The first young people’s group meeting was held March 17, 1901, and was called the Young People’s Society. The youth and their families, coming in two-seated buggies, surreys, and top buggies met on Sunday afternoons at various homes. There was always a good program prepared and a big lunch followed. After lunch the young people would play games and the men would play horseshoes. They purchased the piano formerly in the basement to take to meetings. Many ice cream socials were held and plays given to raise money. Eventually the name was changed to Luther League. “Christian Leaguers Rally” was used as a theme song. During the years of World War Two, testaments were sent to servicemen. Since 1964 the League has presented the Easter Sunrise Service and also serves breakfast following. In 1975 and 1976 they presented the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Young people from Evanger have attended Luther League Conventions in San Fransisco, Seattle, New York and Miami. In 1975 a large group went to New Orleans for the All Lutheran Youth and Adult Gathering. The biggest project to raise funds was the “Rock-athon” when they rocked in rocking chairs for twenty-six hours. They attended the National Youth Gathering again in 1985 in Denver, in 1997 in New Orleans, in 2000 in Denver, and in 2003 in Atlanta. Shannon and Lisa Sandquist served as Tentmakers – area youth directors with Trinity and the Catholic Church in Hayfield, and others from 1987-1991. In 2004 the youth went winter camping at Good Earth Village and had a summer camp-out and pajama Sunday at church. There was also a church softball game. In 2006, one youth and parent went on a mission trip to Jamaica. In 2008-2015, youth attended the Youth Encounter weekend retreats in the Wisconsin Dells. They hosted the band Captive Free for a weekend in 2009, and also went on a mission trip to Sisseton, South Dakota in 2010. Good Earth Village near Spring Valley has been the site of camp for youth in grades three through twelve. Youth have attended week-long camps there as well as overnights and confirmation kick-offs. Starting in 2013, church lock-ins became a common event in the Luther League. Participants would come to church usually Saturday evening and complete various service projects benefitting the church as well as multiple charities. Following the service project, they would sleep over in the church basement.
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