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Sunday, March 25, 2012

OLYO Youth Convo 2012

Attend this year's OLYO Youth Convocation in Sunriver, OR for a wonderful time of networking, decision-making, and connecting!

We will be meeting concurrently with the Oregon Synod Assembly in Sunriver, Oregon, April 27-29.Cost is $130/person.
Each congregation is invited to send 2 voting youth to the OLYO Convo to represent their congregation in the election of OLYO Officers for the 2012-2013 school year. Please note that OLYO Voting Youth are NOT the same as youth who are registered to be voting members of the Assembly with their congregations. Also, churches may send more than 2 youth to the Convo, but which youth are voting representatives should be indicated on registration forms.

Please note that responding the the event pages on Facebook and/or Soul Cafe does not count as registering. Attendees must fill out registration forms in order to attend this event.

Registration forms and OLYO officer applications can be found here:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Middle School Rally!

Make sure to add the 2012 OLYO Middle School Rally to your spring activity plans!

March 17-18, 2012
West Linn Lutheran Church--West Linn, OR
Registration begins at 10 AM.

Our theme is Tomorrow Starts Today, and we'll talk about how young people just like you are making a huge difference by doing seemingly small things, and how you can as well.

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity." --1 Timothy: 4:12

Look for the registration forms in the "Documents" tab on the front page for the OLYO Group at Soul Cafe

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

High School Gathering!

As you're filling your calendar with activities this fall, don't forget the
OLYO High School Gathering
November 11-13
Camp Cascade - Lyons, Oregon
We'll talk about BREAKING BARRIERS with our speaker and musician AGAPE*! He'll be joined as well but fantastic musician Rachel Kurtz! They're joining us for the weekend as a special stop on the Citizens with the Saints Tour!
"For [Jesus] himself is our peace, who has made the two one and destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility." Ephesians 2:14

Look for the registration forms in the "Documents" tab on the front page for the OLYO Group at Soul Cafe

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Hello everyone! If you haven't checked out SoulCafe yet... you should!

For the next few months we'll be posting information simultaneously on both this blog and our group on SoulCafe, with the goal being eventually to take up permanent residence on SoulCafe.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Convo Schedule

Oregon Lutheran Youth Organization - Convo

12:30pm Registration Opens Bloch
1:00 Opening Worship Ballroom (w/SA)
3:15 Intro to the Weekend Suite
4:00 Churchwide Presentation Ballroom (w/SA)
4:45 Roundtable Discussions Various Locations
6:00 Dinner Suite
7:15 Shane Claiborne Presentation Ballroom (w/SA)
8:30 Dessert and Vespers Ballroom (w/SA)
9:30 Group Fellowship Time Bloch/Suite
11:00 Devotion Suite
11:30pm In Room and Quiet In (own) Rooms

7:30am Breakfast Available Suite
8:30 Morning Prayer and Shane Claiborne Ballroom (w/SA)
9:30 Break/Free Time (including lunch)
10:00  Optional Workshop (Panel Discussion- Ballroom)
11:00  Optional Workshop (see schedule)
Noon Lunch and Free Time (Interviews)
2:00 OLYO Business
Guests and Conversations
6:00 Get ready for Banquet
6:45 Meet before Banquet Bloch/
7:00 Banquet Ballroom (w/SA)
9:00 Fellowship Time Bloch/Suite/Pool
11:00 Devotions Suite
11:30pm In Room and Quiet In (own) Rooms

7:30am Breakfast, Pack-up Suite/Rooms
9:00 Installation of Officers/OLYO Report Ballroom (w/SA)
10:00 Final meeting together Suite
10:30 Closing Worship Synod Assembly

Things to keep in mind:
o   First and foremost: We are here as representatives of our youth groups, congregations, the Oregon Synod, and the whole Body of Christ. We should act in a way that reflects that, by
o   respecting other hotel guests
o   respecting the process and activities that will take place this weekend
o   respecting hotel property, and that of others
o   participating with your best efforts
o   keeping a positive attitude (attitude is everything!)
o   Be flexible
o   When leaving the hotel, stay in groups of 3 or more
o   Rooms: We have plenty of space to hang out, so it probably isn’t necessary to hang out in guest rooms. However, if it’s necessary to be in a room other than your own, groups of 3.
o   Be IN YOUR ROOM after devotions, if you need snacks, sodas, etc, do it before Midnight
o   Basically it’s about common sense, you’re here as a leader, and by being here (and signing the covenant) you agree to be held to a higher standard.
o   If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask! (Lisa’s Cell: 503-481-7966)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Leadership Training School

Technically this is an Oregon Synod Event, but many of the folks you've seen and met at OLYO events will be there! So we thought we'd make the info available!!

These links will get you the documents you want!:
Registration Forms
Informational Flyer (same info as printed below)

Youth who are entering or leaving grades 9-12 are  invited to the Oregon Synod’s Leadership Training School at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
June 22-24th
Menucha Retreat Center
38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Corbett, OR

Cost $100
We’ll spend 3 days and 2 nights as a community, living, exploring, discussing, cooking, eating, and celebrating together.
Questions we’ll be focusing on:
· How do I find my strengths? How do I use them?
· What does it really mean to be a leader?
· Do you hear me? (Why effective communication is more than what you say.)
· How can young people serve as leaders in environments that are made up mostly of adults?
We’ll also spend time in conversation about what it means to be a young person of faith in Oregon, and the challenges and opportunities for young people in the Oregon Synod.

Return the registration form to Lisa Gray by June 15th.
Forms may be mailed or emailed :
190 SW 3rd Ave, Canby, OR 97013
Call or email with questions (503-266-4061)
Please make checks payable to: Oregon Synod

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Every congregation in Oregon is encouraged to send two high-school youth to the Oregon Lutheran Youth Organization (OLYO) Convo.

 JUNE 3-5th - Hilton Hotel - Eugene, Oregon

Youth Convo happens concurrently with the Oregon Synod Assembly. It is a great opportunity to come together with youth from around the state, for fun and fellowship. We will be participating in intergenerational conversation and  and opportunity to dream together about current events and the role that young people can and do play in the life of the church. We’ll be doing leadership development and electing next year’s OLYO Board officers. We will also have plenty of time for games and other fun activities.

Register now!
The cost is $130
Registrations must be received by May 20th
For registration forms  and more information visit:
Helpful Information:

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gray (OLYO Advisor) at 503-266-4061 or