12 youth (AJ Baxley, Jacob Campbell, Laura Chatmon, Savannah Harvil, Leanne Hightower, Kaila Hoffman, Liesl Kompelien, Sequoya McLendon, Chris Perrault, Micah Stansell, Errick Sturm, Tyler Swenson) and 4 chaperones (Amy Droegmiller, Gayle Harvil, Amy Kompelien, Darrel Sturm) from Saint John Lutheran Church will join 28,500 other Lutherans at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering in Detroit, July 15-19. The event will take place primarily at Detroit’s Cobo Center and Ford Field. Teaching and music will center on the theme “Rise Up Together,” grounded in the Gospel of Mark.
The Youth Gathering for high school-age youth takes place every three years and includes faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play. They will explore and strengthen their faith by studying God’s word, serving their neighbor, sharing Holy Communion in worship, participating in lively faith discussions and broadening their experience of God’s world and diverse communities through travel.
In her sermon on Sunday, July 12, Pastor Katie said, “We are sending them to be immersed in our baptismal life:
to live together in a faithful community;
to participate in daily Bible study, prayer and worship;
to hear thought-provoking speakers and share their own faith;
to learn about inadequate housing and health care, unemployment;
to help restore property by cleaning, repairing, painting, planting;
to work in soup kitchens, food pantries, summer camps.
We send them to be inspired, encouraged, strengthened and connected. We send them to experience that even in the face of death the people of God wrap themselves in God’s promises of life and reach out to raise others up. This is the way we teach our youth to be the church together for the sake of our crazy world.”