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Emerge Middle School Youth Group

Hey Emerge! You may have noticed the new name. Upon first arriving at Holy Cross, I noticed that the Middle School group didn’t have a name, whereas the High School group did hence the new name.

The idea behind Emerge came from my own personal faith journey, when I was in middle school, I began reading and learning about the Bible. The stories sparked my imagination. Curiosity took ahold of me, and faith began to grow and take shape in my life. Faith was something that found me very early on and the same still holds true. Faith isn’t reserved for adults; it can find anyone. We see it in the Bible in the story of Samuel, where God speaks to him at a young age and the same still holds true for us today. God is still speaking. 

Here’s what's coming up for our weekly events. Each week will be focused on one of the following types of events:


INVITE: Join us for a fun event or outing and INVITE a friend!

NURTURE: These are faith-formation events. We’ll check in, explore a Bible story and pray.

SERVE: We’ll roll up our sleeves for a service project (think like Feed My Starving Children).

May Schedule

· Saturday, May 11 (6 pm) - Invite Event
Join us for an evening of fun, hotdogs, and fireworks with the Chicago Dogs! If you need a ride, we'll be meeting at Holy Cross at 5pm and carpooling. Students and Chaperones can RSVP with the Youth and Family Director Edwin Andrade at (520) 370-9572 or

· Sunday, May 19 (10 - 10:45 am) - Nurture Event
Join us for a Nurture Event. We'll be having a Bible study, discussion, prayer, and ending with a game or two. Hope to see you there!

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As always, we’ll share some snacks, and check in with each other and with God! Friends are always welcome at any event!

Questions? Contact Edwin Andrade at

2024 ELCA Youth Gathering

July 15-20, 2024

New Orleans, Louisiana

We are thrilled to announce an upcoming Youth Gathering next summer in 2024! Every three years, thousands of high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service, and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. 


The 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering will take place July 14 - 21 in New Orleans, Louisiana for youth currently in grades 8 - 12. We have a few spots remaining and we would love for additional students to join us. The deadline to register is February 29.

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For any questions or to register, please reach out to Edwin Andrade at or (520) 370-9572. To make a donation to help the youth with their fundraising efforts for the Youth Gathering, please visit

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