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Video Invitation from the Vice President of Outreach


NLS 2018 Annual Gathering

July 26-29, 2018

Hosted by the Region 7 – Florida Secretariats:

Gold Coast, Indian River, Lighthouse, Sonbeam, Sonshine South, and Sonshine North Via de Cristo

On behalf of the National Lutheran Secretariat and the Host Committee from Region 7 – Florida, you are officially invited to attend the National Lutheran Secretariat Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, FL, July 26th through July 29th.

The NLS 2018 Annual Gathering theme, Reflect the Son, is based on 2 Corinthians 2:18, emphasizing that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can reflect God’s glory in all the environments we seek to influence for Christ.  We hope you will join us in being rejuvenated and refreshed in your Fourth Day!

Palm Beach Atlantic University (www.pba.edu) will be the site of this year’s annual meeting.  The campus is located on the beautiful Intracoastal waterway in downtown West Palm Beach; a ten-minute walk across a beautiful bridge will put you in famous Palm Beach with its beaches, Worth Avenue, Flagler Museum and Coconut Row.  A committee member will greet you at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), just a ten minute drive from the campus.  While we strongly encourage flying in and out of PBI to avoid the common traffic delays of I-95 and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL),  we will provide transportation to and from PBI or FLL.

The dorm rooms on the compact Palm Beach Atlantic campus share a bathroom with one other adjoining room, so no more than four people will be sharing.  No smoking and no alcohol are permitted on campus.  The facilities are entirely air-conditioned for optimal comfort in South Florida’s summer heat and humidity.  The short walks between events are palm tree-lined and on level terrain, and elevators are available in all multi-level buildings.

Please use the Registration Form and the Travel Form, located on the NLS website, www.viadecristo.org.   Please note that you may take advantage of a special “Early Bird” discount if you register by April 30th and a special discount if this is the first Annual Gathering you have attended! The full registration fee will be paid by attendees registering after May 1st.

Please plan to attend this year’s NLS Annual Gathering!  We encourage members from all Secretariats to send your full complement of eligible representatives plus non-voting visitors.  The annual meeting experience is not just for elected or appointed secretariat members but also for community-at-large.  Each year the gathering proves to be an exciting, uplifting and wonderful forum in which we can exchange information, share ideas, make new friends, and renew old friendships.  You will be led, fed and encouraged with music, worship, the Eucharist, meals, laughter, and God’s love together with brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the United States!

On behalf of all six of the Florida Secretariats, we want you to know that we have been lifting all of you up in prayer during these months of preparation, and we are so excited to be welcoming you back to Florida once again!  Come and join us in Reflecting the Son!

Watson and Magdala Ray