As we start the fall season, I am happy to introduce two people who are joining our staff. Michael Lund Ziegler has accepted the position of Music Minister and Tina Johnson, one of our church members, has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant.
Michael previously served as Music Minister several years ago. He brings a wealth of experience to his position. He is an Orchestra Director at Ripon College and the President and Co-Founder of Music for the Sake of Music, a summer community music program in Green Bay. He was also recently hired as Instrumental Music Director at Saint John the Baptist School in Howard.
Michael believes that music is integral to Christian worship. “We need look no farther than the Psalms of David for our evidence,” he says. “Whether the music has words or not, or even if it’s within or outside to context of a worship service, I believe music to be one of God's unique ways of both showing us and helping us find His greater truth. It is an aural and experiential representation of His great mystery.”
Michael looks forward to developing our music program. “I am a firm believer that everyone is a musician. In rejoining many of you and coming to others for the first time, it is my goal to find a musical place for everyone. If you are someone that has even occasionally wondered what it would be like to sing in the choir, or play in the praise team or the bell choir, or you have some other musical idea, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are all musicians, we just might not believe it yet.”
Michael is married to Melissa and they have a baby daughter Abigail. They live in Green Bay. I welcome Michael to his new position and look forward to the many musical and leadership abilities he brings to our congregation.
Tina Johnson has started as our Administrative Assistant. Tina has done administrative work for La Force, Inc. and brings with her creativity, organizational abilities, and people skills. She looks forward to her new position. “I'm excited to be serving our congregation and working with Pastor Eric as we watch our church grow into a new future,” says Tina. I welcome Tina as she brings her gifts to the work of our church.
Cheri Knutson has faithfully served as Administrative Assistant for many years, and I thank her as she moves on to new ventures. “I have very much enjoyed the 12 years I spent serving as the administrative assistant at SUMC,” says Cheri. “Thank you all for your love and support. Please give Tina encouragement, support, and understanding as she learns all that is involved in being your secretary.”
We all owe Cheri a debt of gratitude for her many years of service. Please join me in thanking her for her contributions to the smooth functioning of our church.
Lastly, we are still looking for an accompanist. If you know of anyone interested, or have networking connections, please let us know.
See you in church, Pastor Eric