At the end of April, we had a few youth and parents help make burritos for Heavenly Burritos—a ministry that uses our kitchen to prepare burritos for individuals experiencing homelessness. After we enjoyed some ice cream. Interested in future burrito-making sessions? This ministry uses our kitchen once a month on a Thursday evening. They are always looking for volunteers to help. It’s a fun time and great opportunity for clubs, friends, or just about anyone. A great number of volunteers is around 6-8 but can always be a little less or a little more. It usually takes around an hour. If you’re interested, reach out to Christina Black for more information.
Sunday School Sings
Our Sunday schoolers did a terrific job of singing in worship. If you missed it, check out the YouTube recording of the April 30th service.
And the Winner Is…
We wrapped up our year of learning in Sunday school with a Bible story bracket challenge. We reviewed all the stories we discussed this year (from Zacchaeus to the Woman at the Well, Doubting Thomas, The Road to Emmaus, and more), and we picked our top. It came down to Jesus’ Baptism and Jesus Feeds 5,000. Jesus’ Baptism was the winner. We all enjoyed ice cream sundaes after the tournament.
That’s a Wrap on Confirmation
Our end-of-year Confirmation celebration was full of pizza, singing, a Bible candy game, and ice cream sundaes.
5th Grade Favorites
Toward the end of Sunday school, I like to have our fifth graders reflect on memorable experiences from their years in Sunday school since it is their last year. They each made a poster explaining their favorite and shared them in service. This group did a great job. If you missed it, you can see their posters in Fellowship Hall, or watch the YouTube recording of the May 7th service.
Thank You to Our Faith Formation Leaders!
This year was a great success for both our Sunday school and Confirmation programs thanks in large part to our volunteer leaders.
Sunday school leaders: Suzanne Scherschligt, Summer Vickerman, and Janelle Weiser
Confirmation leaders: Jessica Laabs, Thea Peterson, and Suzanne Scherschligt
Congratulations to our 2023 Seniors!
We say a special thanks and a prayer for our graduating seniors, Allison Butz and Miles Harris. Allison will graduate from Hopkins High School. She plans to attend the University of Iowa Honors program in the fall. Miles will graduate from Hopkins High School. He will attend the University of MN, Carlson School of Management this fall. His focus will be global economics with a Chinese language major.
We celebrated them in worship on May 21st. Each senior received We Rise Higher, a book of poems and prayers for graduates by Joe Davis. Our hope is that they turn to these words of inspiration throughout their lives and are reminded of their identity in Christ, that they are God’s Beloved Children, and that wherever they go Christ goes with them.
We also hope that it reminds them that we, Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, are their brothers and sisters in Christ—and that we are always here to support and encourage them in life and their faith journey. Congratulations seniors!
Upcoming CYF Events
Youth Event – June 14 @ 11:15 am – VBS Games and Lunch
We want the youth to join us at Vacation Bible School! The younger kids will love having them here for game time! After VBS ends at noon, the youth will gather for lunch and summer activity planning. Mark your calendars and sign up now!
Last Call for Vacation Bible School – June 12-15, 9:30-noon
Join us in just a few weeks for Vacation Bible School. It’s open to all pre-K (potty trained) through 6th grade youth. Sign up now.