The theme of the 2013 Iowa District West Junior Youth Gathering is “ Re-Charge.” The Apostle Paul tells us, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). By His death and resurrection, through His Word and Sacraments, Jesus has given us power to re-charge in the face of all that tries to drain us of joy and strength.


Trivia time! What do the following have in common? The Chicken McNugget; PLINKO on “The Price Is Right”; The classic Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi; Care Bears; the first minivan; and the Iowa District West High School Youth Gathering. Give up? In 2013, all are celebrating 30 years of existence! Although the IDW Sr. High Gathering wasn’t one of those items making that list I recently read in an article titled “30 Things Turning 30 in 2013,” it is worth noting and we have much to celebrate!

Junior Youth Gathering Registration Materials

Senior Youth Gathering Registration Materials

National LCMS Youth Gathering

Held every three years, LCMS Youth Gatherings provide young people an opportunity to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. During the five-days of the Gathering youth spend time together in worship, God’s Word, prayer, song and service. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The next event is July 16-20, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please keep the Gathering in your prayers as planners begin preparing for New Orleans in January 2014.