Months before Vacation Bible School, many volunteers were already hard at work, like this crew who are preparing for one of the craft projects.
When Rodger Hessedal and his family moved to the Montrose area, he and his wife visited many churches, but in 1970, with the encouragement of Pastor Blair, Rodger and his family became Zion members. Rodger likes to be involved in church and community wherever there is a need, including Boy Scouts and the Christmas bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and his wife Sandra is active in the Harvest of Hands ministry.
Rodger figures he has been involved with children’s ministries for around 35 years, teaching Sunday school all that time. Rodger is retired from work as a lineman for Wright Hennepin Electric, and has Vacation Bible School has also become a regular part of his life at Zion.
Lyle Jans hasn’t been at Zion quite so long. He is a self employed contractor and a wedding coordinator at Zion, and lives on a farm near Buffalo. “My family has always been involved in church, one of my brothers is a pastor, my other brothers are elders at their church and sing in the church choir, my father sings in the choir as well, and my mom serves communion.” Lyle started attending Zion in 2010, and found “it had everything I was looking for.” Lyle is also a volunteer sound technician at Zion, a member of the wRight Ringers community handbell choir, and a volunteer at Timber Bay, an organization working with local youth.
Holly Husom (Christian Education Co-Director) asked Lyle if he would be interested in being involved in the birdhouse woodworking project for last year’s VBS. “I enjoyed working with the kids and she asked me again this year. I look forward to working with the kids again … knowing that this might be the only chance some of these kids have to do a wood working project.”
LeRoy Kronenberg is retired from many years of truck driving and owning his own business, and lives in Buffalo with his wife Judy. He loves to work in the yard, maintain his elaborate flower gardens and woodwork in his woodworking shop.
“Holly asked me to help three years ago with the mud brick molding project, and I have been involved with the wood working project ever since … Lyle and Rodger also asked me this year before Holly got the chance.” LeRoy’s granddaughters, Katelyn, Isabella and Abigail (daughters of Brad and Shelly Lusti) are among the hundreds of children who enjoy VBS at Zion each year. “I have fun working with the kids, and have enjoyed working with my granddaughters who are helping complete this project. Katelyn and Isabella have been a great help getting this ready for VBS.”
Glen Berglund has been a lifelong member of Zion, remembering fondly his own Sunday school class in the old Marysville church, but is new to Vacation Bible School this year. He is retired from working at Centra Sota and Munson Lakes Nutrition feed mills and lives in Buffalo, with his wife Diane. Glen enjoys a good game of horse shoe, and also likes to do woodworking. “LeRoy asked me if I would be interested [in volunteering with this project] while I was at coffee fellowship one Sunday morning.”
This crew is working together in LeRoy’s garage to make 200 sturdy wooden planters that will be the base of one of the craft projects for the grade 1-3 VBS students.