of Summer Celebration at the Twins Game on Thursday, August 17. Sign up for a few, or all! Cost varies depending on fun activity. Sign up by going to Light of Christ’s website, and click the Summer Stretch link under the Children & Youth tab! Parents and other caring adults are invited to help out. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rachel.
The Silent Auction and Spaghetti Dinner last month was a marvelous success! A BIG thank you to all of those who donated, attended, or supported the Youth Fundraiser this year. The proceeds provided much appreciated financial support for the HS youth attending the Mission Trip to Colorado this summer. Over 30 youth will be spreading God’s love and giving their energy on the mission trip, and they cannot wait to go! YOU made it such a successful event, and we, the youth, are greatly blessed! Thank you!
When we choose to give our time, energy, and talents to serve others, we are taking part in God’s work to share the love of Christ and give God glory. Romans 12: 4-5 says, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” With God working in us and through us, we can make a difference!
Summer is going to be here before we know it! Do your plans for those glorious warm days include some time at camp? We hope so! Why not take some time to focus on your faith in new ways!
On Sunday, February 12th, Mandy Severtson from Green Lake Lutheran Ministries will be here to share about the camp opportunities for our kids. There will be a parent info session on Sunday at 10am in the Sanctuary for parents of 1st through 6th graders. On Wednesday, February 15th, she will be back again to talk about Camp House, the Confirmation camp opportunity. Parent info session for 7th and 8th grade parents will be from 7:30-8pm on Wednesday evening. Don't miss this important opportunity to learn more about the important faith events of summer 2017!
Sugar Creek Retreat Weekend, January 13th-15th High Schoolers, come spend a weekend away at camp filled with outdoor activities, conversation, and growing to-gether in faith and friendship. Cost is $85, and we would leave after school on Friday. Turn in money and form to Rachel by January 8th.
LOC Sledding Day, Monday, January 16th Mark your calendars for a fun day of snow tubing at Three Rivers Park in Maple Grove! Parents, if you are able to help drive, please let me know!
Ultimate Lock-In, January 27th LOC and Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake are teaming up to bring Confirmation kids to the Lock-In this year. Cost is $30, plus a canned food item. Fill out the form, and submit the $30 check to Rachel by January 25th.
HS Mission Trip 2017, June 17-24 To officially secure a spot on the Mission Trip, please turn in initial forms and $100 deposit by January 15th. We have a limited number of spots for the trip, so act now! Please also note that our second Mission Trip meeting, where we will discuss fundraising, will be on Wednesday, February 1st at 8pm.
Wilderness Canoe Trip, August 5-11 Students in grades 9-12 are invited to experience the beauty and serenity of the Boundary Waters while deepening one's faith and appreciation for God's creation. Talk to me soon if you are interested in this awesome opportunity! The deadline for registering is January 10th.
Summer Confirmation Trip, July 9-14 Confirmation kids will experience northern Minnesota during a Service & Adventure Week! We will spend a few days doing service projects around the Two Harbors/Duluth Area, and half of the week enjoying the great outdoors through canoeing, swimming, classic camp activities, and more! Hear more about this amazing experience when a camp representative comes to speak on Sunday, February 12th, and on Wednesday, February 15th! Save the dates for this special opportunity!
Looking ahead, here is what is coming up in the next few months!
LOC is going to camp!! During summer of 2017, we have many options for children and youth of all ages to head up north to camp, serve, and grow in their faith! LOC is partnering with Green Lake Lutheran Ministries to ensure that each age group has a special week of summer that is all about them! I am SO excited to announce that I will be taking the Confirmation students up to a place called Camp House this summer!
North Shore Service/Adventure Week, July 9th - 14th: head up north to Camp House where we will spend half of the week doing various service projects around the Two Harbors/Duluth area, and half of the week enjoying the great outdoors through canoeing, swimming, camp games, and more.
Save the date for this special opportunity. More details and registration information to come!
New Acolyte Sign-Up
Please click here to view next quarter's acolyte Sign-Up Genius. Remember, each Confirmation student is asked to acolyte AT LEAST once per year. Additionally, Pastor Bruce has asked that there be two acolytes for every service of Communion, so that Communion distribution can happen twice as fast. This means that we need more of you to sign up and complete this expectation! Sign up now before you forget.
Feed My Starving Children
Confirmation is going to Feed My Starving Children on Wednesday, November 30th! There will be two shifts, 6-7:30pm and 8-9:30pm. Kids will go with their small group leader in the specified shift unless we hear otherwise. We will need more parent chaperones, particularly for the later shift. If you are a parent willing to drive and participate, let Rachel know!
Christmas Program youth singing groups
The Children's Committee is looking for Confirmation and high school-aged youth to sing a trio or duet to O Come Little Children as the Sunday School children process into the Sanctuary. Ask your son or daughter if they have a few friends they would be willing to sing with! What a cool opportunity to share your gifts with the congregation!
1. LOC is partnering with Love INC with their Christmas Sharing program. We are in need of some more youth and adults to help with the gift drop off on Saturday, Dec 10th starting as early as 8am. Let me know if you are interested in helping out!
2. Do you like NHS hours? Or Christmas decorating? The Worship and Music Committee needs your help! They will be putting up Christmas decorations and new paraments around the church on December 3rd at 1pm, and taking them down on January 7th at 10pm. Let me know if you are interested in helping this committee.
HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIP MEETING: November 16th, 8pm
If you are remotely interested in the summer trips for 2017, this meeting is a must! We will be going to Colorado for the Mission Trip, and the Boundary Waters for Adventure Week! Secure a spot, learn how to fund raise, and hear more details about the trip at this important meeting Wednesday, November 16th at 8pm.
