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I often hear tails of horror and grief from other youth leaders about their fundraising trials.  I am very blessed to say that I have tails filled with wonder and amazement. Not so long ago, I even had a kid … Continue reading

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Party in the ELCA

Last week was the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in New Orleans.  It is an annual gathering, “that draws together anywhere from 500-750 adults who work with youth in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the premier … Continue reading

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Word, Publisher, Websites, oh MY! Creating documents for your ministry.

I often joke about the many hats I wear as a youth worker.  These include teacher, mother, nurse, psychotherapist, musician, chef, fundraiser, and graphic designer.  Having no previous design experience I often feel out of ideas when trying to create … Continue reading

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CYFM at Synod Assembly

Today Charlie Germain helped present about this committee and what we do — including a video about Young Adults in the church (Watch the video by clicking here). Charlie also helped announce our 2011 Heart of Ministry Award Recipient — … Continue reading

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Opportunity or Dispair: The Landscape of Youth Ministry Training Event

We live in a fluid world, where things are constantly changing in front of us and it’s hard to keep up.  Yet in the midst of it all, some things don’t change, things like faith formation among young people matters, … Continue reading

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A Few More from Extravaganza

Here’s a few more pictures from the group at YMNet’s Extravaganza. You can see more pictures of the the group of youth workers from across the country (and even a couple from further away) by clicking here.

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Metro NY Synod at the Extravaganza

This week 6 of us from the synod traveled to Kansas City, MO for the ELCA’s Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza. We hope to bring you more details on what we learned and experienced in the next few weeks.

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This summer the congregation sent Joe Cox to the Theological Education for Youth (TEY) Crossroads Event at Gettysburg Seminary.  I finally had the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about it this month.  To begin with, I have … Continue reading

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Christmas Pageant Helps

This past weekend was our annual Children’s Christmas Worship and Pageant (You can see some of the pictures over at Our Saviour’s Web Site). This is my third year in charge of this and while some aspects of it have … Continue reading

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One of the strengths here at my congregation is that we do Advent well.  Our entire congregation knows what the season of Advent is, we celebrate together, the kids talk about how it is celebrated in their homes, and we … Continue reading

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