“Dream Team? Who, me? Discovering Your Place on God’s Team” is the theme for the upcoming High School Gathering and is based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-14. This event, co-sponsored by the Pacifica Synod and the Southwest California Synod Youth Teams, will take place November 9-11, 2018 at Luther Glen Camp in Oak Glen.
This will be an opportunity for high school youth across our two synods to gather and grow together, learn and lead, play and pray, serve, worship and wonder. The gathering begins on Friday evening at 7 pm and will end on Sunday by noon. For an event brochure to download and share, click here.
Through workshops, music and worship, fellowship, prayer and interaction with other young leaders, it is our hope that youth and adult leaders will come away from camp feeling renewed, refreshed, and equipped with some new tools to use in their own ministry settings.
Online registration for this event may be found here and is open through November 1. The cost for the weekend, which includes all programming and 4 meals, is $99 per person, adults and youth. An event t-shirt is included for those who register prior to October 26. All youth must be accompanied by a same gender adult leader from their home congregation. Medical release forms are the responsibility of the adult leader accompanying the youth.
Our speaker for the weekend is the Rev. Kevin Strickland, Assistant to the ELCA Presiding Bishop, Executive for Worship of the ELCA. He began his call with the churchwide office in August, 2014. Pastor Strickland believes that worship is central to our mission. “Worship is at the heart of our mission as Christ’s church and provides an opportunity for us to be made whole and encounter the holy. Worship equips us to be disciples in this world, striving for justice and in doing so, we return often to the heart of our mission to be re-charged and fed.”
Pastor Strickland was born and raised in Lexington, S.C. and is an honors graduate of Newberry College (Newberry, S.C.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in History. He also earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, S.C.). For a full biography, click here.
During this time together, there will also be elections to the open positions on each of the Synod Youth Teams. Contact Janet Renick (email@example.com) to find out which positions are open on the Southwest California Synod Youth Team and for the positions on the Pacifica Synod Youth Team, contact Terri Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org).