Youth E-Chat: February 9, 2021
Dear Friends,

This last weekend was the online Extravaganza. We had 110 leaders from the NE MN Synod and 1750 from across the ELCA participate. The event gave space for leaders to grieve, consider the opportunities God is calling us to, and learn practical tools to help get them there.
Last night one of the tech wizards from the Extravaganza pulled all the words shared in the General Session chat and put them in a word cloud. If you have ever done a word cloud before, you know that it puts the most frequent words as the biggest. Can you guess what the community shared the most? Thanks and Amen.
As I consider those words, here is what I think they are saying that is true for all of us:
Thanks. This has been a relentless year, and the collective trauma we have experienced in pivoting in ministry while caring for youth and families is substantial. It is no surprise to me that the General Session that most impacted people was on “Holding Grief.” Sometimes we don’t know how depleted you are until you stop. But when you do stop, it is important to be together. Even online, this event was community. And through community, the Holy Spirit can best breathe into us hope, love, direction and renew us in purpose.
Amen. As Joe Davis said in one of his videos for the Extravaganza, everything we do is prayer. This event was a prayer for God to move in us, heal us, point us, remind us, love us, forgive us, be with us. God showed up, as God does. It was felt. And the people said Amen. I pray you are finding communities that help you see and experience God showing up and moving you forward.
If you missed the Extravaganza, the recordings of the General Sessions and Workshops will be available to ELCA Youth Ministry Network members in a couple weeks. The membership fee gives you access to many other resources as well.
I encourage you to save the date for the 2022 Extravaganza: February 11-14, 2022. We will gather in person in Minneapolis, and it is expected there will be an online option as well. As you make budget plans for the coming year, I encourage you to make this a line item for your leaders and volunteers.
We are better together, and the Extravaganza is one place I feel that every year. Come, Holy Spirit and gather us so we can continue to move forward. Thanks. Amen.

Together in Christ,
Catherine Anderson
Synod Minister for Discipleship and Christian Community
Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Mental and Spiritual Health:
Tending to Ourselves and Others
February 11, 2021 - 10:30-11:30am

The last year has put church leaders and volunteers on an exhausting rollercoaster of emotions, decisions, changes and challenges. Joy Hensel, Project Consultant for the NE MN Synod Mental Health Initiative, will lead this training to equip ministry leaders with practical skills and tools that will ground you and your volunteers in resiliency and wellbeing for the months to come.

This event is free. No registration required. The training will be recorded and posted for those not able to attend live.

To Join the Training on February 11:
Join by Phone: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 854 1177 6494
Passcode: 543063
Learning Opportunities for Adult Leaders
Faith-Filled Leadership in a Secular Age
Featuring Dr. Andrew Root
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 9am to 12:15pm
This event will be held online. Free, registration required. Sponsored by the NE MN Synod Lutheran Men in Mission and the Lay Leader Network.
Discipling Cohorts Initiative - Reimagined!
Engage in intentional personal reflection on vocation, ministry leadership, and spiritual formation to help you in your ministry!
Summer Camp 2021
Our camps are putting together creative plans to make a week at camp this summer possible, safe and meaningful! Check out the programs offered for all ages at our local camps!

Click here for Camp Sunday resources from Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry
Camp SJ
June 27-29, 2021
Camp Onomia and Camp Vermilion
For Youth Currently in Grades 8-12 and their Adult Leaders
$100 per person

Camp SJ is an opportunity to gather with NE MN Synod congregations to be in community to play together, build relationships, and be deeply rooted in Christ Jesus as we process the year we experienced, naming our grief and being reminded of the hope we have in Christ. The NE MN Synod will provide the curriculum, based on this year's "Deeply Rooted" curriculum and creed. Camp Onomia and Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry will take care of the rest - registration, program structure, safety protocols and communicating with participants. The NE MN Synod is grateful for their partnership to provide this 3-day retreat at an affordable rate so high school youth and their adult leaders can be together safely for a fun and meaningful faith experience!

Mental Health Moment
Network Meetings for Faith Formation Leaders
Every Thursday, 10:30am-11:30am
For Volunteers, Paid Youth Directors, Pastors

Network meetings are a time to resource and support each other in ministry. No registration required.

This week (February 11), Joy Hensel will present to us, "Mental and Spiritual Health: Tending to Ourselves and Others."

Login information: 
Meeting ID: 854 1177 6494
Passcode: 543063​
To join by phone: 312-626-6799
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Catherine Anderson | Coordinator of Youth Ministry | NE MN Synod, ELCA | 218-724-4424