Big Canoe & Highland Lutheran Parish





National Youth Gathering @ Houston, TX

June 27th - July 1st

Youth who will be in grades 9th – 12th during the 2017-2018 school year are eligible to attend the ELCA 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. This event puts 32,000+ ELCA (and other Evangelical Lutheran churches around the world) youth and adults in one city for 5 days. Every person finds encouragement and sees life experience with their own eyes that there are so many kids who share their beliefs, no matter where in the globe they come from.


You might be asking, "If this event happens every three years, how can it be once-in-a-lifetime'?" There are two reasons. The first is because this event happens every three years, most youth are only eligible once in their High School career. The second reason is that this Gathering is unlike any the ELCA has hosted. Since the inception of the Gathering (1980-something or other, even I'm too young to remember), the format has been roughly the same: one week; daily large group gatherings (with all 32,000 participants in a stadium singing, hearing speakers, hearing a bible lesson; chances to explore the host city; an interaction center for exploring and networking with peers and opportunity for service in and around the host city).


The dates of this event are June 27th – July 1st, 2018. I know it seems like an eternity away, we haven't yet reached September. We need to begin planning our trip now. We need to register in-between September 15th to October 31st. Here is the information about the gathering.


First, the total cost for each person that is going on this trip is $1000. However, Big Canoe Luther League is dedicated to help in the spiritual growth of the youth that the church is paying half for each person. That means each person needs to pay $500. We are asking for non-refundable deposit of $250 from each person before Sunday, October 29th, which leaves about $250 to pay by each person or by helping in fundraising programs through the rest of the year. What are you paying for is: registration, transportation, lodging, meals, shirts, and activities. However, each person should bring some spending money for snacks, souvenirs, or etc (about $50 to $100).


More information about the hotel we are staying at and the schedule will come from the National youth gathering office in the month of March and we will pass that information onto you.


Finally, please check out the Gathering's website: for lots of preliminary

information directly from the ELCA. However, if you have questions, please feel free to talk to me.














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Highland Lutheran Church is located about 4 miles north of Highlandville and 7 miles southwest of Spring Grove.

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