Lois grew up in Annandale, where she was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
I loved singing all the favorite old hymns, singing in the choir, and eating the bologna and dill pickle sandwiches that the Ladies Aid always made.
Her favorite Bible verse is John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
My sister JoAnn has been inspiring to me in my faith. We have hour-long conversations about our faith and how the Bible tells us how to live. She is my faith rock.
The most challenging part of my faith journey is I believe the closer you get to God, the more the devil tries to interfere. It is always a challenge to keep him out of my prayers and daily life, and live the way God wants me to.
Lois is married to Sam, and has 3 children and 4 step-children. Together they have 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She enjoys reading, playing Mahjong and 500, water aerobics, lunches and visits with their granddaughters, and spending time with friends, Sam, and their dog, Sabrina.
My husband and I joke that we need to go back to work so we can have some spare time!
She attended Oak Knoll Lutheran Church and Colonial Church in Edina, and then visited many churches when she moved to Buffalo.
Sam and I decided to join Zion. It felt right.
Lois’ fondest memory at Zion was coordinating the first Mission and Ministry Fair in October 2004, shortly before we occupied the ‘new’ part of Zion’s building, with 26 booths featuring Zion ministries.
We went all out. Straw bales, pumpkins, balloons, popcorn and more. What a time we had! Pastor John was a good sport and so much fun.
Around 2012, Lois was one of several women who helped reinvigorate the Women’s Ministry Planning Team.
I had been involved in women’s ministry at a prior church, and wanted to be involved again.
The Women’s Ministry Planning Team is now a group of approximately 12 women who meet once a month to plan activities. They welcome new team members, and invite all women to their events.
Women’s ministry gives me the opportunity to be involved with many wonderful Christian women. I enjoy our monthly meetings and all of our activities. Women’s ministry has great brunches, workshops, Bible studies, and many other activities. We host inspiring speakers and have great lunches. It is our goal to reach women of all ages and help new women members get acquainted with other church women, to enrich their faith as others have enriched ours.
Several men, including Sam, are recruited to help with the largest annual event, the Spring Women’s Brunch, held the first Saturday in May.
They serve our beverages and cater to us and make us feel special. They also dress up and look quite spiffy.
Lois had been involved in many other Zion ministries, including keeping the kitchen clean, decorating for Christmas, and providing food. She and Sam usually staff the check-in table at the monthly Fare for All program.
One of my other favorites is the Blessing Closet. It helps so many who need help and it feels good to help them.
She is interested in what the congregation will do with the land purchased to the south of the church building.
I pray that whatever is decided to do will enhance Zion, benefit the community, and be God’s will for Zion’s future.