Have questions about youth group
Ask Pastor Mike, Nicole or Andrea
Confirmation consists of 2 years of classes and is the process by
which youth become adult members in the Lutheran Church. The classes
focus on our Christian faith and our Lutheran traditions and are for
students in the 7th and 8th grades or above who have not been
confirmed. Part of the program includes a week at Lutheridge, our camp
in North Carolina, with other students from North Carolina and South
Carolina. This camp week is a wonderful opportunity for them as they
grow in their faith and understanding. The students generally attend
the summer between their first and second years of confirmation
If your child is entering the 7th grade or above and has not been
through confirmation, would you send me ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
their name so we can get a general count prior to leaving for
Lutheridge. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have and I
will be glad to answer them.
CHEROKEE INDIAN FATHERHOOD
Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage? His dad takes him into the forest - blindfolded - and leaves him. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it. He is all by himself. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the night he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience. Each lad must come into his own manhood. The boy was terrified. He could hear all kinds of noise. Beasts were all around him. Maybe even some human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass and it shook his stump.
But he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It was the only way he could become a man.
Finally, after a horrific night, the sound of the night disappeared. He could feel the warmth of the sun. He removed his blindfold. It was then that he saw his father - sitting on the stump next to him - on watch the entire night.
We are never alone. Even when we do not know it, our Father is protecting us. He is sitting on the stump beside us. All we have to do is take off our blindfolds.