Hello. We are your online hosts on Sunday morning at 10am on Facebook. The four of us have been hosting online worship and thought we would provide introductions and why we wanted to share our time and talent in this way.
Pastor Suzi asked me last June if I would be willing to be an online host. I was willing to try, started in July, and have been doing it every month since. It is very easy and I find myself ‘talking’ to people that I’m sure I wouldn’t normally interact with. Hopefully we will meet face to face in the future! I have been a member of Zion for 20+ years. After I retired from the corporate world in 2014, I started doing some volunteer work at Zion. Most of my time has been with the Children Family Ministry team. So, it was time for me to branch out and try something new. With all of the changes/challenges that 2020 brought to us, this opportunity was a positive one for me. Hopefully others will join our team!
Hello, everyone. I am one of your online worship hosts and my name is Cathy Hoadley. After Z-fest, church staff began to be needed more for other duties, so I began hosting at the beginning of October and I instantly found myself enjoying it! As wife of Interim Pastor, Dave Hoadley, I hear a lot about upcoming events and services. Serving in a ministry and having a part to play, even a small one, brings the service alive in a special way. I have enjoyed connecting with members of the community, even if it is virtually. I enjoy being able to bring those who may be alone or only with family members a sense that we are still celebrating “together” and not simply watching a service online. We know, then, that we truly are not alone. We are a community gathering together, just a little differently. I look forward to connecting with the “at-home” service participants next time!
My name is Cathy Quady. I am a realtor with Edina Realty and live in Buffalo with my husband, Bob. We have two grown daughters, Anna and Lindsay, and three grandchildren. I have been a member of Zion over 25 years and only recently became a host for the Online Zion worship services. It seemed apparent to me during this pandemic there are many people feeling isolated and lonely. In my opinion, Zion’s pastors and staff have done a remarkable job to help us all feel connected and supported. I can imagine that this has been quite a challenge for them. Finding volunteers for the tasks needed has likely become more difficult. Hosting an online service is a small contribution I can make. It has been enjoyable to greet and interact with worshipers and members online and though it isn’t the same as worshiping together inside the church, it does provide some sense of fellowship. Through my volunteering to host and make phone calls to some of our senior members, I have become aware of the need to stay connected to some of the more isolated members during this difficult time. It has given me the opportunity to get to know some of our members that I didn’t know before and I’ve found those I come in contact with to be very appreciative.
Greetings from Kate. Our family have been members of Zion for about 10 years. Dan and I live in Buffalo with Danielle & Eddie. I have been involved in Serve Weekend, Volunteer Training, and Mission Jamaica. Last fall, I asked Sherilyn if there was anything to help with since the other opportunities I assist with were on hold. At that time, I took on the role of coordinating the online hosts-which is easy with the three wonderful volunteers above! I love being an online host as I feel like I am sharing my time with the church but most importantly, helping us all feel part of a community, whether we are in person or virtual. I love making others feel connected.
While we hope to see you all in person soon, until then we will make sure to say “hello” online in the comments during Facebook ‘live’ worship. Be well.