Wednesday, September 19, 2018
St. John's Youth are going to the LCMS National Youth Gathering
I am excited about the opportunity for youth from our congregation and me to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering next summer. The gathering will be held July 11 through July 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. Students entering ninth grade in September 2019 through age 19 are eligible to attend the event. We will be attending as a group with youth and leaders from Christ Our Savior (Roscoe), St. Andrew (Rockton), Messiah, and perhaps Trinity.
I am asking all of our youth and their parents/guardians to attend a Youth Gathering presentation at St. John's (in the sanctuary) on Sunday, October 14 (the Packers play Monday evening that week). This meeting will begin at 2:00 pm and attendance does not imply any obligation to go to the National Youth Gathering. We simply want to give every family the opportunity to learn more about this life-changing event.
Because I know the impact that these events have on young people, I am committed to making this event possible for every young person who would like to go. We estimate that the total cost per participant will come in at $995.00 - but every participant who takes part in the fundraisers during the course of the next few months will be able to attend for only $25.00. It is not lost on me that our families have many expenses which they need to cover and so my intention is to take the financial barrier off the table. I have taken two previous groups to national youth gatherings and so I can tell you that we will be able to raise the needed funding. The breakdown of the estimated costs is as follows: Registration - $365, Hotel - $220 (4 per room), Food - $180 ($30/day stipend), Transportation - $80 (To + From Minneapolis and Parking in Minneapolis) = TOTAL - $845, plus Out-of-Pocket Costs - $150 (Offering, 5K, Souvenirs, etc.). This brings the TOTAL COST to $995. Our first task is to get young people excited about going.
I invite everyone to please place on your calendar for Monday, January 21 our youth Scoopie Night, to be held at Culver's in Beloit from 4 to 8 pm. Other fundraisers will be announced as they are finalized. We will be doing some fundraising with all of our congregations, some with just St. John's, and some as individual participants.
If you would be willing to contribute to this event, please make your check payable to St. John's and indicate "NYG" in the memo section. I am personally very grateful for your generosity.
In Christ Jesus,