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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 Sarah Marshall for more info.
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January 25, 2017

A group from the NE MN Synod gathered at the Extravaganza in Louisville this last weekend around "Reformation 500". One of the resources they shared in the main stage events was a video series around "Good News with Bishop Guy Erwin" of the Southwest California Synod. Here is the one on "Saints and Sinners" for your enjoyment and potentially as a resource!

The 2018 Extravaganza is January 26-29, 2018. Mark your calendar now!

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Cardia Deo  

March 3-5, 2017 Cardia Deo Logo
Big Sandy Camp, McGregor 

The Early Registration deadline is next Wednesday, February 1! 
Don't let your young people miss out on this faith transforming event! Some comments from last year's evaluations:
  • "I learned what my faith means to me and why it's important."
  • The most meaningful part was talking to people in my bible study about obstacles they have faced in their faith.
  • I am so glad that I came! I am so sad I didn't come sooner.
Though Bible studies, worship, service learning and fun events, Cardia Deo offers youth and their adult leaders a deep and meaningful faith experience that continues when they return home!

More information and registration forms can be found at: 

February 11, 2017
Duluth, MN 

Recharge yourself. Recharge your ministry volunteers. This one day conference inspires and equips those who volunteer and serve in children's, youth and family ministries. Walk away with practical tools, and a renewed spirit!

For more information, visit:

LYO Board Applications 
LYO The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Board is a leadership team that holds a significant amount of responsibility. The LYO Board is responsible for planning and implementing the Middle School Gathering and Cardia Deo events in our synod. Their commitment includes a week long training camp, 2 meetings outside of events, a January planning retreat, and a Thursday - Sunday commitment on event weekends. These positions are not for everyone! The LYO Board is ideal for youth and adults who are already leaders in their congregations, and are ready for that next step of leading on a larger and deeper level with more responsibility and opportunities to share their faith.

If you know youth in your congregation who are ready for this leadership step in their faith journey, encourage them to read through the materials on the website and apply! Applications are due February 15, 2017.

More information and application forms at:
Fellowship, Fun and Learning 
The Brainerd Area Youth Ministry Network is offering two opportunities to gather with others in children, youth and family ministries for fellowship, fun and learning. There is perhaps nothing more important in ministry than staying connected with each other for the support and enrichment you receive as you lean on and learn from each other. I encourage you to take part in these events or the Network meetings (see sidebar) as you are able!

February 16, 2017: Curling lessons at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. 10am - noon. Cost is $5.00 for the lesson. Need to bring clean tennis shoes and dress for 38 degree conditions. It's also helpful if your pants stretch or are loose.
February 19-21, 2017: Paddle building retreat at Camp Vermilion. Cost is $200 for lodging, food and paddle building supplies. The retreat will also include youth ministry discussions.
Pre-registration is required for either event. For more information or to register, please contact Vicki Foss (First Lutheran, Brainerd) at [email protected]. 
Discipleship Challenge: WONDER

How are you WONDERING together this fall? This year's Discipleship Challenge invites you to WONDER together for at least 10 minutes every time you gather, and we have new resources posted to help you do this! The Practice Discipleship curriculum, Wonder, has been adapted to use as five minute devotions, 10-15 minute discussions, 30-45 minute session, or use the original curriculum for a one hour discussion/study. Webinars from the curriculum can be paused for group discussion as questions are posed. Or use the writer videos to initiate discussion. So many options to WONDER together! Find out more and get these resources at:
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.


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
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