Youth and Family Ministries

Children│Preschool – 5th Grade

The Christmas Pageant will be Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 - 3 p.m., with cookies and hot cocoa following the pageant. This year’s pageant is based on the story “The Greatest Gift,” written by local author, Tom Roberts. Tom will be at the pageant to tell the story and then our children will share their story and songs. 

Sign up at or contact Heather Smith, 339-1983, ext. 238, Rehearsals are Saturdays, Dec. 2 & 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. “The Greatest Gift” books will be available on Dec. 10 & 17 ($20) with proceeds going to Children’s Home Society.

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 Dec. 20 & 27, we return on Jan. 3. Also, there are no Sunday Scripture First classes on Dec. 17, 24 & 31. See you on Jan. 7, 2018!

Middle School│6th – 8th Grade

Confirmation Classes for 6th, 7th & 8th grades -meets on December13. We will then be on Christmas Break resuming classes on Wed., Jan. 3. Remember to fill out and turn in your Worship Reflections – available in the Welcome Center or at

High School│9th – 12th Grade

  • Youth Group – Wednesdays @ 7:30 – 9 p.m. Dec. 13 will be the annual White Elephant Christmas Party – you won’t want to miss it. Talk to Elias for details.
  • 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. (We will be on break Dec. 21 & 28).
  • HS Christmas Break Lock-In on Wednesday, Dec. 27 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Dec. 28. What?! Grab your friends – sign up with Elias.

Ninth Grade Confirmation  your last church visits is on Sunday, Jan. 14, to First Sioux Falls. 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!

 FLC 2018 Camping opportunities. These are the options for your children to attend camp with FLC staff and other FLC campers. Our staff will transport them and be there with them for the week. Camping is a significant faith experience for many children and families. We encourage you to take a look and make summer camp a priority for your family this summer.

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.