2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Hey Zumbro, We have had a fun filled yet exhausting week in Houston. When we first arrived at our hotel, the rumors of Texas being hot were overly confirmed! After the very long 2 day bus ride we arrived at our hotel, and went swimming in a beautiful pool. On Wednesday, we had an AWESOME …

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This morning was the earliest yet, alarms were set for 5:30am the group left the hotel at 6:30am. We braved the morning humidity for the hour long Metrorail tram ride that took us to NRG park for our service learning day. Our final day of the gathering was the service learning day, where we go …

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Today was Synod Day! Our Synod Day was located in our hotel so it allowed our group to sleep in and enjoy the pool and lazy river. Synod Day is a unique community of Christ, gathering around word, meal, music and conversation with holy moments to reminded us that we belong together and are a …

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Our last day of service was a beautiful day! 80 degrees and sunny in the morning followed by clouds and storms in the evening. Even though our community picnic needed to move indoors, it was a beautiful experience. Our YouthWorks kids prepared and served hundreds of Duluth residents a good dinner. There was also time …

Thursday: last day of service and time to be thankful! Read More »

Today, I woke up and the first thing that crossed my mind was that I needed to drink a bunch of water. Not only was Texas extra hot today but I committed to donating blood. I was nervous because it was my first time donating, but I knew that I have wonderful friends on this …

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Hello there! As I’m writing this, we are patiently waiting for the metro shuttle and enjoying the ELCA community! Today was a great official first day of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering! We started the day off at the Johnson Space Center, a great NASA museum and journeyed to the opening night Mass Gathering at …

Houston, we have landed! Read More »

Who can really say that on their sweet 16 birthday that they rode on a coach bus, with 250 other friends, to arrive in Houston to join 30,000 other friends for the biggest ELCA youth celebration this town has ever seen? Well, Mary Walls can. It was quite a memorable day filled with riding a …

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Our Zumbro and St. Pius youth did amazing work today! We had people at two different nursing homes, a soup kitchen, and the Boys and Girls Club. The kids are being stretched outside their comfort zones by interacting with varieties of people as well as working VERY hard. So this evening it was great to …

A good day’s work and a night on the town! Read More »

Today was a very productive day as work crews traveled to our work sites. Worksites included the Boys and Girls Club, nursing homes, helping in their homes and the local food shelf. Our group (Maya, Jordan, Maggie, Cami and I) spent the morning at a local food shelf. We were working with 3 girls from …

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