Lent & Rock Ministry

Lent Discipleship Kits

Rock Ministry children and youth received Lent Kits (pictured) this week.

  • Families with young children received a mid-week Lent devotional and new items for their @home altars.
  • Middle Rock youth received materials for weekly online gatherings, including charcoal for charcoal art that Ken Swanson will be teaching them as we begin Lent.
  • High school youth received a Discipleship Box: each item they take out has a devotional or spiritual practice to try.

Thanks to the delivery team for getting out these kits despite the looming snow!


Lenten Devotions for Rock Ministry

Rock Ministry continues to reimagine how to stay connected to the children, youth, and families of MVLC.

Here are digital versions of some of the Rock Ministry items that are making their ways into homes.

Even if you don’t have kids in Rock Ministry, you are invited to use these materials, especially the soup recipes.

► View the “We Come to the Hungry Feast” Lenten devotional for elementary kids HERE.

► View the Lenten soup recipes HERE.

► View the Middle Rock Lent Challenge HERE.

► View the various “Mt. View Epistles” (2020) and “Rock Ministry Lessons” (2021) HERE.

Advent ADVENTures

Advent ADVENTures

All Rock Ministry classes gather in room #2 (5/6/7 grade classroom) at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15. Each Sunday will be a different activity that helps us learn about the themes of Advent.


Sunday, December 1, 2019
Kids and youth will pack boxes for Tacoma Seafarers Center.
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. —ISAIAH 40:31


Sunday, December 8, 2019
ELCA Good Gifts. This event will have a lesson, a game, and live animals! Come see how your gift can transform lives and bring joy to those around the world.
You fill me with joy when I am with you. —PSALM 16:11


Sunday, December 15, 2019
Planting paperwhite bulbs. Each child will decorate a can and plant bulbs in it. If the plant is given the proper love and care then it will bloom during the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Do everything in love. —1 CORINTHIANS 16:14


Sign up to volunteer as an adult leader for Advent ADVENTures HERE.

November Ninja Night

On Sunday, 19 November, the first “full fledged” MVLC “Middle Rock” (6, 7, 8, and 9 graders) middle school/junior high fellowship event of the 2017–2018 school year took place in the Education Building and Life Together Hall.

The evening was filled with the five “F”s of Middle Rock fellowship events—friends, fellowship, food, faith, and fun. It started with a dinner of noodle bowls and “ninja desserts,” followed by various “ninja games”—Ninja Battle, Samurai, 90-Second Ninja Dance Off, and, of course, Ninja.

View photos of November Ninja Night HERE.

The 12 Apostles of Pizza Night

On Saturday, September 23, the first MVLC high school fellowship event of the 2017–2018 school year took place in the home of members.

The next morning, photographs of twelve youth holding their homemade pizza masterpieces showed up in the email inbox of the MVLC Communication Director, who assumed these must be images/icons of the 12 Apostles of Pizza Night, so he posted them to the MVLC Flickr page.

Pizza Night was a time of fellowship, prayer, make-your-own pizza making contest, eating of said pizza, and the “wacky topping” pizza contest. The latter event saw the creative use of items such as BBQ sauce, Oreo cookies, and ghost peppers. The ghost pepper pizza sent one of the tasting judges into a holy fervor and out of the task of judging.

All in all, the night was a great time and fun was had by all!

View photos of The 12 Apostles* of Pizza Night HERE.

*St. Pineapple; St. Smile; St. Basil Leaves; St. Bacon of Canada; St. Everything of All-Toppings; St. Sauce of BBQ; St. Pancetta; St. Pepperoni; St. Bell Pepper (pictured above); St. Black Olives; St. Mozzarella; and St. Vegetables.

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