Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about next summer and our quadrennial (every four years! 😉 post-confirmation Pilgrimage to Lutherland Germany, June 13-24, 2016. Key features of the experience include:
- encounters (actually doing stuff) at sites related to the Protestant Reformation that occurred in the 15th century
- making friends and enjoying the hospitality while staying in the homes of families from our partner congregation in Schwerin, Germany (they have already agreed to host us again!)
- appreciating German culture including castles, a medieval festival, Euro Cup Soccer, food, drink, and other customs.
There will be a detailed itinerary available for your review by Rally Day, August 23. Before that time though, it would be very helpful to know if anyone in your family (and perhaps friends) will consider the trip next summer with these factors in mind:
- While the activities and youth hostel lodging of the trip will be designed for confirmed high school students (that 5-year window from rising 9th graders through graduated seniors) and their youth leaders, college students and parents are welcome to attend as well.
- Given previous experience, a very rough guess at a total cost for the trip would be approx. $3000-$3500 per person, including flights, lodging, all activity fees, and two meals per day.
- Given the fundraising support of the congregation and community, it’s not been uncommon for hardworking students to reduce their cost to ~$1000-$1500.
Please note, we are not looking for any sort of binding interest at this point. Only a rough outside guess so that we can reserve enough space at each Youth Hostel, where it’s always easier to reduce our numbers later rather than it is to increase. While we hope to be making those reservations by the end of August, we won’t need to finalize and pay for them until early next year.
Please forward this information to anyone else who might be interested. Let Pastor Steve know if you have any other questions at this point, and he’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Peace, Pastor Steve