Is your family looking to get involved in a community activity? Here's one with a twist: Frisbee and the Bible.
Lake Norman Lutheran Church in Denver has been combining these two elements for the past three years in order to reach out and spread the Gospel of Jesus.
The church's Frisbee league is also known as the Denver League of Victory Sports, Ultimate Frisbee. It's a branch of Victory Sports Outreach in Fort Mill, S.C., which is based on I Corinthians. 15:57: "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
The Denver League is coordinated by Tammy Zarski, a member of Lake Norman Lutheran for the past five years and the church's middle-school Sunday school teacher.
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Zarski is passionate about youth and is motivated to make a difference in her community through the league.
"I think a good goal would be to reach as many youth as possible and introduce them to Jesus Christ," she says. "If people don't have a home church, maybe they could find one with this church, or maybe they could find another home church in our area."
So what is Ultimate Frisbee? According to Zarski, it's like a game of football, but with a flying disc.
"Each team tries to get their Frisbee into their end zone," she says. "There really is no physical contact, and the children self-officiate, but we do have referees to help move the game along."
This year's season, which started March 25 and runs through May 22, has three leagues: a nine-member junior league, an 18-member senior league and a newly formed youth/adult league or family league. All ages are encouraged to play, and Zarski said can include anyone from third grade to 85 years.
Games are played behind the church on N.C. 16 starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday mornings and include devotions before each game and practice. The Rev. Jeff Marquardt, senior pastor of Lake Norman Lutheran, leads devotions each year on opening day, and children in the junior and senior leagues receive a New Testament Bible each season.
"What better way to share the Word?" Zarski said.
Zarski said the league is not just a church thing, but a large-scale community effort. "This is a community outreach, and people from other churches have joined with us to help coach the youth of our community," she says.