2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

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 ELCA Youth 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.

June 27‐July 1, 2018

Houston, TX

Theme: “This Changes Everything.”

Our primary scripture will be Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

Grace is a foundational and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done and are called into the world to serve their neighbor and share the good news.

Our logo is a visual representation of our theme and the 2018 Gathering experience. It incorporates the coming together of a mosaic to reflect the diverse host city of Houston, as well as the idea that we are a church where all are imperfect and incomplete, yet we each belong in – and have an important place in – God’s masterpiece. The cross at the center of the logo is the focus – it is God’s grace, through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, that changes everything for all people.

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin has over 725 high school youth and adult leaders who will travel to Houston and join the over 30,000 other Lutherans registered for this years event.

Our synod is busy planning and will have several opportunities to come together before and at the Gathering.

For more information or to learn more, contact:
Jason Xiong
Synod Gathering Coordinator

Recent News & Events

Registration is still open - May 15 is final registration deadline

All the information you need such as timelines, forms, meetings, and more can be found on the synod website.  Visit:  http://scsw-elca.org/ELCA_Youth_Gathering.aspx

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering "Blast off for Books" Book Drive

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 bring them to the April 28 Pre-Gathering event at Lutherdale OR you may drop them off at Bethel Lutheran in Madison on June 23, 2018 from 10am-12pm

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.

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