Attention Zion Youth and Parents!
Preparations are underway for Zion youth to attend the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston Texas, June 27-July 1, 2018. If you are interested in attending the Gathering, here are two information pieces you'll want to check out:
Interest Meeting FAQ
General Gathering Information Sheet
The Gathering is an event that every youth should consider putting on the timeline of their faith journey!
Zion's Gathering trip is open to students currently in grades 8-11. Space permitting, we may be able to include students currently in grade 7. See the documents above for preliminary details regarding cost, travel schedule, and fundraising plans.
I love the ministry of the Gathering and the way it forms faith in the youth of our church. I'll never forget my first ELCA Youth Gathering as a 9th grader. I still remember my sense of awe to be part of such a large crowd of youth as we worshiped and explored faith together. The speakers I heard talked about everyday life and the struggles of our world. The Gathering gave me a better understanding of what it means to live as a Christian, and my sense of "church" exploded far beyond the walls of my congregation. I can't wait to walk with our Zion youth as we explore faith together at the 2018 Gathering in Houston.
To reserve your space on the trip, you'll need to submit a $150 (non-refundable) registration deposit by Friday, September 15, 2017. Please note that preparing for the ELCA Youth Gathering is a year-long commitment. Participants will gather regularly (about once a month) for Bible study and team building, as well as participate regularly in worship and our fundraising efforts.
If you're interested in going to the Gathering but didn't make the interest meeting, please get in touch with Pastor Andrea.