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Christian Education - 2018MLC

Christian Education

The Bible is God’s Great Gift for mankind to open, read and learn from, not just while we are school aged, or going through confirmation, but for our whole life. From the cradle to grave, studying God’s work in the company of others will be a source of blessing.   It is His Great Heritage and shall remain so when we pass this Great Gift to children or grandchildren, family, friends and strangers.  Explore the many ways Messiah Lutheran Church can help you or your family open this gift.

First Communion Instruction   |   Confirmation Program   | Youth Program

Sunday School at Messiah Lutheran Church

All are welcome! Our Sunday School program always has room to grow and we encourage everyone to join at any time during the year!  A wide variety of Sunday School classes for ages 2 to adult are offered each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. August through May.

Registering your child

Please complete a Sunday School Registration form and return to the church office.  You may also email the form to office@mlutheran.org

It is not necessary to register visiting children or friends.   Please let the Sunday School teacher know if a guest or friend has any physical, behavioral or health/diet limitations or restrictions.

Sunday School Calendar

Sunday School will meet every Sunday from August 6th – May 20th, except on the following dates.

  • September 3 – Labor Day
  • October 8 – Fall Break
  • November 26  – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 24 and 31 – Christmas Break
  • March 11 – Spring Break
  • April 1 – Easter (but there is a Senior Youth Pancake Breakfast during the Sunday School Hour so please come to that!)

The first day of Sunday School for the Fall 2018-2019 Academic Year will be announced soon.

Current Sunday School Classes & Teachers

Young guests are always welcome to attend. We have open registration and plenty of classroom materials.

Preschool:  with Rebecca Alferink in the Nursery

Pre-K & Kindergarten:  with Abby Woods in Room 6

1st & 2nd:  with Michelle King & Christine Berry in Room 9

3rd & 4th:  with Juanita Florio in Room 2

5th & 6th:  with Glen Long in Room 7

7th, 8th & 9th:  with Sara Galyon in Room 4

10th – 12th:  with Kari Pitchko & Larry Ryan in the Senior Youth Room

Adult’s Sunday School

Conversation Cafe:  Update

Adult Sunday School:  with Dottie Hanson in Room 1 continues their study of the Book of Matthew

Pastor’s Sunday School:    Update:

Mission Crafter’s  Group:  Meeting in Room 3.

First Communion Instruction

First Communion classes are offered for youth 10 years of age or older, or close.  Communion classes typically run consecutively for three weeks, are approximately 30 minutes in length and take place following the late service.  Specific details concerning First Communion, it’s instruction and celebration are announced annually in December.  

 If you are interested in First Communion classes for yourself or your child, please talk to Pastor Peterson or call the Church Office at 721-0041. 

Confirmation Program

At Messiah, we sponsor a two-year confirmation program for eighth and ninth grade students. Confirmation at Messiah is about faith formation, not simply faith information. We focus on being the church, not teaching about the church. Our program includes learning events, fellowship events, service events,  and worship events.  If you are interested in Confirmation classes for yourself or your child, please talk to Pastor Peterson or call the Church Office at 721-0041.


Sara Galyon,
Director of Youth and Education Ministries


Janell Zesinger
Council Representative for Education and Youth

Devonee Woods
Sunday School Superintendent


About Sara Galyon

Sara relocated to the area with her husband, a fellow Youth Director, in June of 2016. She moved here from the Memphis TN area where she completed her Masters of Arts in Youth ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary. She is originally from the east coast where she grew up in the Delaware/Maryland Synod of the ELCA, and has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Sara has a passion for working with young people, and has been in professional youth ministry for the past 7 years and has worked with teenagers in some capacity for the past 15. She enjoys helping students realize that God is very active in the world around them, and helping them find their place in God’s action. She also enjoys working with families as they navigate aiding their teenagers’ transition into college/career years.

Outside of her role as Director of Youth and Christian Education Ministries,  Sara loves to travel, read, and spend time with her husband Philip, sons Andrew and Christopher and Nathan.