ELCA Youth Gathering 2009

July has been a whirlwind in many respects.  I can’t believe it is half over.  But one would not think summer has even come given the weather in CNY this year.

This Wednesday I will be leaving with two other adults and 5 kids from St Mark’s to New Orleans!  I’m pretty excited about it! We’re going to be flying Wednesday Morning around noon. This trip is the ELCA National Youth Gathering which takes place in a different city every three years. This will be my first time attending in a Youth Gathering.

In 2003 I helped send a youth group to the National Youth Gathering in Atlanta, GA just before I left for seminary. In 2006 I helped a youth group get to the National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, TX just before I went on internship for seminary.  So I am excited to be going as a chaperone for our group this year! The Gathering is pretty much a huge youth event. Somewhere around 38,000 high school youth and adults will be participating this year! We’ll be sleeping in hotels throughout the city and will have activities in a convention center as well as our large group events in the Super dome!

Here will be some sites that you might want to check out this week:

The ELCA National Youth Gathering Site –  Click Here

My Twitter Feed where I will be giving LIVE updates –  Click Here (or check out the sidebar on my blog)

My Blog where I will share some experiences –  (you made it here already – but hit and RSS feed to get my posts delievered directly to you!)

I will be uploading pictures as we go along – Click Here

I have also added a feed of all those twittering about the gathering in my sidebar.  That way you can know all that is happening at the gathering.

Please be praying for our youth and adults and all who are at the gathering this year.  Please look out for emails and annoucements to times and places where we will be sharing our experiences sometime later this summer.

**  There has been alot going on this summer– after I come back from New Orleans I will be gearing up for our block party then I will be taking some time and reflecting on all that I have done and accomplished.  So stay tuned!! **

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One thought on “ELCA Youth Gathering 2009

  1. Curiously enough, my father is already on a bus with a load of kids on his way down to NO as well. Not that you’d know him, but he’ll be there, too. 🙂 Enjoy!

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