STATE YOUTH CONVENTION, a favorite event for many, is getting closer! The 2021 weekend is full of amazing plans and able to happen this year! The theme for SYC 2021 is "NOTHING WASTED," and we will be looking at Is. 43:19 "Look! I'm doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don't you recognize it? I'm making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness."
NEW THIS YEAR:
The Convention will be held at: First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan
We will be using the awesome Life Center at the church for our Friday night- Sunday morning services and various rooms for our breakout sessions. Our fantastic recreation/fun time will be off-site at the YMCA Saturday night.
Pastor Erin Taylor, Sr. Pastor in Alma, Michigan, will be our weekend speaker. Erin will bring the Word to us with power, energy and insight! Alanna Story will guide us in worship and praise during the weekend. They have been with us before and are a requested favorite group. As we get closer to the date, there will be more surprises to reveal!
It's VERY important to read ALL information concerning the convention, hotel registration, and meals because there are many details.
Convention Registration Price per Person:
Early Bird price- $60; currently through October 22
Regular- $75; October 23 through the convention
There is a non-refundable cancellation fee of $20.00 per person, but the substitution of one registrant for another may be done at no cost.
Youth Convention Task Force
Erin Taylor is passionate about helping others experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Her life and ministry are marked by her love for the local church, passion for developing leaders, and desire to pour out her life for Christ. In the summer of 2018 she was thrilled to begin serving as the Senior Pastor of the Alma Church of God in Alma, Michigan. Prior to that she served as Teaching Pastor at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis for 13 years. Much of the story of her life is deeply rooted in the local church. As the daughter of a Church of God pastor, Bob and Renee Moss, she grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan and answered the call to ministry at age 15 at the International Youth Convention of the Church of God. In 2002 she served as Miss Michigan for the Miss America Organization and traveled throughout the country speaking at schools, community events, and many churches. Erin completed her undergraduate and seminary work at Anderson University where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Erin and her husband Dan have four energetic kids (Will, Noah, Jake, and Anna Kate) and love celebrating how adoption is part of their family story.
Alanna Story is an Indianapolis-based band led by two sisters (Ally West/keys and Anna Hodge/guitar) and their husbands (Stephen West/guitar and Ben Hodge/drums). Over the span of their 12 years of ministry, the band’s desire has remained the same—to lead people closer to the heart of God. Ally shares, “I know that worship transcends music. It’s a way of living. A way of giving worth to the most vital part of my life, and that’s the Lord. What we do in a corporate worship setting is definitely a powerful avenue to allow a community to worship together, but it goes so much deeper than that. Worship is a heart posture. It’s a daily surrendering of my whole heart to God.” As both worship leaders and original artists, Alanna Story has released six recording projects. And while their ministry has taken them across the country and beyond, they continue to also remain rooted and invested in their local church ministry in central Indiana.
Did you do some cleaning, rearranging and sorting of your youth materials the last few months? Or do you NEED to? Leaders- bring any current books, DVD's, reproducible studies, extra youth materials, etc. We will have tables at First Church during SYC to display these items and bags where you can "shop." It's great to share what is no longer needed, knowing these items can help youth leaders & other ministries!!
Early Bird Registration is $60 per person through October 22 which includes all worship programming, Saturday recreation, and Chick-Fil-A lunch.
T-Shirts are available to order within the online registration: Small-Xlg $10.00 each and XXlg. and XXXlg $12.00 each.
The Youth Convention Task Force has arranged for blocks of rooms with the following hotels close to First Church. These rooms are on a first booked basis and come with a negotiated price. You do have the option to choose your own hotel.
Please use the code SYC2021 when booking rooms. You will need to ask what documentation for tax exemption they require. Deadline to Guarantee Rooms in each room block is October 15, 2021.
2567 W. Marquette Woods Rd., Stevensville, MI 49127; 269 428-4400
$79/night + tax (with up to 4 in a room)
15 rooms available- likely that refrigerators are available, Cold continental breakfast available
Comfort Inn Suites Stevensville
2633 W. Marquette Woods Rd., Stevensville, MI 49127; 269 428-4888
$94/night + tax (with up to 6 in a room)
30 rooms available- likely that refrigerators are available, Continental breakfast available
Tru by Hilton
2683 W. Marquette Woods Rd., Stevensville, MI 49127; 269 429-4444
https://bit.ly/SYC2021Tru $109/night + tax (with up to 4 in a room)
10 rooms available- refrigerators not available in rooms, Continental breakfast available
4:00 p.m. Registration/Check-in Opens at First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave. St. Joseph
8:00 p.m. Pre- SYC Party for Everyone!
8:30 p.m. Counselor Meeting
9:00 p.m. Worship
7:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotels
9:00 a.m. Doors Open at First Church of God
9:30 a.m. Worship Begins
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Break Out Session (1st of five choices)
12:00 Lunch (Chick-Fil-A at the church)
1:15 p.m. Break Out Session (2nd of five choices)
2:00 p.m. Midday Break
4:30 p.m. Worship with Communion, Personal Reflection & Application
6:30 p.m. Group Connection, Dinner and YMCA prep
8:30-11:30 After Hours at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA (Games, swimming, FUN!!!)
Breakfast at Hotels, pack, and check out before coming to First Church.
11:00 a.m. Worship at First Church of God