Hotels for the Gathering
While congregations have been preparing to return to New Orleans, New Orleans has been preparing to receive you again! We've been updating our contracts with hotels, and are very pleased to report that our rates are not significantly higher than in 2009. New for 2012 is our plan to house synods as closely together as possible. We want to help strengthen the bonds between congregations in each synod, and assigning synods to specific hotels is one way to accomplish that.As in 2009, congregations will rotate through their Gathering days in tracks. One day congregations will Practice Peacemaking, one day they will Practice Justice, and one day they will Practice Discipleship. And every congregation will be given early access to the floor and first bowl of the Superdome on their Practice Discipleship day. A new venue for 2012 is Champions Square -- an outdoor entertainment plaza located between the Superdome and the newly rebuilt Hyatt Regency. Not only is this a great place for tailgating each afternoon -- with lots of food vendors and music -- but there will also be plenty of water with indoor restrooms! Our Community Life team is making plans to use this area before and after our time in the Superdome each evening.
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Banners, pens and other Gathering items now available at OldLutheran.com.
As of May 31, 506 people have applied to be a volunteer at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering -- 341 have completed the process!
Learn more about Champions Square, adjacent to the Superdome.
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