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.

Mario Kart Battle and Shape Shifting

Mario Kart

Tonight’s theme was Fellowship. We had an awesome time playing some new games that Nora came up with. We started off the night upstairs with a great free-for-all, real life Mario Kart Battle. Unlike the video game, where the balloons are attached to a kart, tonight we tied balloons to our ankles and tried to pop everyone else’s balloons. We played a few free-for-all rounds, a couple of team rounds, and finally the boss level. For the final round we set a chair in the center of the room, tied one balloon to everyone, and made sure everyone was touching the chair before we started. Check out the chaos below!


After some ridiculous fun upstairs, we moved down to the lower level of the DC for some team building. For this activity we split the group in two and blindfolded half of them. Then the team that wasn’t blindfolded was shown a shape, letter, or state. They then had to arrange the blindfolded group into that shape. What a great night of team building and fun!

Worship in Everything We Do

For our first Worship night of the 2015-16 school year we met the worship team and talked about the importance of Sabbath Worship. We learned that we can worship God with anything we do. To explore the idea of worshiping God everywhere and in everything we do, we played a game called Cranium. In this game we were asked to draw, sculpt, spell, answer questions, and sing to make our way around the game board.


After we played the game, we met as prayer partners. Our juniors and paired up with a freshman or sophomore to pray for one another. After spending intentionally time praying for one another, we moved our worship to the sanctuary, sang songs of praise, and sought the presence of Christ in our lives and in that space.


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:


  

Baals, Idols, and Kings: Defying the First Commandment

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We began our first learning night by reading the 1st commandment out of Exodus 20:3-6. Then we asked what the point of this rule was. We realized that in our reality here in central Iowa, we really don’t run into situations very often where people are actually worshiping other/lots of gods. So to better understand the reason this commandment was important we looked into a few different stories from scripture where other gods played a prominent role. Here’s what we read:

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Eikon Kickoff Night

Our first week of Eikon is in the books! We had a great turn out from both youth and parents! Together we got together to share a meal and learn about the plan for the year ahead. Each week we’ll focus on one letter of the acronym FLOW. These stand for Fellowship, Learning, Outreach, and Worship. Each of these themes has an adult and a student leader who are in charge of organizing and leading these events. Please take a minute to check out our calendar available by clicking on the calendar tab, or right here. This calendar can be downloaded directly into your own calendar and should be updated automatically whenever changes are made.

Once we got all of that business out of the way, we had an opportunity to enjoy each others’ company with our first Fellowship night of the year. We played a memory game to get to know each other and Austin Kock ended up beating out everyone by remembering long lists of books in the Bible, Batman villains, nail polish brands, and numbers. Way to go Austin!

We followed that up by playing a few rounds of the classic Eikon game, Gargon. This is an intense mix of capture the flag, hide and seek, and flashlight tag. What a blast! And in case you’re wondering what in the world is going on in the video below, while the Gargon was busy hiding the pieces of the flashlight, Jamie asked the youth to face the wall. This fine group of gentlemen decided to pass the time by making up their very own Christmas song.


ELCA Youth Gathering – Recap Video

Here is our Gathering Recap Video. Last night we had a dinner with our investors where the youth on the trip were able to share their experience with the people who provided the financial gifts to make that possible. We’d like to say thanks one more time to our generous supporters!

If you’re having trouble watching the video here, try it on youtube: https://youtu.be/vjGCSdo29Pg

ELCA Youth Gathering – Day 4

Here is our Day 4 video. This was our “Proclaim Community” Day. We were sent out to explore the interaction center, play games, and immerse ourselves in activism projects. The Walk for Water Project is the project that our kids decided to really get involved in. Just from our own pockets the kids grabbed enough money to raise $300.

We also decided to try to get floor seats for the final night of the Gathering, you’ll have to watch the video to see how it went!

If you’re having trouble watching the video here, try it on youtube: https://youtu.be/1vDRaqsdVx4

ELCA Youth Gathering – Day 3

Although we’ve already made it back safely, we have a few more videos to post. Internet was surprisingly hard to come by and when we did have it, it was fairly slow. So, uploading the videos took a back seat to being with the kids.

With all that out of the way, here is the Day 3 Video. Today was “proclaim story” day. This was our opportunity to meet and worship with the other youth in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. We had been running on very little sleep so enjoy all the awesomely fun things all the kids and adults do when they are sleep deprived!

Please comment below to share your support and prayers with the kids. I can’t wait to show you what else we’ve been up to!

If you’re having trouble viewing the video here, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/wgsXjIlwh1c