19 Days and Counting

Dear Adult Leaders:

Are you and your youth getting excited? The countdown is still on as we are a mere 19 days away from the start of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. This week I just have two items of note.

First, the dinner that was being offered at the DoubleTree for Tuesday, June 26 has been cancelled due to our not being able to reach the minimum number of participants to fulfill the contract with the hotel. I apologize for not being able to make this happen, please begin to look at alternatives for that evenings meal.

Second, we want to hear from your youth:
Both before and especially during The Gathering we are asking you and your youth to share their experiences [while in Houston]. We will be "taking over" the social media of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin during the week of the Gathering and want to share your pictures and experiences. So...

BEFORE THE GATHERING: If you have any pictures of your group "Getting Ready" and engaging with The Gathering themes in the weeks/months leading up to the Gathering please s end them to me via email at scsw.elcayg@gmail.com. Please include your congregation name/city and we will feature some of them online and in "What Matters" over the next two and a half weeks.

DURING THE GATHERING: We want to share your experiences with the synod back home in REAL TIME. So (and I may regret this later), during the week we are in Houston you can TEXT me your photos (make sure you include your church name/city) and BRIEF stories to me at (608) 381-2861. If you have a more detailed story to share you can email it to me as well during the week at scsw.elcayg@gmail.com.

The goal will be flood the synod's social media with images and stories as we share the Good News and the work of the Holy Spirit during the Gathering.

*Please note that any and all images shared may be posted publicly on synod social media channels, the synod website, synod newsletter, and other synod communication tools. Images may also be used in the future as promotion for the Gathering and/or youth ministry by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA.
Finally, a reminder that there is a TON of information on the Gathering website that will help you in planning the who, what, where, when of the Gathering. Click on the links below to learn more and to help you be ready for the Gathering:
**Remember, if you are collecting books for the Blast off For Books campaign and are riding the synod bus you may bring your books to Bethel Lutheran in Madison in Saturday morning, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
As always, I am available by phone or email to answer any last minute questions as we draw closer to The Gathering.

Jason Xiong
Synod Coordinator - 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
(608) 381-2861 - Cell
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
"This Changes Everything"