I wanted adults and kids, especially stay-at-home parents, to get together and interact and also meet new faces, outside of traditional Sunday worship.

Getting out of the Daily Routine

Karl grew up in Cokato, and was confirmed at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran church, where his parents are still members. His grandfather, Ted Lee, was a Lutheran pastor, rotating parishes in the area.

My grandfather has influenced my spiritual life (and is also is the reason I met my wife). My parents, Zion members, my wife and my children show me God’s love continuously.

His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Karl began attending Zion in 2011 when he and his wife-to-be were dating. They were drawn in by the friendliness of the congregation and relevant sermons.

Karl is a carpenter by trade, and currently a stay-at-home dad to Landon (age 3) and Slade (7 months). Karl does a few carpentry jobs on the side, as time allows. He also enjoys farming and likes to snowmobile, hunt, golf, spend time on the lake, fly RC planes, and do just about anything outdoors.

He saw a need for ministry to younger families at Zion.

I wanted adults and kids, especially stay-at-home parents, to get together and interact and also meet new faces, outside of traditional Sunday worship. Zion responded to my concern immediately with Stay & Play.

Stay & Play began a year ago, and is now held twice a month during the school year, on Tuesdays, in Trinity Hall.

The winters get long, and being able to come to church and play on a regular basis brings families with young children closer together in faith and God. It’s also a great way for young kids and parents to get out of their daily routine at home and burn off some built-up energy shooting baskets or jumping through hula-hoops or just running around and making lots of noise! There is also a healthy snack and beverage for the kids.

Karl looks forward to continued growth and activities for youth and young families and Zion and hopes Stay & Play continues to grow.

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