THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! In June, Trinity Lutheran Church in Meadville, Pennsylvania, is excited to send eight of their youth and two adult leaders to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. At the Gathering, 30,000 high school youth and adult leaders from across the country gather for an important week of powerful faith formation. Over five days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service, and fellowship, our young Lutherans are challenged and inspired to live out their faith in their daily lives. This year's theme is based on the scripture from Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize the freedom they have to serve their neighbor and share the good news. Check out this video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUQuw3mWDeQ
In a continued tradition to support their youth in every way possible, the Trinity Lutheran Church has committed to sending these young ambassadors (Ana, Isabel, Kirsten, Laura, Marlee, Nate, Ryan, and Sophia) to Houston with little financial burden on their individual families. Early in the planning phase for the Gathering, each child and their family agreed to fundraise for a goal of $150 per child attending. Each of the eight youth have contributed to the cost of the trip by working several fundraising dinners. Through their efforts they have raised a total of $1,682 since February. We are so happy to report they have met their goal--and then some!
The remaining cost of the trip to Houston for the Gathering will be covered by Trinity's Youth Fund. This fund is used for many youth activities of our congregation, such as yearly camp scholarships. The cost of sending each youth to the Gathering includes $390 registration, $350 for travel to and from, 3 hotel rooms for 5 nights in Houston, and other incidental costs as they arise. We are asking for your continued support for these amazing youth as they travel to Houston and strengthen their faith. The funds we raise through this crowdfunding page will be used to recoup some of the funds we have taken from our youth fund for the Gathering. It will be reinvested and used to continue to send our youth to these types of foundational events in faith, and build strong Christian leaders for the future.