THE LUTHERAN YOUTH FELLOWSHIP ASSEMBLY 2017
This year’s LYF Assembly will be held June 16-18 at Muhlenberg College. Read about last year’s LYF Assembly to get a sense of what these assemblies are like. This year’s theme is “Love in Action” and our theme is taken from Romans 12:9-21. Follow the links below for everything you need in order to register for the assembly:
- Registration Form
- Photo Release Form
- Dorm Life Agreement
- Medical Release Form
- Advisor Letter – explains the registration process for the assembly and more
Every year we elect officers to serve on the LYF Board. We hope that you will consider serving in this capacity! If you are interested in serving, check out the LYF Constitution in the sidebar to the right to read about the responsibilities of each officer. The executive board (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) meet about ten times a year (a little less than one time a month). If you are interested in serving in this way, please follow the links below:
- Nomination Form (Complete this form to nominate yourself.)
- Peer Form (A reference form to give to a friend to complete on your behalf.)
- Pastor Form (A reference form for your pastor to complete on your behalf. If you do not have a pastor, your deacon or congregation council president can complete this form for you.)
AND be sure to tell your friends about this event and post this flyer or mail it to youth in your congregation!
We are looking forward to seeing you this year at the LYF Assembly!
NOTES FROM THE 2016 LYF ASSEMBLY
NEWS FROM THE 2016 LYF ASSEMBLY
The 2016 Lutheran Youth Fellowship Assembly was held June 17-19 at Muhlenberg College. The focus for this year’s assembly was “God is Greater than Our Ups and Downs.“ Part of our time together was spent thinking about Philippians 4:13, “Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (The Message) Pastor Donna House (Friedens Lutheran Church, Oley) served as the chaplain for the assembly.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
One of the LYF advisors, Karen Matthias-Long, led participants in a process to look at the ministries the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American is doing today through congregations, the Northeastern PA Synod and churchwide. The synod website and the ELCA website were helpful websites for discovering the multitude of ministries in which we are all involved as members of the ELCA. After participants created their lists, they were instructed to select the ministries they felt should be kept and which might be let go in order to let something else grow. They dreamed about the kind of church they would like to see.
Among some of the hopes the LYF youth have for the church are that it:
- recognize global warming;
- help and accept LGBT persons;
- be a safe place for veterans;
- foster faith in youth;
- be inspiring;
- continue its work with disaster relief;
- care for refugees; and,
- change the idea of what “church” is.
BIBLE STUDY, PRAYER, AND WORSHIP
Some of the highlights of the LYF Assembly were centered in spirituality. Chaplain Donna House helped start off the weekend with an engaging Bible study. Billy Garrison and Ashe Procanyn created several prayer stations on Saturday afternoon which most found very meaningful. The chaplain helped participants create their own worship service which included (among other things) a youth choir accompanied with a ukelele and drum that provided music leadership, a skit based on the theme and communion. The closing worship was held outside under a tree where everyone gathered around a cross marked with their personal “ups and downs.” During worship the words, “God is greater” were painted on the cross.
Two resolutions were passed by the assembly. One of the resolutions requests that the new board look into the feasibility of starting earlier so that a service project can be part of the assembly for those who can arrive early. The second resolution instructs future assemblies to look at ways to connect with youth of different faith traditions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim).
Participants chose from the following workshops. Some comments from participants are included:
“I learned a lot of new poses that I didn’t really know. The instructor did a very good job at teaching us.”
2. White Privilege
“We all live with privileges. The thing about privilege is that we need to be aware of it so that we can communicate and live with one another better. White privilege is just one of those privileges and if we can’t address it – or admit its reality – we cannot move forward.”
3. What Next? Growing One’s Faith in College
“I thought this workshop was very informative about faith in college. I thought it was awesome to talk about college!”
4. Paracords for Soldiers
“We mad paracords for soldiers. It was a lot harder than I expected!”
5. Music Leadership
“Great teamwork. It was fun to play my ukelele and sing contemporary music. Everyone grew together and the setting was very comfortable.”
No LYF Assembly would be complete without time to “let loose” and have some fun. In addition to the usual get acquainted games, the group played Capture the Flag on Saturday afternoon and held a dance that evening.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship officers and board members were elected.
2016 – 2017 LYF Board 2016 – 2017 Executive Board
The Lutheran Youth Fellowship Board will be meeting throughout the year to look at ways to support youth ministry in the synod’s mission districts and to make plans for the 2017 LYF Assembly which will be held on June 16-18 at Muhlenberg College.