Visiting and Listening

Audrey was baptized, confirmed and married to Jim, her high school sweetheart, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minnesota.

Spring Grove was the first Norwegian settlement in Minnesota. We still celebrate our great Norwegian heritage! I grew up in a family of five girls. I so remember going to church every Sunday in our Sunday best dresses, polished shoes, and pin curled hair dos. We were told to sit quietly, sing, pray and do not turn around and look in the balcony at the soloist! We all loved the real candles on Christmas Eve, and still love going there to worship. My parents were inspirational in my faith journey, through church and their strong faith, praying daily, and teaching us through love, and to be kind, thankful, work hard and serve others. As Dad always said, “do this as you will someday be rewarded, if not on earth, in heaven.”

Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 118:24, which is a daily morning verse shared by many of her family members:

This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Audrey and Jim moved to Buffalo in 1991 and decided to join Zion after attending twice.

It was so welcoming. Pastor Ed Blair knew us by name and it felt like home, in ministry and fellowship. Zion offers so much for all ages! It is always a welcoming feeling, like being home again. I still love Sundays in church with great fellowship, great sermons, and great music. It is a wonderful way to start off a new week.

When her children were young, Audrey taught Sunday school and later served on the Youth Board. More recently, she has been involved with the Fellowship Committee, Blessing Closet, Lutefisk Supper, Harvest of Hands, and the Congregational Care Team.

Audrey often worked with chronically ill and elderly patients throughout a 42 year nursing career in Spring Grove, Fargo, and Monticello. Since retiring in June of 2015 she has found a way to continue to care for Zion’s homebound members through visitation ministry.

Connecting in Care means gathering together to help others through service in our faith family. Visitation ministry is important to let our nursing home and homebound members know they are loved and cared for by their church family. I learned so much from so many wonderful people. My passion is with them, to visit and listen, hear their great stories and pray with them. People should know there are many ways to connect with homebound members. You can develop relationships with new people, who offer so much wisdom and joy. I’ve received more than I give.

Audrey and Jim have two grown children, Emily, who lives with her family in Buffalo and also attends Zion, and Peter, who lives with his family in St Francis. Audrey’s hobbies include spending time with grandchildren, summer cabin time with family and friends, quilting, reading, baking, and travel.