The Northern Illinois Synod’s Youth ministry is coordinated through Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL.
For more information on youth ministry in the NIS, contact Audrey Adams at 815-732-2220.
- Youth featured must be in 8th-12th grade.
- Videos should be 3-10 seconds long.
- Post in the identified timeline
- Use listed #s.
|Rotation scheduleThe Gathering schedule operates on a rotation. All groups will rotate through our three program days: Interactive Learning, Service Learning and Synod Day. To see your rotation, check your Gathering account or our resources. Once you know your rotation, refer to our Gathering schedule to better plan your time at the Gathering!
Stories to share
We’re continuing to ask for your youth's reflections and stories to share on the big screen at the Gathering. Every two weeks we'll have a new prompt to reflect on. Submit your videos on Instagram by using the assigned # or DMing the Gathering (@ELCAGathering). Please save the videos! If yours is chosen, we will DM you with instructions on how and where to send your video.
April 10-24 we're focusing on our sub theme based on Acts 8:26-40, Phillip and the Eunuch – God's grace changes everything: “In our surrender, grace changes everything."
Share with us a time when you have felt grace. #ELCAYG2018 #GraceChangesEverything.
Service learning webinar
Save the date: April 12 at 8 p.m. Central will be our service learning webinar. Join us as team leader Jessica Noonan talks us through service learning at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, how to prepare, what to expect and how to support our young people in this experience.
Sign up for the webinar here, or join us on Facebook!
The deadline to sign up for shuttles offered by Transportation Management Services (TMS) is April 27. TMS is offering shuttles from the airport to your hotel on June 27 and shuttles from NRG Park to airports on July 1. Shuttles are just $20 per person ($40 round trip). Take advantage of this great transportation option, and sign up today.
Do the TMS shuttle times not work for your group? We have a discount code with Super Shuttle! See our resources for more information.
Please remember, final payments for the Gathering are due May 15. Please download the payment letter in your account and send one final check to the address indicated. If you have questions or concerns about your final payment, please email email@example.com.
2018 Gathering timeline at a glance
May 15 – Registration closes and all payments are due
June 27-July 1 – ELCA Youth Gathering
He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
April 5, 2018
In exactly 82 days the ELCA Youth Gathering will begin in Houston!! I hope you and your youth are getting excited!! I know it sounds a tad selfish, but that is when my "vacation" begins! I love having the opportunity to be "just" a participant. The entire event revitalizes me emotionally and spiritually.
NUTS AND BOLTS
For all of you riding synod buses and ordering the synod day t-shirt, the payment is due by the "magic tax day" - April 15!! Mail the checks to Peg Miller, 2140 A Grand Detour Rd., Dixon, 61021
I have ordered the sizes and numbers of the Synod Day t-shirts that you gave me or that you sent in to Gathering office for Service Day. The cost is $15.00 per shirt. Please get your information, your address, and $$ to me as soon as possible. Make the checks out to St. Paul LYO. I have received payment from 22 of the 45 churches going to Houston.
I am continuing to work on the buses. I would like to meet with the bus company within the next couple of weeks. We will work on more exact times and specific locations for going to and returning from Houston. I DO have space on our buses if you need a change of transportation. Like the t-shirts, I have received payment from 13 of the 19 churches scheduled to ride the bus. Reminder, the cost is $315.00 per person. Make the checks out to St. Paul LYO. I also know that there is another church contemplating riding with us. Let me know ASAP, please and thank you.
All of this information and more was covered at CRE. But whether you were there or not, feel free to ask questions. Being an old (re)tired teacher - there is no such thing as a dumb question. I will respond as soon as possible.
Another little message, the Gathering will be accepting hair donations (must be at least 8 inches long) and blood donations. Both need parental permission for those under 18. There are forms available on the Gathering website in the resources section.
2140 A Grand Detour Rd.
Dixon, IL 61021Read more...
Stories to share
For the next two months, we'll be asking for your youth's reflections and stories to share on the big screen at the Gathering. Every two weeks we'll have a new prompt to reflect on. Submit your videos on Instagram by using the assigned # or DMing the Gathering (@ELCAGathering). Please save the videos! If yours is chosen, we will DM you with instructions on how and where to send your video.Read more...
Synod Staff Liaison:
Deacon Karin Graddy