Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Zion’s Lego Club constructed a Lego version of Jerusalem depicting the events of Holy Week. Check out the video below!
(Jesus said, “I tell you, if you keep quiet, the LEGOS will shout”? Luke 19:40)
Youth are an integral part of congregational life at Zion’s–on a regular basis, they help with worship leadership, share their gifts of song and voice, help with service projects, teach young and old alike, and bring joy to our life together.
In addition to being involved in worship life and age-appropriate Sunday School classes (6th-8th graders are typically in Confirmation class, and 9th-12th graders are in a Senior High class together), our youth learn, grow, and serve together in Youth Group. Led by Jim and Laurie, Youth Group is open to students in 7th-12th grade and includes regular “Youth Group meetings” with Bible study, sharing, and fellowship, as well as service opportunities, synod events, and trips. Check out our newsletter for the latest news on what our Youth Group is doing!
NEW THIS YEAR! Jim and Laurie will be leading a “Mini Youth Group” for students in 4th-6th grade. This group will meet on monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:45-7:30 PM and will includes lots of fun activities with “Sprinkles of Faith” throughout. This is a great opportunity for younger students to get to know one another and Jim and Laurie better, while experiencing Christian community, and building excitement for Youth Group in a few years!
The youth traveled to Washington DC for a mini-mission trip through a program called YSOP. After some sightseeing, we cooked and served a meal, open to people coming from the streets. It was a powerful opportunity to serve other people, especially people in need. Each table not only had food, but also board games. As we played games and broke bread together, we got to know each other and realize we are all people!
The next morning we split into two teams to do service projects. The one group headed to a furniture bank; the other to a senior citizen center. Both groups were able to serve others — blessed to be a be blessing!
On our mission trip to New York City, we had a meal with homeless people. It was really meaningful to share a meal we had cooked with them. We also played games. The whole experience reminded us that we are all people!
The next day we split up into groups. Some of us worked on a community garden.
To celebrate our 275th Anniversary, the Lego Club built a Luther Rose. Here is an explanation of the Luther Rose from Wikipedia:
“Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. “For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theologiae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen.“
This year the Lego Nativity scene was back…Bigger than ever, complete with 21 different animals, the nativity scene totally captured the attention of countless children this Christmas. What a creative way to tell the story of Jesus’ birth!