This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent 
his one and only Son into the world that
we might live through him.  1 John 4:9 (NIV 1984) 

NYG Recap

Are you living love[d]?  What a challenge NYG 2013 offered us! Be sure to continue checking out for great resources and memories! 

We want to take time to thank all of you of the Kansas District for your part in this Gathering and the Kansas District PreGathering Activities!   We were well represented!  The Kansas District took 10 chartered buses to San Antonio and we also thank all those who agreed to be bus leaders! 

Registration as of the end of April showed that the Kansas District had 833 participants!  At the Kansas District PreGathering Servant Event there were 104 participants and 581 of us enjoyed the Kansas District Event at the Rio Cibola Ranch!  Many from our District enjoyed PreGathering Activities at Sea World, Schlitterbahn and Six Flags!  The PreGathering buses enjoyed a breakfast and tour at Concordia University in Austin on their way to the Gathering.  

Throughout all of our Kansas District PreGathering activities we heard many kind responses from drivers, vendors, Camp CAMP, theme parks, etc. about the behavior of the youth and their adult leaders – thank you!  

The Kansas District Booth was set up and monitored by Pastor Terry and Barb Wiechman and we thank them and those who took a “shift” throughout the Gathering! 

Send us your pictures!

Each congregation is invited to send 2-3 of their favorite pictures to be considered for use in a video to be shown at the Kansas District Youth Gathering, November 22-24!  Be sure to send your best “Living Love[d]” pictures!  ADULT LEADERS – it is your responsibility to get permission from each of your participants for these pictures to be viewed at the Gathering and also on the Kansas District website.  Please have these pictures to Arleata by September 1!  

Kansas District T-Shirts

The Kansas District T-shirts were designed by youth Natasha Lawrence, Risen Savior, Wichita (front) and Jacob Drey, Joseph Kracht and Cody Rengstorf, Bethelehme, Bremen, (back).  We thank them for their creativity!  We also thank Vicki Lessman for her help in the production of the shirts and the sorting and shipping!  We have several shirts in a variety of sizes still available to be purchased for $15.  If you are interested in any, please contact Arleata at

NYG District Coordinators

2016 LCMS National Youth Gathering

Saturday - Wednesday

July 16-20, 2016

New Orleans, LA

Save the Date and start saving 
for the expenses!  

Gathering Planners are already working diligently on this upcoming Gathering!  
Pray for them!  

Update from Our National Office 

Wow! What a week! We give thanks for the opportunity to spend time in San Antonio to celebrate God’s gift of love to us in His Son Jesus Christ. May you be reminded of your identity as a beloved child of God and empowered by the Spirit to share this gift of love with others.

Post Gathering Resources

While the Gathering is over, the Holy Spirit continues to work each of our lives. May you be encouraged and refreshed to continue to pour into the lives of your youth. Various Post-Gathering resources are or will soon be made available to aid you in this.

Post-Gathering Bible Study
revisits topics discussed at the Gathering and further grow your group in the meaning of God’s love for you and our response to share this love with others. Find both the leader and participant guide at

A Post-Gathering congregational worship resource
is also available to use in your home congregation as you share about your Gathering experience. Find the resource under ‘Worship Resources’ at

The Media Pass
provides tools to create your own recap presentation. Find video footage, highlight photos, presentation slides, and more online at Each congregation will also be receive a DVD with these resources in the coming weeks.

Each congregation will be receiving a
Post-Gathering DVD including recap videos and a special highlight on San Antonio and military families. All videos will also be available online at in the coming weeks.

Also being delivered to your congregation is a
Memory Book to be given to each Gathering participant. The book includes a message from LCMS Youth Ministry Director, Rev. Dr. Terry Dittmer, highlight photos, and Live Love(d) quotes and Bible verses. 

Missing Something - 5K T-Shirt, Live Love(d) Banner, Gathering Offering?

5K run shirts not received at the Gathering will be mailed in the coming weeks.  Gathering planners have a list of those who registered for the run, but did not check-in at Hall D to receive the shirt. Registered run participants (or congregational groups) may confirm their need for shirts by emailing Please provide congregational ID, congregation name, and run participant name(s).

Does your group need a Live Love(d) ‘Sending Banner’ that was distributed at Friday’s Mass Event? Please email to order one. Additional banners will be ordered and mailed in the coming weeks. 

Were you unable to contribute to the Gathering Offering while in San Antonio? As you are led, you may continue to make a monetary donation safely online at or mail it to LCMS Youth Gathering at 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd in St. Louis, MO 63122. Checks should be made out to “LCMS Youth Gathering.”


How was your Gathering experience? We greatly value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to fill out the evaluations you were given with your congregational group. Please fill out the evaluation and use the stamped envelopes to mail it to LCMS Youth Gathering at 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd in St. Louis, MO 63122. 

Please note that an additional online evaluation with more room for commentary will be filled out by Primary Adult Leaders.

Gathering Store

Still interested in purchasing a set of Live Love(d) communion ware or Gathering t-shirt? While supplies last, find Gathering items online at discounted prices: