‘Living God’s Call’ means to be the hands and feet of Christ, to serve others with a joyful heart, and to share the message of God’s love with others!

Joyful Heart

Sarah is a lifelong member of Zion. Her parents, Dan & Linda Opsal, are also members. As a child, she enjoyed singing in the SONshine choir, and in high school she loved teaching a kindergarten Sunday school class.

I am so thankful to have had Pastors John and Ed as my pastors growing up. I was baptized by Pastor Ed, and Pastor John married my husband, Wayne, and I 14 years ago.

Sarah is mom to Olivia (10), Luke (7), and Sydney (2) and has taught at Discovery Elementary for 18 years. In her spare time, she likes to read and sew.

My family loves to be out and about in our community! Buffalo is a great place to live and raise children! We enjoy many of the fun activities Buffalo has to offer. For fun, our family likes to play outside, go biking, and visit area parks.

Sarah’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5

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

God loves us so much, and has amazing plans for each of us, we just may not always understand His plans. God is so good and I have been greatly blessed by the Lord and His plans!

Recently, Sarah has been inspired in her faith journey by her dear friends, Rissa and Nathan Schrick, and their infant son.

Azariah lived thirty-one precious minutes. Even though his life was short, his story is mighty. He taught me to pray big, to thank God through tears, to find joy in the heartbreak, and to trust in His perfect plan. Azariah is in the arms of Jesus and his story is just beginning. I have learned so much from this precious little miracle!

Sarah volunteered as a confirmation guide for several years, and then returned to teaching Sunday school when Olivia was 3 years old.

When Olivia first began Sunday school she was a little shy and she could be seen clinging to my leg. I decided to teach Sunday school because it was important for Olivia to learn about Jesus’ love and she was willing to go if I was there. I volunteered in her classroom and have enjoyed getting to know many of the students in her grade level. I have enjoyed being a part of Olivia’s experiences at church and working with such amazing staff and volunteers.

It has been heartwarming to watch the students grow in their faith. I love how they ask so many questions and share their amazing hearts.

‘Living God’s Call’ means to be the hands and feet of Christ, to serve others with a joyful heart, and to share the message of God’s love with others! It is so important that all the children at Zion know the love of Jesus! At Sunday school, we want them to feel welcome and excited to come and hear about our amazing Lord! We have so much fun! I love the changes that have been made in our program. It is so neat for families to begin worship together and for families to hear the children’s message together. In large group, they also hear an amazing message, sing uplifting songs, and hear the message of God’s love!

Sarah acknowledges the students and adults who share their time each week to make Sunday school a fun and welcoming place for all the students.

Zion is so blessed to have so many amazing volunteers that help teach Sunday school and VBS and encourage our children on their faith journey! They are amazing role models for our children, share their kind hearts and are a wonderful example of volunteering!

At Zion it is a team effort to make each Sunday a fun and meaningful experience for the children. I was blessed to work with amazing shepherds. The students walk in with a bright smile and love to have fun and learn about Jesus! They sing with their heart, smile with kindness, share their ideas about showing God’s love with others, and love to serve and help with projects.

Zion also has incredible leadership in our children’s program! Kirsten, Kristin and Marsha have amazing hearts and work so hard to share the message of God’s love with all our children at Zion! We are so blessed to have each of them!

Sunday school service projects are a much bigger part of the curriculum than they were when Sarah started.

Sunday school students have wonderful opportunities to help others by serving and lending a helping hand. They may be little hands, but they have huge hearts and lots of enthusiasm. The kids bring their change for packaging food and are so excited that they get to help others! When we made cookies the students dove in to share with others. The children have amazing hearts and love to help others, so it is so wonderful for them to have opportunities to give!