2016 Gathering

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Learn more about:
2016 Highlights
Young Adult Track
Small Groups
Service Projects

Penny Offering
Worship
Peer Ministry
Recreation & Skillshops

In-Kind Items Needed
Save Your Pop Tabs!
Packing Basics

Get Fired Up for Gathering!

The Gathering is an opportunity for groups of high school aged youth and young adults age 18-25 to experience four days of faith formation, service, leadership and community. Convening for its 34th year, The Michigan Gathering offers participants an opportunity to experience meaningful worship, engage in small groups, serve others, grow in faith, and have a blast!

Participants have opportunities to be small group leaders, serve as peer ministers, lead worship, make a difference in the world through service, and form intentional faith-filled community!

The Gathering will take place at The Lansing Radisson and the Lansing Center located at 111 N. Grand Ave in Lansing, MI.

2016 Event Highlights

  • The focus this year is on faith and YOU. We’ll spend time exploring who we are as individuals, as a community, and as children of God. Participants will lead in new ways, including speaking from stage!
  • Our tradition of a day of service in the greater Lansing community continues in 2016.
  • Our Young Adult track for participants age 18-25 (post-high school) is offered again this year! Invite your friends!

    Cost – Registration Opens in September

  • $155.00 if registered by November 16th, 2016 (includes a free t-shirt)
  • $180.00 if registered after November 16th, 2016 (does not include a free t-shirt)

    Young Adults Welcome!

    Young adults age 18-25 are also welcome to register & attend The Gathering in 2015! Programming for the Young Adult Track will intersect 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, and house with other young adults in The Radisson.

    Small Groups

    Perhaps the most intimate part of Gathering is Small Groups. Participants are assigned to Small Groups at registration and meet regularly throughout the event. Each session is a mix of icebreakers, games, thematic discussions, scripture, and story telling. Small Groups provide a time to emotionally and socially engage on a deeper level at the Gathering.

    We are looking for youth who want to lead (no experience required) and adults that want to support the youth who wish to lead. Contact Melissa Bugai via phone or text at: (616) 443-1941 or email at melissa@bugai.net.

    Sign-up to be a small group leader!

    Options for training sessions include:

  • November 12, 2016 • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Portage, MI
    (1747 W Milham Ave, Portage, MI)
  • November 19, 2016 • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dearborn
    (21915 Beech St, Dearborn, MI)
  • December 3, 2016 • 11:00 am to 3:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland
    (3701 N. Jefferson Ave, Midland, 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. We will be Christ’s light in the world for an afternoon as we fill Lansing with youth who are willing and eager to serve. We will be meeting up with some elderly folks to play cards and visit. We will serve local people, bringing them back to the Lansing center for an awesome party. We will serve food at shelters, help with the VA and much more!

    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. To communicate any special needs, please contact Nicole McCarthy at nicole@elcalivingwater.com

    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 your 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 (youth leaders), each worship experience is uniquely crafted to tie into our theme and with the goal that we grow in faith together. Youth led worship bands will lead us in song while mentored participants will deliver most of the messages at each worship. Pastor Lindsey Anderson will also help weave a common narrative connected to our curriculum through each worship, playing off of what each of our mentored youth speakers share.

    Peer Ministry

    “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, to the glory of God.” [Romans 15:7] You, brothers and sisters, have the power of God to transform lives through simple acts of love. Join the team! If you have participated in Bridge Builders or peer ministry training, you may serve. Plus, anyone can attend a peer ministry training lockin session and serve as a peer minister at Gathering. All peer ministers must attend one of the lockin sessions listed below. Peer Ministers are also encouraged to attend a small group training. Youth and Young Adults are invited to serve as Peer Ministers.

    Contact Nicole McCarthy at nicole@elcalivingwater.com.

    Sign-up to be a peer minister!

    Options for training sessions include:

  • November 11-12, 2016 • 7:00 pm to 11:00 am
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Portage, MI
    (1747 W Milham Ave, Portage, MI)
  • November 18-19, 2016 • 7:00 pm to 11:00 am
    St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dearborn
    (21915 Beech St, Dearborn, MI)
  • December 2-3, 2016 • 7:00 pm to 11:00 am
    Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland
    (3701 N. Jefferson Ave, Midland, MI)

    Recreation & Skillshops

    Skillshops (worskshops) will be centered on our theme of Younity. Participants will be given opportunities to learn new skills and have new experiences that will help them dig deeper into their personal gifts, using them to make an impact 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, and a Living Water Ministries campfire. Pick-Up-Game sports and other activities will also be available.

    In-Kind Items Needed

    Our goal is to assemble approximately 500 hygiene kits for foster care campers, and families suffering from homelessness. Please bring shampoo, conditioner, soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and combs. We’re also collecting fleece to make hats. Bring lots of fleece!

    Save Your Pop Tabs!

    Please save and bring your pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

    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!