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Youth & Family Ministry E-bulletin March 1, 2019

News & New Opportunities

Synod Youth Conference:

Registration is open for the 2019 Synod Youth Conference (Together 2 Gather) to be held in June at Wittenberg University during Synod Assembly. Middle School through High School students will arrive Friday evening and stay through Saturday. For details and/or to register Click Here.

Bishops Meet & Greet:

Mark Your Calendars for the biennial Bishops Meet & Greet. The Meet & Greet is an opportunity for paid youth staff and volunteers to get together to hang out with the Bishop and each other for a couple of hours. There will be two opportunities this year.

Thursday December 5th from 9:45 am to 1 pm at the Procter Center, London, Ohio (5 miles off Interstate 71). Lunch included or

Thursday December 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Synod office. Refreshments provided.

No need to RSVP right now...just save the date.

Two March Children's/Youth Ministry Clusters:

  • Thursday March 14th from noon to 2 pm at Christ, Bexley. It's BYO lunch
  • Thursday March 21st at noon at the Olive Garden in Middletown, Ohio

(note: volunteer and paid staff are both welcome)

Something More Event:

Saturday March 16 from 10 to 2 pm at Veil at Lord of Life, West Chester.

Something More is for your High Schoolers who wish to go deeper with their faith. Sign up online at Questions? Contact Mary Ellen at w: (513)683-4244 c: (513)378-1378


Camp Mowana update: Click Here

LOMO Newsletter of Opportunities: Click Here

March 10: Maple Syrup Festival at LMC: Click Here

March 22-23: Confirmation Retreat at Mowana: Click Here

April 5-6: First Commnion Retreat at Mowana: Click Here

Sparkhouse: A discussion for youth on Salvation: Click Here

Vibrant Faith has a lot going on these days. If you have a moment check out their offerings: Click Here

Barna: The Tech-Wise Family Click Here

High School Connect:

Reserved Spots? You will be receiving an individualized email from Gary by mid-next week  

The Nexus Institute:

Then, Don't Forget: The Nexus Institute June. 23-28, 2019. It's Free (once you get to Des Moines). Contact Gary for details, for personal insights to the experience, to be placed on an interest list and/or go ahead and visit: The Nexus Institute





Everything below this line is for new folks and/or

those looking for easy links to ELCA resources


Good Stuff From Churchwide...

From Pastor Janelle Rozek, our ELCA Program Director for Ministry with Children:

She curated a website with children and youth ministry resources called

And has resources for you! Including to answer Matt Short’s question…Any leads for Sunday school resources that empower kids and parents to do the learning at home?

(*All of the below resources can be found on

Storypath –A resource out of Princeton and ties elementary aged books with the lectionary.  An email comes out weeks in advance and parents can usually find the books at their local library. The email gives a brief summary of what the book has to do with the lectionary texts.

Frolic@Home:  Parent-focused curriculum to build community and extend faith from church to home

Building Faith Brick by Brick:  A book with OT and NT stories that parents can talk about with their kids while building lego stories

Francis and Friends:  A video for kids about faith and creation care written by an Episcopalian who has served Lutheran congregations.

Here are some more you can see at her website:  Illustrated Children’s Ministry, Milestone Ministry, Faith Five and Vibrant Faith@Home

Janelle can be reached at:




Sparkhouse offers multiple webinars every week

during the school year

Click Here

 Sparkhouse: sparkhouse develops faith formation resources for children, youth, and adults. They strive to spark new life in Christian communities through imagination and collaboration. Click Here to get to their main site or to see their new confirmation material: Click Here 


Goings On At 

Vibrant Faith logo


Visit Here For The Latest



And FYI, Youth Ministry Links...

Become aware of these ELCA Youth Ministry offerings...

The ELCA offers us much. Below are few ways our denomination helps us out at the Synod and Congregational level.


The ELCA Youth Ministry Network 

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is a major part of our church. Here is their Mission Statement...

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network exists to strengthen and empower adult youth ministry leaders in service to Christ as a part of God's mission. 

They are a dues paying membership organization and are worth checking out.

Click Here for More Information 



Standard ELCA Links & Information


The Christian Education Network Of the ELCA (Formerly LACE)


ELCA Resources Home Page: Click Here 


Good Gifts: Click Here 
Malaria Campaign: Click Here

World Hunger Products: Click Here

Faith & Spirituality Products: Click Here

Global Mission Resources: Click Here

Social Issues Resources: Click Here

Stewardship Resources: Click Here

Young Adult Ministry Products: Click Here

ELCA Merchandise: Click Here


ELCA World Hunger Resources

The ELCA World Hunger Folks have some great resources including service learning guides, brochures, and various action campaigns to choose from. THESE ARE REALLY GOOD RESOURCES!

Click Here For Details




There are great resources at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network website for all stages of ministry with family and youth and it is free to you at Martin's List. Requires Membership to the ELCAYMNetwork.  



Lots of people and churches have been posting job opening, descriptions with the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. Please remember that the Network also has an updated service on the Network website to post positions, job descriptions, and contact information. Click Here 

Requires Membership to the ELCAYMNetwork.



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