2022 ELCA Youth Gathering

Minneapolis, MN
July 24 – July 28

What is This About?
The ELCA National Youth Gathering takes place every three years. This is a once-in-a lifetime experience of gathering with 36,000 youth and adults from the USA along with many international youth. Through service and worship, it is encouraging in our faith journey to share our love for God, to learn from each other, to develop new relationships, to engage in new opportunities. Every youth and adult who attends the gathering will have the opportunity to serve in some way in Minneapolis. On the way, we will be intentional in growing together as a group, building relationships as well as exploring the city and learning the culture of Minneapolis.

Why Should I Attend?

Listen to what youth are saying about the Youth Gathering!

My Friends in Faith Gathering trip was a life changing one. I grew so much more in my faith & I met some amazing new people.

This fabulous trip opened my heart to new things. It helped me grow spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally!

I have grown not only as a Christian, but as a human being. I am so blessed to be part of this experience.

It changed the way I viewed church and God. It was a way to connect to God without really realizing you were.

It’s a special opportunity when you get the chance to worship & grow in faith with almost 35,000 other youth who all have similar beliefs as yours.

Questions?

Contact:

Anne Simon- youth@trinitymhd.org

Matt Peterson matt@trinitymhd.org

Tentative Itinerary

  • July 20 – Depart to Wisconsin Dells
  • July 21 Depart for Milwaukee
  • July 22 Service work in Milwaukee
  • July 23 Site seeing in Milwaukee, depart for Minneapolis
  • July 24 – July 28 Youth Gathering in Minneapolis
  • July 28 Return to Trinity

How Do I Register?

Fill out a registration form and bring it to us with a $150 non-refundable deposit by October 17. If the National Gathering is cancelled due to COVID, the deposit will be refunded.

Then, each family will have regular payments to spread out the expenses. Most youth earn approx. 40-50% or more of the cost of the trip if they work hard at the fundraising.

We will keep accurate track of funds for each person who registers. When a youth registers, they’ll receive a payment book with the date/amount for each payment. Making payments will make the balance in May manageable.

Every youth who wants to go on this trip should be able to. Lack of money should not be a reason not to go. If a youth needs extra help after the fundraisers, we have some funds dedicated to this purpose.

Fundraising & Payments

  • Registration = $350
  • Transportation = $280
  • Lodging for 7 nights = $350
  • Meals (16) = $350 (6 meals on your own)
  • Activities = $250
  • Total = $1,580
  • Ministry Support = – $705
  • Your Cost = $875

Youth will be selling shares of Stock in the spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the congregation as well as raise money. We train every youth to make the calls and encourage them every step of the way. Shares of Stock sell for $20. $10 of every Stock sold & paid for goes directly to the trip of the youth who sold the stock. The other $10 goes to offset the cost of the adult leaders who will be working hard to lead, walk alongside youth, prepare, and make the trip go smoothly. We pay for the adults basic expenses as it’s a working trip for them. Every youth is expected to work at two Lenten Dinners and one shift of Easter Breakfast.

Payment Schedule

  • Date Payment Balance
  • Oct. 17- $150 $725
  • Nov. 17- $50 $675
  • Dec. 17- $50 $625
  • Jan. 17- $50 $575
  • Feb. 17- $50 $525
  • Mar. 17- $50 $475
  • Apr. 17- $50 $425
  • Sell 25 Stock($250) $175
  • Dinner & Easter ($75) $100
  • Final Payment $100 $0

Youth can sell more than 25 Stock ($250).

We are bound. Bound by our sin, by the expectations of others, by poverty, by -isms that try to divide us, and by so much more. In a life that often feels as if it has young people in a suffocating grip, we want them to imagine the boundlessness of God: boundless love, boundless mercy, boundless freedom, boundless creation, boundless strength. All offered from a gracious and loving God who knows and adores them. All so abundant and endless it cannot be measured. What are the stories of God’s people, both in Scripture and modern-day, that share the awe and wonder of just how vast our God is? What does it mean, what does it look and feel like to live a life “filled with all that God is”? How can young people find themselves within the boundlessness of Christ’s love? MYLE, the tAble and the Gathering are unique opportunities to invite young people into a deeper relationship with a God whose possibilities are boundless. Through one-of-a-kind experiences, this ministry stretches and affirms young people’s gifts and calls. They experience the power of the Spirit within them,
that frees them to live in the grace of God’s boundless love in Jesus Christ. Finally, we are excited by the connections this theme offers to our host city of Minneapolis and the
surrounding area. Known as the “City by Nature,” Minneapolis is an earth-minded city in many ways. The Minneapolis Area Synod also names advocacy around care for creation as a top priority, which would allow us to learn from and support the local expression of the church.

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