The saints go flying home

Posted on July 26, 2009 by Heidi Hagstrom

All Saints

Meet Seth Moland-Kovash (standing), a funny and thoughtful pastor from All Saints Lutheran Church in Palatine, Ill. He led a group of youth from the congregation to the 2009 Youth Gathering in New Orleans July 22-26.*

All Saints

Before boarding an airplane back to Chicago, he held a Bible study at Gate C-10, Louis Armstrong International Airport, New Orleans. He used a Bible covered with the youth gathering theme: “Jesus, Justice, Jazz.”

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All Saints, Palatine, Ill.

He asked the teens what the best part of their week had been. Everybody wanted to talk:

  • “Skillet” (Christian rock band; loud — very, very loud.)
  • “Jay Bakker”
  • “My hat”
  • “I met my soul mate”
  • “Listening to stories”
  • “The letter from Barrack Obama”
  • “Having a bishop that’s a lot of fun”
  • “Betty” (A New Orleans woman who helped them find sandwiches, then invited them to eat them in her courtyard.)
  • “Just being with everybody”

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Alex Spriggs

This is Alex Spriggs, the teen grateful for finding this hat. He’s 16 and attends All Saints Lutheran Church, Chicago.

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Palatine prayer

Pastor Seth repeatedly thanked the youth for their service in New Orleans. Then he led them in prayer.

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