There may only be 7 of our congregation going, but this Youth Gathering is for our whole Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With the gathering just around the corner, our presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has some words of thanks and encouragement for all of us.
The ELCA Youth Gathering is expensive and Detroit has a poor reputation. Why are we going to all this trouble? Just listen to these New Orleanians talk about what a difference the 2009 and 2012 gatherings made for their city!
Never been to a youth gathering? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Here is a brief look back to the Citizens with the Saints gathering in New Orleans, 2012. We expect more of the same in Detroit as we Rise Up Together!
The entire congregation is eagerly awaiting the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit later this month! Even though only 7 of us will be attending, this is an event to share with the whole congregation. Everyone has helped us raise the money for this experience, and so everyone is invited to join in.
While our youth are in Detroit, we will daily post thoughts, recollections, and pictures to this blog. You can also click the button at the top to see the livestream of the Mass Gathering each night from 4-6pm Pacific Time (7-9pm in Detroit).
As our congregation prepares for this powerful event, please join us on Sunday, July 12 as we sent our youth from worship to attend this gathering, followed by an Ice Cream Social. We will be collecting donations at the social for the Gathering Offering, which will be split between ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water, ELCA Missionaries, youth and young adult ministries in the ELCA, and the Southeast Michigan Synod of the ELCA (where Detroit is located).