Junior High Youth Gathering '18 | Michigan District, LCMS

Junior High Youth Gathering '18

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 03:00 pm EDT to Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 11:00 am EDT

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Ln
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Event Description: 

Theme: HIM
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” Romans 11:36

We all know the one go-to answer to most questions asked in our Sunday School, “Jesus.” He is indeed the center of our Christian faith. When we live in a world where our lives are constantly being pulled in a million different directions social media, school, sports, family, friends, music…the list goes on… we can start to view Jesus as an afterthought. 

 This gathering will dive into three aspects of our life in Christ: From HIM, Through HIM and To HIM.

The youth will hear the reality of the peace that is found in the Gospel. The fact that all things are from HIM. The truth that we do not have to search for Christ because he has found us. We do not earn God's favor because he has won it on the Cross. (John 1, 2 Cor. 1:20, Colossians 1:16-18)

The youth will be empowered to live through HIM. To see that their life does not have to be a constant battle for approval or acceptance but that they can live from the grace that is given to them in Christ. (Phil 4:11-13, Romans 12:1-2)

The youth will be moved to praise as they rejoice in the truth that our lives are lived under grace to HIM! That our lives consist in a joy filled expression of the love that was first given to us. (Phil. 4:4, 1 John 4:19)

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Rev. Bill Yonker

Rev. Bill Yonker is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church of East Dundee, Ill. He loves spending time with his family and traveling around the country talking to people about the Lord Jesus. Presently he lives in Illinois, and though he is a long- time Michigander and went to school in Indiana and Missouri, he is a “true blue Cheese Head devoted to his birth state of Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers.” Besides spending time with his wife, Joanne, and three children, Rebecca, Abigail and Joshua and speaking, you can usually find Pastor Yonker reading, writing, or playing basketball, which are his other passions.

Swen and Dean

Swen and Dean are brothers originally from Northfield, Minn. They love to sing, hang out, and have fun. During the past 12 years they have traveled the country performing for thousands of people, sharing their unique gifts at events ranging from large scale youth events to family night concerts. With their songs and stories, Swen and Dean blend spiritual depth with spirited fun. “We do what we do because of what God has done for us. Singing and sharing are ways of giving thanks. To God be the glory.”

Rev. Gabe Kasper

Rev. Gabe Kasper serves at University Lutheran Chapel in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He will speak at the mass gatherings and in sectionals.

Dr. Nathanael Meckes

Will serve as sectional speaker at the track meet.


Impact is the student praise group from Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw, Michigan.

Agenda Details: 

Friday, June 1

  3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Registration
  7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Mass Gathering #1
  9:10 - 10:00 p.m. Activities
  9:10 - 9:45 p.m. Adult leader meeting 
  9:45 - 10:15 p.m. Pizza
  10:15 - 10:30 p.m. Day End Devotions - Pavilion
  10:30 - 11:00 p.m. Family Time (Pavilion or Lodge)
  11:00 p.m. Getting Ready for Bed / Lights Out

Saturday, June 2

  7:00 a.m. Coffee - Adults
  7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast - Pavilion
  8:00 - 8:50 a.m. Mass Gathering #2
  9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday Flex Schedule
(Lunch provided at Noon - Pavilion)
  9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Evening Prayer Service (St. Lorenz)
  10:00 - 10:15 p.m. Return to Lodge
  10:15 - 11:45 p.m. Family Fun Center
  11:59 p.m. Lights Out

Sunday, June 3

  8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast - Pavilion
  9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Worship - Pavilion
  11:00 a.m. Blessings on your travels!


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