My name is Liz, and together with my husband Roland, I have been a member of Zion since moving to Buffalo 39 years ago right after we got married. My greatest joy was raising our four children with the help of this wonderful community and the extended family that became ours at Zion. I believe in the African saying that “it takes a whole village to raise up a child” and we are grateful for and give a lot of credit to “our village” at Zion and in Buffalo. This community truly embraced us and made us feel as one.
Our children are now grown, married and live around the area. Matt lives in Moorhead, Dan in Monticello, Jennie in Menomonie, WI and Betsy lives in St. Paul. Our cup is full when we can visit with them and their families that now include 7 adorable grandchildren.
My current career began 33 years ago when I started in family childcare in order to be home with our growing family. I never dreamed I would have stayed with this for so many years but the truth is that I am a homebody and love working at home. Prior to childcare I worked for Prudential Insurance Co. for several years. After those years in the office I have marveled at how lucky I am to listen to the birds sing or the breeze in the trees as I am working and feel ever grateful and thankful to be doing so.
In my spare time I am energized by creative projects that have included many crafts, quilting, card making and Scherenschnitte (German paper cutting). I love reading, cooking, baking, and being with people. My goal is to take up some form of painting when I retire and have more time.
My faith journey began very early. I was raised in a Lutheran family that was active at our church, Faith Lilac Way in Robbinsdale. My parents, Jim and Betty Root (who later became members here at Zion) laid the foundation for me by being involved. Dad was an usher and council member/president. My Mom was my Sunday school teacher and doesn’t fully realize how much of an impact she had on my faith. She always had the answers to the questions that were ever present in my mind and could satisfy and make sense of the very abstract nature of our religious faith. I once had a friend that asked me when it was that my faith became real or that I came to know the love of God. I thought long about this and realized that it has been a part of me throughout my life. My lessons had started early and my interest was always keen. Attending Lutheran Bible Camps while in junior high really blossomed my understanding of my faith.
As a teenager God answered a prayer by helping me find my voice in the church choir. My heart and my world opened in a new way that both overwhelmed and fulfilled me. I am grateful to Martin Luther for setting the Gospels to music. He understood the human soul and opened the Word to our hearts as well as our minds. Through his and the music of others God has spoken the loudest to me. When put to music the Lord’s message is felt and understood. In my gratitude I promised God that I would always sing to glorify him. I have been a member of the Zion Choir since 1980 and do so in order to bring His message to life for others. It is a ministry that I feel reaches so many. And there is room for many more to join us in choir. We are like a small family and we encourage anyone who has ever had an inkling about joining to come try it out. We have a lot of fun as we work together.
Through the years I have served on the Worship & Music Committee, Fellowship Committee, Sunday morning Coffee Servers, a Pastoral Call Committee, Church Council, Confirmation Guide and have worked with the Youth Programs. I chaperoned a mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with the youth several years ago and highly recommend this type of involvement to anyone. Participating in these small group ministries is a wonderful way to make closer relationships with others who serve as well as with those being served. I find that I get back so much more than I ever give and the valuable life lessons stay with me. Involvement at Zion has made a world of difference in my life and I love everyone I have connected with here.
Photo by Julie Kiernan