Please join us in welcoming our companions to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering!
MYLE and DAYLE 2012 July 16 - 18, 2012
Both MYLE and DAYLE will be held July 16-18, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, La. Those congregations that have already registered for the events will be contacted soon by email with additional event information and details.
For those registered for MYLE, we look forward to seeing you and your congregation at MYLE 2012! For more information, find and “Like” us on Facebook: ELCA MYLE 2012 and follow us on Twitter: @MYLE2012.
For those registered for DAYLE, we look forward to seeing you and your companion at DAYLE 2012! For more information, find and "Like" us on Facebook: ELCADAYLE 2012 and follow us on Twitter: @DAYLE2012.
MYLE young adult volunteers
Lutheran Disaster Response service opportunities
Is your youth group looking for additional opportunities to serve, either on the way to or from New Orleans? Lutheran Disaster Response is on track to accept 100 volunteers from the Gathering the week before the event and up to 75 the week after. Groups will be collaborating with Transform Joplin, a 501-c3, in Missouri. Having a four to one ratio youth to sponsor is still advisable and the groups having some construction experience would give more flexibility in work placement.If you are interested in participating in this service opportunity, please contact:Duane MoudyLutheran Disaster Response Regional CoordinatorLutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri2130 N. Glenstone Ave.Springfield, MO 65803Direct: 314-422-5520Fax: 417-862-3276DuaneM@lfcs.org
Director's blog -- "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…" (Matthew 25:35).Matthew 25 is a familiar text to many of us, and because it is so familiar our brains might not fully comprehend its power to refocus our way of living in the world. On the Practice Discipleship day at the Gathering, young people will ponder what it really means to be a disciple, a follower of Jesus.It is challenging to be a follower, especially since the rise of the extrovert ideal in 20th century U.S. culture. Think about it. Who usually gets rewarded with the best jobs or the most public acclaim and trust, and who gets noticed most often in a classroom, in a committee meeting, even in church? Often it is people who can attract the most attention and/or speak the loudest and most persuasively. It is usually the leader of the pack who fascinates and attracts us. Is this the posture of a follower of Jesus. | Read more »
Next Adult Training Webinar
Topic: "Strategic Planning"Leader: Rev. Dennis "Tiger" McLuenDate: Sunday, March 18, 2012Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central Time)Description: This session will help you think more clearly about the goals of effective youth ministry. We want to help you get past just having some good intentions for your programs. This will help move you past the busyness of your schedule to some clear plans that will keep you motivated in ministry. We will give you time to talk about your dreams, visions and goals for ministry.
This webinar will be facilitated by Dawn Trautman.Space is limited to 500 participants. Please register early!
Topic: "Compassionate Justice and Service Learning"Leaders: Dave Ellingson, Peggy Hahn and Mark JacksonDate: Sunday, March 25, 2012Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Description: This webinar will explore the concept of compassionate justice as part of "Practicing Justice," one of the ELCA Youth Gathering's central themes. The language of compassion, justice and accompaniment will be introduced, along with a biblical overview of justice and what it means to serve in Christ's name. In addition, leaders will learn a practical, four-step service learning model that can be used in preparing their groups for service and mission experiences, including how to adequately prepare a group, guide meaningful reflection, and share stories and experiences with others. We will end this session with an important conversation about what comes next – the Gathering is not a destination event, it is a preparation for ministry in your own neighborhood and the world around us!
This webinar will be facilitated by Dawn Trautman. Space is limited to 500 participants. Please register early!
Connecting to the congregation
Is your group interested in serving as communion assistants?Be a citizen and serve the saints! We are looking for youth groups of 1 person to 100 people to serve the Gathering in this way. If your group is interested in serving communion on Sunday morning during worship in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, please fill out the form below to volunteer for this servant experience. | Learn more and apply »
$365 per person
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