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Youth - 2018MLC

Youth Ministry Programs

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First Communion Instruction   |   Confirmation Program   | Sunday School 

MLC Youth Calendar


Regular Meeting Times 

  • Senior Youth (9-12th Grades)  Meet every Sunday night from 6:00-7: 30 pm (or as scheduled)
  • Junior Youth (6th-8th Grades) meets 2nd & 4th Sunday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.*  
  • MOES: Messiah Older Elementary Students (3rd-5th Grades)  meet monthly as announced

Youth Sunday School

The value of spending time in the study of God’s Word offers life-long benefits that might not be readily apparent to teenagers entering or emerging from Confirmation instruction.  Messiah offers Sunday School instruction for Senior, Jr. and Tween youth every Sunday led by a team of dedicated teachers using curriculum tailored for young Christians. 

  • Sr. High Youth Teacher: Larry Ryan  meets in Sr. Youth Room
  • Jr. High Youth Teacher (grades 6 – 8):  Update
  • MOES Youth Teacher (grades 3 – 5):  Update

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.

Confirmation classes are held Wednesday evenings as scheduled through the year.

First Year Instructor:  Lois Graff  musicdirector@mlutheran.org

Second Year Instructor: Pastor Scott Peterson  scott@mlutheran.prg


Sara Galyon,
Director of Youth and Education Ministries


Janell Zesinger
Council Representative for Education and Youth


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.