Monthly Archives: July 2012

“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 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 –


“Day Four” 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

Day Four Highlights • 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering

–        Breakfast together at Veranda Restaurant

–        Practice Justice Day

  • Large gathering in LutherDome learning a little about what justice is and how we are called to live it out in the world today
  • Attended a Cultural Event in a local high school called “The Origin of Life” that interpreted the Creation Story from west African tribes.
  • Walked through this experience with a group of students and adults from a church in South Carolina.
  • Part of living out justice in our faith is appreciation and respect for other cultures and traditions. We spent a little time reflecting how the interpretation we saw in the play was similar and/or different from the two creation accounts that Christians share in the first two chapters of the book of Genesis.

–        Quick stop for a bite to eat at the world famous New Orleans restaurant, McDonald’s

–        Ran to Walgreens for umbrellas and ponchos. It was raining – again… J

–        LutherDome Night Two with seats almost at the ceiling of the dome

–        Powerful message from Bishop Mark Hanson and Shane Claiborne tonight

–        Devotions to close the day

–        Tomorrow is “Practice Discipleship” day

Check out the video highlights of the day by clicking on this link –