ELCA Youth Gathering: This Changes Everything
June 27 – July 1, 2018
Southwest California Synod will be well-represented this summer at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, June 27 – July 1. We currently have 185 youth and adult leaders from our Synod who will be attending this Gathering, along with 8 members who will be serving this Gathering as Servant Corps, which happens once every three years. Nearly 31,000 will be in attendance. The Gathering theme is “This Changes Everything,” based on Ephesians 2:8.
There is also a multicultural youth leadership event in the three days preceding the Gathering called MYLE – we have 26 people attending from our Synod!
Bishop Guy Erwin will also be joining us and leading our Synod Day Gathering, along with Pastor Jonathan Hemphill. We will be joining together in worship that day with Pacifica Synod and Bishop Andy Taylor!
We will also spend a day serving the city of Houston with Hurricane Harvey cleanup, book fairs, library restorations, food pantries and more. Students and leaders will also have the opportunity to donate blood, as well as donate hair to Children With Hair Loss. We are also hoping to collect over 100,000 books in the Blast Off For Books book drive.
Many thanks to the entire Synod for your support and prayers. Prayers for safety, financial resources for everyone attending, as well as for the Gathering Team, would be very much appreciated.
Gathering Synod Coordinator