Confirmation and Youth Ministries
August 2020 e-Newsletter
Please note: Church Council will be meeting later this week and will make decisions for fall programming. The decision will be made on whether we will start our program year vitually or in-person. Please watch your emails for details to come. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we, as a church, make the best, educated decisions we can for the safety and health of all our participants.
Event Permission Form Renewal
Please take a few minutes to fill out the Event Permission Form for all children and youth. This permission form is good for September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021.
Permission forms must be on file for program/event offsite participation.
Mark Your Calendars for the Fall!

September 9 - 5:30-7pm Confirmation Guide (new and returning) Orientation at OSLC. Please bring a mask and plan to wear it. We will be socially distanced in the Gathering Space.
September 13, 12noon-3pm
(Possible, depending on the fall plans as determined by church council later this week.) ALL confirmation students, AOB & youth group curbside supply pick up from OSLC.
September 16, TBD Evening Time
Confirmation Orientation (new and returning students, parent/guardian, guides). Exact times dependant on the fall plans as determined by church council later this week.
September 16, TBD Evening Time
First night of youth group. Exact times dependant on the fall plans as determined by church council later this week.
September 23, TBD Evening Time
First regular night of confirmation. Exact times dependant on the fall plans as determined by church council later this week.
Youth & Family Ministry Movies Under the Stars
Saturdays, August 15th & 29th, from 8:30pm-11:00p.m., for those going into grades 6 and up.

Join Leisha, Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministries, for a movie on the lawn with a brief Bible Study based on the movie!

-Blanket/Bean Bag/Air Mattress/Chair to sit on in the lawn
-Warm clothing/blanket in case of cooler temperatures
-Movie snacks/drinks (no sharing of snacks/drinks outside of your household)
-Bug spray
-Masks are required when not eating snacks. Please bring your own and plan to wear.
-Non-Perishable/Hygiene item(s) for the food shelf

Signup is required. Spots are limited to 25 (20 youth, 5 adults) for COVID safety reasons. Sign up here:
August 15 - "Zootopia" (PG-) In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
August 29 - "The Greatest Showman" (PG) Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Attention Upcoming 6th Grade Parents/Guardians & Current Confirmation Guides!
Upcoming 6th grader parents/guardians...
Do you have a heart for youth? Would you be interested in being a small group guide for confirmation? You do not need to have any special knowledge. Just walking a faith journey with youth. Groups can have one or two adults. Please contact Leisha for more information or if you are interested.
2019-2020 6th & 7th Grade Guides...
Please let Leisha know if you have a conflict that prevents you from continuing with your small group for confirmation this coming programming year.
All Guides...
Please mark your calendar for a guide orientation on Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-7pm at OSLC. This is an orientation for all new and returning guides! Please bring a mask and plan to wear it.
We are offering worship experiences during this time of quarantine.
Here are a few options for Sundays:
Current 8th Grade Families...

Please note that there are many uncertainties as we navigate life with COVID-19. We will keep you posted as time passes. The information previously given for AOB is our hope. However, these plans may change for safety reasons. Please hold off on submitting any payments at this time. If you have already submitted a payment, we will hold those payments until a plan is in place. As always, if you have any questions, please contact Leisha.
Tune in to Facebook at 9am M/W/F for devotions from:
Monday- Deacon Glenndy
Wednesday - Pastor Bruce and Pastor Maria
Friday - Leisha, Director of Confirmation & Youth Ministries
2020-2021 Youth Group
Who: Grades 9 - college-age
When: Wednesdays, starting September 16th
Where: Church council will be meeting this coming week to discuss plans for our programming year. Please watch your email for plans specific to youth group. If we begin our year virtually, please plan to attend supply pick up on Sunday, September 13, noon-3pm at OSLC.
Zoom: If youth group is to start virtually, youth can join by going to, click "Join a Meeting" and enter Meeting ID: 839-0380-0301
What: Experience the Biblical narrative through storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue. Echo the Story 36 delves deep into the Biblical narrative from creation to Revelation. This programming year, we will journey through the Old Testament together.
Cost: The cost of materials for the programming year is $30/person. If you feel so moved to contribute toward that cost, please feel free to do so. You can do so through cash or check sent to:
Our Saviour's Lutheran
Leisha Tays
19001 Jackson St NE
East Bethel, MN 55011
If we begin our year virtually, you can also donate the $30 cost at the supply pickup on Sunday, September 13, noon-3pm at OSLC if you so choose.
Register: Please register using the link here. Registration for youth group is now open:
It's with a sad, but understanding, heart that I share that the 2021 ELCA National Youth Gathering has been postponed to July 24-28, 2022. Stay tuned for details.
Two potential ways confirmation could be decided by council this week...

Each Large Group Session will have enough spots for half of our students. Spots in each session are available on first-register, first-get basis.
Schedule for Wednesdays:
5-6pm Large Group Session 1 via Zoom
6pm-6:30pm Revelation Worship via Facebook, YouTube, OSLC Website
6:30-7:30pm Large Group Session 2 via Zoom
Small Groups will meet once a week via Zoom depending on what day/time the group guide decides.

The schedule for in-person Wednesdays will be:
5:30-7:30pm All 6-8th graders
The schedule breaks down as such:
5:30-6:10pm Half the groups in large group, half in small group
6:10-6:15pm Rotate
6:15-6:55pm large group, small group
7-7:30pm Revelation Worship/Confirmation Closing

Please watch your emails for details specific to confirmation.
The 2021 mission trip site has been updated to Charleston, WV!!!!
Due to the postponement of the ELCA National Youth Gathering, we will attempt our mission trip to Charleston again.
Please read carefully!
We currently have 15 spots reserved. Those 15 spots are first available to those youth and adults who were registered this year with the trip ending with a cancellation due to COVID-19. 2020 Mission Trip registrants, you have until Sunday, August 30th to RSVP to Leisha whether or not you wish to have a spot on the 2021 trip.
Sepetmber 1, any remaining spots will be open to others who are interested on a first come, first get basis. Watch for more details in the September e-newsletter.

Cost: $750 total
Dates: July 18 - July 23, 2021
Text Message Reminders
Want to receive text message updates/reminders about confirmation and youth ministries at OSLC? Here's how you can sign up for text messages on the different ministries:
text @oslcconfir to the number 81010
Middle School:
text @oslcmiddle to the number 81010
Senior High+:
text @oslcsenior to the number 81010

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out. We are here at Our Saviour's to listen and support.
This Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great resource to have saved in your phone. Please take a moment to do so and share and use as you need.
You are never alone and you are loved just as you are!
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Leisha Tays, Director of Confirmation & Youth Ministries,