Affirmed by Zion’s Mission

1 Corinthians 13 4-7 is a verse that has helped Carrie Lindquist in both difficult times and times of joy.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

It helps remind us all of what love really is.

Carrie and her husband, Jake, were both raised Catholic and were previously members of Carrie’s childhood home church, St. Timothy’s, in Maple Lake. They have been married and living in Buffalo for 13 years, and have two children, James, 11, and Josie, 8.

At this point in my life most of my “free” time is based around my kids’ activities. My kids are involved with youth football, baseball, basketball, and soccer so we spend a lot of time in athletics in the community. I really enjoy watching my kids play their sports and cheering them on. I also volunteer when I am able at my kids’ school, Discovery Elementary. When there is some down time I most enjoy spending time with family and friends, baking, reading, watching movies, and craft projects.

Carrie has worked for Second Harvest Heartland for four years as a SNAP Outreach Specialist. Prior to that, she worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters and for Wright County Community Action.

I work with local hunger relief organizations in Wright, Stearns and Sherburne counties while also serving clients in the metro area as well. I specifically work with families on finding hunger resources.

In this position, Carrie works closely with Buffalo Food Shelf.

In doing so I began to notice that Zion was involved in most every activity of giving back to the community. That was very affirming to me and I felt that Zion’s mission aligned with how I wanted to live my life.

They visited Zion and found a home.

The people and the feeling of comfort being in church. We have lived in Buffalo for over 10 years and still didn’t know a lot of people. But walking into Zion I felt at home. Everyone seemed so friendly and kind. Sitting in church brought me a sense of peace and well ­being.

Carrie has found ways to link her work with her involvement at Zion through food distribution projects and the Wednesday Night Sub Sandwich team.

It’s terrific because my kids also get to help out and give back too.

Carrie hadn’t previously been involved with children’s ministry, but last year she was asked to fill in for another teacher who was on maternity leave for part of the Sunday School year.

Giving the children an understanding of their faith and what it means to them is so important as they grow. I don’t remember being taught a lot about Bible stories growing up. Having the creative and fun ways that it is down at Zion gives kids the opportunity to learn and grow within the church. I also feel it is a great connection for k ids to have social interactions within their church community.

She enjoyed the opportunity to work with the kids and has begun co-­teaching again this year.

I used to work with kids primarily with my former jobs and I don’t have that as much anymore in my current position. This is a great opportunity to get back involved connecting with kids which is a passion of mine.

Carrie enjoys learning along with the kids, the opportunity to meet more families at Zion through their kids, and the opportunity to give back to Zion.

I’d like to thank the Children’s Ministry Team for making this experience so wonderful. Kirsten, Kristen, and Marsha are incredible to work with. They make the teaching experience fun, easy, and thoroughly enjoyable. They are also so appreciative of the teachers and shepherds work, always doing what they can to make it the most positive experience. Thank you to them!!

Carrie began a term on Zion’s council in 2016

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  • Kris Harlan
    Kris grew up in the small town of Wheaton, Minnesota, in a very ...
  • Jameson Wakefield
    Jameson grew up attending Ostmark Lutheran Church, which is between  Watkins and Litchfield. I ...
  • Jim Bischoff
    My wife, Mary and I have lived in Buffalo for 17 years. We ...
  • Diane Paulu
    Diane has never been far from a Lutheran church home. Her earliest memories ...
  • Nick Sjolin
    I am married to my beautiful wife Missy for going on four years. ...
  • Ian MacCallum
    Ian grew up in Apple Valley when it was all farm fields, and ...
  • Nancy Dehmer
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  • Dirk Foster
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  • Kevin Kuhns
    Kevin’s parents moved to Buffalo when he was an infant, and he has ...