Director of Student Ministry - King of Kings, Cedar Rapids email@example.com
Director of Youth Ministry - Our Savior, Bettendorf firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello everyone! We are so excited to start the preparations for the 2022 LCMS National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas! It’s amazing to think that in just under a year, we’ll be down in Texas with our youth groups gathering together to learn, grow, fellowship, and worship. Many of you already know us from the last time around in the Twin Cities, but just in case you’re new to your congregational planning team, Tony and Eric are your Iowa District East NYG coordinators.
In the past, we have had District buses available to congregations to share so that several congregations have the option to ride together vs. trying to figure out travel plans on their own. Eric has taken the lead on buses to Houston this time around and has been in contact with several companies. He estimates around $275 per person to utilize the district busses. Hopefully that’s helpful in your initial budget planning and fundraising.
We are in the final stages of securing a venue for our IDE event at the National Youth Gathering. We will announce it formally when everything is 100% in place. A big difference this time around with our IDE event is that the venue is perfect for Iowa East youth groups to mingle and get to know one another. In previous years, having multiple districts in attendance has made this challenging because there were so many people. It will ONLY be our district. We also aren’t relying on anyone else to arrange our shuttling this year, so we’ve got that covered too! Tony is working out the details for the district event and he estimates that it will cost around $50 per person.
Now is your chance to order the Iowa East District Shirt of the Youth Gathering. Ordering shirts for your group is a great way to represent the IDE and it also helps you identify who else from Iowa East is in attendance. There will also be one day during the gathering when all of the IDE congregations who order shirts will wear them at the same time to represent Eastern Iowa. Thankfully, Concordia University St. Paul made a generous donation to help reduce the cost of shirts, so we are able to offer district tees at only $10 each. Shirts will be available at the district office in Marion or can be shipped for an additional $15.