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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 2.0 - Last Updated 1/19/2018; 3;30pm (central time)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1pm-7pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training (Sandalwood)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

8am-7pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training (Sandalwood)
9am-5pm ELCA Colleges and Universities Planning Team (Conference Room #1)
10am-2pm Early Registration Open (Imperial Foyer)
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" - Mesquite
  • "Reading Ourselves into Scripture" - Redbud
3pm-7pm Network Board of Directors Meeting (Conference Room #2)
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 (Sandalwood)
8am-4pm Discipling Cohorts Peer Coach Training (Cottonwood)
9am-12pm ELCA Colleges and Universities Planning Team (Conference Room #1)
9am-4pm Intensive Care Courses
  • "How to have a Great Gathering" - Regency Ballroom
  • "Taking Einstein to Youth Ministry" - Mesquite
  • "Reading Ourselves into Scripture" - Redbud
9am-4pm Multi-cultural Initiative (Willow) 
9am-12pm Network Board of Directors Meeting; (Conference Room #2)
10am-7pm Registration Open (Imperial Foyer)
1pm-2:15pm Early Bird Workshop #1; (see workshop schedule)
2:00pm-4:00pm Regional Facilitators Meeting (Conference Room #2)
2:30pm-3:45pm Early Bird Workshop #2; (see workshop schedule)
4:30pm-5:30pm First Timer's Welcome; (Regency Ballroom)
5:00pm-7:00pm SYMBOL Network Reception (Presidential Suite)
5:30pm-7:00pm First Timer's Dinner (optional)
7:00pm-8:30pm General Session #1; (Imperial Ballroom)
8:30pm-10:00pm Welcome Reception! (Window Box & Arboretum Room)
  • 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

7:45am-9:15am      SYMBOL Breakfast Meeting (Sandalwood)
8:15am-9:15am        Wellness Session #1 (see workshop schedule)
8:15am-9:15am         Multicultural Initiative Check-In (Willow)
9:30am-11am            General Session #2  (Imperial Ballroom)
11:15am-12:00pm     Regional Touchpoints
  • Region 1 - Conference Room #4
  • Region 2 - Dogwood
  • Region 3 - Regency Ballroom
  • Region 4 - Magnolia
  • Region 5 - Cottonwood
  • Region 6 - Conference Room #8
  • Region 7 - Conference Room #6
  • Region 8 - Conference Room #2
  • Region 9 - Sandalwood
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) Meet in lobby by Grand entrance (outside of Einstein Bros.)
2:00pm - 4:00pm        Afternoon Connections

4:00pm-5:15pm          Workshop Session #1 (see workshop schedule)
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
  • 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 (see workshop schedule)
9:30am-11:00am General Session #4: Worship!  (Imperial Ballroom)
11:15-12:30pm Workshop Session #2 (see workshop schedule)
11:15-12:30pm Discipling Cohorts Groups 1-7 Meet (6th Floor Meeting Rooms)
12:30m-2:30pm Synodical Lunches (or lunch on your own.)
2:30pm-3:45pm Workshop Session #3 (see workshop schedule)
2:30pm-3:45pm SYMBOL Network Meeting (Conference Room #9)
2:30pm-3:45pm
Discipling Cohorts Groups 8-14 Meet (6th Floor Rooms)
4:00pm-5:15pm
Workshop Session #4 (see workshop schedule)
4:00pm-5:15pm
Discipling Cohorts Groups 15-21 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, led by Rachel Kurtz! (Magnolia)

Monday, January 29, 2018

8:30am-9:45am Workshop Session #5 (see workshop schedule)
10:00am-11:15am General Session #6 (Imperial Ballroom)
11:30am-1:30pm Regional Facilitators' Lunch & Meeting
1:30pm-7:00pm SYMBOL Network meeting (Sandalwood)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
     8:30am-11:30am SYMBOL Network Meeting (Willow)

Event Space:

Registration Table: Imperial Foyer
Hospitality Table:  Imperial Foyer
Extravaganza Office:
Live Oak

Prayer Chapel:  Board Room C
Learning Office:  Ponderosa

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
The ELCA Youth Gathering Tour has been filled.  Space might be available on-site, depending on any cancellations.

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. This year's offering is Staying Passionate About Ministry in a Messy World with Tiger McLuen (Conference Room #9)

Synod Meals

Friday:

  • Southeastern Iowa Synod Dinner; 5pm-7pm at Pappas Bar-B-Q (1100 Smith Street)
  • North Carolina Synod Dinner; 5:00pm.  Meet in the lobby by Einstein's.  Contact Tammy at 828.308.1362.

Saturday:

  • South Dakota Synod lunch. Meet at noon, location TBD. Contact Sawyer at 712-470-2708.

Sunday:

  • East Central Synod of Wisconsin lunch.  Meet in the lobby by the front desk.  Contact Patrick at 715.301.6968.
  • Eastern North Dakota Synod lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by escalator.  Contact Jamie at 701.351.1743.
  • Florida-Bahamas Synod (and alumni!) Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by escalator.  Contact Sue at 727.415.9887.
  • Indiana-Kentucky Synod Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by escalator.  Contact Dan at 317.775.4876.
  • Nebraska Synod Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by Einstein's Bagels.  Contact Lisa at 402.669.6309.
  • Northeast Minnesota Synod Lunch; 12:30pm in the Presidential Suite
  • Rocky Mountain Synod Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by escalators.  Contact Leslie at 916.612.7270.
  • Southeast Minnesota Synod Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by Einstein's.  Contact Amanda at 856.816.5752.
  • Southwest Washington Synod Lunch; 12:30pm. Meet in the lobby by front desk.  Contact Ingelaurie at 253.740.1439.
  • Southwest California Synod Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by Einstein's bagels.  Contact Janet at 650.465.4101.
  • Northwest Washington Synod Lunch; 12:30pm. Meet in the lobby by Einstein's. Contact Becky at 206.399.2514.
  • Northwest Wisconsin Synod Lunch; 12:30pm. Meet in the lobby by the front desk. Contact Shannon at 920.763.7812.
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the hotel lobby by Einstein's. Contact Brad at 646.957.6562.
  • Pacifica Synod Lunch; 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by Einsten Bros., Contact Terri at 951.205.1391.
  • Southeastern Synod Lunch.  12:30pm.  Meet in lobby by escalators.  Contact Rachel at 770.235.7339.
  • Southwestern and Northwestern Pennsylvania Synods. 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by escalators.  Contact Sarah at 412.512.6855.
  • Western Iowa Synod Lunch. 12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by escalators.  Contact Lynn at 712.299.2570. 
  • Western North Dakota Synod Lunch.  12:30pm. Meet in lobby by front desk. Contact Beth at 701.390.4513.
  • Sierra Pacific Synod Lunch.  12:30pm.  Meet in the lobby by front desk.  Contact Katy at 916.342.6380. 
  • Northwest Minnesota Synod Lunch; 12:45pm. Meet int he lobby by front desk.  Contact Kristina at 952.836.9376.
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