Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.
For the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, the theme is “This Changes Everything.” The primary scripture will be Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
Grace is a foundational and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done and are called into the world to serve their neighbor and share the good news.
In her book “Woo: Awakening Teenagers’ Desire to Follow in the Way of Jesus,” Morgan Schmidt identifies the three central desires of teens.
All youth desire:
· Someone to become
· Somewhere to belong
· Something to do [that changes the world]
As young people desire and struggle to find someone to become, somewhere to belong and something to do, the Gathering seeks to be a ministry that helps define some of that or at least open up pathways of discovery. Ultimately, we want youth to understand the fierce love that God has for them, just as they are, and that by grace, through faith, they have been saved. When young people (or really any age person!) truly claim this reality, it indeed changes everything.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 2003 Gathering in Atlanta which truly impacted my life and the youth that also attended. Please join us on Sunday, June 24 when we will send four youth and two adults to this gathering with our blessings. Then, after they return, on Sunday, July 22, our youth and leaders will lead us in worship with a brief explanation on how it affected them.
Thank you Gethsemane for your overwhelming generosity that is enabling them to go and have this awesome experience! I know you also join my prayers for them as we wish them a tremendously spiritual experience.
With Christ’s Love,
Congratulations, Thank You, and Best Wishes!!!
We wish to thank Whitney Felice in her wonderful role as our office administrator. She has accepted a new full-time position with Village Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician.
We pray God’s blessings on her new employment.
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