Confirmation and Youth Ministries
September 2020 e-Newsletter
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
ALL confirmation students, AOB students & youth group supply pick up from OSLC (see further details in this e-newsletter)
September 16, 5-6pm or 6:30-7:30pm
Confirmation Orientation (new and returning students, parent/guardian, guides - attend the session you register for) via Zoom
September 16, 7:45pm-9pm
First night of youth group via Zoom
September 23, 5:30-7:30pm
First regular night of confirmation via Zoom
Fall registrations are open!
Please take some time to register for your fall programming.
6-8th Grade: Confirmation
9th Grade - College-Age: Youth Group
ALL Confirmation & Youth Ministry Participants - Event Permission Form
Programming 2020-2021 Schedules
Please note that all onsite/offsite service projects are projects that we are hopeful to participate in. However, that will be determined closer to the dates as the current pandemic is considered. In the meantime, please mark the dates on your calendar in the hopes that we'll be able to move forward with them as planned.
Welcome Lisa!
We have good news! Lisa Rykken Kastler began as our new part-time Interim Children’s Ministry Director on August 23. Lisa has over 25 years of church experience in the area of children, youth and family ministry, as well as other adult ministries. She also has experience doing interim work in the area of children, youth and family ministry. In her previous church position, she supervised that congregation’s youth director and children’s ministry director.  
Please give her a warm welcome, just like you warmly welcomed me last September as your interim pastor! This is a real blessing for our congregation right now to have someone in place for children and family ministry with Rally Sunday just around the corner. Thanks be to God! – Pastor Bruce
Youth Ministry Movies on the Lawn
Fridays, September 11th & 25th, 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/discussion based on the movie!

-Blanket/Bean Bag/Air Mattress/Chair to sit on in the lawn
-Movie snacks/drinks (no sharing outside of your household)
-Masks are required when within 6 feet of non-household participants
-Non-Perishable Foods/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 button here:
September 11 - "Wall-E" (PG) In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
September 25 - "Black Panther" (PG-13) T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
We are offering worship experiences during this time of quarantine. Here are a few options for Sundays/Wednesdays:

10am Parking Lot Drive in to the parking lot for a live outdoor worship. You can stay in your car and tune in on the radio or bring some lawn chairs and sit distanced from other households. See all the details here.

10am Virtual on Facebook, Our Saviour's website and OSLC YouTube - blended traditional and contemporary.

Wednesdays - Starting Sept 16
6pm Virtual Revelation Worship via Facebook, Our Saviour's website and OSLC YouTube

Confirmation students, please make sure you are remembering your Whispers & Wonderings requirement for confirmation (10 a year). Feel free to download the form, print it off and mail or email a copy/scan to Leisha.
Rally Day with Bluegrass
Join the Our Saviour's family September 13 for a very special (and physically distanced) day! There will be Bluegrass Parking Lot Worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., featuring the Cornerstone Band and local fiddler, Tessa McLean. After the 10:00 a.m. service, please pick up a delicious pulled pork meal prepared by our Guatemala team and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn with your own lawn chairs and blankets. There will be special activities for the children, including a scavenger hunt. Supply pickup for all confirmation students, AOB students, and Youth Group students is from noon-3:00 p.m., as well. Watch your emails and the church's website and Facebook page for more information.
NACE Clothing Closet Coat & Jacket Drive
NACE Clothing Closet operations continue to be suspended due to Covid 19. However, they are planning a special distribution of winter coats and jackets to help families in need. Our Saviour’s will be holding a winter coat and jacket drive during the month of September on behalf of the Clothing Closet. The Closet is in need of coats and jackets in all sizes that are clean and gently used. Due to Covid 19 this will be a no contact, outdoor collection on Sunday mornings only. Volunteers will be in the South parking lot, next to the building, to accept your donations before and after the 10 AM Sunday service, weather permitting. Please place all donations in tied, plastic bags before dropping them off. Another option is to drop coats directly at NACE Food Shelf during hours of operation ( 763-434-7685 for days and hours). We sincerely appreciate your support during this challenging time.
The OSLC Garden Team is wondering if you have some time to help them out with upkeep/weeding of the gardens at OSLC. Interested? Contact Leisha and she will get you in touch with the team.
This is a great opportunity to make up previously missed service project hours for confirmation!
2020 Affirmation of Baptism
Final details will be sent out within the next couple of weeks for in-person Affirmation of Baptism worship services. Please keep a close eye on your emails for up to date information.
2020-2021 Youth Group
Who: Grades 9 - college-age
When: Wednesdays, starting September 16th
Where: Virtually via Zoom (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.
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
You can also bring the donation to the Supply Pickup on Sept 13.
Materials: You will need your Bible and also your Echo Journal. Journals can be picked up at Supply Pickup at OSLC Sunday, September 13th, noon-3pm.

Please register if you plan to attend at all and plan to pick up materials at supply pickup on September 13th.
Fall Supply Pickup
-ALL confirmation students
-ALL 9th Grade AOB youth
-ALL youth group participants

Sunday, September 13, noon-3pm

Please park in the main parking lot, come and get in the appropriate marked line on the front sidewalk. Be mindful of the markings on the sidewalk for appropriate social distancing. Masks are mandatory for this pickup. Only one person with each student for pickup please to help limit exposure to those outside of your household.

This is also Rally Day! Come for Bluegrass worship in the parking lot, enjoy lunch and other activities, and pick up your supplies. See Rally Day details here and in this e-newsletter.

Can't make that date? Contact Leisha for an alternative pickup.

Students should be registered for confirmation or youth group prior to this date.
You can register your youth using the links at the beginning of this e-newsletter.

With so much still so uncertain, we will be beginning our confirmation year virtually. Once we have made the decision to be back in person, that schedule can be found below as well. There is a real possibility of a hybrid schedule in between, yet to be determined.

Thank you to all who have taken time to register. ALL new and returning students need to register.

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. Details on small groups will be emailed to you at the email(s) you supply on your registration.

Once we are safe to return to an in-person confirmation ministry, the schedule for 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
Zoom Codes for 2020-2021 Programming Year
Go to, click on "Join a Meeting", enter Meeting ID

Confirmation Session 1
Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm
Meeting ID: 884 2727 5187
September 16: Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Students, Guides
September 23 and on: Students, Guides

Confirmation Session 2
Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Meeting ID: 864 7802 7164
September 16: Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Students, Guides
September 23 and on: Students, Guides

Confirmation Small Groups
Will vary depending on your student's small group. You will receive your sign-in information via email at the email(s) you supply with your confirmation registration.

Youth Group
Wednesdays, 7:45pm-9pm
Starting September 16
Meeting ID: 839 0380 0301
Who: Middle & Senior High
What: Mission Trip with YouthWorks
Where: Charleston, WV
When: July 18-23, 2021
How: Travel via Airplane, then 15-passenger van while there.
Cost: $750 total (includes all expenses except optional souvenirs). Fundraising opportunities available.

See more about YouthWorks trip to Charleston here.

Spots are limited and are available on a first-come, first-get basis. Email Leisha to inquire about open spots.
Is This Your Bible?
This Bible is missing its owner - it was found at OSLC. Is it yours? Contact Leisha to claim it.
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,