ELCA Youth Gathering
On July 18th five youth participants and three adult leaders left for their five day adventure to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering. The ELCA Youth Gathering website describes the gathering as follows: “ELCA Youth Gatherings brings youth and adult leaders together around a theme that is integrated into all program components. These components including Bible study, service, worship, focused study areas, experiential learning, special events, dances and tours.” This year’s theme was Citizens with the Saints. The Citizens with the Saints who attended the Gathering were Emma Lewis, Alyssa Sweeny, Ashley Sweeny, Jacques Boudreaux , Chirs Haz,aris, and their adult leaders; Mike Adler, Bonnie Simmons, and Candace Schaedel. Each day the youth were lead in focusing on a different faith practice, peacemaking, justice, and discipleship. On the fifth and final day of the gathering, all 37,000+ participants gathering in the Superdome for Sunday worship with Holy Communion served to each and every person. The unity of the body of Christ was a beautiful way to end the very spiritually developmental week.