Faith Fest 2010: "Healing Hunger, Breaking Bread"
Augustana will welcome high school youth to Faith Fest on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, 2010. Youth and their adult leaders are invited to campus for a weekend of music, presentations, Bible study, worship, games and recreation.
"Healing Hunger, Breaking Bread" seeks to raise awareness about world hunger—both physical and spiritual. Activities will highlight the causes and the impacts of hunger in the world and give youth opportunities to care for their neighbors in response. The theme is based on Isaiah 58:10, "If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday."
Send your group's registration by January 29, 2010. Each participant should complete and bring a form giving permission for treatment in an emergency. A $65-per-person registration fee includes four meals (Saturday evening, a midnight breakfast on Saturday night, and Sunday breakfast and lunch); a Faith Fest gift; lodging at the Elmen Center on campus; a ticket to the concert and/or the Augustana basketball games on Saturday night; and all other program costs for the event.
Faith Fest 2010 will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, a bit later than in prior years, and planned activities will go later into the night, culminating with a midnight breakfast and communion service at the Elmen Center.
Breakout sessions provide a chance to interact with Augustana faculty. Discussions will address understanding poverty on the Indian reservations; using sustainable agriculture to fight hunger locally and throughout the world; acknowledging and satisfying our own spiritual hunger; and feeding others both physically and spiritually.
On Saturday afternoon, participants will spend several hours at the Sioux Falls Kids Against Hunger packing site. There, they will help to pack the specially formulated rice-soy casserole that is delivered to starving children and their families in the United States and in Haiti.
Faith Fest 2010 will feature musicians David Scherer (Agapé) and Rachel Kurtz throughout the event. These two Minnesotans performed at the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July 2009. They are coming to Faith Fest as a part of “Jesus, Justice, Jazz: The Tour,” a series of concerts nationwide seeking to raise money for world hunger. Their concert on Saturday evening will be open to the Sioux Falls community as well as to Faith Fest participants.
Agapé (Dave Scherer) has inspired youth from Brooklyn to Bosnia with his relational ministry, "Hip Hop Outreach." He combines dancing, rapping, and storytelling in his edgy, relevant presentation of the Gospel. Said to be an electrifying performer, Dave has a way of connecting with every listener to transcend musical genres and touch the human heart.
Rachel Kurtz is a singer and songwriter whose distinctive voice infuses her organic instrumentation. Her subtle blend of style reveals folk pop sensibilities with a healthy dose of soul. Audiences across the country resonate with Rachel's music. It gets inside of people, calls them friend, and lets them know they are not alone.
Augustana Director of Congregational Outreach & Liturgical Arts