Middle & High School Youth

Messiah Church is commited to the overall development of faith lives. We believe that faith formation needs to incorporate content, community, and service. The Pre-confirmation (5th and 6th grades) Confirmation (6th – 8th grades) and Youth High School evenings are facilitated by the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator Teresa Palumbo youth@messiahchurch.com as well as the pastor and other adult mentors.

Youth on Wednesday (YOW!)

YOW Night resumes on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 pm. with a pizza dinner for youth and their families in the Social Hall. This is a special orientation night and all parents/guardians are encouraged to attend along with their youth. This will also be an opportunity to submit or fill out registration forms. The registration forms are available in the holders right outside the church office and are color-coded for either Pre-Confirmation (5-6) or Confirmation (7-9).

After the dinner, the youth will move to the Community Room for a large group gathering and activities. The adults will remain in the Social Hall to discuss the 2018-2019 program. The orientation evening should conclude by 7:00 pm.  The first lesson night for YOW will be on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00 pm.

A Letter to Families from Teresa Palumbo:

I hope that you've had a wonderful summer and that the transition back to school is going well. We hope that your children will join us for our Youth on Wednesday night (YOW!) programs beginning on October 3. YOW includes Pre-Confirmation (youth in grades 5-6) and Confirmation (youth in grades 7-9).

INFO: Information about the 2018-2019 YOW season is attached here:  2018 YOW Calendar -program description and includes the schedule, the permission slip and the overview of both the Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation programs. The registration fee is $25. Please make checks payable to Messiah Lutheran and note "YOW" in the memo line. Scholarships are available. The permission slip serves as the registration form for YOW. You can turn this in along with the registration fee on October 3. The materials will also be available in the slots outside the Messiah office.  

SCHEDULE CHANGE: YOW will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. this year. We are also exploring the possibility of providing a meal at the beginning of every session in addition  to pizza on the first Wednesday of each month. I will give you more details as the plans are finalized.

OF INTEREST: Rally Sunday and Yahoo for SPAGHETTI! on Sunday, September 9. The Messiah Sunday School program kicks off this coming Sunday, September 9 between the services. Sunday School is for preschool through 4th grade youth. The Messiah Boy Scouts are also hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti luncheon beginning at 11:15 a.m. The cost is $10 per person and $5 for youth 10 and under.

We look forward to seeing you and your children soon!

Peace and blessings,

Teresa Palumbo


608.279.7460 (cell or text)

Youth Mentors and Faith Formation Guides Are Needed! Do you enjoy spending time and connecting with youth? Are you available on Wednesday evenings? We are looking for adults to lead small groups and engage with the youth of our community for Messiah's Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation programs. Be a part of our Youth on Wednesdays (YOW!) team. We meet from 6:00-7:30 pm. on Wednesdays beginning in October. No experience necessary. Contact Teresa Palumbo to answer any questions about this opportunity.

2018 MISSION TRIP:  July 21-July 28

Pictures from this year's trip:

Thank you to everyone who supported the various fundraising efforts to make this trip possible!



Pre-confirmation and Confirmation are intended to be experiential learning processes, Using web based materials, evenings begin with a large group gathering using multi-media. The events are, scripturally rooted, and explored in depth throughout the year. The confirmation evenings are designed to help the middle school/high school students delve ever more deeply into:

  • the biblical foundations of faith
  • the history of the Christian Church
  • our Lutheran understanding of ministry and life
  • the liturgical symbols that inform our faith
  • the moral demands of belief in Jesus
  • reflection on the place of faith in their lives



Becoming a person of faith is done within the context of the community. We believe that community building is essential to becoming disciples. The Confirmation process strives to build community through fun gatherings as well as instruction. Whether we are beginning the year with an old fashioned Tailgate party or heading out to Culvers for an ice cream Sundae, we are striving to become a community of faith.



We believe at Messiah Church that faith formation must be experiential and that all formation must take place in the context of outreach. The Confirmation class has many oportunities throughout the three year process to put their faith into action. Here are some of the activities that the Confirmation youth have participated in:

  • Crop Walk for Hunger Awareness
  • Planning, Preparing and serving the Homeless Meal at the Madison Men’s Shelter
  • Volunteering at the Animal Shelter
  • Sorting donated items at St. Vincent de Paul
  • Collecting goods for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
  • Raking leaves for the homebound
  • Volunteering as Sunday School mentor or teacher’s aid
  • Working as communion assistants, readers or acolytes
  • Participating on our yearly Youth Mission Trip


These along with many other outreach activities help to form our Confirmation students into the people of faith that will make a difference in our church, our city and in our world.

THE HIGH SCHOOL youth gather for breakfasts each month, outings for fellowship and outreach and participate in Mission Trips each summer to various sites through Youth Works https://www.youthworks.com/. Teresa Palumbo uses Social media to communicate with all our young people, including a closed Facebook page, texts and email list to keep the parents informed.