ELCA Youth Gathering 2015

Here is a special invitation to the Gathering from Bishop Eaton.

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ELCA Youth Gathering 2015
“Rise Up Together”
July 15-19, 2015 Detroit, MI



We had a wonderful turn out for the informational meeting
If you missed it there will be a video of the meeting coming soon.
Also there will be sessions during the workshop times at SYG coming up in November!

Busing information

Here is information on travel arrangements to Detroit. Please let me or Brad know if you have any questions.


Volunteer Registrations

Now is the time to get your application in if you want to volunteer!!!
Only 300 applications taken in each of the 3 categories!
As of June 3, the Gathering team has received 224 applications for Gathering Volunteer Corps, 115 applications for Servant Companions, and 189 for Community Life.

ELCA Youth Gathering 2015 Rise UpIn the summer of 2015, ELCA Youth and adult leaders will converge on Detroit for the triennial ELCA Youth Gathering. We hope to top our 35,000+ attendees and volunteers who attended the Gathering in New Orleans in 2012. As Heidi Hagstrom, Gathering Director likes to say when asked, “Why Detroit, and why Rise Up Together?”

We were meant to be together, and we are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. Check this out! Charlie Roberts (LOWER SUSQUEHANNA SYNOD Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries) favorite Detroit promo video is one NOT produced by the ELCA Youth Gathering, but worth seeing, and showing to apprehensive parents and leaders. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OAf45aVZXE?feature=player_embedded]


Registration open October 15, however you can start entering information into the registration system on September 15. To aid in this entry there are now forms available for both adults and youth going to the gathering of all needed informtation. Click on the links of adult and youth to go to these forms and download them for your praticipants to fill out.

Important Dates and Links

April 24 (approximately) = First G-News e-mailed to congregational leaders (To subscribe to receive G-News, visit the Gathering website: http://www.elca.org/YouthGathering)
May 15, 2014 = Registration Opens for Volunteers (Gathering Volunteer Corp or GVC, Servant Companions, Community Life)
May 15, 2014 = Applications go live on Gathering website for Financial Aid
September 15, 2014 = Event Registration soft-opening (you can go to registration website and load participants information in anticipation of the actual registration opening)
October 15, 2014 = Event Registration Officially Opens
January 15, 2015 = Early Registration Deadline, cost goes up to $375/person
February 2015 = Hotel Assignments sent to congregations
May 15, 2015 = Final Event Deadline, all monies due

Web Resources:

1. The ELCA Youth Gathering OFFICIAL website http://elca.org/gathering
2. The ELCA Youth Gathering forms and documents source http://www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-Youth-Gathering
3. The ELCA Youth Gathering “Leaks” website: http://www.elcaymnet.org/gatheringleaks called “gatheringleaks” this site has the most up-to-date info updated almost daily
4. The ELCA Youth Gathering Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/youthgathering
5. On Twitter: #riseupelca
6. Old Lutheran Gathering items http://oldlutheran.com
7. Online Connections and Resources


Many of you may want to have a feel for the walk between COBO (the convention center), and Ford Field (the “Dome”).
Detroit’s downtown has lots of cool venues like Greektown, Comerica Park (Tigers baseball stadium), Campus Martius Park & Rink, Hart Plaza, the Detroit Riverwalk and more.
So here’s a nice downtown map that gives you an idea of how to find COBO and Ford Field as well as dining options and other attractions.

Meetings of Conferences or congregational leaders

I would like to be available to speak with you about concerns you might have and help us have the best trip to the gathering as a synod group.
Let me know if you are looking for transportation as there is already a large number of people going on bus(es). This would be a great way for us to travel together and prepare as we go to Detroit to be the hand and feet of God.
Please click here and find our synod (5I) and contact me. Or send me an email at sjpastor@bayland.net