This is the article that appears in the mid-August Messenger.
Here are links to two articles/sites about the Gathering with more information and more pictures.
On LinkedIn: Ain't No Gathering Like A Detroit Gathering with 30,000 Lutherans
On Facebook, the ELCA Youth Gathering Photo page. Clear some time, there are a LOT of photos.
Speaking of photos, even more from our trip are in a slideshow at the end of this post. - Pbc
Over the five days of the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, the 13 young people (and 3 adults) from Our Savior’s and Emmanuel were involved in a variety of learning opportunities, worship services and spent one day proclaiming justice by performing services to Detroit and its residents. We joined 30,000 others in Detroit to learn about and share God’s love.
We spent that Saturday afternoon helping to clean up alleys and vacant lots in northeast Detroit. While working in 90° heat, we cleared bushes and overgrowth from these areas, and helped to beautify these neighborhoods. We also had opportunities to work alongside neighborhood residents, and youth from around the country.
During the ELCA Youth Gathering, 3,200 vacant lots in Detroit were cleared of debris, 319 vacant homes boarded up; 1,847 mural boards painted; 36 urban gardens planted; 99 picnic tables built; 26 dumpsters filled; and 600 neighborhoods affected. Additionally, over 1 million diapers collected for social services to distribute; 1,425 backpacks were distributed with school supplies; 433 feet of hair was donated, as was 79 gallons of blood, and $402,000 was raised for Walk4Water, a project of the ELCA Global Hunger campaign to increase access to drinking water around the world.
Attending the Gathering: Myriah Briski and Andrew Petke of Emmanuel; Lexi Hinker, Madeline Johnson, Zach Johnson, Trenton Klabon, Cole Lucas, Derek Nielsen, Dylan Nielsen, Kelly Nielsen, Dylan Steffen, Ashley Walker and Tiara Wuethrich from Our Savior’s. Chaperones were Pastor Brian Campbell, Missy Nielsen and Sandi Petke.
The next triennial ELCA Youth Gathering will be June 27-July 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
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