On June 27 – July 1, Zion youth along with adult sponsors will travel to Houston, Texas for a week at the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Here is a list of some of the daily activities: Thursday: Interactive Learning – Join youth from all over the country in the convention center to participate in smaller mission work as well as fun and games. Zip lines, bumper cars, mini golf, and more fills the arena for a fun filled day with your fellow brothers and sisters at the gathering. Friday: Synod Day – Join youth from the Southeastern Iowa Synod for a special worship and activities from the youth from right here in our area! It’s like a family reunion but in Houston! Saturday: Service Learning – We will join a local organizations from Houston to learn about the good work they do. We will join them in the afternoon and work alongside them to go God’s work in Houston. This is also the famous neon orange shirt day, everyone in Houston will know who we are because of our shirts! Sunday: Closing Worship – Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will lead in worship with the entire youth gathering participants. This service will including the sacrament of Holy Communion, and it is truly a moving experience to commune with 15,000+ youth and adults. Each night will conclude with a mass gathering with song, dance, and key note speakers. You can find all the details online at https://www.elca.org/YouthGathering. Also look for posts on Facebook for live streams of our time in Houston. Those attending this trip are: Tyler Baars, Lanny and Alex Creamer, Christy, Destiny, and Julissa Williams, Lizzy and Matt Richardson, Caitlyn and Ryan Mandsager. Please keep them in your prayers.