Youth and Family Ministries


Christmas Wreath Fundraiser




Order your wreaths, garland and centerpieces

Click here for an order form
or stop by the church Welcome Center

Children│Preschool – 5th Grade

Scripture First Classes

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,

Reformation Sunday, October 29 – no classes. Scripture First for children and youth is cancelled on Reformation Sunday, October 29, so families can celebrate and worship together the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.Reformation Sunday, October 29 – no classes. Scripture First for children and youth is cancelled on Reformation Sunday, October 29, so families can celebrate and worship together the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Baby’s First Christmas – a brand new milestone for families with children 0-18 months will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10:30 – 11:30a.m. We will spend some time talking about holiday traditions and ways to incorporate our faith into our rituals. There will be a special gift and a photo taken for the children. Please RSVP by Monday, October 23. Contact KristyZuraff: kzuraff@flcsf.orgor call 339-1983 ext. 228

Middle School│6th – 8th Grade

Confirmation Classes for 6th, 7th & 8th grades - continue Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Bring your binders, bibles and a smile!

Save the date - MS Halloween Game Night is on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Cost is $5 at the church. Friends are welcome (they need a Medical Release form available on line). Sign up in the Youth & Family office.

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.


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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

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.