YOU BELONG HERE.
Welcome to the Immanuel Lutheran youth page. You belong here. Christ's redeeming blood has made a place for you at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Christ himself calls you to the gifts of word and sacrament he has for you here.
Who are we as Immanuel youth?
We are deeply rooted in our identity in Christ. We are people who have been washed by God’s own hand in baptism. We ask tough questions and seek answers in God’s word. We learn and grow in what it means to live faithful lives wherever God has called us. We seek opportunities to serve our neighbor and lead in the church. Most importantly, we receive the forgiveness and grace God gives to us in his word and sacraments.
We are a family in Christ and we are here for YOU.
What are we studying?
The first Thursday of every month, we will have regular youth nights at the church. At each of these gatherings, we will study one topic that the youth have chosen. These include: science and the Bible, money and God, How do I talk to people about Jesus?, Why does God do what he does? Vocation, and much, much more. So join us every first Thursday at 6:30.
Youth Events and News
Renovations are underway in the Youth room. Immanuel Lutheran Church wants our youth to know they are such a valuable and loved part of our congregation. We want them to have a space they can call their own- to learn, play, study, hang out, and grow in their faith in Jesus. So we are updating our current youth room to make it a more warm, inviting, and comfortable space for our youth. Mr. and Mrs. Demoss as well as Mrs. Davis have been hard at work over the past couple of months painting the wall and the ceiling tiles. And that is just the start. This week, Mrs. Demoss worked on a feature wall in the room- spelling Out "Jesus" using string lights. It looks really cool! The picture below doesn't do it justice. So stop in and see for yourself!
In the near future, we will get carpet installed and some nice new couches to lounge around on. We can't wait!
Big News- New Youth Night added!
The Youth Group has decided to add one more youth night every month to our scheduled events. We will now meet every First AND third Thursday of each month. The first Thursday will follow our regular schedule of activities and Bible Study and the Third Thursday will be a bit more relaxed- we will either spend our time playing games or watching a movie. So join us each month for ANOTHER YOUTH NIGHT!
Epiphany Escape Room
To celebrate Epiphany, the youth participated in a home-made escape room. The had 60 minutes to break out of the Youth room. The found keys and codes, opening lock boxes and finding clues. They really used their brain power to try to solve the puzzles and break out.
The 60 minutes passed too quickly and they didn't quite make it in time, But Ms. Rachel and Mrs. Demoss decided to let them out of the room by the end of the night anyway. A fun time was had by all!
Christmas Bowling Party
The youth group celebrated Jesus's birthday with a bowling party. We gathered at Lincoln Lanes for a few games. Mrs. Demoss brought the Christmas cheer with Santa hats and reindeer antlers for everyone to wear.
Chris and Zach were easily the stars of the games we played. They really know how to bowl!
Regardless of skill level, everybody had a good time.
It is a wonderful thing to celebrate Christ's coming into the flesh to rescue us from sin, Satan, and death. We have a God who was willing to be born in a barn so that he could spend his life as a homeless preacher, only to end up dying on the cross.... for us! What a gift that Jesus would become a person like you and me. Everything God does, He does so out of the love that a Father has for his children. What a reason to celebrate!
Happy Birthday Jesus!
Our usual monthly gathering happened with a fun twist in October. We gathered around a bonfire at Deaconess Intern Rachel's house. We roasted smores and painted pumpkins- looking forward to Halloween.
We also studied how faith and science relate to each other. The youth talked about the wonderful ways the pursuit of scientific knowledge has affected our lives. Video games, cars, medicine, computers, the internet, ect. are all things we benefit from thanks to the scientific study of God's creation. Science studies the natural- the things that you can see, hear, feel, touch, and smell- even if we need special instruments to observe these things. It can help us answer a lot of "how" and "what" questions: What is this? How does it work? It is not meant to answer the big "why" questions in life.
The Bible answers some of our "why" questions: "Why is there death and pain?" "Why do bad things happen?" "Why am I here?" Theologians like to say that the Bible tells the story of everything. It tells us how everything got here, tells us about God and our relationship to him, and it tells us about how everything will end.
Science is not used correctly when it tries to explain the whys like the Bible does- when it tries to use scientific theories to give the world meaning and interpret the data through their theories (like evolution).
Because faith and science, when used correctly, are trying to answer different questions, there is no inherent conflict. Christians can be good scientists and scientists can be good Christians.
We thank God for the gift of science and ask for wisdom to understand how to use it well.
We hope you can join us next month!
St. Laurence BBQ
In case you missed our cookout on the 26th, here is a recap.
We gathered at Kickapoo for some good food and some fun. Everyone brought their own meat to grill. Jamie grilled his own steak for the first time- he cooked it a perfect medium rare!
After dinner, we played some games. Own led us in a game of kickball. Mrs. Demoss joined in the fun, too, and displayed some killer kickball skills.
After Kickball, the kids played a giant game of hide and seek. Visiting Vicar Ethan (Deaconess Intern Rachel's Fiancée) even played the seeker. Hannah showed the younger players how the game is won, she was the clear victor!
Before we wrapped the evening up, we spent time together in prayer. God promises to hear his children and delights in our prayer. We each shared prayer requests and then took turns praying for each other. It was great to share our lives and concerns with each other and with God.
Youth Night was a blast!
August 3rd was the first of many regular get-togethers that will happen on the first Thursday of each month. We had fun with a photo scavenger hunt around the church. Congrats to team Penguin with a winning score of 25.5!
After we enjoyed a few slices of pizza, we sat down for Bible study. We looked at Ephesians 1:1-14. we learned about all of the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we have been chosen, made holy, predestined, adopted in to God's family, redeemed (bought), forgiven, united in Christ, given wisdom and insight, made known the mystery, made heirs, sealed with the Holy Spirit... and the list goes on.
How do all these things we have been given in Jesus affect your life?
We can respond to that question in a lot of different ways. Some of the answers our youth gave were, "peace of mind," and "forgiveness." Great answers!
One big way it affects your life is that you now belong to God's people. You are part of our family. That means Christ calls you, along with all other Christians, to gather together, receive all of the gifts he has to give you in his word, and walk together in the faith.
In other words, you belong here.
The Youth had a blast rock climbing on Saturday! We climbed to new heights, ate some pizza, and learned about the kind of sure and certain hope we have in Jesus. Even Pastor joined in the fun on the rock wall! If you missed out on the fun on Saturday, don't worry, we have lots more in store for the coming year.
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Soaring as on eagles wings
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
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