Pianist at the Gospel Talk Service
I grew up on a small farm in Central Illinois and was the 6th of 7 children. I had a great childhood – our family did not have a lot materially, but we didn’t know it. We had everything we needed and I felt that life was great. I took piano lessons from the age of 5 and I love music. In our church, I play for one service, lead the singing at our traditional service and am a member of our bell choir. I cannot imagine life without music. I am currently employed as the office manager at 1st Christian Church in Peru and have always worked in a secretarial position.
I am a widow – Jack was my best friend. We had 3 daughters, 6 granddaughters and I now have 3 great granddaughters & 1 great-grandson. I have been so blessed – God has been more than good to me. I was raised in the United Brethren church – later the Evangelical United Brethren, now the United Methodist church. So I have been in church all of my life, but it was in my later years that I developed a closer, more personal relationship with Jesus. I love my church family and the many relationships that have evolved over the years.
Favorite Movie: Dr. Zhivago
Favorite Book: Tuesdays With Morrie
Favorite Sports Team: Indiana University Hoosiers
Favorite Vacation Destination: Hawaii (It’s on my bucket list – haven’t been there yet. Alaska for one I have already been to see.
Favorite Coffee Shop: Anyplace with good friends or family is always great.
Why serve at Main Street?
Serving at church is something that I like to do. My role as the pianist at our church has been ongoing for 25 years. We have great music programs & musicians in our church. I am not nearly as qualified as others on our staff, but we all work well together and it works. I try to use the gifts & talents that God has given me to His glory always. I was privileged to go to Costa Rica on a mission trip for which I will always be grateful. I try to work with various mission projects that we have. Our church is very caring and giving and is a very important part of my life.
My Most Memorable Moment To-Date.
My husband was baptized in 2000. He had not been a regular attendee until that time. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer. One Sunday that summer we were participating in communion and kneeling at the altar at our church. He was so sick from chemo and cancer. He told me later that while he knelt there, he told the Lord that he was tired and sick and if it was his time, he was ready. That night he woke up with a voice telling him to sit up and listen and that he would be alright and that He (God) was always with him. When he woke up in the morning he was like a new person with what he felt. He passed away in 2015 – but it was not from cancer. I think of this each time I kneel at the altar for communion.
What Most Excites Me About the Future of Main Street.
We have several young children in our church and they participate in many things in our church. We are more active in the community than we had been previously. We have a great pastor to lead us and I believe that we are a more accepting congregation than we once were. We have a ways to go, but I believe we are headed in the right direction to reach the unchurched in our area and I pray that over time, we will see more growth in our church.