RESOURCES: Winterfest 2016

“I Am Not Black” Video:
Winterfest 2016 “Images”: 
Winterfest Curriculum:
2016 “Community” Curriculum
ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Letter
Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Commencement Comments
“Dear Muslims” Letter from a US Army Soldier

We feel like we have listened to previous evaluations and still provide the same quality event you’ve come to expect at Winterfest. We WILL return to a full weekend event in 2017, when the dates shift to January 6-8, 2017. Please note the special features of this year’s event, including the Silver Anniversary Celebration, the newly invigorated young adults ministry component led by Darren Hamric, the LutheranHANDS Pre-Event, and the Adult Leaders Tracks, offered again this year.

Why Adult Leaders Tracks at a Youth Event?

There are nearly 150 adults who attend Winterfest on an annual basis. While some have responsibilities for the event management, and some are small group leaders, many come to serve as congregational advisors, who accompany youth and who often tell us that they gain as much from the event as their youth do. In 2013, we began to experiment with special adult learning tracks, to give adults even more opportunity for their own faith formation, and to provide education around how to more faithfully accompany youth in your home congregation setting. This year we are raising the bar even higher! We have invited our synod Learning Ministries Team to offer programming for adults during two of the Saturday small group times.

Winterfest 2016 Frequently Asked Questions:


What is Winterfest? A Historic Perspective

Winterfest is our annual synod senior-high and young adult event, for youth in grades 9-12, and young adults up to age 24. Typically held the first weekend of the new year, the event includes large group gatherings with live music, speakers and video, all focused on a central theme. Participants also gather with youth their own age for caring conversation and activities in small groups with leaders trained to help them discuss the event theme and its impact on their daily lives of faith formation. The weekend includes lots of time for fun and socializing, hanging with old friends and meeting new ones, as well as time for worship and prayer.

Each year youth can look forward to traditional small group conversations with peers, but also the interactive learning modules recently added to the afternoon line-up at Winterfest. Youth can also look forward to many of the fun and fellowship activities that make Winterfest memorable, like inflatable games, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and basketball in the Host’s spacious Expo Center, a Saturday evening dance, live music and karaoke, snacks and more.
Youth leaders can gather for continuing education, spiritual nurture, and fellowship with their peers.

Downloadable Registration Resources