SCSW Youth Gathering

May Reminders

68 Days & Counting!

Time is rapidly moving forward as the Gathering is just about two months away. This email is just to keep the upcoming important dates on your mind, share a little something extra, and offer you some contact information.

Please note that I will away on vacation and disconnected from email beginning this Sunday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 22. But don't worry, if you have questions relating to the Gathering during this time here is who you should contact based on your inquiry:

For general Gathering logistics and programming questions:

Pastor Steve Meyer

Gathering Synod Champion, La Crosse Area Synod

(507) 459-7623

For questions more specific to our synod (travel, swag, etc.):

Marie Leafblad

Associate to the Bishop for Leadership Support

(608) 270-0201

For questions about your Gathering account, participant changes, Gathering payments, and online training (gLearn) please email the ELCA Gathering staff at

Know that you are all amazing and what you do for the young people of our churches truly matters.

Pastor Jason Poole-Xiong

Gathering Synod Champion or (608) 387-8560

Key Dates

  • Now-June 15: Required Adult Leader online training courses released via gLearn portal. All registered adults will be emailed information. Completion is mandatory and is to be completed by June 15.

  • May 15, 2024: Final details released in congregational online portals.

  • June 5, 2024: Synod Gathering adult leader meeting via Zoom at 7:00 p.m.

  • June 11, 2024: Synod Gathering adult leader meeting in-person (@Synod Office in Madison) AND Zoom at 1:00 p.m.

  • June 11 & 12, 2024: Synod Gathering "Swag" available for pick-up @ Synod Office in Madison during office hours.

  • June 27, 2024: "Final Q&A" webinar hosted by ELCA Youth Gathering staff. Register online here.

Adult Leader Meetings

As referenced above, we will be hosting two Adult Leader Meetings in June to help you in final preparations for the Youth Gathering and answer any and all questions. Please save the date. Any and all adult leaders are invited but please ensure at least one adult leader from your congregation can attend one of the sessions.

Session 1 - Online via Zoom

June 5, 2024 @ 7:00 p.m.

Session 2 - In-Person @ Synod Office & Online via Zoom

June 11, 2024 @ 1:00 p.m.

No RSVP or registration is needed to attend. Zoom links will be shared the day prior via this email list.


While we are in New Orleans there will be three "lagniappe" stations located across the city. Lagniappe means "a little something extra" in French and each station will offer your youth just that. Aside from water, restrooms, A/C, and phone chargers each location will include live music and a local storyteller.

As an example, one of the storytellers will be Mikhala Wolsgaard-Iverson who was nurtured by a vibrant upbringing in New Orleans who found her true path in the history of this vibrant city. I invite you to watch more of her here and share this with your groups:

The various lagniappe stations will be available each day of the Gathering from 10am-3pm each day and your group may visit as many times as they wish.