Rapid City Day 4 (7/13/2016)


Day four of our mission trip was one of the most difficult yet. Most groups were struggling through the third of four days on their service sites and one of our groups was learning the ropes at two completely new sites. But despite the adversity they faced emotionally, mentally, and physically, we are all in great spirits this morning and ready to take on our final day of service.

Please continue to comment below. Your love and support has helped each of these youth (and chaperones) carry on when they’ve faced difficult moments. Thank you!

Rapid City Day 3 (7/12/2016)

We continued on our mission sites today. Some of us are getting pretty tired and could use some encouragement today. Last night we had some extra time before bed, so we were able to respond to some of your comments!

Rapid City Day 2 (7/11/2016)

Day 2 of our mission trip to Rapid City was our first day on our work sites. We we split up into four different groups, two of all St. Mark Youth and two groups mixed with Hope Lutheran from Fargo/West Fargo, ND. At our sites we worked with lots of different groups.

Our first group spent the day clearing out a lot where Habitat for Humanity will be beginning construction later this week. Our second group split there day between a food bank in the morning and a nursing home in the afternoon.

Sadly the other half of our youth were unable to gather videos from there sites due to confidentiality issues. But throughout the next couple of days I hope to capture the youth sharing the amazing stories that have already begun to take place at the Club for Boys (an organization which strives to equipdboys to become young men) and Black Hills Works (an organization which cares for people with mental disabilities of all levels.

The youth loved the comments from yesterday, and actually wanted me to keep on reading them after I ran out, so keep them coming today!

Ash Wednesday Potluck

This Ash Wednesday all of the families of confirmation got together to share a delicious meal, learn about what’s ahead for lent, and to participate in the Ash Wednesday service at 7pm. Our meal was a delicious mash up of all of our favorite dishes from Pulled Pork to Mac ‘n Cheese to Meatballs to Jello. What a delightful event.

This year during CREW we have been studying the Pillars of Faith and what it means to be a Lutheran Christian. As we move into our Lent Project, we’ll be focusing on the ELCA’s motto: “God’s Work, Our Hands.” In order to do God’s Work, we’ll be partnering with a historically Lutheran ministry called Mosaic. Mosaic serves people with intellectual disabilities in our communities.

During tonight’s meal we were blessed with the presence of Mosaic staff and clients. We heard from Kaite Flippen, Mosaic’s Public Relations Specialist, about the role Mosaic plays in the community both here in central Iowa and throughout the nation and internationally. Then Paul and Ryan (two Mosaic clients) about how their lives have changed since being involved with Mosaic. We saw that although people with intellectual disabilities may have different challenges than you or I might face, that they are blessed with their very own set of gifts and abilities.

This year during Lent, our small groups will be partnered with a group of Mosaic clients and asked to prepare a party based on the specific interests and abilities of the members of the Mosaic group. As CREW members work on this project, they will be asked to find how what you are doing fits in with the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Mark.

After Lent we will be displaying in the church the awesome work of our middle schoolers and the impact they’ve had on their community.

 

Youth help out with Trunk-or-Treat!

Each year St. Mark reaches out to the community around us to provide a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience. This year both the Middle School and High School youth helped out by creating their own trunk-or-treating experience. Check out the pictures below to see what they did!

Eikon (High School)

Last Sunday the High School youth built a Spooky Maze in the church basement. During Trunk-or-Treat, the youth helped kids have a safe and not too scary haunted house experience!

CREW (Middle School)

Over the past couple of weeks each of the 6 small groups worked together to plan a fun trunk. Then they met up early on Wednesday evening to put together their trunks and hand out candy to the Trunk-or-Treaters.


  
  

Walk 4 Water Concert and LOCK-IN!!!

This week instead of our normal Sunday night meeting, we actually met on Saturday Night for a Lock-in. We kicked off the night at 6pm at Faith Lutheran Church where we met up with several other churches from throughout central Iowa for an event featuring the Walk-4-Water campaign, Agape, Rachel Kurtz, and Joe Davis.

The event started with a .1 mile journey through the basement carrying 5 gal water jugs (weighing 40 lbs!) to simulate the 3.7 miles that the average woman in sub-Saharan Africa must walk to retrieve water for her family. On the journey we had to walk through simulated flood waters, stand in the heat, learn about water born illnesses, and follow the perilous journey of an individual who doesn’t have enough water. After sweating our way through the Walk-4-Water track, we moved into the sanctuary where we witnessed an awesome concert!


  
  


Then we headed back to the church for a night full of Gargon, Hypotherables, and The Magic School Bus (seriously, that’s the netfilx movie the youth picked out). It was a great night and it all culminated in us attending the 10am Contemporary worship together.

Feeding the Hungry: Salvation Army Casseroles

Last Sunday the High School Youth of Eikon worked together to make 16 breakfast casseroles and 4 dozen hard boiled eggs to help feed the homeless here in Des Moines. The casseroles will go to the Salvation Army Food Truck which hits the streets every Tuesday and Friday morning. To learn more about the Food Truck ministry of the Salvation Army, and to see how you could make your own casseroles, CLICK HERE.

Check out all how all the action went down in the pictures below: