Byron and Peggy Olson will celebrate their 40th anniversary in March. They have 3 married children – Chad and Rachel in Farmington, Scot and Laurie in Maple Grove, and Kimberly and Brad in Greenfield. They have 8 grandchildren aged 8 months to 9 years. Grandson Bryce started Sunday School at Zion this fall.
Peggy worked as an executive assistant for over 30 years, retired from her last position at UnitedHealth Group in March 2011, and is currently a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Buffalo. She enjoys spending time with family at the cabin, traveling (especially south during winter), golfing, playing cards, reading, walking and volunteering.
I enjoy ladies day golf, book club, classes at the athletic club, searching through the downtown stores, and attending Buffalo activities.
When the Olsons retired to Buffalo almost 2 years ago, they visited Zion.
After being so warmly greeted by staff and members it was a very easy decision to have Zion become our home congregation. I am happy we found Zion and look forward to being part of the many activities.
They looked for ways to get involved right from the beginning, and served as Coffee Fellowship hosts the Sunday they joined the congregation.
I am a volunteer at heart and with being new to retirement I tend to say ‘yes’ but have been told “remember you don’t have to do everything”. However, I enjoy delivering meals on wheels; Harvest of Hands, Sunday Host, Coffee Hour, office volunteer, newsletter, proofreading – well as you see, I am trying to learn that I don’t have to help with everything!!!
One of the ministries Peggy got involved with is Food For Friends, a network of volunteers who make and deliver warm and/or frozen meals to those in our church community in need.
As new members, Julie and Jason Kabe worked with us to get acquainted. Julie noticed that I had ‘cooking’ as a hobby and asked if I would like to help with an upcoming cooking event. Being new in the community, I wanted to meet people at church.
Peggy likes to cook, and had done her own version of freezer cooking at home when her house was full and busy.
I would do cooking days where I would make all of the family favorite casseroles, freeze them and know that I had a ‘go to meal’ when needed.
She also likes to talk so delivering food seemed like a good way to volunteer.
I brought food to members following surgery, new babies and family losses. I was hooked after learning the benefits that could be provided to members and the rewards I felt from my involvement.
Before long, Peggy agreed to take over the coordination of warm meal deliveries for Food for Friends.
Everyone goes through something in their lives that puts stress on their household – new baby, new house, surgery, loss of job, family loss – but having a warm meal to sit down to with their family can provide a uplifting end to their day. It is a great fellowship service to connect our congregation.
Peggy hears a lot of interest in Food for Friends, but still sees a low response to requests.
We are always looking for more volunteers that feel they can prepare a meal and share with a member. It is rewarding for everyone involved. I hope that we can broaden the group to touch more members with this outreach of care and support.
Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.