Youth and Family Ministries

Children│Preschool – 5th Grade

Scripture First Classes

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. Please note: there is no Wednesday Night Scripture First on Nov. 22 this month. 

 We Are the Church Milestone for two-year olds is all about introducing your child to their church by making them a picture book that includes photos of them. Held on Saturday, November 18 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Choose a time that works for your schedule and nap time! This day will include: lots of picture taking in different places with different items in the church and people of the church, hearing a bible story and a fun craft. 

Please RSVP by Monday, November 13 (so we know how many to plan for).Contact  our Administrative Assistant Kristy Zuraff: or call 339-1983 ext 228. Don't forget to choose your time. WE look forward to seeing you!


Middle School│6th – 8th Grade

Confirmation Classes for 6th, 7th & 8th grades - meets on Wednesday  from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. we start in the sanctuary for opening then on to class with your Shepherd.

Middle School Youth Gathering is Nov. 17–19. Cost is $75. Get ready for an adventure in faith in the new frontier of Joy Ranch. Stay in JR's Bunkhouse, enjoy root beer floats and games in the Thirsty Boot Saloon and hang out in Wild Bill's Game Room. You will be spending the weekend with the amazing Joy Ranch staff, adults from your church and peers from around South Dakota. Sign up in the Youth & Family Office. Camp assistance is available. 

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., Caribou Coffee at 2300 Minnesota Ave. Bring your Bible.

Ninth Grade Confirmation begins their church visits this month on Sunday, November 12 at First Baptism Church (1401 S. Covell Avenue) at 8:45 a.m. Please meet Elias there to pick up your Worship Reflection.



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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!

18 – 22 Ministry

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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.