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Christian Education and Faith Formation at MLC! 

The Bible is God’s Great Gift for mankind to open, read and learn from, not just while we are school-aged, or going through confirmation, but for our whole life. From the cradle to grave, studying God’s work in the company of others will be a source of blessing.   It is His Great Heritage and shall remain so when we pass this Great Gift to children or grandchildren, family, friends and strangers.  Explore the many ways Messiah Lutheran Church can help you or your family open this gift. 

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New Sunday Morning Bible Class! 

God's Story - Your Story

A New Bible Class starting Oct. 31, 2021

Sundays – 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall
Led by Pastor Scott Peterson with Lois Graff
This class will be accessible via ZOOM

A fresh, comprehensive look at the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 22 sessions. The class will study biblical foundations, explore faith implications, and offer time for discussion. 

Session Handouts & Readings will be included in weekly MLC E-News.  Click the button below for a class outline and Zoom link.  (This zoom link will not change week to week).  Contact the Church Office at 256.721-0041 if you have questions or would like to subscribe to MLC E-News.

Sunday School – Children Pre-K to 12th Grade

Our Sunday School program always has room to grow, and you are always welcome to bring a friend! Sunday School operates on open registration, so if you haven’t already registered, don’t worry – just come!   We do ask that if your child (or you child’s friend) has a specific dietary allergy, physical limitation, or behavior concern, that you share that information with the teacher prior to leaving your child with the Sunday School teacher.    

2021-2022 Sunday School (Online Registration) 

The registration form can be found above and also at the Welcome Center.    Either drop off your completed form at the church office or scan/email it to:    office@mlutheran.org. 

 Sunday School will meet every Sunday from August-May with the following exceptions:  

  • November 28 (Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 26 (Winter Break)
  • January 2  (Winter Break)

Fall 2022 Sunday School – Adults 

 A new Adult Class will begin on October 31, 2021. It will be a 22 session course with 11 classes on the old testament and 11 classes on the New Testament.  

Dottie Hanson’s Adult Bible Study meets in Room 2

Mission Crafter’s  Group:  Meeting in Room 3

 First Communion Instruction

 First Communion classes are offered for youth 10 years of age or older, or close.  Communion classes typically run consecutively for three weeks, are approximately 30 minutes in length and take place following the late service.  Specific details concerning First Communion, it’s instruction and celebration are announced annually in December.  

 If you are interested in First Communion classes for yourself or your child, please talk to Pastor Peterson or call the Church Office at 721-0041. 

 Confirmation Program

 At Messiah, we sponsor a two-year confirmation program for eighth and ninth-grade students. Confirmation at Messiah is about faith formation, not simply faith information. We focus on being the church, not teaching about the church. Our program includes learning events, fellowship events, service events,  and worship events.  If you are interested in Confirmation classes for yourself or your child, please talk to Pastor Peterson or call the Church Office at 721-0041.


For Parents/Children

Sunday School Registration Form

Parental Consent and Medical Authorization Form  Parents are asked to complete and return this form annually (by non-electronic means).  The form is intended to activities such as Sunday School, music groups, weekly meetings, etc. 

Youth Special Event Permission Form This form will be required whenever a child or youth will be transported away from the Messiah Lutheran Church campus for a special event.   

Permission Slip Youth  This form is used for parents to give consent for their children to participate in specific Youth Activities and trips.

Youth Volunteer Training  Course 

All MLC staff and volunteers who have regular contact with minor children attending Messiah ministries are required to complete Youth Volunteer Training, submit a volunteer application and pass a background check.


Deacon Sara Galyon,
Youth Director 

Christine Berry
Council Representative for Education and Youth

Dorothy Seitz
Sunday School Superintendent


 About Sara Galyon

Deacon Sara relocated to the area with her husband, a fellow Youth Director, in June of 2016. She moved here from the Memphis TN area where she completed her Masters of Arts in Youth ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary. She is originally from the east coast where she grew up in the Delaware/Maryland Synod of the ELCA, and has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  She was ordained as a Deacon in the Service of Word and Service on September 25th, 2021. 

Sara has a passion for working with young people, and has been in professional youth ministry for years and has worked with teenagers in some capacity most of her adult life. She enjoys helping students realize that God is very active in the world around them, and helping them find their place in God’s action. She also enjoys working with families as they navigate aiding their teenagers’ transition into young adulthood.

Sara loves to travel, read, and spend time with her husband Philip, sons Andrew, Christopher, and Nathan.