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ELCA Youth Gathering

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

WHO: Youth entering 8th-12th grade in the fall of 2017

WHEN: June 27-July 1, 2018

WHERE: Houston, Texas

Next Meeting: Youth and Parent/Gardian

Sunday, October 1, 12:45pm in the Church Library

Bake Sale Fundraiser

Sunday, September 17, 9:30am-12:15pm at the church

Let’s be an A++ Congregation!

Many people like a good challenge, and Pastor Mark Anderson of the Northeastern Iowa Synod has offered one for congregations taking youth to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Bethlehem has a great start to our “report card” in that we are taking youth to the Gathering. BLC builds scores by offering participants scholarships and supporting fundraising efforts. And of course, BLC always sends the best adult mentors.

So, you may be wondering, “What does it take to be an A++ congregation? We seem to do a lot for youth going to ELCA Youth Gatherings.” That’s a great question and observation! Pastor Mark suggests that an A++ congregation, in addition to the typical Youth Gathering preparations, also participates together in Bible studies relating to the Gathering theme - Ephesians 2:8, engage in youth/adult mentoring with the Gathering group, prayer, sermon series, following online resources, and watching live stream events during the evening Mass Gatherings.

I believe Bethlehem is up for the challenge! Let’s be an A++ congregation!

About the 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 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.

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