Confirmation Trip to Funeral Home - OPEN TO ALL

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Each year, the Confirmation Ministry takes a trip to a Funeral Home.  This experience allows a safe environment for youth to learn about end of life care.  They can ask any questions that they might have about death, grief, and how we care for the body after someone we love has died.  It also allows for us to talk about our Christian hope in the resurrection. 

On Sunday, April 22nd, Pastor Walt will be leading a tour of the McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home in Shakopee.  This trip is open to all Confirmation students (in all grades), parents, and anyone else who might like to attend.  Please register below.

 

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Camp Amnicon this Summer

Hello Confirmation Families - I just wanted to make you aware of an  amazing opportunity. 

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Over the years we have sent kids to Camp Amnicon in Northern WI on the edge of Lake Superior. It is a Christian based Wilderness Camp that offers canoe and backpacking trips. For my daughter, Samantha, is was a life changing experience. After attending with confirmation she went to work there for 3 summer as both in base staff and as a canoe guide.  They offer trips to groups or individuals.  My son, Maxwell, was excited to go and we found a trip that works in our schedule. June 24th - June 29th   We wondered if anyone else would like to go. Here is the specific information about when Maxwell will be going.  If  others are interested and this date doesn't work out, I would be happy to help coordinate this experience for others. Please let me know if you have any questions.
(jsmcorcora@mchsi.com or 952-895-0057) Jennifer Corcoran

Snow cancellation policy for Confirmation

Confirmation Ministry Snow policy.

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   If schools or after school activities are canceled by ISD 191 (Burnsville) then we are canceled. 

If snow happens after school, then the decision will be made at St. James and posted on the church website.  Parents and small group leaders will also receive a message through REMIND.  If you would like to receive regular confirmation Ministry updates through REMIND then follow this link:    https://www.remind.com/join/wlic

As always, in the case of inclement weather please use your discretion. We want people to be safe at all times.

 

Catechism Class: The Lord's Prayer

On February 28th, the Confirmation Ministry will be having the final section of the catechism course on the Lord's Prayer.  Together we will explore the sixth, seventh, and the concluding petitions of the prayer which are:

Save us from the time of trial.

And deliver us from evil.

For the Kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

 

These petitions come in a timely manner as we deal with reports of gun violence in schools, atrocities in Syria, and a host of concerns domestic and international.  What does it mean to be kept from a time of trial?  What does it mean to ask God to deliver us from evil?  What should Christians do in the face of evil, sin, and the hurts of the world?  These are very real questions on the hearts of Christians young and old alike.

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Tie Blankets and Meal Pack

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Confirmation Ministry will be making Tie-Blankets this Wednesday night for children in Ridges Hospital.  Fleece is being provided through a Thrivent Action Grant.  We need to borrow a couple of pairs of sewing scissors.   We will also be participating in the monthly Comfort Meal Pack.  Everything starts at 6:00 p.m. (Meal, Meal Pack, Tie-Blankets, Worship).  We finish at 8:00 p.m.

 

Confirmation Winter Retreat; Racism: Hidden Sin, Revealed Hope

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On Friday February 9 to Saturday February 10, St. James Confirmation Ministry will host a Winter Retreat at Camp Omega Retreat Center in Waterville, MN.  The topic will focus on Racism: Hidden Sin, Revealed Hope.  In a safe environment, we will examine racism and its impact on God's people, discuss prejudice and bias after viewing the movie "Hidden Figures," and look at ways we can share radical hospitality and the inclusion of God with others.

In addition to watching the movie, "Hidden Figures and faith development discussions, there will be games, crafts, and outdoor activities including snow tubing, broomball, and snowshoeing.  

What to bring:  Sleeping gear (sleeping bag, pillow, etc.), outdoor winter attire, money for McDonalds on the way home Saturday.  

The cost of the retreat is $80 and includes Friday dinner, Saturday Breakfast, and Saturday lunch.

We hope that all confirmation students and their small group leaders attend.

Registration is due by December 13 with a deposit of $25.  Balance of $55 is due on Jan. 24.

Ministry Host:  Siana Adrian

 

Confirmation Ministry: Faith Speaker - Icy Mackley

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On Wednesday, January 31, St. James Confirmation Ministry will be hosting a special speaker.  Icy Mackley, a longtime member of St. James, will share her experience as an African-American woman growing up in Alabama during the Civil Rights Era.  When she was a girl her family moved from California to Birmingham a year after the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church -an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by white Christian Klansmen which killed four young girls.  Mrs. Mackley's family attended that same church.  Come hear her story.   We start at 6:30 p.m. and will go to 7:30 p.m.       

