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Youth & Family Ministry E-bulletin September 1, 2017

It's September!

Good time to double check that the youth & family e-bulletin is getting to the right folks within your congregation. Feel free to forward or contact Gary with email address updates.

Then, here's some new stuff...

There are two Bishop's Youth Ambassador sessions on the calendar:

  • Sunday February 4, 2018 from 12:30 to 3 pm at Epiphany, Pickerington

  • Sunday March 18, 2018 from 3:30 pm to 6 pm at Trinity, Marysville

Consider bringing your group to learn about "Churchwide" before heading to Houston. Open to all. Sessions are identical.


Youth Ministry Clusters: All cluster meetings are open to all

  • Central: Thursday September 14th from noon to 2 pm on the 3rd floor at Trinity Seminary. Trinity to provide a pizza lunch
  • South & West: Thursday September 21st at noon at the Olive Garden in Middletown

Need an evening cluster? Just ask


Next, Check out these ELCA Global Links and we have four students from the Southern Ohio Synod spending a year with ELCA Global Missions. Interested in having your youth connect with a short-term missionary? Feel free to contact any of the following...


Then from Vibrant Faith: How "Generation Z" Views Faith

and for the new Milestone Options: Click Here

And as if you need a reminder...Gathering Registration opens in two weeks

Note: There are two more fall informational meetings on the calendar.

  • Thursday September 7: Youth Gathering Informational Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. John's, Vandalia
  • Wednesday September 13: Youth Gathering Informational Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Good Shepherd, Cincinnati


And Finally, Gary visited 30+ churches over the summer months. He promised a lot of things to a lot of people. He thinks he followed through on everything he promised. :)  

If you have not yet received information from him that you are expecting please zip him an email reminder. Thank you!


 Youth & Family Ministry Synod Calendar

September 7: Youth Gathering Informational Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. John's, Vandalia

September 13: Youth Gathering Informational Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Good Shepherd, Cincinnati

September 14: Youth Ministry Cluster at Trinity Seminary

September 15: Youth Gathering Registration Opens (Early Bird Rate)

September 19: ELCA Educational Network Facebook Party 9 pm (Featured Guest: Gary Pecuch)

September 21: Youth Ministry Cluster at Olive Garden, Middletown

September 29-October 1: LOMO Families Helping Families Event

October 6-7: Confirmation Retreat at Camp Mowana

October 8: Apple Butter Festival at Lutheran Memorial Camp

October 12: Youth Ministry Cluster at Trinity Seminary

October 13-14: Faith-In-Fun Retreat at Camp Mowana

October 20-22: High School Retreat at Camp Mowana

October 23-25: Renew Retreat at Lutheran Memorial Camp

November 2-5: ELCA Youth Summit in Houston, Texas

November 9: Youth Ministry Cluster at Trinity Seminary

November 16: Youth Gathering Registration (Regular Rate Begins)

December 1-3: LOMO Family Advent Retreat

December 7: Bishop's Meet & Greets

  • A Daytime session at Procter Center from 10:30 am to 1 pm (Lunch Provided)

  • And an evening session at Synod Office from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Snacks Provided)

Meet & Greets are a chance for those in youth ministry (both paid and volunteer) to spend some social time with the Bishop. We will start gathering RSVP's in October.

December 14: Youth Ministry Cluster at Trinity Seminary

Then in 2018:

January 12-14: The Middle School MiX at Lutheran Memorial Camp

January 16-18: The Rostered Leaders Conference

January 20: Something More Session I at Epiphany, Dayton 10 am to 3 pm

January 26-28: Confirmation Retreat at Lutheran Memorial Camp

January 26-29: The Extravaganza in Houston, Texas

February 2-3: The Capital Bowl (7th through 12th Grades) at Capital University

February 4: Bishop's Youth Ambassador Program Epiphany, Pickerington

February 9-10: Something More Session II (Place TBD)

February 16: Youth Gathering Late Registration Fee Begins

February 16-18: Confirmation Retreat at Lutheran Memorial Camp

March 2-4: Campus Ministry High School Retreat at Camp Kern

March 11: Maple Syrup Festival at Lutheran Memorial Camp

March 17: Something More Session III 10 am to 3 pm Good Shepherd, Cincinnati

March 18: Bishop's Youth Ambassador Program Session 3:30 to 6 pm at Trinity, Marysville

April 13-14: Confirmation Retreat at Mowana

April 15: Free Day at Camp at Mowana

May 6: Free Day at Camp (Lutheran Memorial Camp)

May 13: Mother’s Day Lunch at Camp Mowana

May 15: Youth Gathering Registration Closes---All Payments Due

June 24-27: MYLE

June 24-27: The tAble

June 27-July 1: Youth Gathering



Everything below this line is for new folks and/or

those looking for easy links to ELCA resources




Sparkhouse offers multiple webinars every week

during the school year

Click Here

 Sparkhouse: sparkhouse develops faith formation resources for children, youth, and adults. They strive to spark new life in Christian communities through imagination and collaboration. Click Here to get to their main site or to see their new confirmation material: Click Here 


Goings On At 

Vibrant Faith logo


Visit Here For The Latest



And FYI, Youth Ministry Links...

Become aware of these ELCA Youth Ministry offerings...

The ELCA offers us much. Below are few ways our denomination helps us out at the Synod and Congregational level.


The ELCA Youth Ministry Network 

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is a major part of our church. Here is their Mission Statement...

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network exists to strengthen and empower adult youth ministry leaders in service to Christ as a part of God's mission. 

They are a dues paying membership organization and are worth checking out.

Click Here for More Information 



Standard ELCA Links & Information


The Christian Education Network Of the ELCA (Formerly LACE)


ELCA Resources Home Page: Click Here 


Good Gifts: Click Here 
Malaria Campaign: Click Here

World Hunger Products: Click Here

Faith & Spirituality Products: Click Here

Global Mission Resources: Click Here

Social Issues Resources: Click Here

Stewardship Resources: Click Here

Young Adult Ministry Products: Click Here

ELCA Merchandise: Click Here


ELCA World Hunger Resources

The ELCA World Hunger Folks have some great resources including service learning guides, brochures, and various action campaigns to choose from. THESE ARE REALLY GOOD RESOURCES!

Click Here For Details




There are great resources at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network website for all stages of ministry with family and youth and it is free to you at Martin's List. Requires Membership to the ELCAYMNetwork.  



Lots of people and churches have been posting job opening, descriptions with the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. Please remember that the Network also has an updated service on the Network website to post positions, job descriptions, and contact information. Click Here 

Requires Membership to the ELCAYMNetwork.