Meet Our 2023 Confirmands
Tracer Cole Dubberke
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
Kinslee Grace Hicks
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
– Ephesians 2:8-10
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Kramer
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
– Proverbs 3:5
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Lehr
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
– John 13:7
Logan Kai Muchow
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
– Romans 15:13
Ryker Lee Schenck
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33
Hannah Elizabeth Tew
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
– Jeremiah 29:11
Brooklyn Marie Tharp
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
– Romans 5:3-4
Elijah Samuel Williams
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7
Keegan Nikolas Younger
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
– Joshua 1:9
For those curious to read the Confirmands’ inspiring confirmation papers, click the link below! Let us encourage our newest members to nurture their relationship with God and live out their faith joyfully and purposefully.
A Letter From Pastor Muchow
Dear Epiphany Members and Friends,
These papers reveal some of the depths of faith found in our 2023 Confirmation class. They have journeyed quite far and long in their efforts to be confirmed in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LC-MS). For most of them, the process has taken three years. Year one (under the leadership of Director of Christian Education Josh McNamara) allowed the confirmands to primarily focus on the Biblical narrative, addressing how Jesus fulfilled prophecy and died for the sins of the world. Year two (under the leadership of Epiphany Teacher Paul Wilke) allowed the confirmands to study the major doctrines (i.e. sin, salvation, God’s nature, the Sacraments, prayer, and the commandments) which flow out of the Scriptures themselves. And year three (under Pastor Muchow), the confirmands learned some of the practical applications of the first 2 years of teachings.
- The students learned how to discern and apply the two doctrines of Law (which shows our sin) and Gospel (which shows our Savior) as the best way toward understanding God’s Will in the Holy Scriptures.
- They learned what it means to be saved by Grace as God pours out His love through us and for us through the Word (the Bible and spoken word) and the Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper).
- And they learned that they could spend more energy on loving and caring for others since they do not need to focus so much time on their personal salvation, knowing it is an accomplished act done 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the tomb.
- During the last year, they played Shadow-Blaster with the Pastor as they learned the joys of working together and supporting one another in their task of connecting people to Jesus.
On behalf of the congregation, I offer these blessings and prayers: May these 10 confirmands and their families always know the love, grace, and mission of Jesus Christ. May God bless each of these students in whatever situations they find themselves. And may they always know how much they are loved and treasured by God, especially as they continue to intentionally and unintentionally bring their infectious and contagious joy and love for Jesus to all those whom they meet.
Living to Serve,