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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 Zach Malecha for more info.
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September 7, 2018

"One of my youth group kids is at UMD, homesick, and spending her first Wednesday... ever...not helping at church. Can you connect her to a local congregation?" I was responding to that email from a youth director friend in a different state, when I received an email from a campus pastor friend at NDSU - "Thanks for giving me contact info for your young leader. I can't wait to connect with him!"

This is ministry at its best. Youth don't need us...they need Christ, and they need us to be connected and working together to help them continue on their faith journey wherever they are. We get the privilege of having young people in our lives for a short while before they often go off to other places. How are we equipping them now to be launched? How are we connecting them to their next steps?

Every fall I spend time trying to connect college freshman to campus ministries where they are studying. Did you know that campus ministries don't have access to student information? They rely on youth to find them (yeah, we know well that goes...), or on pastors/youth directors/parents to share contact information with them. There is any easy way to do that here

I am so grateful to our Lutheran Campus Ministries that are ready to catch these young adults when they arrive! And I am grateful for our connected body of Christ that lets us know when one has landed in our midst. This is one of the many reasons we are better together!

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry 
Youth Ministry and Mental Health
October 16, 2018, 9:30am - 3:30pm
First Lutheran Church, Duluth
$10 per person/$20 per congregation 
Includes Lunch and Snacks
The issues of mental health are real and complex, and we need to begin talking about them seriously as a faith community. This coming year we will begin conversations as a synod around mental health and how leaders and the church can care for those in need.
In this first of two synod wide conversations, we will focus on adolescent mental and health and what it means for youth ministry. Joy Hensel will present and facilitate conversations for pastors and youth leaders on the impact mental health issues have on ministry to young people, our role as leaders and the church, the impact on programming, and available resources. All those who work with young people in the church are invited!
For more information and to register, visit
Middle School Gathering
Nov. 16-17 OR 17-18, 2018
Grades 6-9
Cragun's Resort
Registration opens October 1st!
New this year: Registration is all online!!
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Join hundreds of Lutheran youth for a weekend of fun, friends and faith! This year we will focus on the sacraments with speaker Dave Scherer (Agape*), Bishop Tom Aitken and the LYO Board. Hotel life, family time, large and small group activities, and worship are all part of the fun! Cragun's is the place to be the end of November!
For more information and to register:
Fall Theological Conference  
Sept. 23-25, 2018
Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge, Cohasset
For rostered leaders and spouses, synodically authorized ministers and directors of youth & family ministry of the NE MN Synod
The registration date has been extended, and there is still time to register for the Fall Theological Conference! The Rev. Dr. Sarah Henrich will be presenting "The Tyranny of Joy", looking at our call and the Apostle Paul's call, in the midst of difficulties. Where do we find joy, where do we encourage one another in our call?

Click here for more information and to register.
Fall Resource Packet

The NE MN Synod Fall Youth Ministry Resource Packet was mailed to congregations in August. To download a copy, click here
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