Music ministry has always been central to Larry’s church involvement. Softly & Tenderly and Great is Thy Faithfulness are two of his favorite hymns.
Growing up, I can always remember attending church with my parents, going to Sunday school, vacation bible school and summer camps. As a youngster I enjoyed being in the church Christmas plays and singing with the children’s choirs.
There is so much great church music, sacred music and gospel music that needs to spread to the world. Whether it be singing, bell choirs, piano playing or listening to the organ, it’s all part of God’s plan for us to worship him in many ways.
Larry worked as a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways in the Twin Cities for 30 years. His wife, Dianne, worked as a medical transcriptionist, and they were members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran in East Bethel. Larry served as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Ham Lake, and he and Dianne were both members of choirs at Our Saviour’s.
Larry and Dianne retired and moved to Perham, MN, where they joined Calvary Lutheran Church. Larry worked at the church part time as a custodian and joined the Perham Police Reserves. Dianne worked part time at Perham Hospital. They both joined the choir, and Larry helped start a Gospel quartet, Friends in Faith, which later grew to be a small group of 7 or 8, and is still active at Calvary.
Larry and Dianne moved back to the Twin Cities area in 2015 to be closer to their 3 sons and 8 grandchildren. They found a home in St. Michael and started looking for an ELCA congregation.
We found that Zion was only 15-20 minutes away. Our first Sunday, even though Zion was a much larger church than we were looking for, we felt like God had led us to Zion.
Larry was looking for a place where he could again be part of music ministry, and was also drawn in by Zion’s great hospitality teams.
We were greeted at the front door by Wes. The next Sunday, Wes was the doorman once again and he remembered our names. That sealed the deal.
Larry encourages others to give church choir a try.
You don’t have to be a professional to sing in a choir. The more people in the choir the merrier. It all blends together.
Zion’s Senior Choir rehearses at 7pm on Wednesdays, and new members are always welcome.