ELCA National Youth Gathering June 27- July 1, 2018

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.  Houston is the host city for this event and early bird registration began Sept. 15.

All those in 8th—12th grade are invited to attend!  Permission slips and information are available in the Fellowship Hall on the youth board.  Our first non-refundable deposit is due by Oct. 8 for $200. Please make checks payable to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church and write in MEMO – ‘Youth Gathering.’  Please let Corinne M. know when you have paid.

Cost for the Gathering event is $350 plus expenses which are estimated as follows: $300 (lodging), $380 (airfare), plus food while at the Gathering and miscellaneous costs.  The total is estimated at $900-$1100 per participant before fundraising.  We know this is a lot of money, so we’ll be doing some fundraising to work on lowering that cost per participant.

Here are some ways for you to participate in fundraising:
  • Share a talent, or serve tacos at our Taco and Talent Night (date TBA)
  • Help with our Dinner Theater show in February/March (date TBA)
  • Assist with casserole making and selling throughout winter months
  • And/or, come up with a great fundraiser of your own and have the rest of us join you.
We’re excited about the 2018 Youth Gathering. Let us know you’re joining in!  Visit the ELCA Youth Gathering website for exciting information about the Conference and events. See or contact Corinne Marino for more details.