Youth and Family Ministries

Children│Preschool – 5th Grade

There are still openings in Vacation Bible School and Day Camp.  Join us the week of July 30-August 2, 9 am - 3 pm, for a great week for our children. VBS for 3-yr olds through 2nd grade, Cost is $25. Day Camp for 3rd - 5th Grade, Cost is $50. Following the June 1 deadline the cost goes up $10 for VBS.  SIGN UP TODAY!


Scripture First Classes return in September

Scripture First meets at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Children from three-years old through fifth grade are invited.  

Wednesday & Sunday Morning Scripture First classes have concluded. Blessings to all our FLC families this summer. 

Keep in the know about Scripture First by joining the “Scripture First Parents” Facebook group.

Middle School│6th – 8th Grade

Summer Middle School Wednesdays for all youth entering grades sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their friends. 9am – 12pm – Open Gym. 1-3pm – Youth Group.  FREE! (If you want to stay for lunch, bring some money or a sack lunch.) Get out of the house!

Outlaw Ranch Campers are heading to the Black Hills from June 10-15. Please pray for Finn Backer, Luke Martin, Isaac Williams and Elias Youngquist as they travel and have a great adventure in faith!

Confirmation Worship Reflections! You can fill it out ON LINE! Just click the button above!

 Scripture First for Middle School & High School Youth meets Sundays in Manos de Cristo from 9:30-10:30 a.m. We are done for this school year. See you all in the fall!

Camp Metigoshe Campers head north to the North Dakota/Canada border on Sunday, June 17. We pray for these campers to have an amazing Adventure Anchored in Christ: Finn Backer, Adam M., Becca N., Leah O., Donnie S., Blake S., Bella T. and Marnie B.

Summer Youth Group Bonfires continue on Wednesday June 20 from 8 – 10:30 p.m. at Kylee Bulick’s house (836 S. Foster Ave.) Friends are always welcome! Mark your calendars for July 11 – Bonfire #3!


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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.

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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for VBS & Day Camp

We want more kids at Day Camp. Sign your soon to be 4th-6th grader up for Day Camp, July 30-August 2. Bring a friend for half price! Cost is $50 for FLC children -- bring a friend (non FLC member) for only $25. This covers 4 days of fun faith formation brought to us by counselors from NeSoDak Bible camp, food, and transportation to one surprise outing. Contact the Youth and Family staff for more information or register online HERE.

18 – 22 Ministry

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
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.