Getting ready materials (Six Months version)
The Getting Ready materials -- the Six Months version -- will be launching in the middle of December. This will be quickly followed by the Six Weeks and Sixty Minutes versions in early January. These resources are complete packages being rolled out as a unit for your planning efficiency. A User's Guide with links to additional resources and a special Book of Faith Bible Study Help Guide will be available in early January as well.The Getting Ready materials are designed to prepare participants to hit the ground running in New Orleans this summer. The theme scripture and background on each of the three Practice days will be introduced. Additionally, each session of the Getting Ready materials is framed on the seven discipleship practices that will be used on the Practice Discipleship day. The great thing about the Getting Ready materials is that they will give you six months of Bible studies for free and with a little alteration, they can be non-Gathering-specific. The Writing Team will be adding a bonus session on New Orleans history in time for Mardi Gras. Also, January marks the introduction of the Sixty-Second Gathering, a monthly podcast that can help get you ready for July in only sixty seconds each month.
Gathering registration is still open and still $315
Gathering registration fees were set to increase by $50 in January. But because our hotel blocks are larger, we still have ample space for participants. So the registration fees won't increase until AFTER the 2012 ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza, (February 12)! The Gathering staff will be there to answer your questions, help with registration issues, and help you find your hotel if you'd like to do a site visit.
Director's blog -- God's economy of grace (blogs.elca.org/youthgathering)When young people step off the bus, plane or van in New Orleans next summer, I want them to step into a community of the beloved that operates according to God’s economy of grace. I want them, and me, to experience a community wherein the rules of merit are broken, a moment in time when God is completely in charge for a while.In our culture we base almost everything on "achievement, performance, accomplishment, payment, exchange value, or worthiness of some sort.: In God's economy of grace we are released from the “internalized merit-badge system” that holds many of us hostage. Within that system, and “without grace, almost everything human declines and devolves into smallness, hurt, and blame.” Many of us try so hard to earn the merit badge -- consciously or unconsciously -- that we sacrifice the freedom and peace we are promised in Christ. | Read more » Next adult training webinar
Topic: "Faith Conversations"Leader: Dennis “Tiger” McLuenDate: Sunday, December 18, 2011Time: 2:00 p.m. (Central time)Description: Sharing your faith story is an essential part of your role as a leader -- yet, this is usually a tough area for many people in the church. This session will introduce the basic ideas and skills necessary for having a natural, relational conversation about faith and life. We will admit our fears and find a way to speak about faith and life in real conversations with students.This session will be presented in an online seminar. There will be the presentation of material as well as opportunities to ask questions and interact.
This webinar will be facilitated by Dawn Trautman. Space is limited to 500 participants. Please register early!
Connecting to the congregationOnline giving opportunities will be available soonRemember the 2009 Gathering? ELCA young people and their congregations were instrumental in helping purchase supplies for the community through their online donations! The same opportunity exists for 2012. The Practice Justice Team has been identifying current needs, so we're working on updating the site. Watch for it to launch very soon! Links will be posted on the Gathering website as well as on Facebook.Looking for additional things to do while in New Orleans?The New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau has created a microsite especially for you! It's located on the Gathering website, bottom right, with links to everything New Orleans -- museums, food, attractions, etc. -- to help you make the most of your time in the Big Easy! Just hit the button that says "New Orleans Welcomes" and begin your journey.
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