ELCA Youth Gathering: This Changes Everything

June 27 – July 1, 2018
Houston, Texas  

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. The theme of the 2018 gathering is This Changes Everything, based on Ephesians 2:8 – “By grace you have been saved…” Go to www.elca.org/youthgathering to learn more, and join the  Facebook page for Southwest California Synod 2018 Youth Gathering Leaders to stay updated.

Synod Coordinator Janet Renick is our go-to person for questions about planning and preparing for the Gathering, and Another Level Pastor Jonathan Hemphill will serve as the Synod Day Director for Southwest California.


Young Adults in Global Mission
Applications Open through February 15, 2018


Is someone you know interested in a year of international service? The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of partner churches and organizations in one of fourteen countries around the world.


A year of service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program invites young adult volunteers into a journey of service and self-reflection, providing space to consider their sense of identity, God’s work in the world, and their place within it all.


Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homeless ministry, addiction recovery, women’s issues and children and youth.


Check out www.elca.org/yagm for more information about the program and to apply online. Applications are due February 15 for service beginning August, 2018. No degree is required. YAGM’s FaceBook page provides snapshots of their varied ministries around the world. Check it out and share the stories




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Email Janet Renick at janetor@aol.com