Cardia Deo

March 18, 2023
10:00am – 3:30pm
​Grades 9-12

Zion Lutheran Church
​Grand Rapids

This one-day Cardia Deo retreat brings together senior high youth and adults from across our synod to grow in faith and build new friendships. The highlight of this event is the small groups led by high school youth and college interns on the LYO Planning Team, where we talk about life and faith in real ways.

We are Called, Gathered, Equipped and Sent to share the Heart of God (Cardia Deo) in the world. This year we focus on what it means to be Gathered to experience and share the love of Christ in the world.

Event Details

DATE:               March 18, 2023

LOCATION:     Zion Lutheran Church
2901 Hwy 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

AGES:               Youth in Grades 9-12
Adult Leaders must be 21 years old.
You must have one adult for every 7 youth.

COST:               Early Registration:        $30 per person  (Payment postmarked on or before March 3)

                          Standard Registration:  $40 per person (Payment postmarked on or after March 4)

Payment is due at time of registration. All payments are non-refundable. Registration opens February 1, 2023.
Last day to register is March 13, 2023.
Please note: Those who register after March 5 will not receive a t-shirt.
Final confirmation emails will be sent by March 6.

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Program Info

The offering recipient for the Closing Worship will be shared in the confirmation packet.


What to bring:
The LYO Planning Team will meet in January to plan this event. At this point, you just need to bring yourself! Any additional items will be listed in the confirmation letter.


What not to bring:
Alcohol, drugs, and weapons. Participants are asked to leave electronic devices in vehicles so they can be fully engaged in the weekend activities (cell phones*, iPads, and other internet, texting, music and gaming devices). Adults, please make sure your cell phone is set to “vibrate” if it is essential to bring it to activities during the Gathering.

*With adult leader permission, participants may use the camera function on mobile devices if the device is set in airplane mode so it cannot transmit and wi-fi is turned off. Participants will be asked to put devices away or give to an adult leader if they are being used for reasons other than taking pictures.



GROUP REGISTRATION FORM: Click here to submit Group Registration and Additions

Event Cost:  Early Registration:          $30 per person (youth and adults) (Payment postmarked on or before March 3)

                        Standard Registration:   $40 per person (youth and adults) (Payment postmarked on or after March 4)

  • Each congregation chooses a Primary Leader to fill out the Group Registration Form.
  • You will enter the name, grade/age and t-shirt size for each participant.
  • Program Registration includes t-shirt, lunch, and all program activities.
  • Full payments are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable.
  • Payments can be made by credit card (with added fee) or check (no fee).
  • You are not fully registered until your payment is received.
  • Add-ons to your initial registration are accepted as space allows.
  • Registration opens February 1, 2023.
  • Last Day to Register: March 13, 2023 – OR – when event fills, whichever occurs first
    • Please note: Those who register after March 5 will not receive a t-shirt.

Cancellation Policy: All payments are non-refundable. Substitutions are allowed.



CHANGE FORM: Click here to submit substitutions and cancellations

Substitutions and Cancellations: Please use the Changes Form above.

Participant Forms

Health and Release Forms: Due March 13

  • A Health and Release Form is needed from each participant (youth and adults).
  • All Health and Release Forms must be submitted online.
  • Submit online at Participants enter the email address for their Primary Leader and submitted forms are automatically forwarded to Primary Leaders.


Participation Covenant: Due at Event

Click here to download Participant Covenant

Please discuss the covenant with your group before obtaining their signatures.

COVID-19 Protocols

With the availability of vaccines and boosters that mitigate the severity of this disease for all ages eligible for this event, we do expect to meet in person! Below are protocols we have in place for the safety and wellbeing of our large and diverse group. Our goal is to manage risk, not eliminate it. We will adjust protocols based on current infection, hospitalization, and positivity rates so we can best care for ourselves, each other, and our wider community.

COVD-19 Protocols*:

  • All participants are required to provide proof of a negative at-home rapid test to their Primary Leader prior to departure on March 18. We know a negative rapid test does not guarantee participants are not infectious during the event, but gives an added assurance of protection for all participants and affords the best chance to allow us to not require facemasks.
  • We highly encourage all participants to be fully vaccinated, but this is not a requirement.
  • We do not anticipate requiring facemasks. But if infection rates are high at the time of the event and facemasks are needed, we will require high quality facemasks (N95, KN95, KF94).
  • Current CDC Guidance will be followed for those who have been exposed or test positive for COVID-19. As of December 2022, that guidance includes:
    • If you have tested positive within five days of arrival, you must stay home.
      • You may attend IF it has been more than 5 days since your positive test and all of the following are true:
        • You are fever free,
        • Your symptoms are improving,
        • You test negative.
        • You must still wear a mask through day 10 UNLESS you have tested negative twice, 48 hours apart.
      • If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive within 10 days of arrival you must wear a facemask.
  • Regardless if an illness is COVID-19 or not, please stay home if you are sick!! Pay attention to new symptoms such as fever/chills, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congested or runny nose, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. We don’t want to spread ANY illness across the synod!

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund payments from cancellations due to COVID-19 protocols or other reasons. Last minute substitutions ARE accepted.

*Synod leadership will continue to monitor COVID-19 and may adjust protocols based on updated CDC Guidance and current infection rates closer to the event. Final protocols will be shared two weeks before the event.

Add an Overnight!

Some of the fun of Cardia Deo is the opportunity to stay overnight for more time to be together as a group and connect with friends. Consider adding an overnight at camp or a local hotel in Grand Rapids!

Reservations, payment and programming are the responsibility of individual congregations.

Camp Hiawatha:
Add an overnight on Friday or Saturday (or both!) at Camp Hiawatha, just 20 miles from Zion. Contact Jaime at [email protected] or 800-331-5148 for more information and to make your reservation.

Below are nearby hotels with swimming pools.

 Country Inn and Suites

Timberlake Lodge

AmericInn by Wyndham