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The confirmation ministry is open to all young people, 7th grade and older. Confirmation is a 3-year process in our congregation. After that, our youth are ready to lead in even more ways in our congregation and its youth group.If you are interested in Advent’s Confirmation program and would like more information, please contact the church office at 408-779-3551.
Confirmation involves fun/fellowship, service and learning. The learning has a 3-year rotating focus:
Confirmation will meet one or occasionally two Saturday morning each month, 9:30 AM – Noon (except Oct. 15 – see schedule below). We hope each young person can be present for each session, as they are all important. We expect each young person to miss no more than two sessions during the year.
Here is the schedule for the year.
Creek Clean-Up, welcome, Genesis 1 and John 1, the books of the New Testament. RSVP, bring the two completed and signed forms and work gloves.
Note that this Confirmation event is on a Sunday, 3:00 – 7:00 PM:
Faith of Our Neighbors: Christianity in the Lutheran Tradition. Youth come at 3 PM to be trained and serve as the hospitality team for this interfaith community event, a dynamic presentation of our faith for an interfaith audience with Tuhina Rasche. They listen to the presentation and then debrief after the event with the presenters and others.
Middle School retreat at Mt. Cross – RSVP as soon as possible so that we can register a great group for this great event! Parents also RSVP if you are willing to serve as a chaperone for this retreat.
Jesus’ birth as told in the gospels of Matthew and Luke (9:30 – Noon)
Possible social or service event
Jesus in the gospels – teacher, healer, leader, prophet (9:30 – Noon)
Jesus, Son of God in the gospels and Paul’s letters (9:30 – Noon)
The plot to kill Jesus, the passion and cross (9:30 – Noon)
Cross and resurrection in the gospel and letters, Paul’s conversion (9:30 – Noon)
Revelation, creation care – Earth Day (9:30 – Noon)
The book of Acts, spiritual gifts, stewardship (9:30 – Noon)
Pentecost Sunday – Confirmation Sunday (9:30 – Noon)
For this year’s 8th and 9th graders, please plan if you can to participate in the ELCA National Youth Gathering, “This Changes Everything”, based on Ephesians 2:8, in Houston, June 26 – July 1, 2018. You may be wondering about going to Houston. Pastor Anita has commented that the ELCA Youth Gathering was the first large convention in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and it was a life-changing event for us, with a strong service component that that city has not forgotten. We will need to register our group before November 15 in order to get lower rates for the 2018 Gathering.
We will have a meeting for all youth and parents on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 PM about planning and fundraising for this Gathering. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP. If you cannot come on Sept. 20 then we could hold a second meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:00 PM – please RSVP for that, too.