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Youth Ministry Extravaganza!
January 31 - February 3, 2020

Registration is now open for Extravaganza 2020!

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network's main event for connection, learning, and continuing education, this time is valuable for all working in youth ministry and faith formation. If you would like to support a participant's attendance, please contact Leslie O'Callaghan in the office of the bishop. For more info, go here!  

Madagascar 2020
RMS Companion Synod Trip, May 26 - June 10, 2020

Walk with our siblings in Christ in Madagascar and celebrate God's love around the globe. This trip will start late in May 2020 and travel for 16 days through much of the north of the country. 

This is not a sightseeing trip or a service trip but participants will be ambassadors from the Rocky Mountain Synod walking alongside with our friends, building relationships with seminarians, and experiencing the work of the church through our companion synods.

Download the application [ here ] and return it by October 31. The cost of the trip is estimated to be $5,000 per person. Refer to those listed on the documents if you have further questions. This is one of those life-changing opportunities that you should prayerfully consider and take the leap to experience.

Questions can be directed to the 2020 Madagascar Trip Planning Team:

Women of the ELCA
Registration for the Gathering 2020 is open!

Registration for the Gathering 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz., July 16-19, is open. You can register online or download a registration form and mail it it.
Early-bird registration is $325 through January 6, 2020. After that, registration is $375. Day registration is $200.
We can’t wait to see you! Visit to register and learn more.

Lutheran Summer Music 2020
June 28 - July 26
Valparaiso University

Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is the nation’s premier faith-based music academy for high school students. In addition to advanced musical instruction and numerous performance opportunities, LSM students form an intentional community, living together for four weeks on a Lutheran college campus. Since 1981, this unique and immersive program has guided the lives of young musicians, who credit LSM as the starting place for their future careers and vocations.

Click  HERE  to download a digital brochure or  email  to request hard copies from the admissions office.

You may also  nominate a student  online.

The Enchanting Rhine 2020 with Guest Speakers Kirsi Stjerna & Brooks Schramm

You are invited to join Lutheran scholars Kirsi Stjerna and Brooks Schramm on The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise in the Fall of 2020, 10/25-11/2/2020.

Our itinerary takes us to Germany, France, and Netherlands. Our program includes exploration and fellowship, learning and enjoyment in a most beautiful setting.

Lectures and discussions pertaining to the regions visited and the topics of religion, reformation, and the bible will be offered. Come solo, come with a friend - or come with a group of your own! Special arrangements and benefits are available for group leaders. Also, Educational Opportunities offers special deals for international airfare, regardless of the departure city.

Interested, questions? Email or

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