Creating Relationships

Sarah has been a life member of Zion. Her parents are Lyall & Carol Borchardt, and she married Ryan Klett at Zion’s historic Marysville Church in 2001. Sarah has three daughters, Emma (13), Ava (12), and Alicia (12), who all attend Buffalo Community Middle School, and are all currently confirmation students at Zion.

My daughters inspire my faith.  When we are doing our service hours for confirmation, homework or discussion the lesson my daughters teach me to slow down and look at my week.  Where did we see God working within our lives this week is a questions that helps each of us reflect.  They inspire me to be more conscious of living out God’s call and noticing how God is working around me.

Zion is like coming home for me.  It doesn’t matter if I am here on Sundays, Wednesdays or see another fellow attender out in the community.  People are always so gracious and caring.  Zion is a part of who I am and I am excited that Zion is and will be a part of my three daughters.

Zion’s music ministry was a great part of Sarah’s childhood at Zion, and now her children’s lives.

I was a part of SONshine Choir, Joy Choir, bell choir and because of our great congregation, these opportunities continue and my children have been able to be a part of SONshine Choir, Joy Choir, Youth Choir and bell choirs.

As an adult, Sarah has taught Sunday school, helped with vacation Bible school, delivered Meals on Wheels, and served on the Children’s & Family Ministries Team, and as a confirmation small group leader.

Sarah served on Zion’s Church Council from 2013-2015, an opportunity which would help her gain new relationships, nurture those old ones, and grow spiritually.

I have always been a big picture person. Serving on church council allowed me to get a bigger picture of the church, and being assigned new committees to serve on stretches me outside of my box.

Sarah’s primary job is as the administrative assistant and bookkeeper at Buffalo United Methodist Church, where she has worked for eight years.

I really enjoy working in a Christian environment. It allows me to use the skills that God has blessed me with along with allowing me to grow spiritually as I support their congregation and my co-workers.

This year, Sarah has been called to join Zion’s staff as Zion’s interim confirmation coordinator, a position which brings together her organizational skills and her passion for nurturing the faith of young people at Zion.

The confirmation program is such a vital program here at Zion.  It is an amazing to see nearly 200 middle school students gather in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings.  Among those students we have 43 small group leaders this year helping guide our youth in their faith journey.

As an adult, I am getting so much out of our confirmation program, but most important is the relationships that I am creating with the youth. What I am getting out of joining these girls each Wednesday moves my spirit.  We are able to talk over the lessons each Wednesday and then build relationships that these students wouldn’t normally do on their own.  It is such a rewarding experience.

In her spare time, Sarah’s family enjoys yearly camping trips to State Parks, spending time with their families and friends, and Sarah also serves as a Girl Scout leader.

I have enjoyed watching the girls learn about the world around them and watching them build relationships as they grow. Nurturing those relationships is rewarding and we also are creating a larger family for our children to lean on.