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Youth & Family Ministry Update E-News for Oct 1, 2013

To make sure everyone in our synod has access to the upcoming activities and resources provided by our Youth and Family Ministry Director, Gary Pecuch, his bi-monthly Youth & Family Ministry Update E-News will be posted as a news story on the synod website. If you'd like to be added to his direct distribution list, please contact Gary at

Lots Going On!

Two Youth & Family Ministry Clusters


Thursday October 10 at 12:15pm at Olive Garden: 6710 Roosevelt Ave, Middletown, OH. Connect with Mary Ellen at to RSVP or for questions.



Thursday October 17 from 10:30am to noon at Christ, Bexley. Bagels and Beverages will be served. RSVP to Jenny at


Middletown or Coumbus too far to travel? Contact Gary to coordinate a cluster in your area.


Registrations Are Open

For The Jacobs Porch High School Retreat at Camp Kern February 14-16, 2014. Space is Limited.

Click here for details: 2014 Retreat Details


Renew Youth Director Retreat November 11-13, 2013 at Lutheran Memorial Camp. There is no cost for the retreat; however, you do need to register

Register at
Click on Retreats, Church Professional Retreats, Renew 2013

Renew Retreat Special Guests include; Rev. Ron Wean, Mary Lasits, Jessica Obrecht, and Mary Woodward.

Who are they, when are they coming and why are they coming? Click here: Renew Retreat Guests


Youthworks Trip to Charleston West Virginia July 13-18, 2014. Space is limited to 72 spots. Contact Gary or directly with Nate at


Middle School MiX at Lutheran Memorial Camp January 10-12, 2014.

Visit for details

Go to Retreats, Youth Retreats, Middle School MiX


Wanted Gathering Coordinator

Yes, it is that time again. Time to gather a Gathering Coordinator for Detroit 2015.

Interested? Contact Gary for details about both the repsonsibilities and the perks. 




Bishop Mark Hanson has served as presiding Bishop of the ELCA for the past 12 years. In that time, the ELCA has seen many positive changes. As he and his family discern this next stage in their lives. Well done, good and faithful servant. 


Follow this link for an opportunity to say "Thank you" to Bishop Hanson.   


3rd Tuesday Conversation

"Kris Bjorke and Sue Megrund: Navigating Congregational Change"

How we lead matters as people in ministry. How we direct our paths as leaders but not ultimate decision makers can make or break our work in ministry. Join us for a conversation about what we like to call "leading low".  Leading low is about taking change and putting it into bite size pieces, building a team to imagine, and seeing other staff as partners in ministry. 

Kris Bjorke and Sue Megrund created InterServe to contribute to the profession of CYF ministry and serve the church specifically in times of transition.

15 Oct 2013



Lutheran Memorial Camp Position Filled

Yes, the Program Director position has been filled by Jessica MacCallum. Jessica has a double major of Theology and Environmental Science. She is a Deaconess and has worked summers in 6 different Lutheran camps. Jessica begins October 1.



LOMO has one apprentice hired for the 2013-2014 season (Sept - August), still looking for one more. The apprentice also gets room and meals when groups are present.

LOMO is also in need of some Environmental Education staff; these openings are part-time daily (hourly) or seasonal full time through October with room and board provided.


Congregations looking for youth staff...


  • Ascension Lutheran, Columbus is seeking a permanent part-time youth director. Interviews begin in July with a plan for the selected candidate to begin their ministry on September 1st. More information can be found by clicking on the Job Openings tab (Quick Links Top Left) of the e-bulletin. Interested? Contact Pastor Tim
  • Faith, Whitehall is seeking a part-time Family and Youth Outreach Minister. A main responsibility will be developing and implementing ways for the congregation to connect with the people living within the immediate neighborhood of the church.  For inquiries contact Larry Allen at or call the church at 614-237-4241
  • Christ The King, Centerville is seeking a part-time youth director. Interested contact Christ the King Lutheran Church at 937.885.5785
  • Our Savior, Dayton is seeking a fulltime director of youth & children. The position is full-time, with benefits. Contact Pastor Gary or  937-293-1147 (church office phone)





There are great resources at the ELCA Youth MInistry Network website for all stages of ministry with family and youth and it is free to you at Martin's List.  Over fifteen different categories to choose from. There are lots of requests on our Facebook group for worship, outreach, learning and fellowship ideas. Remember Martin's List to look for ideas in these areas but also to post your resources. The Network that shares is a richer network.    


The ELCA Youth Ministry Network welcomes Trinity Lutheran College in Seattle as our newest silver partner organization! Thanks for your partnership!  Visit Trinity online to find out more about the college and what they offer.  VISIT TRINITY




Lots of people and churches have been posting job opening, descriptions with the ELCA Youth Ministry Newtowrk. Please remember that the Network also has an updated service on the Network website to post positions, job descriptions, and contact information.  Just head over to


Practice Discipleship Seminars


Want a Practice Discipleship Session brought directly to your congregation? Then contact Gary. We would love to help follow up on your New Orleans experience...Or get you started on what is coming out of The ELCA in the area of youth ministry.


Cluster Get Togethers,Training Events for Youth and/or Adults, and Youth Events...

are scheduled as folks raise their hand and say, "Hey, let's do one in my area."  Contact Gary and after a date, time, and location are chosen, he will advertise the event through facebook, youth & family e-bulletins, and hard copy mailings to congregations.


Synod Youth & Family Connections


A. Consider Joining the Synod Youth & Family Ministry Facebook Page

Just for you...a youth and family ministry facebook group page has been created focusing on our favorite topic.  Here's a chance to ask questions, have discussions, and share what you are doing in youth and family ministry to an entire network.

To join, send a request to Gary Pecuch through Facebook or send an email request and Gary will send you an invitation. 


B. Youth & Family E-bulletins are sent out the 1st and 15th of each month


C. A Hard Copy Mailing of Youth & Family Ministry happenings is sent out monthly to congregations 

 Look for the fluorescent Green Flier


D. Visit the Synod Website:  Click on the youth and family ministry tab


E. Connect with Gary directly  or 614-464-3532 extension 110 


Thank you for being a Youth Advocate in your congregation!