Registration is still open – May 15 is final registration deadline

 

You can find that information and SO MUCH MORE online at www.elca.org/gathering. Need help? Have questions? Wondering what to do now that you are registered? Contact Synod Coordinator, Jason Xiong, at scsw.elcayg@gmail.com or (608) 257-3577, ext. 339 or (608) 381-2861.

All the information you need such as timelines, forms, meetings, and more can be found on the synod youth gathering page.

Important timelines to watch:

April 28, 2018 – SCSW Synod Pre-Gathering Event @ Lutherdale

May 15, 2018 – Final Registration Deadline & Synod Bus Final Payments Due

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering “Blast off for Books” Book Drive

The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. 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.

The list of books can be found on the ELCA’s website:  http://bit.ly/BlastOffForBooks

We will be collecting books as a synod and will transport them to Houston with the synod buses. So, please begin collecting books and you may drop them off at Bethel Lutheran in Madison on June 23, 2018 from 10am-12pm and we will load them into vans and will drive them down. If your group is traveling on the synod bus, flying to Houston OR even if your congregation is not attending the Gathering you are welcome to collect books and drop them off in order to be included in this important in-kind offering.

For more information:

2018  Youth Gathering  ELCA page

2018  Youth Gathering  Synod page

LWR Service Project for VBS

Looking for a Service Project to Incorporate into This Summer’s Vacation Bible School?

Assemble Kits of Care for Lutheran World Relief! There are many types of Kits to bring youth together in service to our neighbors in need:

  • School Kits: Simple school supplies, like notebooks, pencils and scissors, make a world of difference for families that struggle to afford their children’s education
  • Personal Care Kits: Basic hygiene items – soap, nail clippers, a towel – are crucial to keeping families healthy, especially after leaving their homes because of war or natural disasters
  • Fleece Tie Blankets: In a hospital room or on the hard ground, these handmade blankets provide protection and a sense of comfort

LWR has a number of resources available to help VBS leaders collect items, assemble kits and track them as they travel around the world. Visit lwr.org/kits to get started!

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Update

Breaking Youth Gathering News Regarding Busses

As of today, we have over 700 youth and adults from across the synod registered for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering next summer.

Over HALF of those registered are also registered to travel with us on the Synod Buses. This means the buses are now at capacity; however, we are exploring options for adding additional busses via another bus company but can only do so if we can fill these additional buses. If your congregation is interested in taking a synod bus to Houston, you must e-mail synod coordinator, Jason Xiong at scsw.elcayg@gmail.com by next Tuesday, December 19, 2017. After this date, we will consider registration closed and at that point we will be able to determine if we have enough interest to try and secure additional buses and hotel rooms. All the information you need such as timelines, forms, meetings, busing, and more can now be found on the synod website. Visit: http://scsw-elca.org/ELCA_Youth_Gathering.aspx

Early Bird Registration is OPEN at www.elca.org/gathering. Need Help? Have Questions? If you have questions or need help with anything; please reach out to our Synod Gathering Coordinator, Jason Xiong by e-mail at scsw.elcayg@gmail.com or (608) 381-2861.