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Youth

NYG 2016 Wrap Up – Hope is the Anthem of My Soul

  Good morning everyone, Well, it’s all over. We’re sitting here at the Amtrak station in New Orleans getting ready to board the train home to Memphis a couple of hours. Physically, everyone is definitely weary. Emotionally, I would say we are all a little sad while at the same time anxious to get home to our loved ones. Spiritually, our hearts are so full they could burst. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 The final tally is in. Over 25,000 Lutheran children and adults descended on the city of New Orleans for a week of service, education, spiritual refreshment, and communion. 900 backpacks were filled with school supplies for local children. 791 pints of blood were donated to various banks in the local area. 1,000 fleece hats were made for the homeless. 1 house frame was constructed through Habitat for Humanity. 52 Lutheran youths donated their locks to “Wigs for Kids” with cancer. 500,906 meals were packaged for “Feeding Children Everywhere”. In all, over 33,000 hours were spent volunteering in the great city of New Orleans. Even with 25,000 people pulling their weight, these numbers are absolutely staggering to me. The LCMS is an imperfect institution run by sinners…just like every other church body on planet earth. However, I am extremely proud to be a Missouri Synod Lutheran today. Our leaders made an enormous investment in our youth this week

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NYG 2016 Day 4 – Good Junk, Bad Junk…What’s the Difference?

Good morning y’all! WOW, yesterday was jam packed with some amazing music and workshops. The day began with a bible study at the hotel and then we were off to our first full day of events at the Convention Center. The morning workshops included some very unique presentations. The boys and I decided to attend “Star Wars Spirituality” (of course!) in which the Rev. Joel Beyer masterfully used George Lucas’ Universe to teach “Christ Crucified” to the kids. Honestly folks, the man pulled it off! It was emphasized that we were made for another world altogether. The boys and I absolutely loved it. Barbara took the girls to see “The First Rosa” which centered around the story of Rosa Young, the LCMS civil rights champion who planted over 30 churches and elementary schools in the deep south at the turn of the last century. This earned her the title, “The Mother of Black Lutheranism in central Alabama”. You can read more of her incredible story here:  http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1373 In the afternoon, we enjoyed some great music (Crowder!!!) and time in the experiential learning center were there are hundreds of booths with various things for the kids to do and see. The afternoon also held a theology Q&A session, in which our very own Ilyn Lynn got an ovation for getting up and speaking about how and why God allows suffering in this life. She told the audience that trials and tribulations come so that we can be molded to trust in

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Welcome to New Orleans!!! – NYG2016

Greetings in Christ Jesus! We have arrived safely and spent our first night at the hotel. We are all anxiously excited for the week’s events to get started. Yesterday the children patiently awaited a late train and endured a fairly long ride down here. However, they were not phased one bit. They spent almost the entire afternoon on the observation deck lounge area playing cards, sharing stories, having tons of laughs, and making new friends. As we stepped foot on to the lively streets of New Orleans we noticed large banners hung from light posts marking the 2016 LCMS National Youth Gathering. There are church groups everywhere, many of them already donning matching t-shirts. Our favorite of the bunch were cleverly sporting “Vote for Pedro” shirts, of Napoleon Dynamite fame. We had a good laugh about that! In all seriousness, its wonderful to see so many young people here in celebration of what the Lord has done and continues to do in their lives. I believe this entire experience will show our youth that they are not alone in this world. When they finally enter the Superdome on Saturday night and look around at 20,000 other Christian kids from all areas of the country and all walks of life, it’s my prayer that the Holy Spirit moves in them and gives them a sense that they are One in the Body of Christ. “Somehow I have to trust that God is at work in me and that the way I

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Synod ‘Sends’ Missionaries to Ferguson, Brownsville

The Rev. Micah Glenn remembers the day Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo. It was Aug. 9, 2014, a Saturday afternoon, the day after his 30th birthday, and Glenn, a seminarian, had just begun serving his yearlong vicarage in Huntsville, Ala. He also recalls watching on TV the weeks of violence the shooting triggered — the rioting, looting and destruction — and worrying about the safety of his parents, who lived in Ferguson then. And still do. Glenn, too, had lived in that house from sixth grade on, attending public elementary and middle schools in Ferguson and considering himself, at one point in his life, a lot like Michael Brown: a troubled teen with an uncertain future. Now Glenn — who understands Ferguson’s people and their challenges as only a fellow resident can — is beginning his first call as a new pastor: executive director of the Lutheran Hope Center in Ferguson. He and the Rev. Dr. Antonio J. Lopez — who will serve Hispanic people along the Mexican border in Brownsville, Texas — attended orientation June 13-17 at the Synod’s International Center in St. Louis as the church body’s newest U.S.-based missionaries. Click here to continue story on Reporter Online

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Youth Head To New Orleans

This Week, members of Trinity’s Youth will be joining with young Lutheran young people from throughout the Memphis community along with their guests for a trip to New Orleans. Their destination will the the LCMS Youth Gathering, a convocation of young people from across the United States and beyond. The youth gathering is for many, a truly once in a lifetime experience. The week long event gives participants the opportunity to not only grow their faith and understanding of God’s word, but to interact with thousands of other kids, make new friends, a visit vibrant and historic New Orleans. We hope to receive constant updates of our groups adventures and gain a better understanding of what this event means to them and how it will impact their lives. So check back daily to see what they have to report.

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Parents and Kids Enjoy Confirmation Campout

Heidi Shafer reports on the Weekend Campout for the new Confirmation Class and their parents… We had an amazing time to grow together in the Lord.  Our children have already formed into a cohesive class. The great outdoors was a wonderful place to put into context the study of the creation of the universe. We Lutherans believe that the all-knowing God created the world in a structured way, and that He still cares for and keeps that universe going.  We believe that based on the account God gave us in the Bible, starting at Genesis 1:1. Pastor Hatcher opened up our camp out with prayer and a devotion with a clock.  Ask your kids about getting to destroy the clock, and why Pastor let them do it!!  Your child’s spiritual growth will be greater if you will ask him or her questions about what they have learned.  You may find your own memory being dusted off as we explore the words God has given us to let us know who He is.

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