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					National Youth Gathering - 2010 - New Orleans, LA - July 17-21
What is the Purpose of
the National Youth Gathering?

The National Gathering is one of the major projects of the Youth
Ministry Office of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

The Gathering carries out the vision of Youth Ministry by providing
opportunities for young people and adults to boldly come together
in the name of Jesus Christ to proclaim, celebrate, and witness
their salvation through Him, rejoice in the fellowship of their
church and be affirmed and nurtured in their lives as God’s people
through Word and Sacrament.

Youth Gatherings provide an arena to raise the visibility of youth
ministry within The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.




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Gathering Theme ~ WE BELIEVE
 
We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with many
different messages . . .

So how do we know what messages we should listen to? How do we
know what we really believe?

In God's Word, we find this statement in John's Gospel:

         “But these things are written that you may believe
         that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
         and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
         John 20:31




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WE BELIEVE ~ A Program with Purpose

At the 2010 National LCMS Youth Gathering, we'll be focusing on
these words. We'll look at what we believe and at what that means
for everything we do.

We'll LOOK…
…and see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
We'll LISTEN…
…and hear the words of the Word made Flesh whose words are
spirit and life.
And we'll LIVE…
…because we have been given life in Jesus' name to love others as
He first loved us.




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TRACKS at the Gathering!

During the Gathering we will explore what WE BELIEVE through a
track system that allows you to experience all the Gathering has to
offer.

Program tracks involve you in learning that is rooted in the Word
and our Lutheran identity. Moving in a smaller group, roughly 1/3
of the Gathering body, everyone will connect with each of the three
tracks during the days of the Gathering.

At the time of registration confirmation, your congregation
will be provided with your program track schedule.




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TRACKS Include LOOK, LISTEN, & LIVE
LOOK experiences center us on seeing what God has done for us in
Christ, and how that changes our lens for the world around us and
for eternity. LOOK includes a variety of hands-on learning
opportunities.

LISTEN experiences take place in groups of 50 to 5,000, where you
will connect with a variety of presenters, workshop leaders, and
music/arts performers. Presenters will take the themes and apply
them to our Lutheran faith and our daily lives.

LIVE experiences are opportunities for you to learn by doing. They
include servant event options that will allow many to serve the city
of New Orleans through off-site events or projects in the convention
center




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TRACK Group Schedules

On Sunday at the Gathering, each of three groups will start their
Gathering experience in a different track.

The 3 groups will move through the tracks in this manner:

                  Sunday               Monday               Tuesday

Group 1           LOOK                 LISTEN               LIVE

Group 2           LISTEN               LIVE                 LOOK

Group 3           LIVE                 LOOK                 LISTEN




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Focus of LOOK Track Program Day

LOOK Bible Study Session                9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

LOOK Experiential Center                10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

LOOK Interest Centers                   12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Some Interest Centers may be off-site and others may continuous,
hands-on learning opportunities that can be visited throughout the
day.




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Focus of LISTEN Track Program Day

LISTEN Bible Study Session 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

LISTEN Interest Centers (Speaker Workshops)
                            12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Some Interest Centers will have CONCERTS that begin prior to 12:00,
2:00, and 4:00.




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Focus of LIVE Track Program Day

Off-site Servant Events                 Morning TBD

LIVE Bible Study Session                9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

LIVE (On-site Servant Events) Experiential Center,
                            10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

LIVE Interest Centers 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Some Interest Centers may be continuous learning opportunities that
can be visited throughout the day.




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Bible Study
Bible studies take place Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in each
track.

Additional Bible Study materials will be available via the Gathering
Web site. These Bible Studies will help facilitate study and
discussion before the Gathering, at the Gathering, and after the
Gathering.

Worship Life
In most hotels, Prayer and Praise time will close each day.

Tuesday evening worship service will provide the opportunity to
gather around God’s Word and Holy Communion




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Servant Events
Each participant will be able to serve in some capacity during the
days of the Gathering during the LIVE track.

You can indicate on the Primary Adult Leader registration form if
your group wants to participate in an off-site Servant Event. If yes,
it is assumed your entire group will participate.


