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Our confirmation ministry for youth in grades 7, 8, and 9 is called “FINK.”  That’s short for Faith Inkubators – the
ministry organization who developed the materials and approach we use.  It’s a combination of large group presentations, small group processing, fellowship events (goofing off!) and service projects.  
 
The presentations 
combine music, skits, video clips, “game show” previews and reviews, analogies and images as the pastors teach the different parts of our faith.  We cover the major components of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism (Sacraments of Baptism and Communion, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments and Apostle’s Creed), Lutheran Worship and the Bible.
  
Small Groups are where “the rubber hits the road.”  This is where faith formation happens and relationships are built.  Youth are divided into small groups of between 3-6 youth, based on gender and grade level, and are joined by an Adult  finksters1 Guide and a Youth Mentor, who is a high school student.finksters2
In most cases, the same people are in the same small group all three years of FINK.  The first thing – and perhaps the most important thing – that happens in small group time following each presentation is the sharing of Highs and Lows and praying for each other’s Highs and Lows.  Then guided discussion about the topic of the night takes up most of the rest of small group time, before all groups gather once again in the sanctuary for a wrap-up. 
 
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You can download a schedule by clicking link here  Schedule
 
 

FINK NITE SCHEDULE 2017-2018

 NOTE:  this does not include dates & times for the additional one time each month for either a service project or fellowship event. Attendance at these are just as important and expected as the FINK NITEs
 

September 6                  Orientation for 7th grade students and parents

 

September 13              

FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   Baptism:  One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

September 27              

FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   Baptism:  Newness of Life

 

October 11                   

FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   Communion:  Passover to Last Supper

October 25                   FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   Communion:  Taste and See   

 

November 8                  FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   1st  Commandment:  No other gods

November 29                FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   3rd Commandment:  Remember the Sabbath

 

December  6                  FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   2nd Commandment:  Name in Vain

December 20                 FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   4thCommandment Honor Your Parents

 

January 3                      FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   5thCommandment:  Do not Kill

January 17                    FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   6thCommandment:  Do not Commit Adultery    

January 31                    FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   7thCommandment:  Do not Steal

 

LENT BEGINS WITH ASH WEDNESDAY ON FEBRUARY 14.  EASTER IS

APRIL 1.  ALL FINK YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN LENTEN FAITH MENTORING

 

April 4                            FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   8thCommandment:  Do not Bear False Witness

April 18                          FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   9th and 10thCommandments:  Do not Covet

 

May 2                              FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   Lord’s Prayer overview (in depth next year)

May 9                              Lakeside worship area cleanup (= SERVICE)

May  16                           FINK NITE 6:30-8:00   Apostles Creed Overview (in depth next year)