Hammo 2018

Theme: Powered by Love

Power; It is energy drinks, power bars, high octane fuels, solar panels, nuclear energy, geothermal, hot springs, solar flares, lasers, watts, kilowatts, joules per second, energy per unit time, implosions, explosions, pyrotechnics, love.

Love? What's love got to do with it? No, it's not just a second-hand emotion. Love is the power that drives us to do good things. We have a new dimension of love infused from the Holy Spirit for us to share with and serve others. We are powered by love.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. --Romans 12:9-10

This year the Hammo weekend is all about being powered by love. In addition to Romans 12:9-10, we may also work with Isaiah 54:10, 2 Timothy 1:7, and 1 John 4:7-10. Besides having a great time with other youth groups you will have ample opportunity to explore how we are powered by love and how it is reflected in what we do and say every day of our lives.

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Music: Starboarders

Est 2009, Starboarders began playing shows in Knoxville, TN, Charlotte, NC and Nashville, TN. What had begun as a simple gathering of a few guys with a common desire to make music had become something much more. As they grew and matured in the music, they decided to begin working several songs up to make an EP. After meeting Yanic Bercier, who heard the Conversations EP, they were encouraged to take the work they had done on the EP and make a full-length album: CHROMA. After relocating to Atlanta, GA, the band expanded to include Cory Estes and Dan Snyder as well as several other amazing musicians. The collective of Starboarders that plays with Matt often changes, but the music brings the same passion regardless of the players. Starboarders hope the music makes life better. Even if just for a moment. Without anyone listening, this is all kind of pointless. So, welcome to our story.

Speaker: Matt Simpkins

Pastor Matt grew up at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Franklin, TN and served on the staff at Lutheridge while in college at the University of Tennessee where he earned a B.A. in Speech Communication and Organizational Development in 1998. After working in recruiting and sales for a few years for Aerotek in Nashville, Pastor Matt answered the call to ordained ministry and graduated in 2006 with a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary. During his four years at Faith Lutheran Church, Pastor Matt was instrumental in starting a 2nd campus ministry and bringing a new format and energy to their non-traditional service. Pastor Matt is also working under contract with Lutheran Church of the Redeemer to develop an alternative worship service in Midtown Atlanta. Pastor Matt's wife, Melody, is an Associate in Ministry and will serve at Redeemer as their Minister of Spiritual Formation. Melody and Matt have two sons and live in Decatur. Matt also plays with the music group Starboarders, thinks Jack Bauer is the man, doesn't know how to knit, and used to go to the rodeo with Waylon Jennings.

Bible Study: 

We'll be sticking with the same format we've used for the past two years: a Bible story, a historical story, and a modern story, connected together via our theme. Questions will be provided for your group.


Our offering this year is a service activity! We're asking groups to bring non-perishable food items to Hammo 2018 for the End 68 Hours of Hunger program. The mission of the program is to meet the needs of local school children who confront approximately 68 hours of hunger between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon, and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning. Click here for a flyer with more information on the program.

Hammo coincides with the ELCA God's Work, Our Hands Sunday, so we'd like to really encourage groups to take the opportunity to collect as much food as possible for the End 68 Hours of Hunger program to bring to Hammonasset. For a shopping list of food items needed, click here.