Mass Events
Mass events broadcast WE BELIEVE through music, videos, Christ-
centered presenters, and group participation. Each day of the
Gathering, participants will gather as a whole for Mass Events.




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Gathering Registration

• Registration fee is $275 per participant.($100 deposit per person
required at registration)

• Fee covers all Gathering program and DCS Youth Ministry Office
administrative costs, participant item such as the Gathering Bible,
backpack, post-Gathering DVD, and secondary insurance for all
participants.

• Hotel, travel, and meal costs are not included in the registration
fee.

• A congregational family group must include at least 2 youth (and
suggested minimum of 2 adults)




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Gathering Registration

Online registration data entry process begins on September 14 at
12:00 midnight, Eastern Time (11pm Central)

Collect and enter the worksheet information for participants so it is
in the system when registration opens on October 21.

After entering registration data, print the Pastoral Affirmation Form
and the Registration Account Form.
Pastoral Affirmation Form must be signed by a pastor at your
congregation. Registration Account Form verifies the amount your
group commits to for your first payment (deposit or full).

October 21 - first day the packet containing your forms and check
can be postmarked.




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Age Requirements for Youth Participants

The Gathering is intended for high school youth ages 14-19.

Youth participants must meet ONE of the following eligibility
requirements:
• Must be 14 years old at the time of the Gathering
• Entering his/her freshman year in high school
• Not turned 21 by the time of the Gathering

Based on their youth ministry model, each congregation should
consider the addition of 14-year olds to their Gathering family
groups.

Consider outreach! Invite youth friends who may be interested.




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Age Requirements for Adult Leaders
Adult leaders must be 21 at the time of registration and must be
approved by their pastor for their role as Family Group Adult
Leaders.

These leaders are responsible to their group for the care and
nurture of each youth throughout the National Gathering.

Family Group Adult Leaders (FGAL’s) are expected to attend
Gathering activities and participate fully with their group.

All communication between the Gathering office and congregation
will be through each group’s Primary Adult Leader.




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Adult to Youth Ratio
Family Groups are made up of youth/adults in the following ratio:

Number of            Maximum Number         Recommended number
Youth                of Adults              of Family Groups
       2-6                  2                        1
       7-13                 3                        2
       14-20                4                        3
       21-27                5                        4
       28-34                6                        5
       35-41                7                        6
       42-48                8                        7
Beyond seven Family Groups, continue to add one adult for every
six youth. The Gathering adult to youth ratio is established so that
as many youth as possible are able to attend the Youth Gathering.




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Young Adult Volunteer Corps
Young Adult Volunteers play a huge role in making the Gathering a
successful and memorable experience! YAVs serve as role models
for teen participants while working in specific areas of the
Gathering.

• YAVs must be 19-25 years old at the time of the Gathering and at
  least one year out of high school.
• They must have a willingness to serve, as well as a commitment
  to perform specific volunteer tasks.

Application process is open now until January 1, 2010.
Applications and references are reviewed by Gathering staff, and
notification will be made by February 15 for those selected to serve




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Family Groups
A Family Group is the core unit at the Gathering.  It’s the primary
place for learning, growing, sharing, and fellowship before, during,
and after the four-day on site experience.
 
WE BELIEVE will bring tens of thousands of LCMS youth and
adults together for four days of exciting, mass group activity . . .
but it’s the individual participant's experience within a Family
Group that forms the core of a youth’s Gathering experience.
 
Family Groups provide the smaller setting necessary for the
Gathering to have a lasting impact in the lives of participants.
Family Group time provides youth the opportunity to talk things
through and make new discoveries about life in Christ and life in
the Church.




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Family Groups & Adult Leaders are Key
The Gathering is only a catalyst for the real work with your
congregation's young people. 
Adult Leaders must be committed to building strong family
groups. 
 
It's easy for teens to see the Gathering as a four-day, awesome,
great, good time.  Which it is!  But it is the commitment of Adult
Leaders working intentionally with teens in the context of Family
Groups that helps youth carry deeper learning away from the
event.  

