Leaders, youth from Pequot Lakes church attend national LCMS youth gathering
Two leaders and four youth from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes and a group from Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd recently attended the 12th triennial National Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMC) Youth Gathering in San Antonio.
The Rev. Bart Day, executive director of the LCMS’ Office of National Mission, said the gathering supported more than 100 service projects and will fund ongoing domestic and international outreach efforts among young people, the ongoing work of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and a legacy gift to the LCMS Southern District for ongoing rebuilding in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
At the gathering, Lutheran youth collected and assembled thousands of items for individuals and families in need locally and around the nation that include: meals for Feeding Children Everywhere; personal care kits for area shelters and community organizations; school supplies kits for students in need; units of blood for Texas hospitals; thank you cards for members of the military; fleece blankets for shelters around the country; and haircuts for Locks of Love.
Over the course of the gathering, about 5,000 young people volunteered at 100 off-site servant events, or service projects, benefiting churches, schools, parks, health care facilities and other service organizations that provide child and family care and counseling, housing and meals for those in need. Service projects included: making home and building repairs; painting and refurbishing properties; removing litter and sprucing up landscaping; assisting at day care and senior living facilities; building a baseball field; and visiting children with disabilities and senior citizens.