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Summer 2017

Coming up this summer we have some great things happening!  We are looking forward to several different fun events over the months of June, July and August.   Human Foosball is coming up the last Sunday in June and after that we have several ideas in the pipeline but no dates yet.  Worlds of Fun day (summer incentive), Paint slip and slide, Movie Night, Amazing Race, Youth Group Pool Party,  and End of Summer Lock-In to name a few.  There will be a Board of Youth Planning meeting coming up on Sunday June 25th at 3pm for finalization of plans and dates.  Feel free to attend.

Best Year Ever!!! 2017

As we come into the new year of 2017, we are starting new things.  We started our year with a lock-in, played an awesome game of 9 Square in the Air and will continue with the following schedule:

January 15th – Pastor visit with Sr. High/Games

22nd- Trivia Night and Sundae Bar.  We have been known to stump Ms. Denise and Pastor!!!

29th- Movie Night and Dinner (Movie TBD)

February 4th- (Which is a Saturday….)  Snow Creek Tubing from 7:30-11:30p.m.

5th- No YG

12th- Nerf War – Bring your own guns and extra if you have them.  Only those guns that shoot normal blue Nerf bullets.

19th- Dodgeball!!!

26th- Pictionary

2017 Summer Youth Retreat has been planned!  If you were not at the meeting on January 8th, please let me know if you would like an information packet.  We have extended our retreat this year, Sunday May 28, 2017 to Sunday June 4, 2017.  We will be returning to the lake house this year and are looking forward to bringing in our incoming freshman and claiming them as our own Sr. Youth as quickly as possible.  Lots of great things planned!



November Community Service Month!!!

The Fear Factor Lock-In went pretty well overall. It was definitely a test
of mind over matter. We only completed about half of the challenges and we were
still up past midnight! We will have to have a continuation of this event at
some point so we can get the rest of the challenges done. Hope your kiddos had
a good time.

I wanted to let you know about MANY opportunities coming up this month
within the YG. The month of November is our Community Service month. Since we
have been so blessed throughout the year to have some awesome opportunities to
do unique things, it is our turn to give back. Some of these events will count
as community service hours. Starting with this:

Friday Nov. 4th, 2016, at 4pm we will be helping with the Men’s Club Chili
Supper until 7pm. If you are serving at the chili supper, meal is provided.
Otherwise, Adults $7, 6-12 $5, 5 and under FREE.
Sunday, November 6, 2016, from 4-5:30 (or so) we will be doing yard work for a
couple of shut-ins at the church. We may need parents to help drive kids to
different locations. They will need to have gloves, rakes, trash bags etc.
Saturday Nov. 12, 2016, is Fall clean up at the church (Rainout date is Nov. 19)
Saturday Nov. 12, 2016, Live Web Seminar at TLC from 9-12pm. This will be a
live webinar discussing and teaching the Historical Relationship of Islam and
Lutheranism; General Tenets of Islam in Comparison to Lutheranism; The
Contemporary Response of Lutheran Christians to Islam. Kiddos, this is a way to
be better informed when talking with an Islamic friend about Faith. Should be
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, we will be having a packing party for Operation Christmas
Child (Board of Outreach) during normal YG time 4-5:30.
Sunday, November 20 Voters mtg. at 12pm (Roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy,
dressing and drinks) Please bring a dessert. ANY AND ALL SR. YOUTH WHO HAVE
Sunday Nov. 20 We will have YG during normal time
Sunday Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Wknd) there will be no YG.
Sunday Dec. 4 we will be helping Bd. of Outreach make fruit plates
Wed. Dec. 7, 2016 the YG will be preparing and serving Advent dinner.

Look for any sign-ups on the bulletin board for some of these events.


As always, if you have any questions please contact me.

Live everyday to the fullest!

April White
Youth Leader


     Alright you guys, the BIG EVENT has changed. Although we are still doing a fun size version of American Ninja Warrior later, YOU have elected to go and see, “Live Original with Sadie Robertson” instead. Since this is also the Homecoming Dance for both Lansing and Leavenworth we are going to make it a special experience for all of you.

     On Saturday, September 24, 2016, we will meet at the church at approximately 3:30 for pictures, permission slips etc. We will then head to the Legend’s for dinner at Chili’s (4:30 reservations). Depending on traffic among other things, we are hoping to be back at the church by 11pm for pick up. We are asking that you all dress nicely. If you wear jeans, no holes and must have a dress shirt and tie. Girls, dresses are fine too. This is going to be AWESOME!!! There are only 20 tickets available and the sign-up is on the bulletin board. The YG got the tickets but we are asking each of you to bring $15-20 for dinner. Check back real soon for other upcoming events or check the bulletin board.

