Every three years, 30,000 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.

There are five components to the gathering:

Worship - Each day 30,000+ youth and adults will gather to hear the day's scripture and theme articulated by engaging speakers and musicians

Proclaim Justice Day - day of service in Houston

Proclaim Story Day - day for exploratory learning in synods

Proclaim Community Day - activity in the interactive center

Community Life - Evening activities will take place at the hotels and other venues each night, which will include the Final 15, a home group devotional and sharing time.

Our group is partnering with neighboring ELCA churches in Dubuque: St. Peter's, Lord of Life, and St. John's. We will prepare together before the trip, travel to Houston together, and stay together for the duration of the trip. The group will leave Dubuque on June 25th and arrive home again on July 2nd.

Have you been looking for ways to grow your faith after finishing Confirmation classes? Join us on April 4th and 18th in the Fellowship Hall from 7:30-9 PM! We meet the first and third Wednesdays of every month


Mini-Retreat meeting: April 27th, 6-9 PM & the 28th 10 AM - 6 PM @ St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Asbury

Final meeting: Saturday, June 16th, 9 AM - 9 PM

Dubuque, Iowa

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church   1755 Delhi St, Dubuque, IA 52001   (563) 582-3228


  • 4th most populous city in the US.
  • Most diverse US metropolitan region in the US, surpassing New York City.
  • If Houston were an independent nation, it would rank as the world’s 30th largest economy.
  • Six flags over Texas refers to the flags of Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, the United States, the Confederate States of America and back to the United States after the civil war.
  • More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the metropolitan region.
  • 92 countries have consular offices in Houston, the most outside of Washington DC.
  • At 655 square miles, Houston could fit the cities of New York, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Miami all within its borders.
  • Nearly a quarter of Houstonians are between 5 and 19 years old, making it one the “youngest” cities in the US.

HTLC Fundraising Schedule

 Wall of Envelopes

 March—Rent a Kid auction, LFC

 Rummage Sale April 12-14th

 April 20th, 5:30 PM - Come to Sundown Mountain, South Lodge, for a Murder Mystery Theater and Dinner! Click here to get tickets!

 May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Trivia Night! Around 6:30 PM, after the 5:30 worship service, join us in the LFC for a walking taco, mocktails, and trivia!

Are you registered!? 

This year's ELCA Youth Gathering is in Houston, TX from June 27th - July 1st! If you're interested in attending please email sara.mccaw@gmail.com to get registered!