High School Youth
WINTER NEWSLETTER
45 Youth Signed up for our 2019 Summer Trips
Our 2019 Summer Trips are set, and we have 18 High School youth headed to Hillside, CO for our Compass Points Backpacking Adventure Trip and 27 Middle and High School youth headed to Duluth, MN for our Service Learning Mission Trip. It is exciting to see so many youth engaged in ministry here at Our Savior’s Lutheran and ready to grow in their faith while challenging themselves in Colorado or serving the people of Duluth, MN. We look forward to sharing more about these trips in the coming months and to inviting the congregation to be a part of ministry through prayer, service, and support.
Advent Worship
Join us for Weekly Advent Worship 6:40 to 7:15 PM (Dec 5, 12, and 19)
High School Girl's Bible Study
Sundays at 10 AM in the Oasis Room
Our High School girls are invited to join Elle, Takara, and Katie for our new girls' bible study. They will be working their way through different books of the Bible while having opportunities to talk about life and create lasting relationships.
tre Ministries
tre is a new ministry that provides a positive and affirming atmosphere for young adults with the goal of strengthening their faith and integrating them into a church and our community. tre is open most mornings and evenings until 10 PM. They have a coffee bar and will be hosting many events for high school, college, and young adults. OSL Youth Ministry is partnering with tre in this service to young people; so be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities.
Click HERE for more information
December and January Events
High School Youth Group to Serve at the VOA Dakotas Youth Center
December 12 from 4:30-6 PM our High School Youth Group will be heading to the VOA Dakotas Youth Center to play games and hang out with their youth. Since 1999, Volunteers of America Dakotas has provided afterschool and academic support to students in our community in a safe and nurturing environment. This is our opportunity to show care for these students and grow in our faith through service.
Sign up below and join us as we make a difference in the lives of these kids.
December 19 at 6:30 PM , the High School Youth, are meeting in the youth room to set off on our first annual Progressive Dinner and White Elephant Gift Exchange . We will head out into the neighborhood where we will eat three courses at different locations, ending at Tre Ministries for dessert and our gift exchange.
How the gift exchange works: Each youth is asked to bring a wrapped gift. Please don’t spend more than $10 on this gift as we value creativity over monetary value. After we eat dessert, we will draw numbers and begin to select gifts. Those with later numbers will have the option of opening a new gift or stealing a gift someone else has already selected. If your gift is taken, you will have the option of opening a new gift or stealing someone else’s gift (except the one that was just taken). 

PARENTS/Caring adults: We are looking for people to donate desserts for this event.

Chaperones : We are also looking for some adults to help serve the main course at OSL and help supervise for the evening.
Our High School Youth are headed to Okoboji for a High School Retreat, Saturday, January 26 at 9 AM to Sunday, January 27 at 5:30 PM . This will be a great weekend of bonding, growing in our faith, and fun. While at Okoboji, we will be staying at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp and attending the Okoboji Winter Games, going to dinner, spending time bonding in the retreat center, attending services at a local Lutheran church, and spending a few hours at Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark. Cost for students is $30 plus money for dinner. The $30 includes lodging, our retreat center, 3 meals (2 lunches and a breakfast), snacks, and Boji Splash water park admission.
Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, January 9.

We need Chaperones and Drivers for this event.

Email John for questions or more information on this event
Coming up at High School Youth Group
Join us this month as we finish our series about building a Relationship with God.  Dec 5 we will worship in the youth room after the advent service.  Dec 12 we will head to the VOA Youth Center to learn about service (see above for more info and to sign up) and then return to OSL for a night of fun and fellowship.  Dec 19 we are having our Progressive Dinner and White Elephant Exchange (see above for more info and to sign up).

In January we will be starting a new series based around the Disney movie FROZEN. Each week we will look at different “choices” made by the characters and then play winter-themed games in a giant, month-long competition for prizes and glory.  
In February , after the FROZEN series, our own ELLE WEG will be leading a series about humor in the bible.
February and Beyond
High School Lock-In
Feb 22-23 8 PM - 7 AM
The ESCAPE Lock-In. Join us as we talk about struggles that we go through every day while engaging in fun activities and games. We will also have an escape room where teams will have 1 hour to get out of the room or face the consequences.
Stampede Hockey and the Weiner Dog Nationals
Join us February 23 as we head to a Stampede game and enjoy the Weiner Dog Nationals. Watch those tiny feet scamper across the ice and see the fastest wiener dogs in South Dakota. Oh, and there will be a hockey game too :) Tickets available soon.
Banquet and Talent Show
March 3 at 5 PM we are hosting our Silent Auction Banquet and Talent Show. We will have more information and details about this event in January. If you are a youth who is interested in participating please email John .
Spring Okoboji Recharge
High School Recharge March 29-31 High School Youth are invited to kick-off the spring recharge season with a weekend of fun and spiritual growth with other youth from around the region.  
Look for registration links for the spring recharges in January.  
Winter Calendar
December
5 – Advent Worship in the Celebrate Center 6:40-7:15 PM
5 – High School Youth Group 7:15-9 PM
9 – Girls' Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
12 – High School Youth Group Serve at the VOA Dakotas Youth Center
12 – Advent Worship in the Celebrate Center 6:40-7:15 PM
12 – High School Youth Group 7:15-9 PM
16 – Girls' Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
19 – Advent Worship in the Celebrate Center 6:40-7:15 PM
19 – High School Youth Group Progressive Dinner 6:30-9 PM
23 – NO Girls' Bible Study
26 – NO High School Youth Group
30 – NO Girls' Bible Study

January
2 – High School Youth Group 7-9 PM
6 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
9 – HS Youth Group 7-9 PM (Study Night)
13 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
16 – High School Youth Group 7-9 PM
20 – Silent Auctions Items due at Church
20 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
23 – High School Youth Group 7-9 PM
26,27 High School Okoboji Retreat Sat 9 AM – Sun 5:30 PM
27 – NO Girls’ Bible Study
30 – High School Youth Group 7-9 PM

February
3 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
6 – High School Youth Group 7-9 PM
10 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
13 – HS Youth Group 7-9 PM (Valentine’s Day at Luther Manor)
17 – Silent Auction Begins
17 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
20 – High School Youth Group 7-9 PM
22,23 – High School Lock-in Fri 8 PM – Sat 7 AM
23 - Stampede Hockey Game (Weiner Dog Nationals)
24 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
27 – High School Youth Group 7-9PM

March
3 – Girls’ Bible Study 10-10:50 AM
3 – Silent Auction Banquet and Talent Show 5-8 PM (end of Auction)
6 – Ash Wednesday Service 7 PM ( NO Confirmation or HS Youth Group )