Confirmation and Youth Ministries
July 2020 e-Newsletter
"13th" is an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
Racial Injustice Documentary Viewing/Discussion
"13th" (Rated TV-MA for language - may not be suitable for children under 17) documentary on Netflix Party followed by a Zoom discussion.
For anyone who may be interested - youth AND adults. Youth under age 17 must have a parent/guardian present to watch with them and be present with them for the discussion.
Sunday, July 19th,
-5:00pm Netflix Party link posted to OSLC Facebook (or email if requested)
-5:30pm Netflix Party viewing of "13th"
-Immediately following the documentary, we will gather on Zoom for discussion.
How to join Netflix Party & Zoom Discussion
Netflix Party
  • You need to have a Netflix Account and Google Chrome available on a desktop computer or laptop. Go to and “Install Netflix Party” (it’s free).
  • Once Netflix Party is installed, you’ll notice an “NP” to the right of your address bar in Chrome.
  • At 5:00 p.m. the day of, the link will be posted on Our Saviour’s Facebook page. Click that link and you will be brought to the documentary. Once you get to the documentary, click on the “NP” to the right of your address bar to connect with other church family members.
  • Don't have Facebook access? Email Leisha and request the link via email. She will email you the link at about 5pm the day of.
  • There will be a chat feature that can be used throughout the documentary.
  • Your host, Leisha, will start the movie when people have joined and settled in to the group.
  • After the documentary has finished, go to or the Zoom app
  • Click "Join a Meeting"
  • Enter Meeting ID 891-1002-0698
  • Enable your sound and camera
  • Leisha will facilitate a discussion with set boundaries so that everyone has a safe and comfortable environment to discuss the topics at hand.

Lunch with Leisha
I'd LOVE the opportunity to catch up with youth!
Please sign up for a day that works for you. We can do a one-on-one lunch time visit or you can invite others to join in too!
I'll email you the Zoom meeting ID for that day. Have your lunch ready and we'll eat lunch together and chat. For groups, we could even play some games!
If you would like a group of more than 5, please write that in your comments or email me at and I'll add more slots.
See you for lunch!
All-church Netflix Parties!
Saturdays, July 11, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., for all ages

Join Leisha , Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministries, for a Netflix Party! We’ll get together on Netflix and watch "Despicable Me" all while in our own homes! With Netflix Party, we’ll have a chat function available to be able to chat with one another as well!

How does Netflix Party work?
  • You need to have a Netflix Account and Google Chrome available on a desktop computer or laptop. Go to and “Install Netflix Party” (it’s free).
  • Once Netflix Party is installed, you’ll notice an “NP” to the right of your address bar in Chrome.
  • At 4:30 p.m. the day of, the link will be posted on Our Saviour’s Facebook page. Click that link and you will be brought to the movie. Once you get to the movie, click on the “NP” to the right of your address bar to connect with other church family members.
  • We will give people 10-15 minutes to sign in and chat and then we’ll start the movie at 5:10-5:15 p.m. The chat function remains for the movie so you can continue to talk with your church family.

So grab dinner, grab snacks, put on some comfy clothes, maybe even build a fort and get ready for movie night!!

Saturday, July 11, 5-7 p.m.
 Despicable Me ,
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.
Thanks for all of the Netflix Party fun over the last couple of months! See you July 11!
Keep sending Leisha your Netflix Party pictures!
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 . This is an orientation for all new and returning guides !
We are offering worship experiences during this time of quarantine. Here are a few options for Sundays:
10am on Facebook , Our Saviour's website and OSLC YouTube - blended traditional and contemporary.
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 .
Youth Group
Starting up Soon!
Keep an eye on the August E-Newsletter for all the details of weekly Youth Group (9th grade - college-age students) starting up again!
Do you have any idea of what you'd like to study/learn about this upcoming school year? Email Leisha your ideas!
Wapo Family Get-Away
Wapo's cabins are lonely this summer with camp being cancelled. However, they are open for renting!
Cabin rental includes:
  • Air conditioning and carpeted floors.
  • 2 bathrooms with showers**
  • 8 bunks (16 single beds)**
  • Supervised family beach time
  • Camp-in-a-Box for kids (arts & crafts, activities, family devotions,etc)
  • Camp Store and Canteen 
  • Picnic table
  • Eight take out style meals

Check out all the details!

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!
Things to look forward to!
2021 ELCA National Youth Gathering
Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.
Those in 8-12th grade in the fall of 2020, save the date for this great event! And it's happening right here in Minneapolis June 29-July 3!
More details to come soon as registration begins in September.
Middle Schoolers!!! Save the dates of July 18-23, 2021 for a middle school mission trip to Duluth! Stay tuned for more information. Registration will begin this fall - spots limited ( Middle Schoolers who were registered for the cancelled 2020 mission trip will have first rights to our 2021 spots ).
Tune in to Facebook at 9am Monday-Saturday for daily devotions from:
Monday - Deacon Glenndy
Tuesday - Leisha, Director of Confirmation & Youth Minsitries
Wednesday - Pastor Maria
Thursday - Pastor Bruce
Friday - Kate, Director of Children and Family Ministries
Saturday - Jennifer, Director of Worship and Music
Racial Injustice Resources
In this time of exploring what racial injustice is, where it comes from and what role we do and can play, here are some resources to help you out:
Please note that as things remain so uncertain in this time, we are planning two ways for confirmation programming starting this fall. Please watch your email for upcoming details.
Here are the two scenarios schedules:

Schedule for Wednesdays:
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

If we start virtual in the fall, it is our hope to move to in-person sometime during the programming year. 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. More details on that to come.
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 decides.
There certainly is a lot going on in our world and in our community right now. If you, or someone you know, is in need of someone to talk to, please know that we are here for you. Feel free to contact Leisha . She is available and can also give further resources if needed. You are in our prayers. You are loved and you are not alone.
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

8th Graders...Already signed up for Remind texts but need to switch up to High School reminders? Email Leisha and she'll get that changed for you.
[763-434-6117]  []
Leisha Tays, Director of Confirmation & Youth Ministries,