Yesterday. We’ve all had a yesterday. Yesterday when the questions had answers that were black and white. Yesterday when there were good guys and bad guys and you could tell the difference based on the music playing in the background or what color shirt they were wearing. Yesterday when the lines were defined and you knew for sure you’d never cross them. The things in your life weren’t necessarily the easiest, but the problems you faced could be addressed through the lens of a faith you’d spent a long time building, questioning, and re-building. But that was before.
Before that shot went off. Before the test was positive. Before your friend came out. Before your brother gave up on his faith or your girlfriend left you for somebody else. Before you had to make that decision. Before that suicide note, that phone call, that nightmare. Before the lines got blurry and God fell seemingly silent.
Yesterday was crisp, clear, mapped out with latitude and longitude, routes and road signs.
But today? Today is unknown, uncertain…uncharted.
There are so many questions without straightforward answers. What do we do when we want to follow Christ wholeheartedly but can’t seem to find him amidst the noise of our own doubts and misgivings? Zeteo 2014 will explore the heights and depths of people living in an unexpected world while attempting to trust in a constant and unchanging God.
Zeteo is an ecumenical youth retreat weekend with the vision of bringing together youth and adults from different traditions and backgrounds to seek Faith, Focus, and friendships through main stage speakers, testimonies, worship, seminars, activities and deep connections.
More information to follow
Q: Why call it Zeteo?
It is a greek word that means “to seek in order to find.” God has laid it on the hearts of the leadership team to start an event with this purpose entirely. We hope to create opportunities for youth and youth leaders a time to deepen their faith, and their relationships with each other. It is a weekend retreat like nothing your group has ever been a part of in the past. A weekend of fun, laughter, worship, messages, and experiences that youth will never forget.
Q: How do I register for Zeteo?
Registration will be available September 10th, 2013. After that date you can visit this page and click register now. Register for all that you need and then you can pay over time so that you lock in the lowest ticket price. However groups must be paid in full by January 1st.
Q: How much does it cost?
- Regular Price- (through 12.20) $60
- Last Minute (After Dec 20) – $74
Q: Do I have to pay for it all now?
No, we ask that each group pay 25% their bill now, and have it fully paid prior to January 1st, 2014. You have the opportunity to log into the registration form and add payments as funds are available.
Q: How do we get from the hotel to the convention center?
We are offering a free shuttle from the Ramada Inn Altoona to the convention center. The Courtyard Altoona is connected to the convention center. Any other sleeping arrangements will require driving to and from main session.
Q: What do we do for meals?
Depending on your hotel, breakfast may be included. However, there are no meals included in the conference ticket price. There are many local establishments available for your group to choose from.
Q:Where do we stay?
For the first time, you are able to stay anywhere that your group wishes. We have room blocks at the Courtyard Altoona and at the Ramada Inn Altoona, at a discounted rate. If you are on a budget, feel free to contact churches in the area for lodging.
Q:How do I reserve a room in the Zeteo Room Block and what are the rates?
We have blocks available at both the Altoona Marriott which is attached to the facility ($99 per night) and the Ramada Inn Altoona which is under 1 mile away ($95 per night including breakfast). When booking you will need a credit card to hold the rooms for your group. Please book your rooms as soon as possible, because there are only a limited amount available at these discounted rates.
Marriott Room Booking: There are now a few more rooms available- Please call the hotel directly to book rooms at 814-312-1800.
Ramada Inn Altoona Booking: (limited availability)Please call the hotel directly at 814-946-1631 and say you are booking under the “Zeteo” room block.
Comfort Inn- (2 miles away)- (limited availability) $79 per night plus tax. Rooms sleep up to 4 with double queen beds. Breakfast is included. To book, please call the hotel directly at (814)-693-1800 and book under the Zeteo Room block.
Comfort Suites- ( 10 miles away) – $109.65 per night plus tax. Rooms sleep up to 6 people with double queens and a pull out. Breakfast Included. To book, please call the hotel directly at (814)-942-2600 and book under the Zeteo Room block.
Q: What is the Safe Sanctuaries Requirements?
We are requiring groups to maintain a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 students when at the convention center. Groups are required to follow their churches safe sanctuary policies throughout the weekend.
Q: What is the plan for inclement weather?
We will hold the event unless there is a state of emergency declared by the governor of Pennsylvania.
Q: If we can only come for Saturday is there a way to purchase a one day ticket?
In order to create a weekend long experience for the students, day passes will not be available for youth groups.
Q: What do our kids need to bring?
(swimsuit, snowgear, money etc.?)
Please see our packing list, available at www.snlym.com
Q: Is there a way to view the seminars and topics ahead of time?
Seminars will be available to view on the website by October 15th.
Q: How does security work?
We will have security on site at the conference center throughout the weekend. However, you are always responsible for your youth group.
Contact Ryan Murphy with questions