Winterfest has a long tradition of faith-formation with senior high and college students in our synod! Now it returns as Winterfest at the Nook, hosted at the Warehouse Hotel at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, on December 8-9, 2018. In recent years, attendance at Winterfest had dropped significantly from a high of 0ver 900 participants in the mid-2000’s. There are a number of factors to consider, but we heard two concerns from congregational youthworkers that we wanted to honor:
1. The price-point has become too limiting for families and congregations, particularly right after the holidays
2. The hotel property was aging and service had declined

With a new location and a lower price point of $155, we hope to eventually generate an event youth will want to attend, and that families and congregations can value, and support financially. However, as this was an event we scheduled on short notice, the space for 2018 is VERY limited. We know we will have more lodging in 2019, but for this year we will need to have a fair and equitable system for registration. Registrations will be received on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be accompanied by a $50/person deposit.

So here’s how registration will work for 2018:

  • All we need for registration are the participants name and shirt size
  • Collect names and shirt sizes between now and September 4
  • Request a check from your congregation’s treasurer for the amount of $50 x # of participants
  • Print and fill out the Group Registration Form on Tuesday, Sept 4, and mail it with your check to our office

About Pastor Reggie Hansome

As we address the ways we respond to hate in our culture and in our own lives, we are thrilled to welcome Pastor Reggie Hansome, as our special guest speaker and Chaplain. Pastor Reggie will help us think about ways we can channel our responses to hatred, to reflect who we are as children of God and disciples of Jesus.

The Reverend Reginald Hansome currently serves as Senior Pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Tamarac, FL. He recently moved from Los Angeles, with his wife of thirty-seven years Mrs.Cherylynne Hansome, where here served as Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Assistant to Bishop Guy Erwin, and Director of African-Descent Ministries of the Southwest California Synod. Earlier on the east coast, he served as a Mission Developer in Charlotte, NC, planting a new worshipping community for the ELCA..

Rev. Hansome built strong bonds with Youth & Families and Young Adults as Program Director of Lutherdale Bible Camp, an ELCA Camp and Conference Center in Elkhorn, WI. He enthusiastically guided students as the Lutheran/Episcopal Campus Pastor at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Campus. Pastor Hansome brings a wealth of experience working with inner city, suburban, rural and outdoor congregational ministry settings. He shares a passion for joyful worship, evangelical outreach and lay leadership development.

What to Expect?

Youth and congregational advisors can look forward to a variety of social activities and games in addition to our faith-formation conversations and teaching. The community feel that has defined Winterfest for generations will also be a prominent part of this year’s event, alongside of inspired worship and time for reflection and sharing

Registration Materials

+ Space is LIMITED, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis!
+ Event cost for 2018: $155.00/person($50 deposit due at time of registration)
+ Read about our 2018 theme: “Dear Hate…” below

Registration OPENS: September 4th, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Download the application, group forms, and promotional materials, posted below:
WINTERFEST 18 Promotional Bulletin Insert
Winterfest 2018 Group Registration Form  (mail completed form with deposit)

WINTERFEST 18 Rooming Form (mail completed form with deposit and Group Registration Form)
WINTERFEST Registration Info Packet
(includes registration details for parents AND a Parents Letter, explaining the Winterfest event)
WINTERFEST Youth Covenant
WINTERFEST Adult Covenant
WINTERFEST Child-Abuse Disclosure Statement

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Postmarked by October 31, 2018

Winterfest at the Nook

Read more about our 2018 Theme, “Dear Hate…” under the retro Winterfest images located below

Winterfest at the Nook

Pastor Reggie Hansome

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Winterfest at the Nook

Our 2018 event theme, “Dear Hate…” comes from the notion of what you might write or say to hate, when you are faced with hate personally. In our culture today, hate seems to be escalating. We experience it first-hand on social media, in the press, and in-person. While it is not always pointed directly at us, it is often pointed at someone we care about, or even at the stranger who is “our neighbor” as Christ might suggest. How do we respond in a way that reflects who we are as a disciple of Jesus? Do we return hate for hate, or do we respond firmly, but lovingly? Responding to hate in a peaceful and loving way is hard, but possible, and it takes practice. Come practice with your friends at Winterfest 2018!

Want to check out Maren Morris & Vince Gill’s song, “Dear Hate”?: 
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