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BLC Middle School/Junior High Youth



Our primary programming for middle and junior high school is Confirmation classes, which are an affirmation of one's baptism in the Lutheran tradition! Our time together is spent in Bible readings, games, quizzes and fun fellowship! We also host 2 retreats each year as a treat for our students!  Our Confirmation classes are for grades 7th - 8th with an Affirmation of Baptism typically in the fall semester of 9th grade year.)

Currently, we are partnering with Feast of Victory Lutheran Church in Acme to do our classes!  

For more information (and to get a confirmation schedule) please contact Annie or Pr. Paul...

Annie (annie.slabaugh@bethlehemtc.org)
Pr. Paul Busekist (paul.busekist@bethlehemtc.org) 


Junior High Youth Night

During the school year we also host Junior High Youth Night for grades 7th - 8th on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month.  For more information or to get this current semester's schedule please reach out to Annie (annie.slabaugh@bethlehemtc.org).


Some pictures from past retreats and events...



About Our Teachers


Pr. Paul Busekist (Bethlehem)

Pr. Paul is an enthusiastic and dynamic teacher with a contagious energy! His lessons often include interactivity and lots of laughs. 


Pr. Carolyn Heider (Feast)

Pr. Carolyn is an ever-flowing fount of wisdom! She has a passion for ministering to youth, which shows! There is never a shortage of fun-facts and new knowledge when she is around! 


Annie Slabaugh (Bethlehem)

Annie, though not ordained, is the new youth director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  She studied theatre arts at Cornerstone University and is looking forward to combining those gifts with confirmation and other youth events.



Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1050 Peninsula Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686-2799
Phone: 231.947.9880