2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

June 27 – July 1, 2018
Houston, Texas


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Youth from the Northeastern Iowa Synod are invited to join 30,000 other high school youth and adult leaders to gather for a week of faith formation at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston.

Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

 



It’s Time to start planning for the Gathering

ANDERSON-MARK-smIt’s not too early for congregations and leaders to start preparing for the ELCA Youth Gathering in 2018. The ELCA provides great resources to help prepare.

The triennial ELCA Youth Gathering is all about faith formation in teens. This is achieved by worship, interactive learning and Bible study. The Gathering also provides youth with a a week of Christian fellowship and service learning.

Congregations will be successful in faith formation and have a safe and fun Gathering based on how completely they participate in the getting-ready activities. The Bible studies provided for use before the Gathering and the team building that will happen during planning meetings and fund raising will be key.  Simply put, the congregation will get as much out of the Gathering as they put into the preparation.

Check this website often for updates and tips to prepare for the Gathering.

Visit the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering website to learn more, download resources and find out how to get ready for this exciting event!

— Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop

 


 

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2015 Youth Gathering Recap

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Some 600 youth and adults from the Northeastern Iowa Synod the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit under the theme “Rise Up Together.”

Read More about the 2015 Gathering.

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. — Ephesians 2:8

This scripture about grace is the foundation for the Gathering’s theme, “This Changes Everything.” Grace, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done and they are called into the world to serve their neighbor and share the good news.

 

Getting Ready Workshops

Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m.
Synod Office, Waverly

 

Sunday, April 23, 4 p.m.
First Lutheran, Decorah

 

Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity, Dubuque

 

Leaders getting ready to register for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will want to attend an upcoming Getting Ready Workshop.

 

The workshops will be presented by Pastor Mark Anderson, assistant to the Bishop. Topics to be covered include:

  • How to recruit youth and adults
  • What to expect
  • What’s new
    and much more!

 

Three identical workshops will be offered:

  • Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m.
    Synod Office, Waverly
  • Sunday, April 23, 4 p.m.
    First Lutheran, Decorah
  • Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.
    Holy Trinity, Dubuque

 

There is no cost to attend.

 

To register or for more information, contact Pastor Mark Anderson at 319-352-1414 or send an email.

andersonm@neiasynod.org.

 

Got Questions?

Find Answers in the Official Gathering Handbook!

Q:   How do I recruit and choose an adult leader? What does the Adult Leader do?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 11,44, 56

 

Q:   How does the Gathering registration process work?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 20

 

Q:   How much will the Gathering cost? What should our budget be? Sample Budget?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 21, 92-94

 

Q:   How does our group raise money?

A:    Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 22

 

Q:   Where will be housed?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 32

 

Q:   How do we find restaurants?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 35

 

Q:   What should we pack?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 39

 

Q:   What will happen at the Gathering

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on pages 41, 57-61

 

Q:   Do you have a sample of a group Covenant?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 27, 86-91

 

Q.   Where can I find Pastor Anderson’s name in the Gathering Handbook?

A:   Look in the Gathering Handbook on page 6, 30

 

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Download the Official Gathering Handbook

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Poster

 

 

 

 

 

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File for a Hotel Tax Exemption

In the state of Texas, congregations are tax exempt, including the 16 percent hotel tax. To receive the hotel tax exemption, congregations need to present a tax exempt certificate.

To apply ffor the tax exemption, download and complete the Texas Application for Exemptions.