2018 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and adult representatives from each synod from across The ELCA. Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. This year Rev. Steve Kottke, Assistant to the Bishop for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin will accompany our youth to the summit. All costs (including round-trip air travel from Madison Dane County Regional Airport) are covered for this event by our synod and the ELCA.

This summit focuses on leadership development through engaging speakers and thought leaders in key areas at the intersection of leadership and faith in daily life AND faith formation and building connections for high school youth in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Youth will be challenged to take home what they have learned to inspire action in their own synods and youth groups. The Youth Leadership Summit is a shared ministry between ELCA Youth Ministry and The SYMBOL Network (Synodical Youth Ministry Leaders).

The theme for the 2018 Summit is “Through Christ We Can” and will take place November 1-4 at Camp Carol Joy Holling in Nebraska using Philippians 2:1-5 as it’s scriptural base. The event will focus on young people’s call to ministry for the sake of others and advocacy because of their faith. For our learning and networking times we will be joined by various ELCA ministries and staff including Advocacy, Young Adult Ministries, Justice for Women and Global Mission.

If you are a youth in grades 9-12 who feel called to attend this summit, DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE and return it to Rev. Steve Kottke in the synod office by September 25, 2018 to be considered. Rev. Kottke and Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld will be reviewing each application and will choose two youth to represent the synod at this year’s Summit.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Reunion & Evaluations

Sunday, September 30 from 4pm-7pm
@ Lake Edge Lutheran Church – Madison, WI
Dinner Provided ($3 per person suggested donation)
2018 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING CELEBRATION & EVALUATION
Keep the Gathering energy going! As part of the ELCA Youth Gathering’s ongoing efforts to grow in its mission of faith formation in teenagers, Gathering leadership are conducting a series of in-person listening sessions. We invite all youth & adults who attended the 2018 Gathering to join us in Madison for a time of reflection, conversation, and worship. RSVP Online at: https://tinyurl.com/gatheringreunion.

Welcome Home!

It is hard to believe that the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is now history. The memories of the week, however, will last a lifetime for the youth that you accompanied on the journey. The 724 youth and adults from our synod joined the 31,242 registered participants in Houston for an amazing week. I pray that the experience was uplifting and inspirational for your group and that your homecomings have been joyful.

As we close out the 2018 Gathering I invite you to stay connected. Over the next weeks the Gathering will continue to upload videos from the week to the ELCA YouTube channel HERE. Wondering about the impact of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering?

So, what’s next? Planning for the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering being held in Minneapolis has already begun and will continue over the next year as a theme is developed and planning teams are assembled. Continue to follow the Gathering Facebook page HERE along with our synod website HERE for all the details beginning in 2019.

It has been an honor to walk alongside each one of you for the past two years prior to and in Houston this past week. I continually pray for each of you and your ministries in the future. Thank you once again for your leadership and for making the ELCA Youth Gathering a part of your summer plans.

And always remember, “There’s Grace For That!” 🙂

In Christ-

Jason Xiong
Synod Coordinator – 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

JOIN THE ELCA YOUTH GATHERING VIA LIVE STREAM!

Livestream opportunities: http://elca.org/gathering

6/27 – MYLE worship – 6:45 – 8:15 pm CT

6/27 – The Table Worship – 10:00 – 11:30 am CT

6/27 – 6/30 – Daily Bible Studies – 3:30 – 5:30 pm CT

6/27 – 6/30 – Mass Gatherings – 7:30 – 9:15 pm CT

7/1 – Closing Worship – 9:30 – 11:30 am CT

Get Social!

Follow the ELCA YOUTH GATHERING on Social Media! JUNE 27 – JULY 1
2018 Youth Gathering

ELCA Youth Gathering Blog
http://blogs.elca.org/youthgathering/

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MYLE – Multicultural Youth Leadership Event

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You Belong at the Table

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2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Prayers – For Use in Congregations During Youth Gathering Weekend

Please hold in prayer our 59 congregations and 724 youth and adults who are participating in the ELCA Youth Gathering June 27 through July 1 in Houston, Texas.

Good and gracious God, we thank the Holy Spirit for calling those participating in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering to travel, worship, serve, learn, and play alongside 30,000 other participants and those they will meet along the way. We know that God’s call changes everything. As they realize how God has used this experience to transform them, know that we should be ready to hear the new hope they have for the world, our community and church. We hope that we will be open to hearing your stories and that we will be open to being changed by the stories we hear. We know that God’s hope changes everything.

Hear Us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Almighty God, we thank you for calling your children to the ELCA Youth Gathering. As you have shown your love by sending your Son to live among us, we pray that your Holy Spirit helps them to be an expression of your constant and gracious presence in the world. We trust and give you thanks that Jesus changes everything.

Hear Us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

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

REMINDER!  COLLECTION IS THIS SATURDAY, June 23 FOR THIS BOOK DRIVE for the ELCA YOUTH GATHERING

Drop off window of time10:00 – 12:00 noon

Bethel Lutheran Church – 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison

If you have collected books for this in-gathering for the ELCA Youth Gathering, this Saturday is the drop off day.

Thank you to all congregations who have participated.  You are doing what matters!


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

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

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: https://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.