“Day One” 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

Day One Highlights • 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

 –        Buses loaded on time!! Prayer and blessings offered

–        Off we go…like a…

–        Stop in Fargo for supper (McDonalds, Wendys, or Subway) and to pick up one more student from Trinity in Bismarck.

–        Evening stop for a bedtime snack at a truck stop somewhere in South Dakota.

–        Attempt made multiple times with great effort to sleep on the bus. Some succeed. Some do not.

–        Breakfast in Columbia, Missouri (McDonald’s).

–        Spent the day at Six Flags St. Louis. Feels like temperature average near 100 degrees which allowed for many trips down waterslides and hanging out in the wave pool.

–        Batman, The Boss, and Ninja rollercoaster conquered by nearly everyone on the trip.

–        Maddy Lund & Mike Jacobson like Iced Animal cookies.

–        The St. Louis Arch looks pretty at night.

–        Next stop, Swamp Tour in New Orleans, Louisiana!

–        Keep Pastor Joel Samuelson from House of Prayer in prayer. He was admitted to a hospital early this morning in St. Louis. He hadn’t been feeling well for a few days and continued to get worse. We offer prayer that he is feeling well and on his way home soon.

Check out a little video highlight of the day by clicking here – http://youtu.be/Vk4QtP4ZSl8

About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

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