To watch a video on the 16th Street bombing from the History channel (Click Here)

Snow cancellation policy for Confirmation

Confirmation Ministry Snow policy.

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   If schools or after school activities are canceled by ISD 191 (Burnsville) then we are canceled. 

If snow happens after school, then the decision will be made at St. James and posted on the church website.  Parents and small group leaders will also receive a message through REMIND.  If you would like to receive regular confirmation Ministry updates through REMIND then follow this link:    https://www.remind.com/join/wlic

As always, in the case of inclement weather please use your discretion. We want people to be safe at all times.

 

Confirmation Winter Retreat; Racism: Hidden Sin, Revealed Hope

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On Friday February 9 to Saturday February 10, St. James Confirmation Ministry will host a Winter Retreat at Camp Omega Retreat Center in Waterville, MN.  The topic will focus on Racism: Hidden Sin, Revealed Hope.  In a safe environment, we will examine racism and its impact on God's people, discuss prejudice and bias after viewing the movie "Hidden Figures," and look at ways we can share radical hospitality and the inclusion of God with others.

In addition to watching the movie, "Hidden Figures and faith development discussions, there will be games, crafts, and outdoor activities including snow tubing, broomball, and snowshoeing.  

What to bring:  Sleeping gear (sleeping bag, pillow, etc.), outdoor winter attire, money for McDonalds on the way home Saturday.  

The cost of the retreat is $80 and includes Friday dinner, Saturday Breakfast, and Saturday lunch.

We hope that all confirmation students and their small group leaders attend.

Registration is due by December 13 with a deposit of $25.  Balance of $55 is due on Jan. 24.

Ministry Host:  Siana Adrian

 

Earn Youth Account Dollars This Saturday, Dec 2

Confirmation Youth have 2 opportunities to earn Youth Account Dollars this Saturday, December 2nd.  

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  • Handymen of St James will be meeting from 8:30am-11:30am.     Ministry Hosts: Dave Osterkamp and Noah Lichtenberger.  Please wear work clothes

 

  • Decorate the Church for this Advent & Christmas Season from 8:30am-12:00pm.    Ministry Host: Kelvin Miller

Confirmation Winter Retreat; Racism: Hidden Sin, Revealed Hope

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On Friday February 9 to Saturday February 10, St. James Confirmation Ministry will host a Winter Retreat at Camp Omega Retreat Center in Waterville, MN.  The topic will focus on Racism: Hidden Sin, Revealed Hope.  In a safe environment, we will examine racism and its impact on God's people, discuss prejudice and bias after viewing the movie "Hidden Figures," and look at ways we can share radical hospitality and the inclusion of God with others.

In addition to watching the movie, "Hidden Figures and faith development discussions, there will be games, crafts, and outdoor activities including snow tubing, broomball, and snowshoeing.  

What to bring:  Sleeping gear (sleeping bag, pillow, etc.), outdoor winter attire, money for McDonalds on the way home Saturday.  

The cost of the retreat is $80 and includes Friday dinner, Saturday Breakfast, and Saturday lunch.

We hope that all confirmation students and their small group leaders attend.

Registration is due by December 13 with a deposit of $25.  Balance of $55 is due on Jan. 24.

Ministry Host:  Siana Adrian

 

Snow cancellation policy for Confirmation

Confirmation Ministry Snow policy.

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   If schools or after school activities are canceled by ISD 191 (Burnsville) then we are canceled. 

If snow happens after school, then the decision will be made at St. James and posted on the church website.  Parents and small group leaders will also receive a message through REMIND.  If you would like to receive regular confirmation Ministry updates through REMIND then follow this link:    https://www.remind.com/join/wlic

As always, in the case of inclement weather please use your discretion. We want people to be safe at all times.

 

Adopt-a-Highway & Neighborhood Clean up

Saturday, November 4, 2017

9:00am -11:00am

On Saturday morning, November 4, lend your hands to help clean up the neighborhood.   Bring a rake and work gloves.  We meet at 9:00 a.m. at St. James and will break into work teams.  Some groups will be cleaning up the St. James section of Hwy 5and others will be raking the lawns of neighbors around the church.  

Helping out with this effort is the Confirmation students and small group leaders.  This is the second Fall servant event for Confirmation Ministry.  All students are asked to participate. 

