High School Youth Group News October 2017
Holy Cross High School Youth Group plans to attend Youth Gathering in Houston
Our young people are planning to join 30,000 other youth from around the country for 5 days of worship, fun, and service to a city this Summer. We will be asking for all to help make this possible. Please read the experiences from the last gathering in Detroit below:
Why the Gathering?
An article published in Detroit during the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering described how the
“Skittles” were taking over the city. This was referring to the several thousand youth and adults
in Hart Plaza wearing bright orange shirts. But these weren’t just any old Skittles that when
they get hot their color stains your hands or they get hard to bite into. These Skittles only got
better with time. On my service day, I was on one of the busses that went around to the hotels
that people were staying in and collected diapers. It definitely didn’t seem or feel like a service
project considering there were other people that had their orange shirt covered in dirt. Once we
got to the place where all the diapers were to be dropped off, we saw the impact we had made
– an entire gym full of diapers and wipes. So many families were helped by us just riding
around and all of the people who brought diapers with them. The ELCA Skittles don’t make
stains; we try our best to get rid of the previous ones, even though it may not seem like it at
times. We are all moving toward that common goal.
I am one of the lucky few that will get to attend two Gatherings. Detroit was an experience I will
never forget, and I can’t wait to see what Houston has to offer next year.
– Landon Ridgell, North Carolina