The NE MN Synod Journey
to the
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering 
October 2, 2017
Happy October!
Wow - did that month change take you by surprise too?! Time has flown at the office as we have been busy processing your registrations, and getting ready for the Adult Leader trainings that start this weekend! Please read through this email update for timely info!

I know how busy all of you are as well. Thank you for investing your precious time in the faith lives of your youth this year. You make a difference! And you are in our prayers!

Catherine Anderson
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Fall Adult Leader Trainings - Start this week!

An expectation of the Synod Journey is that all Adult Leaders registered for the Synod Journey  attend one of the Fall Training events. These training events help prepare you and your group for this rich and meaningful faith experience! Dates/locations are:
October 7: 9:30am - Noon, Virginia
October 8: 2pm - 4:30pm, Brainerd
October 15: 2pm - 4:30pm, Cloquet  

Coffee and light snacks will be provided at each training site. Registration is not required for these free trainings, but is very helpful for planning! 
Background Check Update

All adult leaders* are required to submit to a Background Check by October 15 to participate in the Synod Journey.   
Updated Process! 
In consultation with our background check company last week, we have updated our procedures for processing your submissions. By the end of this week, you will receive an email from SecureSearchFaith with the subject line "NE MN Synod Journey Background Screening Invitation". Follow the instructions and link in that email to submit your information for your background check. If you have not received your email invitation by October 6, first check your spam folder, then if your email invite is still not found please email Marilyn Hull at

Forms only take 2-3 minutes to fill out. Your information is kept private and secure.
Background checks performed for other organizations cannot be used in place of this one.

*Please note: if you were an adult leader on the 2015 Synod Journey and are still at the same congregation, your background check from 2015 is still valid and you will NOT receive an email invitation to submit to this one.

Getting Ready Materials
An expectation of the Synod Journey is that groups meet at least monthly for group building, Bible studies and other activities to prepare for the Synod Journey and ELCA Youth Gathering. A variety of resources are now available on the Synod Journey Resource Page to assist you with these meetings. We will be providing training and resources at the Fall Adult Leader Trainings to help you plan for these group meetings. If you have a meeting scheduled for before the training (awesome!), I encourage you to read through these documents to help you discern which resources to use and where to start:

And as always, if you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us!
More Information!

Throughout this year, if you have any questions regarding registration, housing or anything else regarding the NE MN Synod Journey or ELCA Youth Gathering, please email Catherine Anderson or call 218-724-4424, ext. 124. There is no question too small!
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