Diane Paulu

Diane has never been far from a Lutheran church home. Her earliest memories are the hymns and powerful pipe organ at her childhood church, First Lutheran in Duluth.

I sang “Jeg Er So Glad Hver Julekveld” at six with the Cherub Choir. At a young age (under 8) I went with my parents to a performance of “The Seven Last Words of Christ” in the First Lutheran sanctuary. I still carry the experience in my mind. The thundering timpani, the strings, all such an amazing experience with the choir and the alto soloist, Alice Lent. I was so impressed. Years later I would meet another alto, my freshman choir director at St. Olaf, Alice Larsen, as my faith and music journey continued.

After Diane moved from Saint Paul to Marysville Township in the 1980s, she received a phone call from Pastor Ed Blair inviting her to join Zion and the Senior Choir. Since that time, Diane has been involved in many aspects of worship arts at Zion. She has created artwork for banners, logos and various purposes, the processional cross for Trinity Hall, collaborated on the commissioning of the current set of Altar paraments (read more about the paraments in the April newsletter), and has served on the Worship and Music Committee.

The arts have always been essential to how I experience and express my faith. The arts bring God’s message directly to the heart. We can carry an image or a tune with or without words in our hearts and minds as we go through our day. As we hear a sermon, witness an event, meet a challenge, the very humanness of the arts can help us connect the dots and maybe go to a deeper understanding.

I have had the privilege to collaborate with and find inspiration from several people. My collaboration with Bob Friederichsen stands out and began soon after I joined Zion as we discussed ideas for the panels that now grace the wall in our sanctuary and continued as we served together on the next building committee for our addition and beyond. I was challenged and inspired by his faith and creativity.

Diane enjoys exploring other denominations and faith perspectives along the way.

Through family and mentors I have been blessed with many examples that have given me a firm and loving foundation in faith that leaves room for differences.

She hopes that in the future, we at Zion can work together with empathy, support, and care for each other and those who we are called to welcome into our midst, our family.

This is Diane’s second term on Zion’s council. She was elected in December 2018 to serve on Zion’s council from 2019-2021.

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