Congregation News May 11
PUBLICITY FOR THE WELL FESTIVAL AT CAMP SEQUANOTA
Visit this link: Well (sequanota.com) for posters, bulletin inserts and other registration information for the Well Festival at Camp Sequanota.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP LAB
With youth ministry becoming more challenging to execute, we need supports for congregations to give students space to grow in faith. Leadership Lab is one of those supports. This is a week-long camp grounded in faith formation and leadership skills. Students can start attending after their 9th grade year, and continue to attend all the way through adulthood. We have 4 distinct levels, lower high school, upper high school, crossroads (college age), life-long lab (23 and up) as well as a youth ministry training tract for lay leaders (adult lab).
We are rooted in Lutheran Theology, have an open door policy, and have staff who have been Safe Gathering trained and background checked. We gather for celebration worship geared for youth, with current music, testimony, messages, hands on interactive tasks, and TED like talks. Students learn and grow with their small group of 10-15 for the week, with their small group guides. They are challenged through team building activities, small group lessons, and discipleship experiences.
The mission of lab is for students to learn leadership skills while experiencing the love of Christ's community. Lab forces students to step away from the distractions of life and really live into God's love. They experience the equivalent of 20 weeks of Sunday morning worship, 28 weeks of weekly youth group, and 14 meals with caring friends and leaders. Our Theme this year is At the Table, we will be looking at the text of Mark 2:1-27 We are the sinners at the table. Who is at the table and who is not, with an emphasis on teaching about the different disciples around the table. Theme text : Mark 2:15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Him and His disciples, for there were many who followed Him.
If you have a student or an adult you would like to send, or you would like your own child to participate please register at Leadershiplab.net, you can reach out to Marissa Metevelis or Doug Dill both located in Grand Canyon Synod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost $275 for up to 2 people from a new church or $400, one free adult registration with 5 paying students. Grand canyon sponsorships are available please reach out to Jacqui Pagel. Location: Rock Island Illinois, travel into any Chicago Airport or the quad cities airport. Once Lab starts all meals and housing is covered. Dates July 23-16, 2023.
LUTHERAN MEN IN MISSION
The Lutheran Men in Mission Newsletter can be found here: LMM 2023 Spring Ambassador Gram
ECUMENICAL AND INTER-RELIGIOUS RELATIONS NEWS FROM THE ELCA
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WORLD REFUGEE ADVOCACY DAY
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) is hosting World Refugee Advocacy Day. More information can be found here: World Refugee Day 2023 | LIRS
SAVE THE DATE: LUTHERAN DAY IN THE CAPITAL
Lutheran Day in the Capitol and 45th anniversary celebration will be held May 9, 2024. Bishop Eaton will be present as we celebrate 45 years of advocacy.
SYNOD ASSEMBLY EVENTS
Sunday, June 11, 4:00 pm:
Synod-wide Pre-Assembly Worship
First Lutheran Church (1401 12th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601)
Reception will follow. All are invited to attend
Tuesday, June 13, 6:00 pm:
Bible Study #1 “Christ Unites Us” with Churchwide Representative Kristen Opalinski via Zoom
All are invited to attend
Thursday, June 15, 6:00 pm:
Bible Study #2 “Christ Unites Us” with Churchwide Representative Kristen Opalinski via Zoom
All are invited to attend
Saturday, June 17, 8:30 am
Allegheny Synod Assembly (in-person event)
Blair County Convention Center (1 Convention Center Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602)