“Day Three” 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

Day Three Highlights • 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

 –        New Orleans is HOT!

–        New Orleans is HUMID!

–        New Orleans is FUN!

–        We started the day at the Audubon Zoo followed by an unexpected bus ride through the French Quarter and a quick stop at the Aquarium.

–        Lunch at the Zoo

–        Supper at Champions Square outside of the Superdome (aka Lutherdome this week)

–        Opening night of the Gathering in the dome.

–        The gathering band rocks!

–        AGAPE is a great rapper

–        Rachel Kurtz’s song “Make a Difference” works for the music on our videos and as the theme song for the gathering. Cool, right?!

–        Bishop Mark Hanson got us ready to go

–        Pastor Yehiel Curry stirred the pot of gumbo that includes all of God’s children

–        Bishop Michael Rinehart welcomed us to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA – our host synod

–        Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber helped us remember what being a Lutheran is all about

–        It rained and rained and we couldn’t leave the Lutherdome for a while

–        Eventually we left, even though it was still raining, and sang all the way to the hotel

–        We ordered pizza for a bedtime snack

–        We shared a time of devotion and Centering Prayer. Check out this link if you’d like to join us in devotion time http://www.elca.org/ELCA/Youth-Gathering/Questions-Answers-Resources/Downloads.aspx. The devotions begin on page 44 of the guidebook and we will be doing them each night at 11:00 p.m.

–        Tomorrow is “Practice Justice” day

Click here to see a short video highlighting our day – http://youtu.be/xB2sozYQ8f0

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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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