Youth News
for Zion's "Youtherans"

Ski Wild Mountain
January 20th
This year Trinity is coordinating the annual afternoon and evening ski venture. Gather at Trinity at 12:00 and leave at 12:30. Lift tickets $19; Rentals $21. Transportation will be provided by families, volunteers are needed. If youth are brining friends, they should have a parent drive. High School students are not allowed to drive due to church insurance restrictions. Consent forms must be filled out and signed by parents/guardians and can be picked up at either Zion or Trinity. Contact Wendy Anderson (320-293-4073) for more information or questions. Food is available to purchase—but expensive. People are allowed to bring food for themselves. Many bring food to share with the group.
Zuppers @ Zion
In January the Confirmation students from Zion and Trinity will meet at Zion and we are in need of individuals to help provide simply and yet, nutritious meals for the kids as some are coming straight from after school activities. If you are able and interested the following dates are still open: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27. Sign up on the sheet outside Pastor’s Study.

of Baptism

October 28th

Affirmation of Baptism: Oct. 28 - Affirmation of Baptism is that faith milestone when young adults (10th graders) will affirm the promises made by their parents and claim them as their own. Each of the students  participated in three years of confirmation studies where they covered the Old Testament, the life of Jesus in the New Testament, Luther’s Small Catechism and what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus. Prior to their Affirmation of Baptism, they selected a favorite Bible verse, read one of the four gospels, wrote a Faith Essay and engaged in two to three faith interviews with adult members of the congregation. This year the following studentsl affirmed their Baptism: Hailey, daughter of Sarah & Chad, Anna, daughter of Kim & Tim, Aiden, son of Andrea & Jeremy, and Naomi, daughter of Sarah & Chris. We ask that you keep these individuals in your prayer s.

Milaca Youtheran Adventure 2019

Milaca Youtheran Adventure 2019 - Attention youth currently in 9th grade and up, we are heading into the wilderness and YOU are invited! The plan is to head up to Camp Vermillion on Sunday, July 14, and load up our canoes and hit the water on the 15th and spend the following days canoeing and experiencing the beauty of God’s great outdoors! We will return home at the end of the week. Interested? See Pastor Blenkush for more info. 

This Changes Everything!
ELCA Youth Gathering
in 2018

2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering: This Changes Everything! – On June 23rd, Aiden and Grace got on the bus with the other youth and adults from Trinity and began their synod journey to Galveston and Houston for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Together they served, worshiped, learned, met new people from across our nation and beyond and above all, grew in faith and discipleship. This Changes Everything! Go to Zion’s Facebook page to see pictures and videos of the group’s adventure.n


Senior High Youth
grades 9-12

Senior High Youth - You are invited to gather with your fellow Youtheran at Trinity Lutheran 

You are invited to gather with your fellow Youtherans at Trinity every Wednesday night  at 7 p.m. for a mixture of Bible study, devotions, conversations, games, and refreshments.  



       July  2016
     Mission Trip
       to Chicago

See a few photos           
Mission Trip 2016 - On Thursday, July 7, 16 youth and adults from Zion and Trinity Lutheran  departed for Chicago for their mission trip experience with the folks from YouthWorks. This year’s mission trippers spent their time in the Hispanic neighborhoods of Humbolt Park and Hermosa. In regards to ministry opportunities they served at food shelves, distribution centers, soup kitchens, kids programs and elderly care facilities. This year’s mission trippers were Jalen, Emma, Brenda, Grace, Brooklyn, Ellie, Kelsey, Chloe , Joelle, Bailey, Asa, Carter, Nick, and the adult leaders are: Wendy Hakes-Anderson, Chris Nord and Pastor Stephen Blenkush.  Read more...
                               Faith 5
     Family Time

Faith 5 Family Time is a devotional format developed by Pastor Rich Melheim for families to share, read, talk, pray, and bless each other. Through the Confirmation Ministry, we are encouraging you to adopt this practice. Each week at Confirmation, your child will receive a handout that will provide guidance for four days a week. It can be shared at a variety of times – dinner, end of the day before heading to bed, in the car, or anytime you can bring the family together. It may take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes depending on the size of your family and the depth of the conversation. It is hoped that this may become a regular part of your family faith life, drawing you close to each other and to God. Each week a guide sheet will be sent home with our Confirmation students. The scriptures parallel the Gospel of Luke readings we are doing in class. For more information, visit Faith 5's web site.


        Outdoor                Ministries

Did you know that when a child spends a week at Church/Bible Camp, faith is lived out every hour of the day? Unlike most places we spend out time, campers are drawn into the ritual and rhythm of faithful life together. Want to make a difference in the life of our youth? Encourage them to attend one of our Lutheran Bible camps and/or be sure to support Zion Camperships and help make it financially possible for a child to go to camp this summer. For more information, see Pastor Blenkush.

                    Why Go          Lutheran?


  Are you, or someone you love, searching for a college or university to attend? If so, check out the new video “Why Go Lutheran?” and its website WhyGoLutheran? The 3-minute video is not your typical recruiting film. It’s a clever animation that lays out all the reasons why a student should “go Lutheran.”

You can go to camp! We encourage our youth to go to attend our Lutheran Bible Camps and experience the love and power of God is new ways. Zion offers camperships to its younger members to help make camp a possibility for everyone. Pick up a Campership form, fill it out, and return it to the church office - one form for each child. The church treasurer will send the campership money to the camp. A campership will cover for half the cost - for a weekend or half week camp , up to $100, or up to $200 for a week long camp