Upcoming Events and Programs:
Updated Covid-19 Information: Sunday School, Youth Group, Confirmation
Here is the current status of our gatherings as far as meeting in person and online. (Updated Jan. 10, 20201)
Youth Group: Youth group has been online since Thanksgiving, but with the start of the new year and with the vaccines now out, I am watching closely to see if there is a break that will allow us to meet in person again. For now we are still online, but once I see a steady drop in the numbers, we will resume.
Confirmation: Confirmation class will be continuing with a hybrid model to ensure that all eligible students will be able to participate. We meet on Sunday evenings at 7pm in pastor’s office in person, but I will also be having a zoom option available for students who are not comfortable with in-person gathering or are more susceptible to catching the virus. For those that do meet in person, a face mask will be required. I am happy to say that we are offering in-person class for those willing to come.
Sunday School: Sunday school is going to be quite different for the beginning of the year as well. We will be meeting as family units in the Sanctuary Sunday mornings at 10:45 am. Keeping families together and physically distanced throughout the sanctuary should help minimize risk factors. Masks will be required for this time as well. In addition to these precautions, the Sunday School hour will be live streamed as well similar to the church service. These videos will also be made available online at the church website as well as the churches youtube channel.
These plans are not the ideal, and they are temporary until we can get back to meeting together without restrictions. However, until that time, we are doing our best to serve our students, parents, and families through this challenging time. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, comments, or suggestions.
Feb 5-7: Side x Side (9-12) and Snow Daze (5-8)
Anticipating the need for a winter getaway to break up the routine of the long cold days of snow? Consider coming to either the Side x Side event for high school students or Snow Daze event for middle school students. There are lots of fun activities to participate in between the times that we will be diving in to God’s word together. The cost for the retreats is $115 per student (families with multiple students have discounts available) and the registration deadline for our group will be the 20th.
Both of these camps will be held at the Association Retreat Center in Osceola WI and will be led primarily by students at our Bible College in Minneapolis. The number of students that can participate will be connected with the number of adult leaders I can recruit to come so consider jumping on board for this great opportunity to serve and really get to know some of our great students here at Hope. Don’t hesitate to contact Jordan if you are interested and available or if you have some questions.
The cost for both camps for students is $115 and there are family discounts that are applied to each additional child that would attend. If you want more information, don’t hesitate to check out the camps and even register here (if you register, please be sure to let Jordan know)
April 9-11: FLBC Campus Days
Have you had a chance to explore the campus of the Free Lutheran Bible College in Minneapolis? Have you been in prayer to see if God is leading you in this direction? Join us for a chance to see the campus, get a sample of classes, meet potential classmates, a chance at a $1,000 scholarship, and be refreshed by God’s Word. More information can be found at the following link:
July 3-11: FLY Convention
It’s time to start planning for FLY again! It seems like just a few months ago since the last trip and the memories and laughter still fresh, but two years have already passed. Registration will be opening fairly soon so be thinking about getting your deposit lined up. For those who may not have experienced FLY in the past, FLY is the national summer camp for our AFLC youth in Estes Park, CO that occurs every other year. There are fantastic speakers, smaller break out sessions, gifted artists, uplifting worship, and much more to experience on the grounds…not counting the time together on the trip there and back! More information is available at flyconvention.org or by checking with Jordan in the youth office. We would love to have you join us!
Early Registration Deadline (Best Price) is January 31st.
July 18-24: LEAD222 Mission Trip to Minneapolis
Hang on Hope youth and families, we are heading out on a mission trip this next summer! Our destination is Minneapolis…a city with many connections with our Association and even our Pastor. (Vikings anyone?). That fact alone reveals the need for the message of Hope that comes in the Gospel. Here is a little snippet of information from the organization:
“We will be partnering with different ministries all over the cities who are reaching the poor, hurting, lonely and spiritually lost. Your students will be confronted with the reality of poverty in the US, cross-cultural tensions and opportunities to present the Gospel to those who are far from Jesus. Add to these experiences the training, leadership development and mentoring elements woven into each day this trip is sure to bear fruit for God’s Kingdom both here in the Twin Cities as well as back home as youth pastors and students alike return to their churches with the same heart of living a life of mission and mentorship.”
Sounds good doesn’t it? If you want even more information, click on the picture of Minneapolis to go to their website.
The cost for the trip itself is $455 per person and the best rate registration deadline is January 15th.
All Year Monday Nights: Youth Group
For the 2020-2021 school year, we are going to be studying our way through the books of 1 Corinthians and Jude in addition to several classes that will explore current culture/media trends, service opportunities, and staying sharp with our Apologetics classes.
Youth group is open to students in 6th through 12th grades and runs from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. We are currently meeting in the sanctuary due to Covid restrictions. Also, a great leadership opportunity for our High School students is available in our student leadership team. Contact Jordan if you are interested and would like an application.