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2021-2022 FINK (Confirmation) Registration!

Please fill a registration out for

EACH child in 7th, 8th and 9th 

Click HERE to access the 2022-2023 registration form

Click HERE to access the 2022-2023 Schedule

Click HERE to access the FINK Sermon Notes Google Form online

Click HERE to download a WORD DOC of Sermon Notes sheet

 
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Soooo….WHAT IS FINK?

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. 
 
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS – PER THE SCHEDULE
 
Large Group Presentationsfinksters1
AKA “FINK Nites” combine music, skits, video clips, “game show” previews and reviews, analogies and images as Pastor Dave teaches 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
finksters2This is 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 Guide. 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.   Discussion about the topic of the night takes up most of the rest of small group time.
 
Final 15
All small groups gather once again in the sanctuary for a wrap-up called “. This is a contemplative and candlelit time together for reflective prayer.  This is often the favorite part of the night for our youth!  Sr. High youth and the mixed choir, along with parents of FINK students also are part of the Final 15.
 
 
 
FELLOWSHIP EVENTS AND SERVICE PROJECTS
 
Fellowship Events
Having fun.  Goofing off.  Spending time together.  Creating shared memories.  Each small group will plan and take part in four Fellowship Events together.  This could be on those Wednesdays when we do not have FINK presentations, or it could be agreed upon to do it at another more convenient time.  What are some possible Fellowship Events?  Having a campfire.  Going for a bike ride on the Mesabi Trail. Having a game night.  Going to the game together.  Playing broomball against another small group. The sky is the limit!  There may be times when all small groups do this together. 
 
Service Projects
God calls us to live lives of service.  God calls us to “love and serve God by loving and serving people”.   It is very clear in God’s call to each and everyone of us that we serve others by sharing God’s love. We should always be the hands and feet of our God and Savior. Each small group will plan and take part in four service projects.  This might include helping with a dinner at church, or , raking or other outdoor work for the elderly.  It could be upkeep of the church property, visiting a nursing home and much more. (how about washing every parent’s car! And don’t forget Pastor Dave’s and Nikki’s cars too!) 
 
 
OTHER COMPONENTS
 
 
Each Fink Youth is to complete 20 Sermon notes each year of FINK – 60 over the course of three years.  Forms are available in the church lobby area. Click HERE to access the online Sermon Notes form.
 
Home Huddles 
Each FINK family is expected to do regular devotions. Ideally “every night in every home.” Each FINK Nite students will be given a take home sheet with those devotions on them.  Of the 14 FINK Nights, family’s are expected to sign and turn in 5  Home Huddle Sheets. That would be for a total of 15 Home Huddle sheets over the course of the three years. 
 
10th Grade Retreat
Prior to Affirmation of Baptism (aka “Confirmation”)  in the Fall of their sophomore year, all 10th graders take part in a retreat/workshop.  This is a time to review what we have covered in FINK in preparation to writing a Faith Statement. This year’s retreat is scheduled for Sunday, October 4th  from 11am-7pm at Camp Hiawatha.
 
Lent Faith Mentoring
Each FINK Student chooses an adult of the congregation to be their Faith Mentor during the season of Lent each of the three years of FINK.  The student and mentor worship together at the mid-week worship services and participate in a guided discussion  about life and faith, an the worship service they just experienced. 
 
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FINK  2022-2023 SCHEDULE

FINK NITES

6:00   RECHARGE WORSHIP (yes – this is part of FINK) 

6:45   FINK presentation with music/skits/game shows/video clips

7:15   Small Groups meet throughout church

7:45   Final 15
 
DATE                                          TOPIC                                                         MAKE UP WORK LINKS

September 21st                           Creation                                                                      

September 28th                            The Fall                                                                    Unit 1                                                                
 

October 12th                                   People and the Promise                                     Unit 2  Unit 3

October 26th                                Moses and the Wanderings                              Unit 4  &  Unit 5
 
November 9th                              The Psalms and Wisdom Literature               Unit 13  &  Unit 14
 

November 30th                            Voice of the Prophets

December  7th                             The Gospels Overview

December 21st                                Birth of Jesus

January 4th                                     Jesus’ Baptism and Wilderness

January 18th                                 The Teachings of Jesus

February 1st                                  The Miracles of Jesus 

February 8th                                   The Passion
 

LENT BEGINS WITH ASH WEDNESDAY ON February 22nd.  EASTER IS APRIL 9th 

ALL FINK YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN LENTEN FAITH MENTORING DURING LENT
 

April 12th                                          The Holy Spirit Comes

April 26th                                         Peter and the Early Church

May 10th                                          The Journeys and Letters of Paul

                                                           (The Revelation to John)

May 17th service/fellowship Church & yard cleanup & party/wrap-up 

 
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