“Day Five” 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

Day Five Highlights – 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

–        Early morning

–        Taylor, Paige, Matt, the Emilies, and Pastor Craig had to be at our worship site by 7:30 a.m. in order to sound check and rehearse quickly before worship. We helped lead worship with Landon and Pastor Jon from Faith and Cory and Nicole from First in Mandan.

–        We worshiped with all of the churches from the western North Dakota Synod who are attending the gathering.

–        Bishop Mark Narum preached and we celebrated Holy Communion together as brothers and sisters in Christ.

–        Spent the remainder of the morning in Bible study and reflection upon the marks or being a disciple – Worship, Prayer, Giving, Encouraging,

–        Lunch at the world famous Popeye’s Chicken restaurant.

–        Spent the afternoon playing games and taking naps at the hotel due to the incredible rain. Check out today’s video to see what 2 inches of rain an hour looks like in the swamp.

–        LutherDome Night Three!

–        Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee about being called as the change the world needs in order to bring peace.

–        The Mass Gatherings each evening are pretty incredible. They have been produced by the same production company and producer that did the halftime show of the 2012 Superbowl. On the Gathering’s website www.elca.org/gathering you can  watch many videos from these events, including the speakers that have offered powerful messages of hope and love for all of God’s children.

–        Click here for today’s video highlight – http://youtu.be/igVj6f5UrgA

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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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