For Youth

5-6th grade classes and activities are Wednesdays after school 2:30-4:30 every other week. Five classes each in the fall and spring cover 1st Communion, Worship, Baptism & the Lord’s Prayer.  As a part of the classes, students visit a vineyard, partake in a Passover Seder meal with their family, throw clay on a potter’s wheel and make Prayer Journals.

7-8th grade activities are from 2:30-3:45 every other Wednesday, with confirmation class 6:30-7:30.  Activities include kickball, dodgeball, sardines, holiday fun activities, art projects and servant activities.

7-8th graders, as a part of confirmation, are invited to take a trip to Minneapolis to visit Luther Seminary, a Jewish Synagogue, a Muslim mosque and the Mall of America.  Weekend retreats to Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp and Youth Encounter events (this year is the WI Dells) are also offered.

High School Youth group meets every Wednesday 7-8 pm for a time of devotions, fellowship and games.

Servant events are offered year round with the elderly, nursing homes, homeless shelters, food pantry, bible camp and Global Health Ministries for 5-12th grades.

ELCA National Youth Gathering – offered every 3 years.  OSL youth attended Detroit 2015 and will go to Houston 2018.

Adventure trips (horseback riding, canoeing, hiking) are offered to 7-12th graders.

Mission trips are offered regularly – recent trips include Youthworks trips to Pine Ridge, SD; Louisville, KY; & St. Louis, MO.

Fun summer events include a trip to an amusement part (Valleyfair & Adventureland, alternately), waterpark (Lost Island), overnights at the Omaha Zoo, jumping at Sky Zone, activities and games at Fort Frenzy, slip-n-slide kickball, as well as many others.

Fun winter events include a trip to Seven Oaks for outdoor recreational snow activities, movies, indoor swimming excursions, as well as many others.

Other events include visiting the Blanden Art Museum, the Apple Orchard, Studio Fusion, Living History Farms, as well as many others.

A Youth Musical is put on every spring involving 30-40 kids, K-12, from the community and surrounding churches.  Auditions are held in November.  Rehearsals run January-April, every Sunday 5-6 pm.  The musical is presented 2 weeks after Easter on Saturday night and for Sunday morning worship.