One Common Thread

Marj has been a member of Zion for most of her life, attending Sunday school and then confirmation at Zion. When she and Mike married, they decided Zion would be home for their family.

Our children were baptized and raised in Zion’s care.

My fondest memory was when our girls began participating in the SONshine Choir. They were so proud to be part of a small chorus and hearing them practice and perform will remain a special memory. Blair continued to be involved in music ministry at Zion, ringing handbells throughout high school and still occasionally when home.

Blair is currently in Poland conducting molecular cell research for colon cancer at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland. Hanna is a freshman at Mankato State University.

If someone should ask me about my church home, I am most proud to call Zion my home. This community has been in our lives – always with open arms. I would describe Zion as a faith community with opportunities for all to grow their faith to any capacity they desire.

Marj’s favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9

Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.

My faith is challenged when I hear my daughter Blair talk about where she is headed next. The first news is exciting and exhilarating, then the rational side of keeping her under my wing sets in and I begin to pray: First how grateful and proud I am of her and then for her to make the best choices, for her safety and well-being. I’m so thankful for her gift of exploring through science and community.

Marj and Mike began their own landscape design and build firm, Twin Lake Design, in 1994. They specialize in outdoor living spaces with Minnesota seasons.  They later developed seasonal enhancements for pots and gardens for entrances and outdoor living areas. They also enjoy vegetable gardening, traveling, and the outdoors, which includes occasional snowmobiling trips in the Midwest and western mountain states.

At one time they kept a small flock of colored-wool sheep.

We lambed late March to early April on the farm for 20 years, New life on the farm was an exciting time of year. It kicked off the spring growing season!!  Our family has always enjoyed the outdoors around the farm with all the new energy and warm weather, excitedly anticipating a new season.

During the winter, Marj would transform the fiber grown from their flock into yarns and garments for their family and friends.

My very first exposure to textile arts was in kindergarten. Mrs. Dale Johnson brought her spinning wheel to class. I watched with amazement. I then stumbled across an opportunity to learn when I saw a spinner at a small craft show. The amazement rekindled, I was ready to learn the technique. Doris Huston generously gave me a lesson, I’ve been enjoying textile arts and its rich history since.

When their daughters were young, Marj also did custom dye work for other fiber enthusiasts, both spinners and felters. She traveled to fiber shows and learned a variety of techniques and skills.

The capability that is held in a wool fiber alone is quite fascinating, both creatively and practically. As the fiber moves through my fingers, the energy in the twist connects the fiber to a thread, a family of continuity. With all the short fiber engaging energy into one common thread, the fiber contributes life and new purpose, be it in cloth to warm or cloth to demonstrate hope and prayer.

In approximately 2008, Marj worked with a weaver to provide yarns spun from her own flock for Zion’s parament cloths (the fabric hangings on the altar and pulpit that change with the liturgical seasons).

Sherilyn was looking for a weaver and found Marjorie Sentha Ford through the textile community in Minneapolis. I gladly joined Sherilyn and Diane Paulu in meeting with Marjorie [1], and we discovered together that she would be our weaver and she was open to incorporating fibers created by a member of Zion. I was honored to contribute to the project.

Green is used for much of the church year, symbolizing growth in faith as we follow the teachings and ministry of Christ. Lent and Holy Week is one of the seasons when we see a procession of colors. [2]

  • Purple is used throughout Lent, symbolizing repentance and solemnity. [3]
  • Red is added on Maundy Thursday, and the altar is stripped at the end of the service. [4]
  • No paraments are used on Good Friday.
  • White and gold are used on Easter Sunday. The gold color symbolizes that this day is the “queen of feasts.” [5]

Marj has also served at Zion on the Property Committee, with God’s Gardeners, and chaperoning Youth mission trips to South Dakota (once each with Blair and Hanna).