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Extravaganza 2018 Schedule

Note:  We fully expect this schedule to grow and change over the next few months. We'll remove this message when you can write it in ink in your calendar. If of course you have a calendar to write in. Certainly don't write on your smartphone in ink.

Schedule version 1.5 - Last Updated 8/31/2017

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1pm-7pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training (Location TBA)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

8am-7pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training (Location TBA)
10am-2pm Early Registration Open (Registration Desk)
1pm-6pm Intensive Care Courses (Gathering ICC includes Houston Tour-ends at 8pm)
  • "How to have a Great Gathering" - Regency Ballroom
  • "Taking Einstein to Youth Ministry" - Dogwood
  • "Reading Ourselves into Scripture" - Magnolia
3pm-7pm Network Board of Directors Meeting (Location TBA)
3pm-9pm Discipling Cohorts Peer Coach Training (Cottonwood)
8:15pm Early Arrivers' Reception w/cash bar (Window Box)

Friday, January 26, 2018

8am-4pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training (Location TBA)
8am-4pm Discipling Cohorts Peer Coach Training (Cottonwood)
9am-4pm Intensive Care Courses
  • "How to have a Great Gathering" - Regency Ballroom
  • "Taking Einstein to Youth Ministry" - Dogwood
  • "Reading Ourselves into Scripture" - Magnolia
9am-4pm Multi-cultural Initiative (Location TBD) 
9am-12pm Network Board of Directors Meeting; (Location TBD)
10am-7pm Registration Open (Registration Desk)
1pm-2:15pm Early Bird Workshop #1;
2:00pm-4:00pm Regional Facilitators Meeting (Location TBD - 6th Floor)
2:30pm-3:45pm Early Bird Workshop #2;
4:30pm-5:30pm First Timer's Welcome; (Regency Ballroom)
5:30pm-7:00pm First Timer's Dinner (optional)
7:00pm-8:30pm General Session #1; (Imperial Ballroom)
8:30pm-10:00pm Welcome Reception! (Exhibit Area)
  • Food served in Imperial foyer (3rd floor, in Window Box (2nd floor) and Arboretums (2nd floor).
9:30pm-10:30pm Full-Time College Students Reception (Presidential Suite)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:15am-9:15am        Wellness Session #1 (Location TBD)
8:15am-9:15am         Multicultural Initiative Check-In (Location TBD)
9:30am-11am            General Session #2  (Imperial Ballroom)
11:15am-12:00pm     Regional Touchpoints (Location TBD)
12:00m-2:00pm          Lunch (on your own.)
12:00am-2:00pm        Rostered Leader's Lunch (Meet at Hospitality Table)
1:00pm-6:00pm          ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Tour (limited to 320: FILLED)
2:00pm - 4:00pm        Afternoon Connections
  • Movie (Imperial Ballroom)
  • Theology Pub         
  • Creative Expressions  
  •  In Depth Learning Option

4:00pm-5:15pm          Workshop Session #1
4:00pm-5:15pm
         Discipling Cohorts Group 1-10 Meet (6th Floor Meeting Rooms)
5:00pm-6:00pm
          ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Tour Debrief (Imperial Ballroom)

5:15pm-7:00pm          Dinner (on your own)
7:00pm-8:15pm          General Session #3 (Imperial Ballroom)
8:30pm-9:30pm          Exhibitor's Faire Reception (Exhibit Area)
  • Food served in Imperial foyer (3rd floor, in Window Box (2nd floor) and Arboretums (2nd floor).
9:30pm-11:00pm        Network Partner's Reception (Presidential Suite)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

8:15am-9:15am Wellness Session #2 (Location TBD)
9:30am-11:00am General Session #4: Worship!  (Imperial Ballroom)
11:15-12:30pm Workshop Session #2
11:15-12:30pm Discipling Cohorts Groups 11-20 Meet (6th Floor Meeting Rooms)
12:30m-2:30pm Synodical Lunches (or lunch on your own.)
2:30pm-3:45pm Workshop Session #3
2:30pm-3:45pm
Discipling Cohorts Groups 21-30 Meet (6th Floor Rooms)
4:00pm-5:15pm
Workshop Session #4
4:00pm-5:15pm
Discipling Cohorts Groups 31-40 Meet (6th Floor Rooms)
4:00pm-5:15pm Gathering Synod Day Director's (Cottonwood Room)
5:30pm-6:30pm General Session #5 (Imperial Ballroom)
6:30pm-8:00pm Banquet (Provided) (Basement Marketplace Room)
8:15pm-9:30pm Cranberry Jam

Monday, January 29, 2018

8:30am-9:45am Workshop Session #5
10:00am-11:15am General Session #6 (Imperial Ballroom)
11:30am-1:30pm Regional Facilitators' Lunch & Meeting

New for 2018

We are excited about some new options for 2018.

Morning Self Care
Renew is one of our core values. We are looking for ways to start the day with renewal. Yoga for the body, Morning Bible Journaling and Prayer for the soul. And unique learning opportunities ofr the mind. We are getting creative about Mornings at the E! It's not just about coffee. But there will be coffee don't worry.

Gathering Tour
Not new, new, but hey it's something. You'll be able to pre-register for a bus tour of key ELCA Youth Gathering sites. Stay tuned for more on this.

In Depth Learning
Something between an Intensive Care course and a workshop. The Learning Team is putting something special together for Saturday afternoon so that you can go deeper.

Synod Meals

Friday:

  • Southeastern Iowa Synod Dinner; 5pm-7pm at Pappas Bar-B-Q (1100 Smith Street)

Sunday:

  • Northeast Minnesota Synod Lunch; 12:30pm-2:30pm in the Presidential Suite
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