Youth Ministry

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.


News

    Are you ready for the Gathering?

    Safety and security webinar

    We have one webinar left to help prepare you for the Gathering.

    June 14 at 7 p.m. Central, join us for last-minute questions for our Gathering staff. RSVP for this webinar!


    Bible studies

    Part of our Community Life programming for the Gathering is daily Bible studies featuring some of our guest speakers on our main stage. These Bible studies will in the NRG arena starting Wednesday. Here is our lineup:

    • Wednesday, June 27 – Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
    • Thursday, June 28 – the Rev. Tuhina Rasche
    • Friday, June 29 – the Rev. Aaron Fuller
    • Saturday, June 30 – the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber

    Service Learning videos

    Preparing your group for service learning? Take a look at our Service Learning videos! We have an orientation video that will help you prepare for what to expect, how to engage in accompaniment, and how we will process. It also has great tips on things that you should bring with you to ensure you have a great Service Learning experience!

    After you’ve viewed the orientation video, check out the four visual poems. These videos will introduce you to different communities in Houston that your groups may engage with during the Service Learning Day.


    Getting Ready materials

    On June 1, we will have another installment of our Getting Ready materials available. The June materials will be more focused on helping prepare you and your group for specifics of the Gathering.

    Be sure to download these materials and go through them with your group before you arrive in Houston!


    Adult leader video

    Adult leaders! Need a few more tips and tricks to help you prepare for the Gathering? Check out our new adult leader orientation video. This video has tips for travel, what to bring, safety tips and so much more.


    2018 Gathering timeline at a glance

    June 24-27 – MYLE and the tAble

    June 27-July 1 – ELCA Youth Gathering

     

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    Gathering partners

    Curious who are partners are? See who we’re working with! Check out our Interactive Learning partners and the ministries that will be present during your Interactive Learning Day. You can also see the many partners in Houston that we’re working with for Service Learning at the Gathering. See all the great things the city is doing and where you might be going!


    Service learning webinar

    Did you miss our service learning webinar? On April 12, we were joined by the Service Learning Team leader, Jessica Noonan, as we hosted our webinar focused on all the work her team is planning for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Watch it to learn more about how to prepare, what to expect, what to bring, what to wear and so much more! If you still have questions or concerns, please email us at Gathering@elca.org. Our next webinar is our transportation webinar on May 10 at 7 p.m. Central. RSVP here!


    Airport shuttles

    April 27 is the last day to sign up for the TMS shuttles to and from the airport. The shuttles are $20 per person each way ($40 round trip).

    Check out the availability and take advantage of this great offer before it's too late!


    May 15 deadline

    Deadlines are approaching! Your final payment is due by May 15. Please make sure to print out your final payment letter in your account and send your check to the address indicated. May 15 is also your last day to send in your deposit for your housing. Check the housing letter in your Gathering account for information on how to send that to your hotel.


    Gathering for advocacy

    This month, our getting ready materials are gathering for advocacy. The Gathering will feature migration in Service Learning, Interactive Learning and post-Gathering resources. Texas is a hub of human migration from Central America and Mexico. There is an immigrant detention center close to Houston. As a church, we respect all human life and strive for justice and peace in all the world.

    At the Gathering, there will be opportunities to learn about human migration so you can make a difference in your community and beyond.

    Be sure to download our April getting ready materials to help prepare your group to learn more about advocacy 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.

    Guidelines:

    • Youth featured must be in 8th-12th grade.
    • Videos should be 3-10 seconds long
    • Post in the identified timeline
    • Use listed #s

    April 25-May 9 we're focusing on our sub-theme based on “The road to Emmaus – God's hope changes everything: Hope changes everything.” Share with us where hope is needed. #ELCAYG2018 #HopeChangesEverything.

     

    Remembering Donna Wiegel

    It is with the saddest of hearts that we share that our beloved colleague, Donna Wiegel, died on Saturday, April 20. Donna loved her family fiercely. She found joy in the sun at the beach. She was a champion for those on the margins. Donna loved the ministry of the Gathering and served as registrar and housing guru since 1997. She is already deeply missed. We ask that you keep her family in your prayers.

    Almighty God, your love never fails, and you can turn the shadow of death into daybreak. Help us to receive your word with believing hearts, so that, confident in your promises, we may have hope and be lifted out of sorrow into the joy and peace of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

    Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship.


    2018 Gathering timeline at a glance

    May 15 – Registration closes and all payments are due

    June 24-27 – MYLE and the tAble

    June 27-July 1 – ELCA Youth Gathering

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    Contact us
    Please contact us with your ideas and comments. Please forward this email to others who may be interested.
    Mail: ELCA Youth Gathering, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, Illinois 60631.

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    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.

    Guidelines:

    • Youth featured must be in 8th-12th grade.
    • Videos should be 3-10 seconds long.
    • Post in the identified timeline
    • Use listed #s.

    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!


    Airport shuttles

    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.


    May 15

    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 gathering@elca.org.


    2018 Gathering timeline at a glance

    May 15 – Registration closes and all payments are due

    June 24-27 – MYLE and the tAble

    June 27-July 1 – ELCA Youth Gathering


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    Gathering News from Peg - April 5, 2018

    He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

    April 5, 2018

    Hi all,

    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

    T-SHIRTS

    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.

    BUSES

    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.

    Peace,

    Peg

    pegmiller@grics.net

    815-440-0003

    2140 A Grand Detour Rd.

    Dixon, IL 61021

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    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.

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