 

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Confirmation Youth To Walk in CROP Walk

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In a response to requests from parents and small group leaders for more service opportunities, this year all youth in Confirmation Ministry will be walking in the South of the River CROP Walk on Sunday, October 8.  The walk starts at 2:00 p.m.  Youth, parents, and small group leaders will gather for registration prior at 1:00 p.m.  We walk to raise awareness within ourselves and the community about hunger related issues.  We walk to raise dollars to support hunger relief efforts (25% will be returned to local hunger organizations).   

This year's walk is the 5th anniversary of the South of the River CROP Walk (the first was held at St. James Lutheran) and will be held at:  St John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville, MN 55044                                      

For more information about the walk- Click here.   

 

Learner Directed Confirmation at St. James

During the 2017-2018 ministry year, St. James will be piloting an innovative approach to Confirmation.   

 

Why? 

The purpose of Learner Directed Confirmation (LDC) is to provide a faith formation experience to youth that will encourage within them a desire to be life-long, faith learners.  Faith is not something that you can master in three years; Faith takes a lifetime of questioning, exploring, forming, challenging, and nurturing.  LDC seeks to en-culture within youth the processes, attitudes, and strategies that will equip them for life-long faith formation beyond the day that they affirm their baptismal faith. 

How will it work?

Learner Directed Confirmation small group:

For this pilot, we will gather a group of four to six youth of various ages and an equal number of adults (who are themselves, life-long faith learners).  They will be called the LDC small group.  The LDC small group will meet each week on Wednesday night.   They will do a weekly check-in, share progress on the LDC plans, and salt/light.   Students and adult can choose to work on projects or attend the general confirmation class (if this fulfills one of the requirements or they are interested in the speaker/topic). Once a month, the LDC small group will be serving alongside the general confirmation small groups during the Comfort Meal Pack.  The LDC small group will also participate in the Winter Confirmation Retreat.   

Learner Directed Confirmation plan:

Students will work with parents, LDC adults, and pastor to formulate their ‘LDC Plan’ for meeting the basic learning objectives of Confirmation.  This plan will be unique to the student, incorporating their learning styles, preferences, talents, and interests.  They will work at their own pace and have the freedom to explore learning through reading, art, and projects.Once the student fulfills their established goals as clearly stated in the plan, they will be eligible to affirm their baptismal faith.  It may take two or three years.  It could even take more.  The goal is not to finish confirmation but rather to move at a pace that encultures the student’s life-long faith learning. 

How do I take part? 

A student can elect to become part of LDC at any point.  They will receive credit for work done in the general Confirmation Ministry.  It can easily accommodate students who move into the area during mid-year, and a variety of learning abilities. 

Learner Directed Confirmation special project:

In January, the pastor will assign a book/movie to the LDC small group.  The group of youth and adults will need to work together to formulate a response.  The projects will explore the biblical and theological underpinnings of the work.  Learners can complete projects in smaller groups or as part of the whole group.  Projects will be celebrated and presented to the congregation at large. 

Pilot Evaluation:

St. James will pilot the LDC concept for the Confirmation Ministry year 2017-2018.  This innovative approach is being developed at St. James and to our knowledge has not been done before.  At the end of the year, LDC students, parents, LDC adults, and the pastor will provide an evaluation.  Like we have done with the general Confirmation Ministry, we will build on successes, adjust weaknesses, and make it better together.


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Incoming Confirmation Class Orientation for Parents

Wednesday, September 13

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Koinonia Room

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Parents of students entering St. James Confirmation Ministry this fall are invited to an Orientation night.  Students in grades 6,7,8, and 9 are all eligible to participate in Confirmation.  Lot's of information will be shared about the many learning opportunities that Confirmation Ministry affords to not only students but to the whole family.  Questions will be answered.  It will help tremendously in making the start of your family's Confirmation experience the best it can be.   

 

So that we can help plan for the evening - please sign up below. 

 

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Safe Guarding God's Children Training for Adults who work with Children/Youth

On Wednesday, September 20, there will be a boundaries workshop/training session for all adults who work with children/youth at St. James.  This annual requirement is part of our commitment to providing a safe place for children and youth to grow in their faith.  All Small Group Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, and Youth Leaders are asked to attend even if they have had this or similar training before.   The workshop lasts from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and will be held in the Koinonia Room.  Pastor Walt will be conducting the training this year.