Youth Ministry

At St. Luke’s, the Jr. High LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) includes students in grades 6 and 7 and the Sr. High LYO includes students in grades 8 through 12. The LYO meets weekly in its own area within St. Luke’s Education Building.

We strive to keep our youth strong for Jesus through searching, serving, and fun. We do our searching at meetings which help them learn more about their Christianity through discipleship and games. Our serving comes through projects both in the church (such as car washes & helping at church events) and through community outreach projects (such as assisting at local food pantries) as well as organized Mission Trips. We have fun by playing games at our meetings, day trips, camping trips, and attending organized retreats. We always welcome kids’ friends and other new faces to join with us.

LYO is where teens learn about the Bible and books within the Bible, all while growing closer to God.  There is nothing better than hanging out in a supportive environment while exploring what living faith for young people in a modern world looks like.

The LYO is largely self-supporting, holding a variety of fundraisers and participate in many charitable events:

  • The 30-hour famine which raises money for people that don’t have enough food to eat.
  • The annual week long mission trip, traveling near and far to offer a hand to those in need.
  • Dinners for the church like our famous Texas Chili Night.
  • Lock-in’s to help raise funds.
  • Volunteering for the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry in Collegeville.

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Mission Trips

2021 Mission Trip

The St. Luke’s Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) and leaders had a wonderful time in Huntington, WV during the 2021 Mission Trip. Our team of 9, were joined by 154 missionaries from across the country. Participants repaired 25 homes in the small town, with jobs like porch repairs, painting, and roofing. We were delighted to connect with St. Luke’s youth as we worked on a single home and garage together.
During this week-long event St. Luke’s youth and leaders strengthened their relationship with Jesus, established new friendships, were inspired to work hard, and completed projects that benefited people in need.

2019 Mission Trip

Twenty members of the LYO and leaders visited Dexter, Maine from July 21-27th to embark on the annual mission trip. We were excited to welcome 4 new mission trip attendees. This year, 400 volunteers were welcomed with open arms. The community hosted a celebration with food, music, and kayaks to show appreciation for our young missionaries.

During this adventure, the youth and leaders were blessed by building new friendships, strengthening seasoned friendships, all while doing God’s work.  The mission trip the team was Relentless in their mission to complete their duties of repairing houses, building porches, fixing garages, painting homes and sheds.

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2018 Mission Trip

Twenty members of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) and leaders traveled to Charlotte, NY for the annual mission trip. Our team was joined by volunteers from across the country to not only impact a community in need but make a real connection with Jesus. This rewarding event ran July 22-27. Volunteers demonstrated Jesus’ love and compassion in tangible ways, serving real people in need while working on projects like:

  • Building wheelchair ramps and handrails
  • Weatherizing homes and trailers
  • Reconstructing sagging porches
  • Significant painting projects
  • Interior and exterior carpentry
  • Other home repair projects that the homeowner could not otherwise complete

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2017 Mission Trip

St. Luke’s Jr/Sr high mission trip team 2017, which included 23 participants, traveled to Cedar Grove, WV in July. Over 400 participants from across the country repaired 57 homes for elderly and low income residents of the Cedar Grove community during our one week trip. Repairs included interior and exterior painting, roofing, building wheelchair ramps, building decks and building new stairs. We had an amazing week, making many new friends, while sharing Jesus ‘ love. Thanks be to God and the many whose support made this trip possible.

2016 Mission Trip

The 2016 Jr/Sr high St. Luke’s youth mission trip included 25 participants who traveled to Woonsocket, Rhode Island in July. While there, our group was housed at Woonsocket Middle School along with almost 400 other Christian youth. Our mission was to repair homes for elderly and low income residents of the Woonsocket area. Repairs included interior painting, exterior painting, building wheel chair ramps, dry walling and some roofing. At the conclusion of our week long trip, 63 homes were repaired. We give thanks for this opportunity to serve the people of Woonsocket and share Jesus’ love.

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2015 Mission Trip

2015 Mission TripJr./Sr. High Mission Trip Team 2015 will leave Sunday morning, July 19 for our summer mission trip to Spencer, New York. We will stay for one week and do home repairs for elderly and low income residents of the area. We will return home on Saturday, July 25. We thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for a safe and successful trip


2014 Mission Trip

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church has supported youth mission trips for over 14 years and in 2014 the group headed north to Tiago Center, NY.  The team of adults and youth (over the age of 14 years) attended one of the Workcamps from July 20th through July 26th.

youth group mission tripsAt Workcamps, youth groups from all over the USA come together to serve individuals and communities.  Their time is spent repairing, painting, and upgrading the homes of those in need while building strong, long-lasting relationships with their friends and youth leaders.

A typical day starts at 7:00 AM with a hot breakfast and working at an assigned site from 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  Their day also includes a morning and an evening program with music, devotions, and fellowship as well as free time to meet other youth.  Each day brings its own set of life-changing experiences for the youth!

youth group mission tripsAlthough the Workcamp allows the youth to repair and transform homes it also gives them the opportunity to strengthen and transform their own faith.  One participant who traveled on a previous mission trip stated that the trip has been “A great way to spread God’s love and be a servant in Jesus’ footsteps.”  Another mission worker said, “The mission trips have given me a great chance to be close to God; see his love show through the residents and all the great new people I got to meet.  I have made life-long friends through the mission  trips I have been on.”

The ability to continue to participate in these great mission opportunities year after year comes through the generous support of the congregation at St. Luke’s as well as through multiple fund raising projects.

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