First Lutheran youth participate in the life of the church, as ushers, lectors, coffee hour hosts and community work volunteers in addition to traditional youth-centric activities. Middle and High School youth are invited to participate in various retreats, service projects, and team-building activities throughout the year, including fundraising events. These activities have included lock-ins, serving holiday dinners, packing meals at Feed My Starving Children, and delivering Meals on Wheels. Some of our traditions include serving pancakes to pajama-clad worshipers before church in February, volunteering as VBS leaders in June, and traveling to Knoxville, TN for a week-long mission/retreat in July. We often share and co-host activities with friends from other congregations, especially our partners at Bethlehem and Salem Lutheran Churches in DeKalb and Sycamore.