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Youth & Family Ministry E-bulletin December 1, 2017

Happy Advent!


1. Don't forget the Bishop's Meet & Greet: Thursday December 7, 2017.

Work with young people in your church? Interested in coming but did not RSVP? Contact Gary at

  • From 10:30 am to noon (followed by lunch) at The Proctor Center 11235 State Route 38 SE, London, OH  43140   OR
  • From 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Refreshments) at The Synod Office 300 S. 2nd Street Columbus, Ohio 43215   


2. The High School Connect (Formally known as the Jacob's Porch Retreat) at Camp Kern March 2-4, 2018 has a few remaining spots. Interested or need information? Contact Gary.


3. The Middle School MiX January 12-14, 2018


4. Something More: (Our Equipping Events) Save the Dates: Jan 20, Feb 9-10, March 17

    Link to the Basic Information

    Link to the Enrollment Form


5. The Bishop's Youth Ambassador Program (Our Educational Events): Two Opportunities. RSVP to Gary. If you are going to Houston consider having your youth attend to get a glimpse of the wider church before next summer.

  • Sunday February 4 at Epiphany, Pickerington
  • Sunday March 18 at Trinity, Marysville


6. Gathering Update:

Synod Gathering Count:  As of December 1st there are 731 registered for the Gathering.

Gathering T-shirt Time Table: Gary will send a link to the see the design early January. Orders can be placed January through Easter. The cost of the t-shirt will be $10.

And, start thinking about how your group may be involved in various aspects of Synod Day...Script Team, Sound, Computer Tech, Greeters, Worship Assistants, Communion Assistants, Stage Managers and an After Team (to help prepare the room for the next group). Feel free to contact Gary in advance of him contacting you.

And then, Spring Youth Gathering Informational Meeting Dates Announced. All four meetings are identical pending any updates that come from the Gathering Office. 

  • Thursday, March 15th 6:30-8:30 pm at Good Shepherd, Cincinnati
  • Tuesday, March 20th 6:30-8:30 pm at All Saints, Worthington
  • Monday, April 9th 6:30-8:30 pm at St. Peter's, Lancaster
  • Saturday, April 14th 10:00 am at St. John's Vandalia


And finally... 

7. A reminder...ELCA 3rd Tuesday Conversations: Click Here


 Youth & Family Ministry Synod Calendar 

December 1-3: LOMO Family Advent Retreat

December 7: Bishop's Meet & Greets

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: The High School Connect 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

March 31: Southern Ohio Synod Youth Gathering t-shirt orders due.

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 

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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.



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