Toddlin’ to Jesus
Toddlin’ to Jesus is taught by Lisa Solum, who has a BA in Music Education and is a certified teacher in Illinois and Michigan. She currently teaches choir at St. John’s Lutheran School in La Porte. If you would like more information or would like to register, please call the church office at (219) 872-4419 or use our contact us page.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer we invite children from 4 years old through the 5th grade to enroll in Vacation Bible School. The themes change every year, but the message is the same. We want your children to learn about the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and have fun doing so! Here are some of the most recent VBS themes we have explored.
Youth Group = Faith, Fellowship, Food, & Fun!
When we gather, we will be studying “Not-So-Nice Bible Stories: Gory Deaths.” Learn how the Bible gives us a realistic picture of our world of sin and death and how has Christ redeemed it. These activities are for 6th grade and up.
Join us on March 20, 2020 for bowling and a youth lock-in! We will meet at 6:30 at church and proceed to City Lanes for bowling. We will come back to the church for the lock-in. Pick up will be on Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
Higher Things Conference
Our Youth (8th grade and up) had a wonderful time at the Higher Things Conference in Wisconson this past July! They cannot wait to go again next year! Please call the office at (219) 872-4419 if you would like more information.
We have Sunday School every week beginning at 8:45 a.m. We have four classes which serve 3-year-olds to those in the 8th grade. They begin with a snack and opening worship, then separate into classes.
Teen Bible Class
A Bible Class for teens is held every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. They are currently studying the Christian themes in the book The Hobbit. Teens wanting answers found in the Word of God regarding hard questions, as well as an opportunity to share in a Christ-centered environment are welcome and encouraged to join this class, and also to bring their friends.
Catechism and Confirmation
Catechism Class is a three year program for youth which concludes with Confirmation. We accept children into the program who are beginning 5th grade. Contact Pastor Solum for more information.
Confirmation is a custom of the Church which links the catechumens (those who receive the teaching of God) to their baptism. In baptism we are brought into the faith by the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation we confirm the faith which was given us. That is, we publically confess the promises of God which belong to us in baptism. Confirmation might be an end of formal instruction, but it is not the end of learning and hearing God’s Word. Instead, in order for our faith to flourish and bear fruit, we should delight in God’s Word and meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:2). That way we stay connected to our baptism, dying to sin and rising to walk in the newness of life (Romans 6).
By confessing their faith in Confirmation, the catechumens are also stating that they are at unity with our faith and thus rightly prepared to commune with us. Martin Luther strongly urged that those who are unwilling to learn, at the very least, the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, should not be admitted to the Lord’s Supper. This doesn’t only entail memorizing them, but learning what each part says about our Christian life.
St. Paul requires us to have a unity of faith with those whom we commune
(1 Corinthians 10:16-17). He also warns that improper communion practice can provoke the Lord’s jealousy (10:21) and bring His judgment (11:27). Those who do not examine themselves and eat and drink without discerning the body,eat and drink to their judgment (11:28-29). Out of concern for the wellbeing of all who come to us, we catechize before inviting them to the Lord’s Supper, whether they are a child or adult.
Confirmation is not a sacrament (a visible sign, commanded by God, which gives the forgiveness of sins). But with the command to baptize, Jesus also calls His church to teach people to observe all that He commanded
(Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus also said, “Whoever confesses me before men, I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32).
With St. Paul’s words, I appeal to you and your children: “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16). Where you fall short repent and remember your baptism, through which the Holy Spirit made His home in you. The Spirit will confirm God’s grace in you, which was won by the work of Christ on the cross, and draw you near again to God’s life-giving promises.