Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Servant Opportunity

August 11-15, 2024

Fargo, ND

This year we are teaching our children what it means to serve those around us. This opportunity is one they will not forget. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch helps other youth that have experienced traumatic events, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more. We will see how these youth are receiving the care they need to navigate life with what they have experienced. 

Who can go: 7th on up. No cap on age. 

When: August 11-15

Where: Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Fargo, ND

Cost: Cost is determined by how many are going. Expect around $300 per person. (we will look at fundraising options when we know who is going)

How: We need adult drivers.

Registration Form

Youth Gathering

2025 Youth Gathering will be July 19-23, 2025 in New Orleans, LA.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

 Guiding Principles

  • Youth Gatherings proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ and God’s saving grace to His people through Christ. In this setting, young people grow in their personal relationship with God and grow in their fellowship of Word and Sacrament in Christ’s Church.
  • Youth Gatherings are a vehicle by which the Church reaches out to, cares for and affirms young people, both churched and unchurched.
  • Youth Gatherings equip youth and adults for ministry and vocational service in a variety of settings in their congregations, communities, and world.
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, equip, and support adults who work with young people.
  • Youth Gatherings celebrate the meaning of Christian joy in all of life’s situations, including transitions and crisis.
  • Youth Gatherings recognize and affirm the diversity of God’s people
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, support, and promote the ministry of LCMS Districts and congregations.

Frequently Asked Questions 


To attend the Gathering it is necessary to show your commitment before and after the Gathering.  When you have made the decision to attend, fill out the commitment form and hand in to Jessica. You will be able to start fundraising right away. 

Commitment Form

F.L.Y. Club

Starts September 13th after school!

FLY Club is an afterschool program on Wednesdays from 3-5:00. This is for Children in Kindergarten to 12th grade.  The ministry incorporates the Word of God, intergenerational friendships, and helps develop a resilient identity in Christ by providing an honest, warm, open space for youth to challenge their faith. We will work through Answers in Genesis curriculum. 

2:45-3:15 Snack

3:15-4:15 Christian Education (Answers in Genesis or Confirmation)

4:15-5:00 Youth Group

Youth Group will consist of large and small group activities. Play games, go outside (weather permitting), craft, service project if any, and on the last Wednesday of the month celebrate the monthly birthdays. 

We are looking forward to this new ministry after school and we can't wait to see what God has planned for us. 


Busing: First Lutheran is an afterschool drop off location. 

Walking: Children can walk to the church after school from the Middle School. If they currently ride the bus, have them ride to the Middle School and walk from there. It is 6 blocks to First Lutheran from the Middle School. 

Ride: You may choose to bring your child to First Lutheran, ride share with a friend.

If these choices do not work for you, please reach out so we can try to accommodate your needs. 

Vacation Bible Camp  August 9th, 2023

Held on the Wednesday after Tall Timber Days in August

Thank you to those that have already signed up to volunteer!


Grab your armor and your trusty steed and get ready for a merry time as we travel back to the time of castles and dragons! Kings, queens, knights, jesters—all are welcome to attend! At VBS, we’ll fill your tummy with fine victuals as you learn how to put on the armor of God! Keepers of the Kingdom will be an adventure filled with excitement, so contact us today!

Grab your helmets! Mount your trusty steeds! There’s adventure around every turn at Keepers of the Kingdom, where kids are equipped to stand strong in the battle for truth. Excitement galore awaits as you learn what the Bible teaches about the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.

At Vacation Bible Camp children will learn that Putting on Whole Armor of God will keep us protected against the evil of this world. Your child will learn that each part of the Armor has a meaning and use to help them stand firm in the foundations of God's Word. 

Vacation Bible Camp is FREE and for anyone ages 3-11 in our community. 

lesson 1- We’re in a battle between two kingdoms—God’s good kingdom that is based on truth and the enemy’s bad kingdom that is based on lies.

lesson 2- Each child of the King needs to fasten on the belt of truth.

lesson 3- Put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of peace.

lesson 4- Take the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. These will guard you from the enemy’s attacks.

Lesson 5- Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and pray at all times.


Register Today!