A special thank you to all of our youth leaders and DCE's who helped make OK'D in Christ a huge success. It was a blessing to have so many congregations and youth represented at the 2018 gathering. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019! We are tentatively planning a one-day event for Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the OKC area. Please contact DCE Lindsey Duerr at Holy Trinity-Edmond for more information.
JOY News and Updates:
JOY 2018 will be October 12-14, 2018 at Camp Lutherhoma in Tahlequah, OK. This event is open to junior high youth and friends in 6th-8th grade. This year's theme is "I Believe."
Registration Prices for JOY: Due by September 26, 2018, you may register for the full price after this date; however, you WILL NOT receive a t-shirt.
A participant is a youth or adult from a congregation. All participants from a congregation must register for the same type of cabin.
$125.00 per participant for Summer Cabin two-night stay
$145.00 per participant for Pine or Aspen Retreat Cabin two-night stay *Limited space
$75.00/95.00 per LCMS congregation guest participant depending on group cabin choice (non-church member friend of youth who has not attended previously)
To register visit www.lutherhoma.com and go to the Account Login button.
There will be more information and directions on how to register as a group.
You can mail payment to: Camp Lutherhoma/JOY, PO Box 1672, Tahlequah, OK 74465
Your local youth leaders will be meeting soon to plan fall and winter regional events
C.L.A.S.S. Student Leadership Experience:
The Oklahoma District Office of Youth Ministry is partnering with Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska for a brand new student leadership experience!
AT THE FIRST ANNUAL CONCORDIA LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE SUMMIT (C.L.A.S.S.) WE ARE PARTNERING WITH CHURCHES IN THE OKLAHOMA DISTRICT TO EQUIP & DISCIPLE YOUR STUDENTS & HELP THEM DEVELOP AS CHRISTIAN SERVANT LEADERS IN YOUR CONGREGATION & COMMUNITY.
Mark your calendars now for the 2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering!
What is the LCMS Youth Gathering?
Held every 3 years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering (Gathering) provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.
During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service and fellowship with others from across the synod. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, MO.
When and where is the next gathering?
The next LCMS Youth Gathering will be July 11-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN. Registration will open in Fall 2018.
Who can attend?
The LCMS Youth Gathering’s primary focus is for youth participants between the ages of 14 to 19. To register for the 2019 Gathering, youth participants must meet ONE of the two following eligibility requirements:
– Must be 14 years old at the time of the Gathering (July 2019)
– Entering his or her ninth grade year at the time of the Gathering. (August 2019)
While we do allow students from the ages of 14 to 20 to attend, please keep in mind that some of the program content may not be relevant to older youth participants.
We suggest that students who are 19 and older, one year out of high school, or have been to at least one previous Gathering apply to be a Young Adult Volunteer. (Application process opens July 11, 2018)
Gathering Registration Information:
Registration information is available online (www.lcmsgathering.com/Attend). Data entry for online registration begins September 5, 2018.The Gathering registration fee is $365 per participant through March 1, 2019 or $400 following March 1, 2019. This fee covers all Gathering program and LCMS Youth Ministry administrative costs; participant items such as the Gathering Bible, backpack, and Post-Gathering DVD; and secondary insurance of all participants. Hotel, travel, and meal costs are not included in the registration fee.
July 11, 2018 YAV Application Process Opens
The online application process for those interested in serving as Young Adult Volunteers is open at www.lcmsgathering.com/YAV. Those aged 19-25 years old and one year out of high school are encouraged to apply.
September 5, 2018 Online Registration Opens– You may begin inputting your groups info
Download the Youth and Adult Participant Worksheets at www.lcmsgathering.com/Attend (coming summer 2018) and give them to potential participants. Use the worksheet information to complete the online registration. Data can be entered into the registration program starting today. Forms may not be mailed to the Gathering Office before registration opens on October 17, 2018
October 17, 2018 Registration Begins– Postmark Date
Gathering registration takes place online on a first come, first serve basis. After completing the online registration process, the Primary Adult Leader will:
1) Follow the available instructions to print the appropriate forms (Pastoral Affirmation Form and Registration Account Form)
2) Acquire signatures where required
3) Complete Special Needs Form, if necessary
4) Mail forms and required deposit to the Gathering Office