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Senior High Youth Gathering

Anchored in Hope

June 25, 2023 - June 28, 2023
Mackinac Island, MI

 

Our communities, schools, and churches are filled with kids who are searching for HOPE and desperately craving for an anchor in this anxiety-stricken culture. Under the theme Anchored in Hope, based on Romans 5:1–8, students will be challenged to grow in their faith so that, when faced with difficulties, they will persevere and develop the character that produces HOPE in their sure anchor, Jesus Christ.

A note regarding masks during the COVID-19 pandemic:  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provided mask guidance that flexes based on three key COVID-19 phases (response, recovery, and readiness).  The Michigan District will follow any mask mandates by the MDHHS, local health departments, or venues that are in place at the time of an event or conference. Masks are generally available at the registration desk. If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID prior to arrival, please stay home.

When & Where

Mackinac Island

June 25, 2023 - June 28, 2023

Mission Point Resort
One Lakeshore Drive
Mackinac Island, MI, 49757

Presenters

Speaker

Tanner Olson

Tanner Olson is an author, poet, and speaker living in Nashville, Tenn. with his wife Sarah and their dog, Pancake. The mission of Tanner’s writing is to spread hope and announce love. From classrooms to churches to coffee shops to conferences, Tanner has traveled the country performing poetry, delivering messages of hope, and sharing stories. You can find Tanner’s work at writtentospeak.com and @writtentospeak on Instagram.

Speaker

Bryan Osborne

Bryan Osborne is passionate about reaching the next generation with the Gospel. As an expert in the use of exciting, apologetics-based evangelism, this former athlete and graduate of Bryan College connects with audiences through “real life” stories and facts that confirm the truth of the Bible.

Speaker

Dani Tietjen

As a storyteller, Dani is the coauthor of “More than a Story” (2013). She travels the country as an inspirational speaker and is active in urban renewal on the north side of Minneapolis. She spends her time heading up a community garden and researching food preservation, as well as the benefits of health and art in underprivileged areas. Dani graduated from Concordia University St. Paul as a Director of Christian Outreach with a focus on Theology and Social Justice.

Entertainment

321 Improv

An evening with 321 Improv is unlike any you’ve been a part of before. It is a unique interactive comedy experience. In each show, the three guys in 321 Improv instantly turn audience suggestions into hilarious scenes. 321 Improv’s aim is “to use comedy to spread a message of true joy that can only have come from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Speaker

Rev. Travis Hartjen

Pastor Hartjen is an LCMS church planter in the north Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Before that he was a DCE who served in Austin and Houston. He loves sharing his life and the great hope of Jesus with those inside and outside the church. He currently co-hosts a weekly podcast, KnownLegacy: By Dads for Dads, and is starting the next church plant in the Argyle, TX area with his wife, Tara, and their four kids.

Speaker

Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson

Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson serves as Vice President of Administration at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Campus Pastor at CUAA and also a pastor in the St. Louis area. He has degrees from Concordia University Wisconsin, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ryan and his wife Kristy have four energetic kids and love camping, traveling, and experiencing the adventures of living in Pure Michigan while serving on an amazing college campus.

Speaker

Brian Pruitt

Brian Pruitt is a former All-American athlete, author, and entrepreneur. He discovered that people could accomplish just about anything if were willing to display Heart, Attitude, Courage, and Consistency. He has traveled across the United States and other countries equipping listeners with the tools to overcome obstacles to accomplish their dreams.

Musicians

Swen & Dean

Swen and Dean are brothers originally from Northfield, Minn. They love to sing, interact, hang out, and have fun. 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.”

Speaker

Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier

Former Michigan District President Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier attended Concordia University Ann Arbor and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. After his ordination on August 15, 1982, he served as Mission Pastor of Our Savior in Marlette, Mich. as well as Youth Pastor and interim Head Pastor at St. Peter in Arlington Heights, Ill. In 1989, he was called to Our Savior, Lansing as Administrative/Senior Pastor where he served until he was elected President of the Michigan District, LCMS in June of 2009, where he served until September of 2022.

Speaker

Pat Maier

Pat Maier enjoys writing, drawing, and “imagining” to inspire others in their walk with Jesus. A pastor’s wife and former Lutheran educator, she believes that the creative use of language and art—when applied to God’s Word—can touch the heart, promote understanding, and bring about joy and connection. She is currently involved in planning and presenting at retreats and women’s events in the Michigan District, as well as teaching about Visual Faith in the Great Lakes area. Pat finds great joy in nature, gardening, and time spent with family. She lives with her husband, David, near Ann Arbor, Mich., where he serves as President of the Michigan District, LCMS. They have four children, three amazing children-in-love, and five grandchildren (so far!).

Musicians

Swenless

These guys can’t wait to meet, hang out, have a blast and seek Jesus with you through worship.

Stephen is a doctor of Chiropractic from Ft. Worth, Texas. He has owned more guitars and attended more proms than you and your friends combined.

Paul is a graphic designer from Minneapolis, Minn. His current kickball stats have him at 88 career home runs.

Ted hails from Maple Grove, Minn. and is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. He has been a Youth Director, Event Ministry Director, Actor, and currently is a Radio Producer.  Ted is thankful for his wife and two daughters and for the chance to be here with you!

Dean is Swen’s brother and partner in ministry. He loves Reese’s Peanut Butter cups the most. He’s a Marriage and Family Pastor at his church but can’t figure skate. He can’t wait to be with you, again, in Michigan.

Speaker

Rev. Bill Yonker

When he’s not enjoying his family or pastoring his congregation, Rev. Bill Yonker loves to travel around the country talking to people about the Lord Jesus. You can also find Pastor Yonker reading or writing, which are his other passions.

Registration

Preregistration will open fall 2022.

Deadline for final payments will be May 1, 2023.

There is a non-refundable $350 Group Deposit Fee. This deposit will be applied to the final group costs.

Cost per participant: $395 (includes 3 nights lodging, Shepler's ferry service, Gathering T-shirt, 7 meals, Luggage transfer, Registration/Activities)

Media Kit

Anchored Logo – Black – png file

Anchored Logo – White – png file

Powerpoint Slide Standard Screen 4×3 – JPG File

Powerpoint Slide Wide Screen 16×9 – JPG File

Additional Information

Housing Information

Participants will be staying at Mission Point Resort or in nearby hotels. Youth will be housed together with their adult leaders. In most instances, four persons will share a room. In the event that a group does not have an even number of participants, they may be assigned to share a room with participants from another congregation in order to make use of the available bed space. Notification will be provided if this is to be the case.

Participants

A youth participant is any current (2022-2023) High School student (9-12) and those entering 9th grade in the fall of 2023. All participants must register through an LCMS church.

Adult leaders must be age 21 or older and affiliated with an LCMS congregation. Pastoral verification is required of all adult leaders.

There is no minimum or maximum for the size of a church’s group, though it is suggested that there be one adult leader for every six youth. If a group is to have both male and female youth participants, there must also be at least one male and one female adult leader who will remain with the group for the entire gathering.