On Wednesday, the 3rd, St. Stephen had their first after-school program of the year for the 3-5 graders and we had two students: Laura and Dailyn that helped out. This year, we are choosing a key word for each month and this month is RESPONSIBILITY. On Wednesday, we learned about Adam and Eve. Here is a picture of the students playing Frisbee Golf after the lesson for their group game:
The first week of school is almost in the books. It has been a great week. Students connected to our ministry and the Campus Religious Center has had opportunities to be involved in grill outs, Esther's Kitchen and Common ground Planning.
Grill Outs: On Tuesday, we had over 100 individuals attend our grill out as we served hamburgers, hot dogs and baked beans. Here are a few pictures from the grill out:
Esther's Kitchen: On Tuesday, we also went to Esther's Kitchen to serve a meal for the community. Following the meal, they also helped clean up. Here is the group that went and served. Our next service day is September 23rd. Come and be part of the work that God is doing.
Common Ground: We had six students who came out to discuss Common Ground. Common Ground will be our new worship service on Sunday night. Here is a picture of the students who came out to serve:
On June 21st, Gillian joined the St Stephen Lutheran Church high school mission trip on their Group; Week of Hope trip to Cincinnati. It was a great week of learning and serving. Thank-you Gillian for your servants heart. On the return trip, she had the responsibility of driving one of the vans by herself for 15 hours.
On Friday, May 9th, we held our Baccalaureate service at the Campus Religious Center. We had 15 students from SMSU who participated in the worship service along with their family, friends, and campus ministry friends.
On Sunday, April 27th, we took seven students over to Hope Lutheran in Minneota. Ryan, Riley, Za, Kelly (front row), Ann, Hollie, and Jon (back row) participated in the event. Here is the program that we presented:
Welcoming, Introduction, and Prayer: Jeff Greathouse
Perspective of a Freshman: Transitioning From High School to College: Riley Fischer
Panel Discussion: A Glimpse into our Lives: Riley Fischer, Hollie Christensen, Jon Heimer, Zachairley Eisden, and Kelly McGuire
Worship Song: Jesus at the Center - Israel Houghton – Led by Zachairley Eisden
My Journey is Almost Over: Ann Kopitzke
Worship Song: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United – Led by Zachairley Eisden
My Faith Journey and How I Ended up at Element 26: Ryan Bartz
Glimpse into a Lesson: Childlike Faith through “The Guardian” Hollie Christensen (Scripture 1), Ann Kopitzke (Scripture 2), Kelly McGuire (Questions), All Others (Tables with Hope)
Transitioning from a 2-year college to SMSU: Jon Heimer
Worship Song: I Will Worship – Equippers Church – Led by Zachairley Eisden
The Future of Element 26: Jeff Greathouse
The Financial Landscape of Lutheran Campus Ministry: Bethany Glidden
Blessing: Jeff Greathouse
On Saturday night, April 5th, we (LCM) went up to Mankato State to help them with an over-nighter that they were hosting. The number of high students attending was not high; however the two campus ministries had a great time getting to know each other and partnering for an event. Many friendships were made.
On Wednesday, January 8th. Dailyn and Ann from our Campus Ministry went over to St Stephen Lutheran Church to help with Minnow's. Minnow's is the 3-5 grade after school program on Wednesday's. Above is a picture of Dailyn entertaining one of the girls.
Note: We came here to make a new post and saw this was in the draft instead of published post. Our Apologies.
A new food pantry (ministry) has come to Marshall, Minnesota. On Thursday, four Element 26 students went over to the armory where it is held and helped out. There were three shifts that individuals could work: unloading/set-up, distribution, or clean-up. Our students chose the clean-up shift. I (Jeff) was there for the distribution shift as well. 300 individuals/families came out to get a box (laundry basket) of food for $ 15.
Ruby's Pantry is available to everyone on the first Thursday of the month.
Thank-you to Gillian, Ann, Hollie and Ryan for your willingness to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus and being 'present" where God is already at work.
On Sunday October 13th, we had three Lutheran Campus Ministry students who participated in the CROP WALK that occurred in Marshall. Cholena, Hannah and Riley put on their walking shoes and went for a 3.1 mile walk to help bring awareness to hunger issues in our country and world.
On Wednesday night, September 25th, Element 26 hosted the Prairie Conference conference event SPLASH. The event was held in the chapel of the Campus Religious Center. Well over 175 middle school students, pastors and confirmation guides attended the event. this is what the evening looked liked:
Welcome and Introduction: Jeff
Camp Worship: SMSU students Lucas and Heidi (Shetek Llutheran Camp workers)
- The Rock
- Blessed Be
- Every Move
Announcement: Crop Walk (Pastor Steve and Pastor Matt and Pastor Tom)
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-12 (Riley)
Worship Team: Monday Night Crew (Jeff, Riley and John - student leaders from Mon night)
- How He Loves
Doubter’s Prayer (Jeff)
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-13 (John)
Message: John Sterner
Message Reflection: Pastor Julie
Prayer: Pastor Julie
Worship Team (Jeff, Riley and John)
- You’re Beautiful
Closing Blessing (Pastor Matt and Pastor Amber)
Jeff Greathouse is the LCM Chaplain at SMSU. He has been on campus since Sept. 2012