Youth Group

  Youth Group  

Youth mural service project - 7/17/21
Location - First Lutheran of the Trinity -
                 643 W 31st Street, Chicago, Il 60616

Here are some pictures from this project:
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More than conquering Covid-19
March 2021
It feels like total chaos right now once again.  The coronavirus pandemic has given way to live a moment of crazy uncertainty.  Anxiety and fear are ever present be it racism, job loss, in-person school, boredom (fill in the blank). Shelters and food banks are being strained to fill the needs in our communities.  
But I want to remind us that amongst all of it, our God sees us, and is for us.  These things do not have the power to speak into our lives when we recognize that the love of God speaks much louder.  This is an incredible moment for us as parents and youth supporters to remind ourselves and our students that we are a part of the kingdom that cannot be shaken.
We are reminded in Romans 8:35-39, ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?....’  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor heavenly rulers neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our lord.’ (NIV)
When we pray, God’s voice overcomes, and we recognize that we are indeed more than conquerors. We still get to be part of building the kingdom of heaven, even right now.  Let us not forget to encourage and support one another, lift each other up in prayer, and support those on the fringes. Our students are watching how we will navigate this time, and they are looking to be led.  May we be vessels of mercy, grace, and peace toward those around us.  May we lean into the presence of the Holy Spirit in this time.
There are no guarantees that our students will follow Christ even if we have a vibrant, purposeful relationship with God.  But, on the other hand, if we as parents and youth advocates do not do all we can to help our students develop meaningful relationships in Jesus, we miss a major opportunity to lead them and show them the path worth walking.

We have a lot of talented house designers here!  Our Zoom Gingerbread House event included a lot of laughter and finger-licking.  Take a look at these designs.

Our Youth Group had a lot of fun packing Halloween Care packages and  delivering packages to families in our community in time for Halloween.  
Here's a look!


The Youth had a great time at their October tailgate dinner and bonfire,
with plenty of s'mores and outdoor fun.  Here's some pictures!
Hope Lutheran Student Ministry exists to draw middle school and high school students into a deeper level of interest in Christ as well as their commitment in Christ.  We do this by connecting students with loving and caring adults who engage them in relevant conversations about life and faith.  Our safe and engaging environments help to drive us forward into service projects, retreats, and evangelism as we figure out how to live out the conversation we’re having.
I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement.  Since I have joined Hope, I have seen your great passion and support for our youth.  Through your generous support we have be able to paint the youth lounge, excite the youth with events like TP dodge ball, trunk or treat, feed my starving children, pumpkin patch and best of all Bacon an’ Bible.
As we move forward, I again thank you for your support and would like to announce that student ministries are planning a Nerf night, Sunday night dinner, Thanksgiving dinner packing, and several other service projects.  We are grateful for your support and prayers and continue to rely on your backing both by your involvement and financial givings.  Stop by and see the updated youth lounge if you haven’t seen the new look.
Again, we thank you for your support of our student ministry program.
Ben Graham, Youth Leader

We are excited to introduce our new Youth Director, Ben Graham. Ben began his work life in the construction business, but a fateful mission trip convinced him that his true passion was working with youth. He wasted no time getting himself educated and engaged in youth related activities and now has over ten years of experience working with youth. His education includes a certificate in Christian Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Religion. He has experience with writing Christian curriculum for middle and high school youth, leading small and large youth groups, planning and taking youth on mission trips here and abroad, recruiting others to engage with youth and being an associate youth director. Ben is energetic, enthusiastic, spiritually motivated and truly dedicated to the spiritual and overall growth of everyone, especially youth. Ben and his wife, Heather have two daughters – one in middle school and one in high school. Although they have been living back in the US for about five years, they spent several years in Singapore. Ask them about impromptu trips, exotic foods and the people they encountered on their many travels while in southeast Asia.

We are excited to have Ben join us and we believe that his vision, his warmth and his energy will help to nurture our young people’s faith. Please be sure to welcome Ben and Heather to our HOPE Family.


Help turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world.

Feed My Starving Children
742 East Park Ave,
Libertyville, IL 60048