Everything offered at Memorial is in support of the faithful fulfillment of the baptismal promises and those promises made at Confirmation. Activities include preschool groups, Choirs, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Confirmation, Middle and High School Youth Groups, Camp, Wilderness and Service Opportunities and lots of opportunities for children, youth and families to gather just for fellowship and fun. Activities are open to members and friends alike. Visitors are always welcome.
Faith Formation Calendar
Urban Immersion Retreat
All grades 6 – adults are invited to participate.
November 17-19, 2017 in Minneapolis
We have received a generous grant from the Endowment Fund making this possible. Price for the full weekend will be determined by the number of participants, but will range from 0-$50 which includes lodging and food. If cost is a concern, please contact Nick for fundraising or scholarship support.
Urban Immersion Service Retreats provides hands on experience as well as a fun education about aspects of poverty, power and privilege, as well as a bit of an introduction to the urban environment. Following the retreat, participants will help to organize a service experience in our community.
Click the link to register and for more details.
October 15, 2017 in St. Paul
Please consider walking or donating as we walk towards an end to hunger. These walks take part all over the country as a part of Church World Service. Please follow the link for more information.
Cardboard Box City
All High Schoolers are welcome.
October 19, 2017 in St. Paul
We will gather together with youth from across the metro as we should a light on homelessness in our community. This will be a fun (yet educational) night of sleeping outside. There will be music, activities and a lot of other youth.
Sign up for this event will open in late August.
ELCA Youth Gathering
All youth in grades 8-12 for the 2017-18 school year are invited.
June 25-July 2, 2018 in Houston, TX
30000 youth from across the country will come together to celebrate faith, serve others and have a whole lot of fun at the national youth gathering. We are offering 100% sponsorship/fundraising for all member youth and will offer up to 100% for non-member youth depending on fundraiser participation throughout the year.
For member youth–please remember the opt-out deadline is August 15 and we ask for registration paperwork to be returned by September 3.
For any non-member youth–please contact Nick for more details and registration materials. We ask that you register by October 1.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS (as of 8/1/17)
Please check the calendar above for recurring events and service opportunities, as well as more added events. Guests are always welcome!
All kids, K-12, are invited for a week of music, drama, arts, faith and fun! Pastor Elizabeth, assisted by her father Larry, will lead this week August 7-11, with a final performance at worship on August 13. Cost is $70. Please click HERE to register and for more details.
Saint Paul Saints Game
We will be heading out to the ball game on August 13. The game begins at 5 pm and tickets are $12/person. Click HERE for more info.
Badminton Bible Study
Youth and young adults, come to Memorial on August 16 from 5-7 pm (after Feed My Starving Children) for a time of badminton, snack, and faith discussion in community! If you are going to be late, that’s just fine but please let Nick know you plan to attend.
Confirmation Parent Meeting
Parents are asked to attend this meeting at 8:45 am on August 27. Come with your questions and learn what’s in store for your youth this year. For more information about our confirmation ministry, click HERE.
Service and Stewardship Opportunities/Partnerships
Every Lent our confirmation youth spend time on Wednesday evenings with mentors.
Prayer partners began for our kids through 6th grade in March 2017. Partners come together once a month to pray with/for the kids. We are always seeking more adult prayer partners. Click the link for more information and to sign up!
Family Place MN
The Family Place provides day and night shelter opportunities and programming for families without a permanent home.
Our volunteers will prepare and serve meals, joining with the residents at the table.
The next date Memorial will be serving is September 24. Contact Nick to help out.
Feed My Starving Children
This well-known organization provides food around the world, including right here in the US, for children facing severe hunger. We have the opportunity to partner with them throughout the year and serve by packing meals, as well as with financial gifts.
We will be serving August 16 from 2:30-4:30. Click HERE to sign up.
Lutheran World Relief school kits
These kits are an ongoing ministry opportunity at Memorial. We rely on continued donations of funds and supplies to complete these kits. For 2013-15, this is where our children’s offering was directed. These kits help with the education of children around the world. For a list of items to donate, click HERE.
The Sandwich Project Minnesota
We help by preparing sandwiches to be distributed.
This August, we are also looking for help with gardening for local residents, Valley Outreach produce distribution helpers (Aug 30), and basement setup help at Memorial. Please contact the church office, (651)436-1138, if you can serve in any of these capacities.
We use the Whirl Curriculum and follow the liturgical cycle, allowing kids and families to connect what’s discussed in Sunday School to what parents experience in worship.
Confirmation classes generally last 2 years at Memorial (typically, 7th and 8th grade), though older participants are welcome and encouraged. We utilize the Collaborate Curriculum as a way to engage youth in discussion while exploring faith, all in a Lutheran context.
VBS for 2017 was June 26-30. In 2018, we’ll have a July date, so please be on the lookout.