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Monday, February 22, 2016

Great Opportunity for Youth!!!!

Our Bishop recently sent a reminder which I now pass on to you. If there are any 11th or 12th graders to whom Bishop's School would be something that draws your interest, please contact me immediately.
Ever in Christ
Pastor Keith

From Bishop Schaefer:
For those of you who might not be aware, Bishop’s School is a time for intentional theological study and discussion for high school juniors and seniors. This event is not necessarily for youth who are discerning a call to ministry, although it could include those youth. Bishop’s School is for the youth who ask tough questions, who challenge what they hear, and are eager for theological discussion. I know we have many youth in our Synod who fit this description. 

This is an incredible opportunity for these young people, especially since our Synod is hosting and the event will take place at our camp, Luther Springs. Sue Mendenhall and I envisioned needing to struggle mightily to choose only 8 (the maximum each Synod can send) students to attend. As of this date, we have only 2 applications in hand and 2 more we have been told to expect. I am discouraged by this response, because I know we have more than 4 young people in this synod who would benefit from this opportunity. 

I have received word from Region 9 that the application deadline has been extended to March 10There is a non-refundable registration fee of $450 per person to attend Bishops’ School. It is requested that payment of this fee be divided equally among the synod, the congregation, and the student, with each paying $150. This fee covers all housing and meals during the event. Transportation costs are not included. For those that are invited and accept the invitation to attend, the first installment will be due at the time of registration.

I strongly encourage you to consider whether there are young people in your congregation that would benefit from this opportunity, and if there are, that you lift them up for nomination, and invite them to apply. 

Peace be yours, 
Bishop Robert Schaefer

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