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[LCMSNews] Youth Gathering registration to open
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>THE LUTHERAN CHURCH Missouri Synod
July 30, 2009 .................... LCMSNews -- No. 62
Online-only registration opens Sept. 14 for 2010 Gathering
In mid-August, Synod congregations will receive by mail registration
material for the 2010 National LCMS Youth Gathering, including
step-by-step directions for the online-only registration process that
starts Sept. 14, along with other Gathering-related information.
With the theme of "We Believe," the Gathering will take place July 17-21
in New Orleans.
The mailing includes a pre-Gathering DVD. On the DVD, congregations will
find videos that promote the Gathering and a downloadable booklet that
details the registration process and contains other information. The
booklet also is available on the Gathering Web site.
Gathering registration will be online only -- at the Gathering Web site,
http://www.lcmsgathering.com. Groups also will prioritize online their
choices of hotels in New Orleans for housing at the Gathering.
LCMS District and Congregational Services -- Youth Ministry, the sponsor
of National LCMS Youth Gatherings, is making the switch to paperless
registration "in an effort to be responsible environmental and financial
stewards," said Rev. Mark Kiessling, the Gathering program director.
"We hope congregations find the information [in this mailing] helpful in
preparing for the ... Gathering," Kiessling said. "Beyond the
registration materials, the Gathering Web site will provide youth and
adults opportunities to grow in their faith through Bible study and
study of the Gathering's theme and sub-themes. Those materials will
continue to roll out between registration and July 2010."
Although there is no paper registration for the 2010 Gathering, each
group that has registered online will be required to complete its
registration by mailing in a paper "Pastoral Affirmation Form" and a
"Registration Account Form" -- along with either full registration
payment of $275 per person or a deposit payment of $100 per person
registered. No personal checks or cash will be accepted.
Envelopes with those forms and payments must be postmarked no earlier
than Oct. 21, or they will be returned to senders.
The registration fee covers the cost of such items as the Gathering
Bible, backpack, and post-Gathering DVD that each registered participant
receives, as well as all Gathering program and DCS Youth Ministry
A "priority window" for Gathering registration will be open Oct. 21-Nov.
4, 2009. As explained in the downloadable booklet with this month's
mailing, groups completing the registration process after registration
is filled to capacity will be accepted for the Gathering on a
space-available basis. After March 1, participants will continue to be
admitted on that basis for a late-registration fee of $325 per person.
Congregations that do not receive their mailed Gathering registration
information by Sept. 4 should call LCMS Youth Ministry at 800-248-1930,
ext. 1155, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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