Youth Education

Vacation Bible School 2022

Vacation Bible School NEWSPLASH… On Thursday, August 18th, join us for fun and food, and some learning about our baptism—God’s living water. We have the Monticello pool reserved, so students and parents meet at the pool at 10:00am sharp with swimsuit, towel, and dry clothes. Kids will enjoy water time and a VBS lesson in the pool.

At noon students will gather at the shelter for lunch. After lunch more learning and fellowship will take place on the Austin Strong all-inclusive playground, if it is completed, or a different area if not. Parents may pick up children at 2:00pm. Students preschool through 5th grade are invited to attend. Parents are welcome to stay. Hope to see you there!


Presenting the Crosses made by our 2022 Confirmation students and their mentors.


Wayne Zion says, “Thank you!” to all our Confirmation Mentors, who met with the students on Wednesday evenings during the month of March. Your gift of time and talent is long remembered and appreciated.

Super Bowl Success!

We had a wonderful morning working together on Super Bowl Pizzas. The pizzas sold out quickly. Thanks to all the kids and families who came to help today. Thanks to those who ordered and supported our youth programming. And of course, thanks to our amazing planners who organized this event!


Welcome to Sunday School!


A giant thank you to our volunteers who created this Goliath to go with the lesson for the week, David and Goliath. Thank you for bringing the story to life! The kids used a sling shot to take him down, and learned something about trusting God.


Barb Andreesen is serving as our Interim Sunday School Superintendent.

In this schoolyear, we are using an All Kids curriculum for Kindergarten through 5th Grade children.
 Lesson activities for ages 5-12 to learn together in one classroom.
 Leadership opportunities for older children through buddy activities.
 Lessons are centered on Scripture.
 Children will experience the big story of God’s people.
 As children understand the Bible and its themes, they will realize they’re part of God’s story too!
 Pastor Wade will lead the introduction and Bible Story each week.
 Barb Andreesen will lead the music.
 Volunteers will select which Sundays they will teach. This may include an activity or craft.
 All materials will be organized and ready to go.
 We are asking every parent to volunteer for at least one Sunday.
 Parents of Nursery children will sign up to assist at least one Sunday during each calendar year.


General Information: Middle School (5th-8th Grade) and High School (9th-12th Grade) Confirmation Class and Youth Group start up each year in September.  The Second Sunday of the month is Confirmation Faith Formation night, with games, meal and speaker. The High Schoolers meet before school each Wednesday morning at Java Jones in Monticello. Confirmation class and high school youth group meet during the Education Hour following Sunday morning church. All kids are welcome in our 9:00 worship service!


Traditionally there have been many other activities throughout the year for both youth groups. The annual Middle School lock-in at UNI, Bible Camp opportunities at EWALU, various service work opportunities, and ELCA National Youth Gatherings are some examples.


Wayne Zion thanks all who attended our 2021 Ice Cream Social! Thank you for supporting our youth ministries. Thanks to those kids and adults who organized, cooked and served the delicious lunch and the ice cream specialties. Thanks to those who stayed late to clean up. We are blessed to work together as the church here in Eastern Iowa!

See below for pictures from today’s activities. Polka music, children’s message, blessing of the backpacks, a little waltz music, the Good News, and more.


Holy Week, 2021: On the afternoon of Palm Sunday, March 28th, Pastor Wade and Council Member Chris Herren held a First Communion Class for a group of students, in preparation for their upcoming First Communion. This rite is held annually on Maundy Thursday, when Christ’s Last Supper is remembered and celebrated. Pictures provided by Shannon Moine.


Worshiping together at the 2018 Youth Gathering