Deirdra

Making Music with Others

Prior to coming to Zion, Deirdra attended Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart, Minnesota, and Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Edina.

My fondest memory of church is attending the 10pm candlelight service at Our Savior’s on Christmas Eve as a kid with my family. The mixture of the beautiful sanctuary with stained glass windows, glittering candlelight, and the familiar, comforting hymns created an unforgettable experience.

Deirdra’s family, as a whole, has been instrumental in her faith journey. Her sister, Emily, is a senior at Buffalo High School, and her brother, Nicholas, is finishing up a degree in heavy diesel mechanics. Parents, Mike and Dawn Agre, are choir directors in the Anoka-Hennepin and Buffalo school districts, respectively.

They give me not only an example to follow, but also people to support me.

Deirdra played the alto saxophone at Renville County West Middle School, in the concert, jazz, and marching bands at Buffalo High School, and in the marching band and concert band at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her family began attending Zion when she was away at college.

When I moved back to the area after school, I started to attend more regularly. The people are what I find most special about Zion and keep me coming back. Whether it’s in the bell room or at worship, the people always make you feel welcome.

While I must admit I miss playing my saxophone regularly, playing in the bell choir gives me an opportunity to continue to make music with others who find music to be an important part of their lives as well. One of the best things about the music ministry at Zion is that you don’t have to have years of experience to participate. Simply an interest and willingness to learn is all you need to get started!

Deirdra lives in Rockford with her tabby cat, Watson, and works as a social worker for Wright County and as an instructor with the Opening Doors program for adults with disabilities.

Her favorite Bible verse is John 13:34-35:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Both as a social worker and in my position with Opening Doors, I work with a large number of people, with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and from all different races, ages, religions, and abilities. My professionalism requires that I treat them as fairly as possible, regardless of their own beliefs and opinions, or my own. Because of this, I find being a person of faith is much less about wearing your faith as a badge you need to make known to the world, but rather much more about your attitude and how you face the challenges of each day.

In her spare time, Deirdra enjoys reading, cooking (but not cleaning), movies, alternative music, British TV, hiking, and photography. She is secretly want-to-be adventure photographer and will gladly listen to any outdoor photography tips and swap photographs!

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