Welcome to Our Savior’s Youth Page!

The youth groups of Our Savior consist of two groups — the Junior Youth (6th through 8th grades) and the High School Youth (9th through 12th grades) and they are a continuation of the Word & Sacrament ministry that we are blessed to receive at Our Savior.  You will regularly see students serving as acolytes, crucifers, choir or handbell members, altar guild assistants, and ushers on Sunday mornings. Outside of the parish walls, our Youth in Mission efforts provide opportunities for the youth to serve others both here at home and across the globe.

Of course, we also like to have fun together. We go on road trips, play paintball, have all-night lock-ins, do overnights at Cedar Point, and plenty of other things!

Youth Education Opportunities

Please join us on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am for Bible study. Stop by or call to find out more!

05-02-2021: Fifth Week of Easter

I had an interesting thought that came to me during the Elders meeting yesterday morning. It happened while leading the group through a portion of Article IV of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession. Essentially, I was reminded of something that happened a few weeks back while watching my daughter, Evelyn, during her horseback riding…

04-25-2021: Fourth Week of Easter

Have you ever had one of those days when no matter how hard you tried to interpret life through the lens of positivity, there was an itinerant itch of crankiness that just wouldn’t let it happen? Of course you’ve had such days. You’re a human being. I know I’ve had days like that. I just…

04-18-2021: Third Week of Easter

I learned something a few days ago. It came to me just after a discussion with my wife regarding her feelings about my beard. To begin, she’s not a fan of my beard by default, at least not at the length I’ve been keeping it lately. That being said, she doesn’t completely hate it. It’s…

04-11-2021: Second Week of Easter

For those whose Easter is little more than an annual go-round with chocolate rabbits and painted eggs, the fanfare of the celebration has come and gone. Not so for the Christian Church. For us, it remains. We actually live each day in the wake of the ultimate enemy’s defeat. Death has been conquered. Jesus has…

04-04-2021: First Week of Easter

Christ is risen. There is no mistaking this. The tomb is empty. He has visited with His people in the flesh. He isn’t a ghost. They have seen Him, embraced Him, and eaten meals with Him, all the while marveling at the scars of His crucifixion wounds. Indeed, the wounds prove He was dead. Yes,…

03/28/2021: Holy Week

Holy Week is upon us. God’s plan has been exacted. His plan for our redemption—which included the cosmic annihilation of Sin, Death, and the power of the devil—was established long ago. Its forthcoming object destined for impact was first announced in the Garden of Eden shortly after the fall into Sin. He told the serpent…

03-22-2021: Fifth Week in Lent

It’s very early, 5:30am to be precise. I’m writing this note from Cantrall, Illinois. Again, to be precise, I’m at Camp CILCA, which is just outside of Springfield. A summer camp I attended in my youth, I know this place well. Even better, I eventually became CILCA’s head counselor in the early nineties, having held…

03-15-2021: Fourth Week in Lent

Time is at a premium today, so if I’m going to get anything of value to you, it’ll need to be brief. At the moment, I have the topic of funerals reverberating in my brain. Lent is already weighty enough for the soul that the last thing any of us might think we need to…

03-07-2021: Third Week in Lent

The season of Lent is a powerful time in the Church Year. Throughout its forty days, if there’s one thing in particular it draws out and defines with its penitential crispness, it’s the authenticity of human guilt. Guilt is an incredibly palpable thing, isn’t it? It’s thick. It’s strong. It’s voracious. A terrible task-master, guilt…

03-01-2021: Second Week in Lent

I must admit that what first came to mind for writing this morning was very short, and had I shared it as the temptation was nudging, it would have been less than helpful. Although, now that I’ve taken a moment to think through why I would’ve written it so crisply, I’m prepared to go ahead…