Getting Geared-Up

Ok, so summer’s over and school is back in session.  Schedules start filling up and there seems to never be anytime to well, just be a kid.  That’s what we are here for!  Join us anytime from 4-5:30 Sunday afternoons for Youth Group.  Coming up, we have the following:

August 21 – Week 2: Summer Olympics/ Bible Trivia (Sundae Bar, included)

*Before the meeting on 28th there will be a Board of Youth meeting at 3pm.  Parents welcome to attend this planning mtg.

*August 28 – Week 3:  Summer Olympics/ Begin Cardboard Challenge Week 1.  BYOB (bring your own box(es) and make your favorite vehicle.  You can start on this anytime, but this will be an opportunity to get it started or finish it up.  You’ll take it home to complete.

September 4 – Week 4: Summer Olympics/Cardboard Challenge, Week 2 – Drive-In movie, “Cars” with fresh popped corn, candy and soda.

September 11 – Final Week of Cardboard Challenge.  We will take our cars to the Races, Demolition Derby and then put them to rest in a Bonfire.  Location to be determined.  Watch the board for more information.

September 18 – TLC Family Picnic at Wollman Park.  All youth are encouraged to attend and have another Volleyball challenge.  No separate YG later this afternoon.

September 25 – BIG EVENT!!!  American Ninja Warrior!  Any adults that are willing to help out with this event, please check with Ms. April.

October is going to be AWESOME but I can’t post until I have dates nailed down.  Things to look forward to are a possible campout, Locked-In (Sr. Youth only), KC Timber Challenge??? and Worlds of Fun, Halloween Haunt and combined Lock-In for EVERYONE!!!!

How does your family pray?

by Tawn Bueltmann / No Comments / June 28, 2016

Tawn Bueltmann

How does your family pray?

When our kids were young, we prayed together at bedtime. Some families continue this tradition until their kids leave home. Many families have family devotions each day and pray together about each person’s concerns.

Most Christian families pray before eating a meal together. A few months ago we were guests in a home, along with another Christian family. Our hosts led us in “the common table prayer” and we thought nothing of it, but the other family commented, “We don’t know that chant!”

Chant? It made me pause. How often do we ramble off a rhyme and not really think of the words that we address to our great God, the sovereign Lord of the universe? Even in church, the Lord’s Prayer sometimes is said without thought.

I love when our family gathers in the kitchen before a meal for a “prayer huddle.” We stand in a circle and put our arms around each others’ shoulders like a sports team might. We bow our heads and pray “homemade” prayers about any topic. This type of “genuine” prayer can be prayed any time in any place. We might be lounging in the living room and stop to pray for a friend or relative who’s going through a hard time. We pray for one of the kids as they’re heading out the door for school. We might pray simply prayers of praise to God for Who He is.

I love the example Jesus gave to us when the disciples asked how they should pray. In Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4, He tells us we can address Almighty God as “Dad,” “our Father.” (See also Galatians 4 and Romans 8).

Formal prayers have their place, but informal prayers are important, too! What a blessing it is to have a Father Who knows us by name (Isaiah 43:1), Who loves us not matter what (Ephesians 2:4-5). We have a Father Who longs to hear from us (Jeremiah 33:3), to gather us to Himself like a hen gathers her chicks. (Luke 13:34)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.”

Martin Luther described the closeness we can feel with God in his explanation of the Lord’s Prayer. He explained the phrase, “Our Father, Who art in heaven,” by saying: “God would by these words tenderly invite us to believe that He is our true Father, and that we are His true children, so that we may with all boldness and confidence, ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.”

When our children see us turn to God in good times in bad, when they hear us talk to God in an authentic, conversational way… then they learn that God is right here with us, that He cares about us, and that we can turn to Him in all situations.

Try it! Gather your family in a big group hug and thank God for each person. Talk to our dear Father about whatever concerns you. Be a family who prays together!

There are so many Scripture references to prayer. Here are some other verses you might like to check out:

Philippians 4:6-7

1 John 5:14

Colossians 4:2

Romans 12:12

Psalm 145:18

Jeremiah 33:3

Hebrews 4:16

Matthew 6:6

Psalm 18:6

James 5:16

Luke 6:27-28

Acts 16:25

Acts 1:14

James 4:2

Romans 8:26

Psalm 118:5

Psalm 42:8

Luke 11:13

Psalm 5:3

Psalm 19:14

Matthew 5:44

Psalm 143:1


This Sunday we will have YG at normal time from 4-5:30pm.

