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Middle School Gathering:
Last day to register is November 10!
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All additions/ registration must be postmarked November 10. Contact Marilyn Hull with registration and housing questions!  
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Middle School Gathering
Free Webinar!
Discipleship Challenge
VLM Events
New Cert School
Continuing Ed Events - More New Events!
Synod YM Calendar
November 2014
21-22: Middle School Gathering
22-23: Middle School Gathering

January 2015
30 - Feb. 2: Extravaganza, Detroit

February 2015
15: LYO Applications Due
27 - March 1: Cardia Deo

July 2015
11-20: The Synod Journey

Outdoor Ministries
in and around
NE MN Synod
Encourage your young people and families to go to camp next summer!

Camp Amnicon

Camp Onomia

Luther Crest Bible Camp

Luther Park Bible Camp

Voyaguers Lutheran Ministries

Wilderness Canoe Base

Journeys(Listing and links for all ELCA Outdoor Ministries) 
ELCA Youth Gathering Links

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Get Networked!

Youth ministry is hard work. We are strengthened personally and professionally when we get together regularly to share our stories, swap ideas, learn from each other and lean on each other.  Make time this month to join in on one of these network opportunities, or have coffee with a youth worker near you!

Duluth Area Network Meetings:
Second Thursday of Every Month, 10:00am
Beaner's in West Duluth
Contact Deb Westerberg for more info.

Brainerd Area Network Meetings:
Second Thursday of Every Month, 10:00am
Caribou Coffee on Hwy 371
Contact Stacy Johnson for more info.
Cert Schools
Sponsored by Trinity Lutheran College  Certificate in Children, Youth & Family Ministry The 3-week program is open to staff, pastors, and volunteers looking for in-depth training in congregational ministry leadership. Find details at

Sponsored by
Vibrant Faith Ministries and Wartburg Seminary
This week-long training experience is supplemented by five weeks of online training. For dates and more information please contact Jim LaDoux at 877-239-2492 or click here.

Sponsored by
Youth Leadership 

This two year program covers the key areas of youth ministry leadership with a personal component that will help you grow as a leader in your particular context.

For more information, click here.  
November 9, 2014

Crosses of all shapes and sizes are showing up at the synod office to pass on to participants at this year's Middle School Gathering! We also encourage congregation members to share a personal note on what it means to you that you are a child of God. What difference does your identity as achild of God make in your daily life? How does it change how you approach life - family, work, activities, free time, conflicts, relationships, celebrations - everything! These are good questions for us to ask ourselves every day...and a gift to middle school youth as they find their footing in the world!

More information on the crosses and notes, including templates you might use for the notes, can be found at  


Together in Christ,  

Catherine Anderson 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Middle School Gathering
November 21-22, 2014 OR
November 22-23, 2014 
Grades 6-9,  
Cragun's Resort
Speaker: Dave Scherer (Agape)
Last day to register is November 10 or when event fills! 

Do you have a registration or housing question? Contact Marilyn Hull at 218-724-4424, ext. 127.
For more information and to download registration forms, visit 

The Lutheran Youth Organization Board is inviting congregations and individuals to invest in the faith lives of our synod young people by making assorted crosses and/or writing personal notes that share why knowing you are a child of God makes a difference in your daily life.
More Details...
Note Template Option 1 
Note Template Option 2  
Practice Discipleship Webinar:
Framing the Path: Practicing Things New

November 13, 2014

1:00pm - FREE and ONLINE!

Rozella White, ELCA Program Director for Young Adults   


You have come to realize that the culture is shifting. Church is not as important in peoples' lives as it once was. You are also probably convinced that your congregation's approach to ministry with children, youth and families needs to change. Maybe you even have some ideas! This session will help you frame a path towards change in your congregation. We will help one another identify and plan the steps we need to take to create the change we need to see in our congregations' ministry with children, youth and families.  


Register now! Can't make the time/date to watch this live? A recording of the webinar will be available the next day at 
NE MN Synod Discipleship Challenge!
The faith practice focus for November is 


Dig Deep Together on a Faith Journey to...
KNOW the Story
         BE the Story
               TELL the Story
  ...of Christ's Love in the World!

October Resources:
Invite Teaser Video
Invite Discussion Guide
Invite Family Discussion Guide
Invite Children's Discussion Guide 
Life-Long Learning Classes at Luther Seminary
December 1-3, 2014
Luther Seminary, St. Paul
Cost: $100

Pastoral Care: Sharing in the Healing Ministry of the Church with by Helen Hanson, retired faculty U of MN School of Nursing and pastoral care minister. 
Our call is to share Christ's healing with our brothers and sisters who are ill, injured, in crisis, grieving, dying, lonely or separated from the faith community by infirmity. In this workshop, we will unwrap our unique gifts for this ministry and address its special challenges. We will learn how to prepare for and follow up intentionally with visits; how to engage helpfully in difficult situations; how to deepen prayers of intercession and acts of healing; and how to collaborate companionably with clergy, family members and others in pastoral support. Very importantly, we will identify strategies for self-care-how to recognize our personal limits, maintain boundaries and when to ask for help. We will work through some of the problems you face and celebrate your personal experiences of faithful care for God's children.

An Invitation to the Psalms with Karl Jacobson. 
This class will offer an introduction to reading the Psalms with attention to the poetry, different types and the theology of the Book of Psalms. We will cover the basics of how to read, understand, and apply the psalms in our daily lives.

For more information visit the Luther Seminary Kairos Courses site 
Children, Youth and Family Ministry Certificate Program
January 5-23, 2015
Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, WA
This training is designed to equip church staff, volunteers, and pastors for effective leadership in congregational children, youth, and family ministry. Students learn in an interactive seminar format, including discussions, presentations, videos, role plays, and more. Topics include biblical and theological foundations, Bible study methods, human lifespan development, creative programming, counseling and relational skills, and program administration. Housing is available. For more information, visit or contact Rev. David Ellingson at 425.249.4722 or
Continuing Education Events Beyond Our Synod
Our synod is located just hours away from some of the top youth ministry training in the nation! Click on the organizations below for a complete listing of training opportunities!
Youth Leadership

Offers 3 hour, one day, intensive and certificate programs.


EveryDay / Peer Ministry / Marilyn Sharpe Ministries

Living Room Summit, Peer Ministry Leadership Camps and trainings, Coaching.

Vibrant Faith Ministries
Online learning, coaching. Tons of free resources on the Faith Formation Learning Exchange!
The Faith Formation Learning Exchange has been updated - check it out! 
You are welcome to copy and use any of the information or writings above for use in your newsletters and other communications.

If you have any questions regarding any of these events, please contact me at the number and addresses listed below.

Catherine Anderson
Coordinator of Youth Ministry


Phone: 218.724.4424, ext. 124
Fax: 218.724.4393