I am retired from a job I absolutely loved, so of course I miss it (a little), but I also love the freedom of no schedule and time to travel. Zion has been a part of my family for 45 years. My husband, Harold, and I along with our 3-year-old son joined Zion in 1974. Our children, Geoffrey and Alisa, attended Sunday school and VBS at Zion. Both were confirmed here and now have children of their own attending Zion. Over the years both Harold & I felt it was important to be involved in Zion and did so through a variety of committee work, church council, teaching Sunday school, VBS, etc. Harold passed away several years ago. I have continued to serve with the 3rd Sunday Welcome Team, Christmas tree decorating, Harvest of Hands, and the Personnel Committee.
Everyone makes a difference, one way or another. I guess making a positive difference in “my little corner of the world” has been a guiding principle throughout my life. I think it is important to “count your blessings” and “give back” to others and community. I’ve always enjoyed working on craft activities and often contributed items to the Harvest of Hands festival. This year my responsibility, along with Maurean Fellger, is putting together items, all of which have been made or donated by Zion members, for the Harvest of Hands Silent Auction. Recently I have also joined the Wednesday night craft group which I thoroughly enjoy. It is a fun, yet calm and therapeutic evening. I’ve learned so much from others in the group. Think about joining the Wednesday evening or Tuesday morning craft group! Everyone is welcome!
Prior to Zion, my church home was House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield, MN. I was raised, confirmed and married there. Being involved in the youth program was significant in developing my foundation of faith. I still remember a speaker at one of our youth group events. His words had a huge impact on me. The message stressed loving and accepting others…if we haven’t walked in someone else’s shoes, how can we draw conclusions based on our background or experiences? Matthew 7:1-2 has become a significant bible verse to me since that evening.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get”Matthew 7:1-2
This verse comes to my mind quite frequently these days. For me, it is sad to see such anger, prejudice, hateful words, and division in our society. It seems so easy for us to label, criticize, or even devalue those who are different from us. We can become critical even over small differences such as different priorities or a different way of doing things. It seems to me this is not God’s plan for us. He created all of us in his image. We really are not so different! We are told to love one another as He has loved us. We can each make a difference. What we choose to do can become either a positive or negative difference.
It is hopeful for me to see so many Zion members working together to make our Harvest of Hands Festival a success. For years Zion has been making a positive difference in the lives of many as the proceeds of Harvest of Hands have been feeding the hungry in our own community and around the world. Learning that the synod has passed a resolution declaring the “ELCA a sanctuary church body” is a hopeful message too. Such an official action reminds us that loving thy neighbor is God’s will for us and an act of our Christian faith.