Hanna has lived in Buffalo and been a member of Zion her whole life. Her family includes her mom, dad, and sister, Blair. She is a junior at Maple Lake High School and plans to attend a four year college. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, reading, and serving others.
Zion is special to me because my family has been going here ever since my great-great-grandparents were alive. They were part of Carlslund congregation which was near their farm.
Her fondest memory of Zion is being part of the Christmas Program every year until she was too old.
I was usually a sheep as when I was younger, my family raised sheep.
Her involvement in youth ministry has kept Hanna interested in the church life and faith life into high school.
Youth ministry is important to Zion because we need to keep youth interested in church so we can build a congregation for the future. Youth need to be involved in the church community. It is cool to meet others at youth group every Wednesday night and see people you don’t see every day at school.
One thing people should know about Zion ministry is that we like to get to know people and what is going on in their lives. We learn that by doing highs and lows, which is a group activity where you share something that is going well and something that isn’t, and also we do small group time where we talk about our faith life and it gives us a chance to reflect our relationships with God.
This summer, Hanna was part of Zion’s youth mission trip to Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
One of the things we focused on was God’s love for us. One of my favorite verses from that week is Psalm 108:4:
For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
This reminds me of how God’s love is never ending for us, no matter who we are.
Hanna has been part of the Youth Ministry Task Force and is excited at the prospect of a new youth leader who likes to get everyone involved and someone who likes to get people out there and serving the community.