Joan Halderson

Joan joined Zion when she moved to Buffalo in 1976, after having been married by a friend of Pastor Ed Blair’s a couple of years earlier at the Maple Plain Lutheran Church.

Joan was born in South Dakota and raised on a farm outside of Doland, South Dakota, as the youngest of four children, including a twin brother. As a child, she attended the Doland United Methodist Church. Joan is now single, with two grown sons, Jason and Jonathan, and seven grandchildren between their two blended families.

After 35 years of working in steel erection construction offices as secretary, bookkeeper, and owner, she is retired.

Joan enjoys country music, particularly Keith Urban’s song ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16‘ which brings to mind her favorite Bible verse:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Joan serves as club president for the County Line Square Dance Club, based in Monticello. The club is returning to Zion as a highlight of the Homecoming Sunday Z-Fest on September 10. Betty Curran, another Zion member, was also a member of Country Line Squares. Joan previously served as queen (ambassador), club historian, and has written up club news for the Round Up magazine.

I started square dance lessons with County Line Squares in the fall of 2008 after friends convinced me it was fun, and I graduated in the spring of 2009. My parents square danced in South Dakota, making me a 2nd generation square dancer. I have been dancing 9 years and can do both the man’s and woman’s part.

County Line Squares recently celebrated 40 years promoting and teaching square dancing, and have had the same club caller, Abe Maier, for all those years.

Our club is unique to me as it has become family. Many of our members do many hours of community service in their churches and other venues.

At Zion, Joan has been involved with serving at St. Lucia suppers, decorating for Christmas, making egg rolls for Harvest of Hands, leading preschool crafts at VBS, and organizing Lutheran Night at the Twins groups.

Joan is part of Zion’s Rebecca Circle and participated in the Summer Bible Study for women. She values the opportunity to share opinions and the encouragement to think about Bible stories in a new way.

My Rebecca Circle membership is due to Ione Olson’s gentle persuading, her friendly smile, and her encouragement to become part of that group. I admire all the ladies in this group because they all were warm and welcoming. I respect them all and have found new church friends. Doing summer studies gives me a new insight into women of the Bible, and I like learning the history.

She also enjoys genealogy, antiques, attending her grandkids’ sports and volunteering at Montrose Elementary School, where some of them were students.

Joan was elected in December 2020 to serve on Zion’s council from 2021-2023.

After two days of careful consideration, the time just seemed right in my life.  My hope for Zion’s future is simply to continue the good works in our Buffalo community that Zion is known for.  Zion has awesome people that contribute so much!  Basically I’m just proud of our church.

Current Council Members

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