Carol and I met in the music department at Moorhead State College. We have been married for 45 years and are the proud parents of Melissa (Tim), Mark (Andrea), Molly (Omry), and Melanie (Peter). Melissa and Tim have given us three grandsons, Keegan, Finnegan, and Macgregor. They all live in the Twin Cities area except Molly, who lives in Atlanta.
We moved to Maple Lake in 1975 and began looking for a church home. One visit to Zion, with its excellent ministers and music programs sealed the deal. That makes us members for 38 years. Our two youngest children were baptized here and all four are pictured on the confirmation wall. Carol and I have been active in the music programs at Zion and at one time I served on the Foundation board.
While I am retired from teaching music at BHS, I stay involved with music and education in various ways. Now that I have more spare time, I enjoy time with my family, yard work, reading, and stained glass work, which I have done since 1986. I like creating things and working with my hands. Suzanne Henk, of Suzanne’s Stained Glass, was my mentor. I make lamps and window hangings. Since retirement I have been able to spend more time in my glass studio and donate some to worthy causes, including the Harvest of Hands.
I strongly believe God gives everyone a talent and that we should share them. Music and glass are two things I can give back to God and to Zion. With the Harvest of Hands, we can share with others the wide variety of talents he has given us. Harvest of Hands is such a large, church-wide effort and I like knowing exactly where the proceeds are going. That is important to Carol and I. We like to share our time and talents more locally.
Harvest of Hands draws our congregation together like no other event and we get to share our Christian values with others. It is a strong statement to the community about what Zion values and how Zion is helping with in the community and world-wide. Even though there is so much going on during the Harvest of Hands, I am sure there are more people out there who have a unique talent and I would encourage them to share it with the Harvest of Hands.
Zion is a vibrant church and is blessed with strong leadership just plain good people. We, in turn, are blessed to be a part of it.