Friday, June 16, 2006

JAM Trip Details - July 11-21, 2006

Next Meeting: We will gather again after service (11:00 a.m.) on Sunday, June 25th at the church.

Cost: As we talked about on Sunday, the cost per family will be $500 for the trip. Each of you has already paid a $100 deposit, so the balance is $400. Here is a breakdown of how that figure was arrived at.

Per Person Item                                    Total Cost
$690 Airplane Tickets $10,350
$130 Gathering Hotel ($95 per room per night) $1,900
$235 Gathering Registration $3,525
$85 Van Rental $1,220
$40 Van Gasoline $600
$160 Food $2,400
$160 Admissions/Miscellaneous/Reserve Fund $2,560
$1,500 Totals $22,555
Here is an idea of our current financial situation:

Beginning Checkbook Balance                          $15,300
Parental Contributions ($400 x 13) +$5,200 $20,500
Balance of Gathering Registration -$2,025 $18,475
Airline Tickets -$10,350 $8,125
Hotel, Van, Gasoline, Food -$6,120 $2,005
Admissions/Miscellaneous/Reserve Fund -$2,560 -$555
Rummage Sale Profits already in hand $2,055 $1,500

All of our work fundraising has paid off and we will be able to afford this trip!

Contact Information:
  • Pastor Andy – 232-8386 (I am using a different cell phone for the summer)
  • Kay Peterson – 232-4034
  • Elizabeth Hanson – 232-6402 (She will be carrying my cell phone during the trip)
  • (We will try and post photos and updates here during the trip)
  • Gathering Infoline – 1-888-411-ELCA (3522)
  • Radisson Hotel San Antonio Market Square – 210-224-7155

Flight Info: The bulk of the group (including myself on the return trip) will be flying together.

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2006 Northwest Airlines Flight #844
    depart 9:40pm - Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
    arrive 5:57am - Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
    Plane Change (1hr 13min - ground time)
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Northwest Airlines Flight #3362
    depart 7:10am Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
    arrive - 10:00am Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Return:Friday, July 21, 2006 - Northwest Airlines Flight #1156
    depart 12:45pm - Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
    arrive 3:30pm - Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
    Plane Change (1hr 45min - ground time)
  • Northwest Airlines Flight #845
    depart 5:15pm - Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
    Friday, July 21, 2006 arrive 8:01pm - Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

Kay Peterson will be organizing transportation to the airport. If you would like me to add a frequent flyer number to your reservation, please e-mail me the number ( and I will take care of that. Remember, all passengers must have government issued identification of some sort.

Itinerary: After arriving in Houston, the group will collect baggage and then I will fly in at 10:45 a.m., followed by Elizabeth Hanson, her girls, and Kara Larson. Then we will all drive to San Antonio to participate in the ELCA Youth Gathering. I will not be staying at the same hotel as our group, since I will be working with the Learning and Communications Technology teams at the event. Wednesday through Saturday nights we will be at the Radisson Market Square.

Sunday we will drive to Houston and work with a Camp Noah program for children displaced by the hurricanes last fall. We will either be staying at a church or with host families. As soon as we know, I will let you know so that we know if we need to bring sleeping bags and mattresses or not. We do know that wherever we stay will be air conditioned. We are planning side trips to NASA’s space center ( and to Schlitterbahn Waterpark ( and probably some other places as well.

Health Forms: Your health form needs to be filled out and and returned to the church by our June 25th meeting. E-mail or IM me if you lost yours and need another.

Please contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.

Monday, June 05, 2006

ELCA Youth Gathering 2006 - Musicians and Speakers

The list of musicians and speakers for the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer in San Antonio has been released and all I can say is WOW! This is quite a line-up of powerful thinkers and speakers. Bishop Hanson, Tony Campolo, Jim Wallis, and lots of others. WOW!

Click here for the full list.