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Books for Houston
Even if you aren't attending the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer, you can participate by donating books!
The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation of literacy starts before entering kindergarten. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers, and more successful students than those who do not. Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children. This means the students begin each school year at a disadvantage.
In joining the Gathering's Blast Off for Books campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston's students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps and other events around the city as part of the Gathering's Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hand's of Houston's economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.
Please see flyer or our Amazon Wish List for a list of books we will be collecting for the children of Houston. Note, we will only accept these books (new or lightly used).
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be here soon!!
The Synod Coordinators for the gathering are Kim and Tracy Gayer from Inwood.
The Official Gathering Handbook is a great resource for all your planning for the 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston.
This handbook covers everything from Pre-Gathering planning, experiences and expectations at the Gathering, and how to process and share your post-Gathering experiences. Having trouble budgeting? The Handbook has sample budgets! Don't know where to begin with your group covenant? It's got you covered! Whether this is your first Gathering, or your 14th, there's something for everyone in the Handbook.
Download the handbook on the Gathering website, or
Order a printed version from Old Lutheran
Youth Gathering Info Here
Apply for Summer Staff at Ingham Okoboji
Have you ever wanted an opportunity to have an impact in the Kingdom of God? Join us for a summer set apart from all others to serve the Lord. Share the good news about Jesus with kids and families and have a blast at Ingham and Okoboji. We want you to join our team of friends you’ll always remember for a summer you’ll never forget! Applications are available at www.okoboji.org/apply.
The youth and young adults in our congregations and communities are not our church of the future...they are a part of our church here and now! But often, we do not treat them like they are a part of our church family.
Looking for new ideas or advice for your youth group, give Lynn a call at 712.732.4968 ext. 448, she would love to share ideas with you and talk about other youth/young adult ideas or issues with you!
The Next ELCA Youth Gathering will be here soon!!
June 27th - July 1st, 2018
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 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. More info here... Looking for another congregation to join with or to find out ways your congregation can be involved? If so, contact Lynn or Tracy Gayer!! Registration is OPEN!
Outreach Nights for 6th-12th graders
Outreach nights are an opportunity for those in your 6th through 12th grade youth groups and beyond to join with other youth of all denominations from around the area to fellowship, grow in faith, and have fun together. An evening of outreach includes dinner, worship, a message, and of course, games!
Where: Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp When: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
How Much: $3 per person for food
Dates: Novermber 5, December 3, January 7
RSVP to Dan: firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-337-3306 ext. 119