Location: Houston, TX
“This Changes Everything,” based on Ephesians 2:8, “By grace you have been saved…”
SW MN Synod Gathering Coordinator:
Ph: (320) 235-2508
Notes from Ashley:
43 Days until the ELCA Youth Gathering!!!!!
As your Gathering Synod Coordinator for the Houston Gathering, I want to say ‘THANK YOU’ for the amazing work you are doing getting your young people to Houston! This takes a lot of behind the scenes work, most of which your youth will never know about. But, we do this because we love young people and we want them to encounter Christ is new and powerful ways. God’s peace and blessings to you, as you continue this journey.
Here are a few things I have been receiving a lot of questions about:
Deposits are due to hotels by May 15 (TOMORROW!) If you haven’t mailed in your payment, you may want to call your hotel see if they can take a credit card number over the phone, so that you can secure the gathering block rate.
Final payment on gathering registrations must be postmarked by tomorrow, May 15. Log into your account and make sure that you have a $0 balance. This will be under the ‘print forms’ section at the bottom of the webpage under ‘payment letter’ http://elca.org/YouthGathering/registration/congregational-registration . That being said, if you KNOW that you’ve sent in your payment, but it’s not showing up, please don’t panic. Many congregations have been sending in their last payments, so they are working on recording everything in a timely manner.
Here’s the key times most people have been wondering about.
9:00am – 12:45pm- Service Opportunity (Thursday)
1:30 – 3:30pm – Celebration of Service
9:00am – 5:00pm – Interactive Learning (Friday)
11:30am – Synod Day doors open (Saturday)
12:00 – 3:00pm – Synod Day
6:00pm – Doors open at NRG Stadium (Every evening)
7:30pm – 9:15pm – Mass Gathering at NRG Stadium
One resource that I would highly recommend for any leader, especially new leaders, is watching the webinars for a good overview of each day/component of the gathering- http://elca.org/YouthGathering/details/get-ready These are also listed on the ELCA Youth Gathering Facebook page, for your reference as well!
What to bring
A packing list can be found in the ‘Official Gathering Handbook..’ on page 39-40 http://elca.org/Resources/ELCA-Youth-Gathering
What speakers or music groups will be there?
The Gathering website is updating this information as it becomes available- http://elca.org/YouthGathering/details/mass-gathering#massoverview
Newest group to be added to the list- ‘Tenth Avenue North’! (so new they aren’t even on the website yet!)
If you have not already joined our ‘SW MN Synod ELCA Youth Gathering- Houston’ group, please do! We communicate and collaborate a lot! Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2002793919942477/
Starting in June, you will receive a more focused weekly email from me, as we get to the final days before the Gathering!
If you ever have any gathering related questions, I am here to be a support to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Faith Formation Coordinator
Calvary Lutheran Church
302 Olena Ave SE
Willmar, MN 56201