2021 Kansas District Youth Gathering
November 19-21 | Hotel Topeka at City Center
All high school students of the Kansas District are invited to join us for this year’s Kansas District Youth Gathering (KDYG) November 19-21 at the Hotel Topeka at City Center in Topeka, Kansas! Our theme for this year’s Gathering is “Faithful,” based on 1 Thessalonians 5:24. Down through the generations God has proved Himself faithful and He has been working towards His perfect plan and purpose for humanity, which is that Christ is all and in all.
We are preparing to make this year’s Gathering a safe and Christ-centered experience including Bible studies, service projects, music, fellowship and worship! Join us in November!
Pastor Bill Yonker
Pastor Bill Yonker serves as the senior pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee, Illinois, a large suburban congregation with a large school. For the last 25 years he has traveled around the country between 18 to 20 weekends a year speaking at Christian conferences, retreats, high schools, middle schools and college campuses. Recently he traveled to Denmark to serve as keynote speaker at an international Christian young person’s gathering. He also spends three or four weeks every summer speaking at different Christian camps and resorts. During Valparaiso University’s 150th anniversary, he was named one of the 150 most influential alumni of the last 150 years.
Before serving in suburban Illinois, Rev. Yonker served as pastor in several inner-city ministries: Berea Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinoi.
Pastor Yonker is an avid coffee drinker, lover of stories and storytelling, is a voracious reader, an ardent fan of the Green Bay Packers, and is enthralled with Frank Sinatra music and 60s bubblegum music. He is married to Joanne, an occupational therapist, and is father to Becca (married to Tyler), Abby, and Josh. He is also the devoted grandpa to Nathan William Vachio.
The Kansas District is pleased to welcome Remedy Drive back to the District Youth Gathering. Remedy Drive has released 13 full-length recordings and garnered 12 Top 20 singles since their inception in 1998. Their music has been heard on NBC, SpeedTV, and VH1 as well as Middle Tennessee Hyundai Dealers’ Music That Drives promotion.
Remedy Drive’s latest recording, Imago Amor, follows Commodity (2014) and The North Star (2018) as the third album in a trilogy designed to shine light on slavery and amplify the voices of those impacted by human trafficking and injustice.
“Our culture is filled with voices seeking to demonize and dehumanize some of the most vulnerable among us in our global community: the exiled, the marginalized, and the oppressed,” says David Zach, founding member of Remedy Drive. “Imago Amor is our attempt to shine light into that darkness.”
Registration for the KDYG opens September 1.
We will register on a first-come, first-served basis.
The registration fee includes programming, workshops, and activities, a T-shirt, plus a lunch Saturday afternoon, but NOT HOUSING.
Standard Registration begins September 1 and is $99 per person thru October 15.
Final Registration of $115 begins October 16 and closes November 15.
Due to time constraints, we will not be able to guarantee Gathering wear for late registrations, so get your registrations and t-shirt orders in early.
Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to participate. We work with a maximum 9-to-1, youth-to-adult ratio for each family group. Adult leaders must be at least 21 years of age.
Registrations must be submitted online. Follow the link on this page.
All youth registrations must be accompanied by a Primary Adult Leader registration, maximum nine youth per adult. Registration forms are included in the event packet for your convenience, to aid you in gathering and entering your online registration information. Photocopy the forms as needed for your group.
We request fee payment by one check per congregation, payable to the “LCMS Kansas District.” All registration fees must accompany the registrations.
No refunds for cancellations after November 1.
After you complete your online registration, print a copy of the invoice and include it with your congregation check and mail to:
LCMS Kansas District Youth Gathering
Attn: Tami Lierz
1000 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604
Medical Release Forms are included in this packet and on kslcms.org. You will keep these and bring them with your youth. We suggest you photocopy each so both the youth and adult leaders have a copy while offsite.
A photo of all Gathering registrants will be taken SATURDAY morning. A link to the high-quality digital copy of this photo will be emailed to the Primary Adult Leader following the Gathering.
Service projects will be on-site at the hotel this year! We will be working on projects that will benefit local Topeka organizations. More details are coming soon.
KDYG is being held at the Hotel Topeka at City Center (formerly known as the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel).
Each group is responsible for making their own hotel reservations.
The cost for lodging at the Hotel Topeka at City Center is $97 per room (plus applicable taxes) PER NIGHT per room. There is a maximum of four per room.
Hotel reservations should be made early to ensure that your group will be housed onsite. Hotel reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours in advance without penalty.
Please reserve your group’s rooms by using the hotel link on this page or contacting:
Hotel Topeka at City Center
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612
Toll-Free Number: (800) 579-7937
Tax-exempt forms for your church must be faxed/emailed or mailed PRIOR to arrival. Please bring a hard copy with you for check-in.
Rooms will be held only until Nov. 1. After that date, rooms will be available to Gathering participants on an availability basis only. So, make your room reservations early!
Q. May I register somebody late?
A. Yes, however the registration fees do go up the later you register.
Q. May I switch someone else for a person who registered and now is not going?
A. Yes, you can make changes and substitutions to your group’s registration online.
Q. Who can help me if I have additional questions?
A. Contact Tami Lierz at 785-357-4441 ext. 5001 or email at email@example.com.
He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.
I THESS. 5:24