Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

 

Two landscape architects are volunteering their time to develop a “hardscape” plan for Lutheranch that will include the roads, trails and site features.  It is important that these features be in place prior to construction of the new retreat center.  With the architect authorized to develop detailed plans and construction drawings for the center, Lutheranch is very fortunate to have two volunteers step forward to begin work on the plan.  Stephen Schrader is from Birmingham, Alabama where he is a member of Shades Valley Lutheran Church.  Jim Burtt is from Lawrenceville, Georgia.The renderings, below, show the new entrance to Lutheranch on Salem Church Road, which is less than 15 minutes off of I20.  The renderings also depict a future residence for the site manager and office.  While plans are still being developed, it is likely that Laurel Oaks will line the entrance road that passes by Stender Lake on the way to the new retreat center.The hardscape plan will include the trails and road network and locating sites for the high ropes course, community dynamics course, labyrinth, recreation field, tent sites and other site features.  The team is also giving input on the design for the new outdoor worship area that is being developed on the shores of Stender Lake.  Thanks Jim and Stephen!Be watching for more information on Lutheranch as the architectural plans for the retreat center are finalized and a general contractor is selected to assist with cost analysis and preparation for the new retreat center.  Funds are still needed to fully fund the retreat center, but efforts are in place to raise the funds with the hope that construction can begin in 2016.  For more information on how you can help to “complete the dream” for Lutheranch, contact Keith Trout at (864) 313-1453 or ktrout@novusway.org.

ALL TENNESSEE 2018

122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee.  During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon.  Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief.  To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground.  Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.