2017 Gathering

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2017 Theme
Young Adult Track
Small Groups
Service Projects

Penny Offering
Worship
Peer Ministry
Recreation & Skillshops

In-Kind Items Needed
Packing Basics

Get Fired Up for Gathering!

The Gathering is fast approaching and this year’s event returns to The Radisson in Lansing for its 35th year! By utilizing The Lansing Center (connected to the hotel) we’re working to provide great worship settings, small groups, service opportunities, speakers, music, and other experiences that will enrich the lives of high school age youth and young adults age 18-25 in the lower peninsula of Michigan and beyond. Please review the following information to help better prepare you and your group for an experience of Christ’s love and grace.

2017 Theme: Isaiah 58: 5b-11

What does it mean for our lives to truly follow Christ? What kind of change can we bring to the world when we do? How do we nd our voice and the strength to boldly love others, serve others, and walk alongside others in a world that continues to embrace division?

The rebellion we are seeking isn’t rooted in hate or violence. The rebellion we are seeking is rooted in Christ’s Kingdom. In Christ’s Kingdom the sick are healed, the mourning nd joy, the homeless nd shelter, and the oppressed are lifted up. Christ has set us free to be a light to others. This is the rebellion we seek.

Cost – Registration Opens September 1st, 2017

  • $160.00 if registered by November 15th, 2017 (includes a free t-shirt)
  • $185.00 if registered after November 15th, 2017 (does not include a free t-shirt)

    Young Adults Welcome!

    Young adults age 18-25 are also welcome to register & attend The Gathering in 2017! Programming for the Young Adult Track will inter- sect with The Gathering, but also have components specifically designed for the young adult audience. Young Adult participants register
    as individuals and do not require adult leader accompaniment. Young Adult participants will be accountable to the Young Adult Program Manager, house with other young adults in The Radisson, and be expected to participate in all Young Adult programming components.

    Small Groups & Peer Ministry

    Participant leadership is at the core of The Gathering experience. In 2017 there are a variety of ways youth can lead at the event, including being a Small Group Leader and Peer Minister.

    Small Group leaders are assigned to facilitate a small group of approximately 15 peers over six small group sessions throughout the event. Each session is a mix of icebreakers, games, thematic discussions, scripture, and story telling.

    Peer Ministers serve as our youth-led hospitality team and also provide a ministry of listening and presence to their peers who are looking for a place to share their story.

    In 2017 participants can choose to be trained and serve as only a Small Group Leader, or a Small Group Leader AND a Peer Minister. Participants will not be able to serve only as Peer Ministers in 2017.

    To become a participant leader as a Small Group Leader or as a Small Group Leader AND Peer Minister, please sign up to attend one of the trainings listed below:

    Sign-up to be a small group leader or a Small Group Leader AND a Peer Minister!

    Options for training sessions include:

  • November 3-4, 2017 • 7:00 pm to 11:00 am
    Calvary Lutheran Church, Lansing
    6301 W St Joseph Hwy • Lansing, MI
  • December 26-27, 2017 • 4:00 pm to 10:00 am
    Calvary Lutheran Church, Lansing
    6301 W St Joseph Hwy • Lansing, MI

    Service Projects

    We believe that serving is a necessary component of sharing Christ’s love with the world and we are excited to offer it again this year! This year we will also focus on equipping congregations to engage their local communities back home after the Gathering, and deepening our understanding of how we not only serve others but also dismantle systems that create disparities in the world. We will be coordinating service experiences that give participants an opportunity to walk alongside those they are serving.

    If registered before Dec. 6th you will receive information on your service project prior to arrival at The Gathering. Make sure there is a contact email for your adult leaders. Please specify when you register if your group has a means of transportation for the entire group while in Lansing.

    Penny Offering

    Gathering registration scholarships are funded by the annual Penny Offering that takes place at The Gathering. Freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, young adults, and adult leaders compete in an effort to provide this meaningful experience for others. Points are awarded for pennies, and subtracted for other change and bills. Bring pennies to help your team and bring other change & bills to subtract points from other teams!

    Worship

    Worship is at the center of how we build community during The Gathering. Led by our co-conveners (high school age leaders), each worship experience is uniquely crafted to tie into our theme and with the goal that we grow in faith together. Rachel Kurtz and Asé will lead us in song while mentored participants will deliver many of the messages at each worship. Rev. Neichelle Guidry will weave a common narrative connected to our curriculum through each worship as well.

    Recreation & Skillshops

    Skillshops (worskshops) will be centered on our theme of Rebellion. Participants will be given opportunities to learn new skills and have new experiences that will help them understand the rebellion that is Christ’s life, death, and resurrection in order that we may also bring forth a rebellion of faith, hope, and love in the world. Participants can also learn about organizations that they can get involved with as an expression of their faith.

    Each evening participants will have time for fellowship while enjoying recreational activities. A few of the activities this year will include a talent show, a gaga ball tournament, Pick-Up-Game sports and more!

    In-Kind Items Needed

    Our goal is to assemble approximately 500 hygiene kits for foster care campers, and families suffering from homelessness. Please bring full size shampoo, soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and combs.

    NEW THIS YEAR! Bring two items of gently used sweatshirts and coats! This is the only clothing we need and only two per person. We are collecting these in response to the scripture for the event!!!

    Packing Basics

    Bibles, pen or pencil, forms, clothes, toiletries, swim suits, coolers (for food), food or money for eating out, games for congregational time, and a willingness to grow in faith and have fun!