The 154th Annual Lutheran Kicking of Balls

Date: August 27, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:30 pm


20023779_10155793621598690_8849797635156448486_oThe ALKOB is an ancient annual Lutheran kickball game we accidentally inherited last fall. The game is happening on Sunday, August 27th, after church at a field nearby you. We’d love for you to join us. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Get your name on the roster
  • Bring a picnic and a chair or blanket on which to sit
  • Opening ceremony at 6:30, 3 games of 3 innings each will be done by 8 or 8:30.

The Teams


They say that those in the East team rise early. This is because they love to see the world stir awake in the cool morning, to see the bright green stalk of a plant, to return to their homes with dirt under their fingernails. The East team is one of noble fertility and humble labor—which is why their patron saint is Ruth, the one gathering wheat in the field.

Saint: Ruth  Animal: Crow  Time of Day: Sunrise  Season: Spring


The South team loves the hot sun on their faces, the bustle and heat of a celebration, the roar of a crowd. They are a team of transformation—fierce, passionate, even dangerous, some say. Some
ay that they have looked death in the eyes and looked past it with nonchalance—which is why their patron saint is Mary Magdalene, the one who witnessed two resurrections.

Saint: Mary Magdalene  Animal: Opossum  Time of Day: Day  Season: Summer

If you watch a sunset explode across the sky and find yourself contemplating the coming darkness, you may be a member of the West team. The West are a liminal people—restless, brooding, dark. Many report that they dream of beams of sunlight filtering down through water, dark shapes moving beneath them—just like their patron saint, Jonah, the one tossed overboard in a storm.

Saint: Jonah  Animal: Whale  Time of Day: Sunset  Season: Fall


When you think of the North team, picture a lone wolf standing atop a snowy cliff face, head upturned to howl at a bright moon. They are those that take on the solemn charge: silence over noise, darkness over light, the open wild over the bustle of a city—which is why their patron saint is John the Baptist, the one calling from the wilderness.

Saint: John the Baptist  Animal: Gray Wolf  Time of Day: Night  Season: Winter

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