It's too infrequently that I talk about the good things that are happening in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. I suppose in a sense that goes along with the turf, considering the name of the blog. While at the Lutheran Concerns Association Conference the LCMS Board of Directors Vice-Chairman, Pastor Michael Kumm, reported that there is an effort being made to return the National Youth Gathering to a more confessional posture. While he didn't go into much detail, I assume that means returning to a more liturgically structured affair, rather than something that looks like an evangelical Sunday morning funfest centered on me and my emotions. He did caution us that these changes may not happen all at once, but I'm happy to note that someone is taking notice. Another option for your kids, Higher Things, is always a good bet. You can check out a past post on the National Youth Gathering here, and one on Higher Things here.
For other good things going on in the LCMS, I highly recommend Pastor Larry Peters recent blog post titled "It's Not Nothing..." on this blog Pastoral Meanderings.