Rachel's Wish List
Do you ever wonder what life would be like if we didn't ever have to sleep??! Until the day we figure out how, I am limited to a certain number of hours I can work each week. I have SO many great ideas for this ministry, but I can't fit them all in! Below is a list of projects that I can't seem to find time to get done by myself, but with your help, it is possible! Consider volunteering your time to help me accomplish these goals.
Children's Committee is busily planning the Christmas program this year, to take place on December 18th. They are looking for Confirmation and high school-aged youth to sing a trio or duet to O Come Little Children as the Sunday School children process into the Sanctuary. Ask your son or daughter if they have a few friends they would be willing to sing with! What a cool opportunity to share your gifts with the congregation!
LOC Sleep Out
6th through 12th graders are welcome at Light of Christ on November 12th at 6pm to participate in the Sleep Out. We will play games, eat s’mores, learn about homelessness in our community and in the Twin Cities, and collect toiletries and baby items for Minneapolis-based homeless shelters. Parents should pick up their youth at 10pm (while 9th - 12th graders are welcome to stay the night and sleep in boxes!). Sign up your youth by filling out the attached document either electronically or in hard copy form. Parents - we absolutely will need YOU to help make this event happen, and to assure it is well supervised and fun. Please consider volunteering for part of the event if your youth is attending.
November 16th, 8pm - Are you interested in next year's summer trips? Parents and HS youth, come to this meeting to learn more about the Mission and Adventure trips for 2017. We will discuss fundraising and registration info!
Feed My Starving Children
Confirmation is going to Feed My Starving Children on Wednesday, November 30th! There will be two shifts, 6-7:30pm and 8-9:30pm. Small groups will decide on a shift and go together. We will need more parent chaperones! If you are a parent willing to drive and participate, let Rachel know!
Confirmation (grades 7-9)
- Thursday, October 20th - Soul Sisterhood Summit, a leadership/exploration camp for girls at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested, or check out their website at thesoulsisterhood.com
- Wednesday, October 26th - The 10th grade Confirmation students will present their faith statements to their peers during Confirmation at 6:30pm. Parents, grandparents, and sponsors are welcome and encouraged to attend.
- Sunday, October 30th - Service of Confirmation at 10:45am
High School (grades 9 -12)
The high school youth grew pumpkins this year behind the woodpile, and will be available for sale during the month of October. Funds will go to the 2017 summer mission trip. Thank you for your support of our youth!
Weekly updates: Are you a parent of a Confirmation student or a high schooler that is interested in all of the activities and events your youth is invited to? Please email Rachel (email@example.com) if you would like to be signed up to receive a weekly High School Update or a weekly Confirmation Update via email. Help Rachel promote news quickly and easily by subscribing to her weekly emails that will be filled with important information about fundraisers, sleep outs, mission trips, lock-ins, and other exciting youth events throughout the year.
“New Beginnings” on Wednesday Nights!
I cannot be more excited for Wednesday night programming to start up at Light of Christ! Pastor Bruce and I look forward to working together to create an engaging new program for both youth and parents. Please note that we will have a literal “new beginning” time for Confirmation - Confirmation will start at 6:30pm on Wednesday nights in the Sanctuary. This change will allow for high school fellowship events on Wednesday nights starting at 8pm. Ninth through twelfth graders are welcome for worship, food, devotions, and fun on High School Fellowship (HSF) nights! Even though I am a rookie this year, I am confident that these new beginnings will be the start of a reinvigorated youth program, as fun and as vibrant as ever! I can’t wait to see youth and family at the Confirmation Kickoff at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 14th.
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Register for Confirmation this fall! Youth going into 7th, 8th, or 9th grade need to register for Confirmation! Orientation Wednesday is September 14th. Kids and their parents/guardians are expected to attend. The registration fee is $10 per child, $25 maximum per family. Register on the LOC website.
We need Confirmation Guides! Are you a parent of a child in confirmation? Are you an empty nester looking for a way to get more involved at LOC? Are you a parent of young children already itching to hang out with middle school youth? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then signing up to be a Confirmation Guide is a great thing to do! Rachel and Pastor Bruce are in need of caring, brave adults to be mentors to the youth at LOC. These kids are the foundation of this church, and it is important that they learn about their faith and Lutheran heritage. We want YOU to be a part of this awesome experience! Email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. High Schoolers...Do you want to be a Junior Confirmation guide? Contact Rachel at email@example.com and let her know!
Greetings members of Light of Christ!
My name is Rachel, and starting August 1st, I will be your new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. My first day at Light of Christ is approaching quickly and I cannot be more excited!
My passion for youth ministry was fostered during my summers spent as a camp counselor in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. While there, I mentored campers during overnight camps, encouraged them on thrilling backpacking trips, and led fun activities during VBS day camps!
I graduated from St. Olaf College in 2015, and for the past year I have been living and serving in Jerusalem and the West Bank as a volunteer through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. I taught English at a school serving the Palestinian population for children with visual impairments and special needs. I also spent one day a week at the Lutheran church synod office at the Women’s Desk, where I organized seminars and wrote articles promoting gender justice in the church and society. These experiences have cultivated in me a passion for children’s faith education with an emphasis in service, creativity, and exploration.
For Palestinian Christians, the olive tree stands as a symbol for the steadfast, enduring love of God, rooted in community, and nourished by life-giving waters. I hope that I can contribute to and nurture Light of Christ’s children, youth, and family ministries so that the church can be an olive tree, a sign of comfort and revitalization, for all members. I ask for your prayers as I transition from Jerusalem back to Minnesota. I also ask that you be patient with and supportive of me as I settle into this new community and job. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you, and I look forward to doing ministry and having fun together!