Youth and Family Ministries

Children│Preschool – 5th Grade

Scripture First Classes resume with Parent/Child orientation

Online registration is open for 2017-18 Scripture First for preschoolers (3-years old by Sept. 1, 2017) – 5th graders
Questions? Please contact Kristy Zuraff at 339-1983 ext. 228,
or Heather Smith at (605) 339-1983 ext. 238,

4yr old Prayer Pillow Milestone will be held on Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will celebrate with a breakfast, craftsand their Prayer Pillow. 11 a.m. worship service with a blessing of the children and the pillows. Please RSVP, 336-1983 Ext 228, by Wed., Sept. 27. 

Middle School│6th – 8th Grade

  • 7th – 8th Grade Acolyte and Usher Training, Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., youth only.
  • Confirmation Shepherd Training, 6th, 7th and 8th grades, Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Confirmation Classes Begin, Sept. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

High School│9th – 12th Grade

  • Youth Group – Wednesdays @ 7:30 – 9 p.m. 
  • Youth Praise Band, Wednesdays @ 5:45-6:30 p.m.
  • Bible Studies -  Thursdays @ 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Carribou Coffee at 32 & Minnestoa Ave.

High School Seniors Fall Lunch Sun., Sept. 24, 12:15 p.m. in Manos de Cristo, Youth Room. High School Seniors and Parents are invited to lunch after the 11 a.m. worsip service.We would like to spend some time with you as you begin this milestone year! Join us ! Please RSVP to 339-1983 ext 228 by Wed., Sept. 20 so we know how many to plan for.

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2018 National Youth Gathering
Houston, Texas will be June 25 to July 1

Over 30,000 Lutherans will gather in Houston next summer for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Although it seems far away, First Lutheran Church is already signing up for the youth gathering. Over 20 students are on the list to go, but we have plenty more room for others.

From June 25 through July 2, First Lutheran youth and adult leaders will be riding a bus down to Houston, TX, for a week of spiritual formation, service, worship and interactive learning. We’ll hear some amazing speakers, check out the great food of Houston and give back to the community in the massive way only such a gathering of people can.

Registration is due Sept. 24 with $150 deposit. Having registration this early allows for FLC youth to save money with early-bird registration and begin their fundraising early. The total cost is $1000 for the trip, with significant portions of that covered by individual and general fundraising.

To learn more about the Youth Gathering, talk to Elias Youngquist, Youth Minister, in the Youth and Family Ministry office. This is an amazing experience and we would hate for anyone to miss out on it!

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Click here for the Young Adult page

Youth & Family Staff

Marnie Dahle Backer
Director of Youth & Family Ministry
(605) 339-1983 ext. 204

Elias Youngquist
Youth Minister
(605) 339-1983 ext. 235

Heather Smith
Children’s Minister
(605) 339-1983 ext. 238

Kristy Zuraff
Youth & Family Administrative Assistant
(605) 339-1983 ext. 228

Nursery Staff
Gayle Johnson
Annel Jolo
Irma Rodriguez Leon
Kris Stark
Samantha Stark

Liability/Medical Release Form

All youth (members and non members) need to complete a liability/medical release form to participate in any off-site activities.