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Extravaganza 2018 Schedule

Caveat emptor: 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 1.3 - Last Updated 7/13/2017

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1pm-7pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training

Thursday, January 25, 2018

8am-7pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training
10am-2pm Early Registration Open (Registration Desk)
1pm-6pm Intensive Care Courses (Gathering ICC includes Houston Tour-ends at 8pm)
3pm-7pm Network Board of Directors Meeting
8:15pm Early Arrivers' Reception w/cash bar

Friday, January 26, 2018

8am-4pm Gathering Synod Coordinators Training
9am-4pm Intensive Care Courses
9am-4pm Multi-cultural Initiative
9am-12pm Network Board of Directors Meeting;
10am-7pm Registration Open (Registration Desk)
1pm-2:15pm Early Bird Workshop #1;
2:00pm-4:00pm Regional Facilitators Meeting
2:30pm-3:45pm Early Bird Workshop #2;
4:30pm-5:30pm First Timer's Welcome;
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)
9:30pm-10:30pm Full-Time College Students Reception (Presidential Suite)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:15am-9:15am Morning Self Care
8:15am-9:15am Multicultural Initiative Check-In
9:30am-11am General Session #2  (Imperial Ballroom)
11:15am-12:00pm Regional Touchpoints
12:00pm-2:00pm Synodical Lunches (or lunch on your own)
1:00pm-6:00pm  ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Tour (limited to 150)
2:00pm-3:15pm Workshop Session #1
3:30pm-4:45pm Workshop Session #2
5:00pm-6:00pm ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Tour Debrief
5:00pm-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)
9:30pm-11:00pm Network Partner's Reception (Presidential Suite)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

8:15am-9:15am Morning Self Care
9:30am-11:00am General Session #4: Worship!  (Imperial Ballroom)
11:15-12:30pm Workshop Session #3
12:30m-2:30pm Lunch (on your own.)
12:30am-2:30pm Rostered Leader's Lunch (Meet at Hospitality Table)
2:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Connections
  • Movie
  • Theology Pub
  • Creative Expressions
  • In Depth Learning Option
  • Gathering Tour (2:30pm-5:30pm)
4:30pm-5:45pm Workshop Session #4
6:00pm-7:00pm General Session #5 (Imperial Ballroom)
7:00pm-8:30pm Banquet (Provided)
8:45pm-10:00pm 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.

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