Early on July 13, St. John’s will be sending 15 high school students and 3 adult leaders to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit.
Our students will join tens of thousands of other high school students from around the country for faith formation and service. During this 5-day event our students will have the opportunity to “explore and strengthen their faith by studying God’s word, serving their neighbor, sharing bread and wine in worship, participating in lively faith discussions and broadening their experience of God’s world and diverse communities through travel. “They will do all of this with students from around the country who share their commitment and faith in Christ.
There have been a lot of questions about why this year’s Gathering is in Detroit. The answer is simple. It is where we are needed. It is where we can serve our neighbor. As a church, we are called into the world to serve others and the city of Detroit is in need of our service.
This year’s theme is Rise Up Together. Rise up with our students. Pray for them and the city of Detroit. Consider making a donation to the Gathering, such as sending gift cards with the students to help stimulate the economy in Detroit. For more info: www.elca.org/gathering
We’ll have a sending for the students on Sunday, July 12, at worship. Join us!
Help the City of Detroit
St. John’s Women of the ELCA are collecting disposable diapers, wipes, and gift cards for Target or Walmart to send with the students as part of a way to give back to the city of Detroit. Bring items to worship on July 12 or to the office before then.