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Youth & Family Leader ~ Heidi Muenchow

PHONE: (920) 485-1166
Email: heidi@firstluthbd.org

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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!

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General Youth & Family at First: https://www.remind.com/join/g2g9cb

Elementary Youth: https://www.remind.com/join/9eb8h

Middle & Mighty (MS Youth): https://www.remind.com/join/middlemig

Confirmation: https://www.remind.com/join/8e26h4

CREW (HS Youth): https://www.remind.com/join/firstcrew

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YOUTH & FAMILY CALENDAR

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

Adventure Kids = Elementary Youth

Middle & Mighty (M&M) = Middle School Youth

CREW (Christians, Ready, Equipped, & Willing) = High School Youth

June

4th: 6:30 PM Youth & Family Mtg.

7th: 9 AM-5 PM Noah’s Ark

9th: Graduation Sunday

9-14th: Confirmation Camp

19th: 12-3 PM Habitat for Humanity

6 PM Youth-Led Worship

23rd: 7:30-12 Car Wash Fundraiser (during worship) for Habitat for Humanity

29th: 8-12 Highway Clean Up

July

4th: Upper Room Closed

13th: Lifest in Oshkosh

17th: 6 PM Youth-Led Worship

22nd: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Adventure Camp

23rd: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Adventure Camp

26th: Drive-Thru Brat Fry Fundraiser for Upper Room

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Lunch is provided by the Summer Food Service Program through the Beaver Dam Unified School District

Participation Form 2019

2019 Summer Schedule

For more information, please contact Heidi: heidi@firstluthbd.org.

Adventure Camp 2019

At Adventure Camp, kids discover that even though life gets wild, God is good. Adventure Camp is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Fun crafts, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes. Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life - something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

Your kids will also participate in a mission project, through a program called Operation Kid-to-Kid, that will provide nutrition and good health opportunities to moms and babies in Zambia, Africa.

Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us at Safari Celebration each day at 3:05 PM, a daily exploration of our God’s goodness! So mark these dates on your calendar: July 29th & 30th, 2019! The fun starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.

Lunch & snacks will be provided!

Are you ready to sign your kids up for Adventure Camp?!  Adventure Camp is open to all children going into 5K through 6th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Please fill out the form on the back of this letter and send, scan, or drop of at First Ev. Lutheran Church. Would you rather sign up online? No problem! You can do that too! Check out this link for participant and volunteer registration:

https://vbspro.events/p/events/adventurecamp2019

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Heidi Muenchow at (920) 885-4497 or email heidi@firstluthbd.org. We look forward to having your children join us for this life-changing adventure!

Sincerely,

Your Adventure Camp Crew Directors:

Heidi Muenchow, First Ev. Lutheran Church

Margaret Sadoski, Sacred Heart Parish & St. Matthews Catholic Church

Pastor Bryan Lagerstam, St. John’s Lutheran Church


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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HOW DID OUR YOUTH & Family TEAM GET STARTED?

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: Sunday School entrance, First Bibles, First Communion, and Confirmation. Other milestones tie our faith walk with our everyday life including First Prayers, Blessing of the Students, Entering High School, Driver's License, and Graduation. 

Elementary Youth
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! 

**Wednesday night Confirmation classes for 6th - 8th graders begins Wednesday, September 27th and meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays September - May. 

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!

The LOFT
First Lutheran is dedicated to the community of Beaver Dam. The LOFT is open for all Middle School students Monday through Thursday (after school til 5pm) during the school year and Monday through Friday (12-3pm)in the summer. The Youth Room is staffed with adults who care and offers a variety of snacks, games, music, movies, and fun. We have a pool table, gaga ball, Wii and more! 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.