Youth Gathering materials mailed to congregations

Registration materials are being mailed to all Synod congregations for next year’s National LCMS Youth Gathering and the first-time Adult Gathering –- both set for July 28-Aug. 1 in Orlando, Fla.
The mailing also includes a DVD to help congregations and groups plan Youth Gathering bookfor the Gathering.
Online registration opens Sept. 25 at the Gathering Web site,
Mailed-in registration forms postmarked no earlier than Oct. 25 will be processed in a “priority window” that starts on that date, through Nov. 8.  Registration forms postmarked earlier than Oct. 25 will be returned to the sender for remailing.

Youth Gathering registration will continue until March 1, or until a maximum 35,000 participants are registered.  Registration capacity for the Adult Gathering is 2,000 participants.

For more information about the Adult Gathering, including how to promote it in congregations, see the Gathering Web site.  The Adult Gathering is open to participants who are at least 25 years old.
A late fee of $50 will apply for registrations postmarked after March 1.

The registration fee for the 2007 Youth Gathering is $235 –- just $10 more than for the 2004 Gathering, which also was in Orlando.

“The Gathering has worked to keep cost increases to a minimum,” said Rev. Terry Dittmer, director of LCMS Youth Ministry.  “The National Youth Gathering takes its commitment to LCMS youth and congregations [to be good stewards of their dollars] very seriously.”

Gathering registration fees cover all costs for participation in the Gathering, including the Gathering Bible and backpack, and all program administrative fees for LCMS Youth Ministry, the Gathering sponsor.

Congregations that have not received their mailed Gathering registration packets by Sept. 5 should contact the LCMS Youth Ministry office at (800) 248-1930, Ext. 1155.

Posted Aug. 24, 2006

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