Youth & Family Ministry at First

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Youth & Family Leader ~ Heidi Muenchow

PHONE: (920) 885-4497


Heidi Muenchow serves as our Youth & Family Leader. She lives in Horicon with her husband Bryce, their two children Gale and Nora, and their dog, Claire. She enjoys doing arts and crafts and being outside, as well as hanging out with family and friends, playing piano and guitar, sewing, reading, and horseback riding. Heidi also loves cooking and baking. She feels very blessed to be a member at First and on the First Lutheran staff!

If you wish to receive updates and reminders for all things Youth & Family related, please sign up via texting the associated name to 81010:

Adventure Kids: Text @elemyouth to 81010

Sunday School: Text @ssatfirst to 81010

Confirmation: Text @confirm1st to 81010

Middle & Mighty: Text @middlemig to 81010

CREW: Text @firstcrew to 81010

9th Hour: Text @9thhourur to 81010

Youth Council: Text @firstyc to 81010

Mission Team: Text @1stmisteam to 81010

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Middle School After School Program: 9th Hour

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Please sign up for events on the Youth & Family Bulletin Board or contact Heidi: or (920) 885-4497

Adventure Kids = Elementary Youth Group

Middle & Mighty (M&M) = Middle School Youth Group - meets at 9:15 AM on Sundays

CREW (Christians, Ready, Equipped, & Willing) = High School Youth Group - meets at 9:30 AM on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays


10/2: 6:45 PM Confirmation Class

10/4: 6:30 PM Family Game Night

10/5: 8 AM Highway Clean Up

10/6: 9:30 AM Youth Praise Band Practice

10/9: 6:45 PM Confirmation Class

10/13: Harvest Dinner

10/16: Youth-Led Wednesday Worship

10/20: 9:30 AM Youth Praise Band Practice

2-6 PM Confirmation Retreat Part 2

10/23: 6:30 PM Confirmation Pictures

10/27: 10:30 AM Confirmation Sunday

3:30 PM Trunk or Treat (Decorate a car trunk and hand out candy)

10/30: 6:45 PM Confirmation Class


11/2: CREW Fright Fest

11/3: 9:30 AM Youth Praise Band Practice

11/6: 6:45 PM Confirmation Class - 5-stones Dodge County Presentation

11/9: 1:30-4:30 PM M&M Event: Roller Skating

11/13: 6:45 PM Confirmation Class

11/17: 9:30 AM Youth Praise Band Practice

11/20: 6 PM Youth-Led Wednesday Worship

11/27: Pie Social

If you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding anything Youth & Family related, please fill out this form and Heidi will get back to you as soon as she can!

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Youth & Family Ministry Team
In 2015, a group of youth, parents, and staff met to strategically plan for the future of the youth and family ministry at First Lutheran. They identified strengths, goals, and the 8 foundations on which to build up this ministry. These are listed below, and not in any order:

  • Be Present

  • Worship

  • Service Projects/Mission

  • Cross+Generations/Household Ministry

  • Education and Study

  • Church ministry

  • Fellowship

  • Retreats/Outdoor Ministry

If you are interested in joining the conversation about living out this ministry, please join us every first Tuesday at 6pm in the Youth Room.

Milestone Ministry
Walking with parents every step of their Baptismal journey, Milestone Ministry empowers families to Keep the Promise and Pass on the Faith. Milestone Ministry provides special workshops and celebrations to guide families through their child's faith life. Some milestones include: Backpack Blessing, Children’s Bible Gifting Program, First Communion, Confirmation, and Graduation.

Adventure Kids
Christian friendships are so important in a child's life. Fun is important too! We tie these two together in purely fun activities for 1st through 5th graders. Monthly activities in the past have included skating, bowling, snow tubing and more. Each event is packed with fun opportunities to get to know other kids. And they all include a God moment to remind us why we gather and whose we are. (1st & 2nd grade youth need an adult with them)

Middle & Mighty (M&M)
This is our ministry of fun and fellowship times for middle school students (6th - 8th grade) only.  Past events have included snowboard/skiing, scavenger hunts, a Noah's Ark trip and lock-in overnights. Middle School is full of crazy fun times specially designed for YOU!! It's a great place to invite your friends and show them just how much fun church can be!

Youth Confirmation
Our 3 year curriculum and Family format is a perfect match for the high energy of middle school students. We mix up nights of learning and spiritual growth through providing a format that includes interactive learning times, group building games, teaching by the pastors, family faith-talk sharing, worship, snacks, drama, video, music and art. Then we add in caring adults as mentors for faith conversations. Wow! That's new and improved Confirmation! 

**1st, 2nd, 4th, & 5th Wednesdays at 6:45 PM. All students 6th grade and older are welcome!

CREW (Christians, Ready, Equipped, & Willing)

Our high schoolers are active with various activities. During the school year we plan for special trips, including the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas! Our Youth Missions Group plans many events during the year to raise funds for this and other trips. Car washes, brat frys and candy sales are just a few of the ways they earn money for this purpose. During the Lenten season they help out with our soup suppers and organize and serve at our annual Holy Week Breakfast on Palm Sunday. They are very busy!

Upper Room Programming
First Lutheran is dedicated to the community of Beaver Dam. We have an after school program called the 9th Hour and it is open to all Middle School students Monday through Thursday from 3-5 PM during the school year and Monday through Friday (12-3pm)in the summer. 9th Hour is staffed with adults who care and offers a variety of snacks, games, music, movies, and fun. Come join us and bring your friends!

ELCA Youth Gathering
Our group went on a mission trip to Houston in 2018. The next Youth Gathering will be held in Minneapolis in 2021. If you are interested in participating, please contact Heidi, our Youth & Family Leader.