Sunday April 24th is the 2nd Annual Chopped! Food Competition!!!    7 teams of 3.  5 judges.  3 rounds: Appetizer, Entree & Dessert.  30 minutes each round.  No BLENDERS this year!  Details on bulletin board.  Make sure you sign up.  If it is full sign up to help out bc you will want to be there and watch what is created.  Can’t wait you guys!

Going to a Theatre Near You…

Hope everyone had a great Easter!  So proud of all my kids who volunteered and gave of their time, energy and extra sleeping minutes.  Easter breakfast was a HUGE success, so pat yourselves on the back and know how very proud I am of all of you!

Sunday April 3, 2016, we are going to go see “God’s Not Dead 2″ at the B&B Theater AKA Northland 14.  It is a 1:45 showing, so we will need to meet up at church at 12:30pm, to fill out permission slips, figure out seating arrangements, and we will leave promptly at 12:45pm.  We will return at 4:30pm for parents prompt pick up.  Tickets will be $5pp plus snack money and the YG will cover the rest.

Sunday April 10, 2016, we will be heading downtown, to the Community Theater to see one of our own Sr. High student performs!   Curtains up for a 2pm performance of “Chaos in Camelot”.  We will not be able to make reservations for this performance, so we will have to pray that there are tickets available.  Both weekends, we will be taking the bus.  YES, that means permission slips have to be filled out for each weekend.  I will post extra on the YG Bulletin Board for ease of access.

Keep checking for upcoming information on the 2nd BIG Event of the year…..CHOPPED!

March Madness!

Okay, listen up.  Coming up, we will be filling Easter Baskets for Woodland Village on March 6th, then on March 13th, the Senior Youth have planned….Nerf War REVENGE, Obstacle Course Included.  Bring your own guns and they MUST shoot normal bullets.  After that, we will be having a GIGANTIC Birthday Party for all of you on March 20th.  Finally the last week of the month, on March 26th and 27th we will be setting up for Easter Breakfast on Saturday from 9-11 and serving breakfast on Easter morning.  More on this to come, remember any donations made from the breakfast will go towards the AWESOME and EXCITING Senior Youth Retreat Tuesday May 31st to Sunday June 5th.

We are heading down south to Table Rock Lake, one of the cleanest lakes in the nation.  We have multiple plans on the books and there will be a last meeting to confirm attendance on this Sunday, March 6th, at 3:20.  This is a big undertaking and we want to plan appropriately, so if you are at all interested, make sure you and your parents attend this meeting.  We will have information sheets available and the approximate cost.  IF you have any questions, just email, text or call me.  Can’t wait to see you there!


Ms. April

January & February 2016

Today, January 17, 2016, there will be YG from normal time 4-5:30pm but we will be meeting at Crown Lanes Bowling Alley off of Spruce St. and having parents pick up there at 5:30.  Please bring $5pp for game and shoes.  As always, we don’t want $ to keep you from coming.  Just let us know before hand so that we can help out.  As for the next few weeks, we will be meeting regularly.  The bulletin board is loaded with everything upcoming to include our tubing trip to SNOW CREEK on February 14th!  For those of you who have been involved in the incentive program and want to know if your ticket is paid for or 1/2 paid for, check with me (Ms. April).  Otherwise, tickets will be $21 and will need to be paid in cash.  Permission slips will need signed and you will need to sign-up on the board or call or email me (Ms. April) and let me know you want to attend, so that I can get your name on the list.

Senior High Youth – a few things that you should be aware of….

1. There will be a Sr. Youth Retreat this summer.  All information will be on board by next week and a parent meeting will be on January 31st at 3:30pm before YG.  We are making sure that we have all information out to you early enough to plan this event with the family calendar.  There will also be a sign-up on the board and we will get things moving as quickly as possible.  We will have all pertinent information at the meeting on January 31st at 3:30pm before YG.

2.  We will be begin discussions on our next topic on January 24th to be followed up by a visit from Pastor on January 31st to answer questions and continue dialect.  This is one you don’t want to miss.

3.  SNOW CREEK.  If you are wanting to attend this event make sure that you sign up on the bulletin board or contact me, (Ms. April) so that I can get your name on the board.

I will be updated this post about every week to every other week so keep checking back.