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Youth and Family

Notes from Deacon Lindsay Stertzbach
Director of Youth and Family Ministry

March 19, 2024


Youth Gathering Update

We are less than 4 months away from heading to New Orleans for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Airfare has been secured for our group and the deposit has been paid. A final mandatory youth/parent meeting will be held on Sunday, April 7 to go over final details, travel information, Gathering expectations, and answering any questions parents/youth may have. Our prep meetings have been well-attended so far and have resulted in fruitful discussions and additional planning. Be on the lookout for additional fundraising efforts in the coming months. The youth are approximately $2000 away from their fundraising goal.

Youth Events

Since January, the Luther Middles went bowling, attended a winter confirmation retreat and wrote thank-you notes to some of the “unsung” individuals at St. Matthew. The kids had a great time at bowling and the retreat and enjoyed the traditional post-retreat Dairy Queen stop upon returning to Medina. On Sunday, March 17, Julie and I held a comprehensive youth meeting to discuss plans and goals for 2024. It was a very positive and productive meeting – so positive that I have received messages from team members about how great they felt after leaving the meeting.  First Communion instruction has been scheduled for the month of April. So far, 3 youth have indicated a desire to participate. We will welcome this group of young people to the Lord’s Table at the 11:00 service on Sunday, May 5 with a reception between services at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Looking ahead – there will be an Easter Eggstravaganza for Luther Littles and Luther Middles on Saturday, March 30 from 1-3 PM in the Brown Room, a Luther League-led breakfast between services on Easter, and a Luther League-led worship on Sunday, May 12.


Peace be with you,


Deacon Lindsay

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