The Gathering provides web resources and training models to
assist groups in experiencing the Gathering. *




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Housing Preference Process
Go into the Registration booklet on the web and click on a
Gathering Hotels link to learn more about contracted Gathering
hotels.

• Consider cost, type of hotel, amenities offered, and location.
• Determine what type and how many rooms needed.
       Doubles (4 people per room) Kings (2 people per room)
• Do not put one adult & one youth alone in one room or one bed. 
• Do not put male and female participants in the same room
  (unless married).

Primary Adult Leader indicates the group’s top ten hotel choices on
his or her registration form using the three-letter codes provided in
the registration book.




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Hotel Considerations
Groups will be notified if alternate choices are needed.

Be flexible to actual assignments made and possible budget
impact.

Registrations of groups attempting to book outside of the
Gathering Hotels will not be accepted for the 2010 National
LCMS Youth Gathering.

Booking hotels outside Gathering blocks diminishes the
Gathering’s ability to provide competitive rates to participants.
There are absolutely NO exceptions to this policy.  Regardless of
your ability to find outside housing the Gathering best benefits the
whole by insisting all participants fill the room block contracted.




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How to Determine Your Budget
•   Estimate # of potential youth that might go to the gathering.
•   Calculate how many FGAL’s will be needed.
•   Check out the average cost of hotels from the registration book.
•   Estimate the number of days. Do you need extra days?
•   Compare transportation costs (Air vs. Ground).
          Determine pro’s and con’s of vans, chartered bus or plane.
•   Determine food/meal options.
•   Determine if extra activities will be involved.
•   Cost for District Events & T-shirts
•   Estimate ground transportation costs in New Orleans for arrival,
          departure and special events (if needed).
•   Need to rent a vehicle? Need to pay daily parking?
•   Identify potential sources of funds.
          Church, Foundations, community, other




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Other Financial Issues

How much fundraising can and will be done?
What fundraisers are best options for your youth? Your
 congregation?
How will funds raised be allocated?

When you get to New Orleans, how will you manage the money?
• LCEF offers onsite banking. (See flyer)
• Church checkbook/credit card
• Cash management with the envelope system

There is no Louisiana tax exemption (like in Florida). .
Make sure your church treasurer is your friend. J
Is youth ministry included in your congregation’s budget?




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Nebraska District Options
• District T-shirt (preferences?)

• Charter bus from Seward to New Orleans

• District booth staffing opportunities for your group

• District Event (preferences?)

Watch Nebraska District Website for updates on District plans!
      www.ndlcms.org




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Possible Nebraska District Events
Riverboat Cruise on Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
   July 19 – Board at 10:00 pm and cruise 10:30-11:30 pm
       Includes pop, tea, water, chips, pretzels, and pizza
       Approximate Cost: $26
   Alternative Cruise – Wednesday July 21after the closing event.

Swamp tour and picnic
   Wednesday July 21 (after the closing event)
      60 passenger boats for 1.5 hour tour.
      Gators & wildlife up close.
      Picnic with boxed lunches or barbecue, seafood boil or pizza
      Tour and picnic together approximate cost: $30

Dinner meal Event (before Mass Event) with cajun music
   Approximate cost: $25-$30



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Important Gathering Dates & Deadlines
September 14 – Online registration access opens for data input (do
not mail before October 25)

October 21 - November 4– Priority window for Gathering
registration

January 4 – Registration confirmation for groups accepted to the
Gathering

Early Spring – Primary adult leaders receive Gathering hotel and
daily track assignment

June 1 – Full payment due (for express registration at Gathering
(no payments accepted at Gathering office after this date)




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Recommendations ~ Reminders

• Your congregational ID must be included on all communication
with the Gathering office.
• Check out the website often! Read everything!
• Do not make firm travel arrangements until after Gathering
confirmation is received.
• Follow the guidelines, ratios, deadlines, etc.

• Check www.neworleanscvb.com for info on New Orleans tourist
options. A good source for tours is www.bigeasy.com

• National LCMS Youth Gathering Web site
www.lcmsgathering.com is your best source of information for the
Gathering.




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