2024 District Youth Gathering

2024 District Youth Gathering

Come to the 2024 Missouri District Youth Gathering!

Cross Pointe Retreat Center – Rocky Mount, Lake of the Ozarks | April 5-7, 2024 | Grades 6-12 | Joplin Youth Sign Up Now Through February 25

NOW – Galatians 2:20

The weekend-long Youth Gathering Trip is open to all active students in grades 6-12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School in Joplin!

Join us as we gather our junior high and high school youth with other Lutheran congregations from around the state to worship and pray, celebrate and play — experiencing the living Word of God and the love of Christ together — April 5-7, 2024 at Cross Pointe Retreat Center in Rocky Mount, MO. Specific Interest Center presenters and other information will be available soon.


Cross Pointe Retreat Center features hotel-style lodging (most rooms feature 2 Queen beds to house up to 4 youth per room). NOTE: The hotel rooms are FULL! We will be staying in their bunk bed dorms this year. We’ll need to bring sleeping bags and pillows and towels too! During the District Youth Gathering we will make use of the large worship center for our general sessions, break-out rooms in several of the retreat center’s buildings, and large indoor recreation center. Age-specific programming for younger and older youth will also happen each day.

Those attending the MO District Gathering from Immanuel-Joplin will only pay $80 of the full registration cost. Our youth ministry will cover the rest… By the way, those helping to make and sell Super Subs on Super Bowl weekend will receive a discount. Other financial aid is also available. Just ask our youth minister, Jason Glaskey.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I NOW live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

Main Presenters: Cassie Moore and Tanner Olson

Cassie Moore

Cassie Moore is an author, international speaker, and leadership consultant with 15 years’ experience as a Director of Christian Education in Lutheran churches and schools. A prolific author, she grew up in Illinois and Minnesota, has a degree from Concordia University in Irvine, California, and has helped lead multiple national and district youth gatherings. In her free time, Cassie loves dogs, chatting over coffee with friends, hiking and kayaking, and traveling.

Tanner Olson

Tanner Olson is an author, poet, and speaker living in Nashville, TN with his wife Sarah, their son Judah, and dog, Pancake. The mission of Tanner’s writing is to spread hope and announce love through written and spoken word poetry. From classrooms to churches to coffee shops to conferences, Tanner has traveled the country performing poetry, delivering messages of hope, and sharing stories. You can find Tanner’s work at writtentospeak.com and @writtentospeak on Instagram.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, April 5             

  • 4:00 PM — Load cars in the Youth Parking Lot and leave for camp. (Send cash for supper along the way.)
  • 6:00 PM — Registration/Fireside Hangout/Rec
  • 8:30 PM — Welcome/Community Building/Leader Meeting
  • 9:30 PM — Devotion/Band
  • 10:30 PM — Church Group Devotions
  • 11:30 PM — Lights Out/Quiet Time

Saturday, April 6        

  • 8:00 AM — Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM — Band/Announcements
  • 9:00 AM — Session 1
  • 10:30 AM — Community Building/Breakout 1
  • 11:00 AM — Rec
  • 12:00 PM — Lunch 1
  • 1:15 PM — Band/Announcements
  • 1:30 PM — Service Project/Breakout 2
  • 2:30 PM — Service Project/Talent Show Preview
  • 3:00 AM — Rec/Talent Show Preview
  • 4:30 PM — Rec/Talent Show Preview/SR High Leadership
  • 5:30 PM — Dinner
  • 7:00 PM — Session 2
  • 8:00 PM — Talent Show
  • 9:00 PM — Rec/Bonfire
  • 10:30 PM — Church Group Devotions
  • 11:30 PM — Lights Out/Quiet Time

Sunday, April 7

  • 7:30 AM — Breakfast 1
    8:30 AM — Pack & Clean
    9:00 AM — Final Session & Worship
    10:30 AM — Wrap Up & Photos
    11:00 AM — Head for Home (Send cas for lunch along the way.
  • 3:00 PM or so — Arrive at the Immanuel Parking Lot. (Youth will call parents from the road with specific arrival time, so they can be waiting for our arrival.)

Register Here!