In our world today, it often seems like the loudest voices are those of hatred and despair. Well this year, we are going to start a journey to challenge that! The National Gathering and Synod Journey are opportunities for youth and adults to raise their voices and celebrate their faith together as they serve, grow deeper in their relationship with God, and have a ton of fun! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is our theme this year, and it looks at how God’s love changes literally everything, from us and our lives to the amazing world God has made! Join us as we start this journey together and raise our voices and celebrate our faith, proclaiming God’s love, serving our neighbor, and so much more!
 
The Synod Journey and National Youth Gathering is a once (or if you time it right, twice!) in a lifetime opportunity for youth to engage in their faith and share in a truly amazing experience. This is unlike any mission trip, camp, club, or sport that youth participate in, and while all of those are important and valuable, this event only happens once every three years, and is a very powerful and meaningful experience, and one I strongly encourage youth and families to think about being part of!  You can find out more information here:  http://www.elca.org/YouthGathering  or contact the church office for more information.  The next National Youth Gathering will be July 2021.
 
You can learn more about the Synod Journey portion of the trip by visiting this website!
 
Attending the 2018 National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas were 6 youth, 2 adult leaders (Kim Allen and Pastor Megan Crouch), and Pastor David Anderson and Kory Cease serving as members of the Synod Journey Planning Team!!!!