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Youth ministry is hard work. We are strengthened personally and professionally when we get together regularly to share our stories, swap ideas, learn from each other and lean on each other.  Make time this month to join in on one of these network opportunities, or have coffee with a youth worker near you!

Duluth Area Network Meetings:
Second Thursday of Every Month, 10:00am
Beaner's in West Duluth
Contact Deb Westerberg for more info.

Brainerd Area Network Meetings:
Second Thursday of Every Month, 10:00am
Caribou Coffee on Hwy 371
Contact Sarah Marshall for more info.
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November 1, 2016

The ELCA Youth Gathering team announces the theme of the 2018 gathering. "This Changes Everything," based on Ephesians 2:8, "By grace you have been saved..."

You can read more about the theme and Gathering here.

The Synod Journey Planning Team met last week to begin plans for the Synod Journey to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering! Tentative dates are June 22 - July 2, 2018. Information meetings will be held Spring 2017. Stay tuned for more details, and start planning for this synod-wide Journey!

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Middle School Gathering 
November 18-19 OR 19-20, 2016
Cragun's Resort, Brainerd
Grades 6-9

The SATURDAY event (Nov. 19-20) of the Middle School Gathering is now full, and registration is CLOSED for NEW GROUPS. If you are already registered for the Saturday event, you may make additions as space allows. Please cont act Marilyn Hull at before sending in additional registrations. 

The FRIDAY event (Nov. 18-19) is still OPEN to new groups and additions until November 7 (or when full)!

Last day to register is November 7th! 
(Additions or new groups) 
Please direct all registration and housing questions to our registrar, Marilyn Hull, at or 218-724-4424, ext. 120. Email is preferred and will get you a quicker response!

Pre-order pizza for your group by  
November 1st! (That's today!!)
Large cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pizzas from Little Caesar's (not Cragun's) will be available for purchase during Hotel Life at 10:00pm. Cost is $6.00 each if you pre-order, $7.00 each for walk-up orders during Hotel Life. Pizzas not pre-ordered are available on a first come first served basis until they are gone. To receive the discount and guarantee the quantity and type of pizzas your group wants, please pre-order pizzas at this link:
by November 1st! Pre-orders will not be available after this date. Please make sure only one leader orders for your congregation!

For more information and to download registration forms, go to:
Lunch and Learn!
"Staying Focused in a Distracting World" 

November 10, 2016  
Duluth, MN 

Register Today!

Come be encourage and equipped by Tiger McLuen, one of the best youth ministry speakers and equippers in the nation! With over 40+ years of ministry in various settings, Tiger brings a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches and offers practical tips and words of wisdom you can take home and immediately use. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Click here for more info, or register today at
(Bonus! Those who attend this Lunch and Learn will receive a secret discount code that will allow you to register for the February 11th Recharge at the Super Early Bird rate after the deadline!!)

February 11, 2017
Duluth, MN 

Super Early Bird   
Registration rates are available until December 15!

RECHARGE is a one-day multi-denominational children's and youth ministry conference that aims to inspire and equip church staff and volunteers in their efforts to share their faith with the next generation. Whether you've a 20 year veteran youth worker, just started volunteering as a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher this year or somewhere in between, Recharge is for YOU!  98% of people say they will attend Recharge again AND recommend it to others. This gathering pulls in a wide range of adults who care about the next generation. For more information, visit:

Wondering About Creation -
Free Webinar!    
November 10, 1:00pm 
Presenter: Brian Peterson

Given the scientifically-oriented culture within which we live and engage in God's mission, we have an obligation to help our young people understand that what science teaches us about the universe is not only comprehensible within the context of faith, but can also nurture a healthy and faithful wonder at what it means to be part of, and stewards of, God's creation.

Watch this FREE webinar live by registering here. The recording of this "Wonder" webinar can be found at the NE MN Synod Discipleship Challenge website the next day - along with other "Wonder" webinars.
Youth Group Opportunities at Augsburg  

Urban Plunge  
Urban Plunge is an overnight, Augsburg student-led, faith-based experience for Middle and High School youth groups. Come to learn about and explore the gifts and challenges of our Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis by connecting with community members and using  The Sermon on the Mount as a guiding message.

Interfaith Bridge Building  
Interfaith Bridge Building is a youth program which draws from our community's rich diversity to foster interfaith relationships. Congregations book a Saturday to explore interfaith work through a Christian lens, visit a local mosque, and engage in conversation with our Muslim partners.  

For more information on these opportunities, visit 

January 20-23, 2017
Louisville, Kentucky   

Join hundreds of youth workers from across the ELCA for renewal, education and networking. The "E" is much more than a conference! It's space to be stretched, it's worship, it's inspiring speakers, it's learning from colleagues across the country, it's sharing your insights with others, it's informative and transformative, it's the annual gathering of ministries and ministers for conversations around children, youth and family ministry. Learn more and register at:

Discipleship Challenge: WONDER

How are you WONDERING together this fall? This year's Discipleship Challenge invites you to WONDER together for at least 10 minutes every time you gather, and we have new resources posted to help you do this! The Practice Discipleship curriculum, Wonder, has been adapted to use as five minute devotions, 10-15 minute discussions, 30-45 minute session, or use the original curriculum for a one hour discussion/study. Webinars from the curriculum can be paused for group discussion as questions are posed. Or use the writer videos to initiate discussion. So many options to WONDER together! Find out more and get these resources at:
Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG) 
June 28 - July 2, 2017
California Lutheran University in Southern California 
For all high school youth in ELCA Regions 1 - 4.
WSYG occurs every three years. There will be mass gatherings with great speakers and musicians; learning and small group experiences; a beach day; immersion experience in Los Angeles; worship that takes you in new directions; and much more!
Registration opens on Oct. 3. $425/person. This price goes up to $460 on January 3, 2017.

More information at: 
Continuing Education Events Beyond Our Synod
Our synod is located just hours away from some of the top youth ministry training in the nation! Click on the organizations below for a complete listing of training opportunities!
Youth Leadership

Offers 3 hour, one day, intensive and certificate programs.


Peer Ministry / Marilyn Sharpe Ministries

Living Room Summit, Peer Ministry Leadership Camps and trainings, Coaching.

Vibrant Faith Ministries
Online learning, coaching. Tons of free resources on the Faith Formation Learning Exchange
You are welcome to copy and use any of the information or writings above for use in your newsletters and other communications.

If you have any questions regarding any of these events, please contact me at the number and addresses listed below.

Catherine Anderson
Coordinator of Youth Ministry


Phone: 218.724.4424, ext. 124
Fax: 218.724.4393