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Bethlehem Lutheran has new Employee

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Church working with youth and families

Bethlehem Lutheran Church has hired someone for the position of Director of Youth and Family Ministry and, contrary to what a member of the congregation told me, they did NOT insist that the young lady change her name to "Church" to secure her new position.

Heidi Church
No, 27-year-old Heidi Church was actually born with that surname, in the small South Dakota town of Canistota, which, she said, is "a half-hour west of Sioux Falls." Heidi grew up in Canistota with her parents and her brother, and the rest of the family - along with her brother's wife and young daughter - still reside in the town of "about 700" residents.

Heidi graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City in 2003, with a Bachelor's degree in Christian Education and Youth Ministry, then returned to her hometown, where she was initially employed in a Gift Department at a local pharmacy, but soon took a position as the Youth Director at her home church (United Church of Canistota). Heidi worked at the job at the pharmacy as well as the Youth Director position for quite a spell, until she was hired for her current, full-time, position - which is, of course, in the field in which she earned her college degree.

Church was hired for the Cherokee position earlier this month and now resides here in town. She said she thinks Cherokee is "beautiful," and has found all the people she has met to be very hospitable.

Heidi feels that her new position will mostly involve working with the junior and senior high school students of the congregation, where she will be involved in Bible studies, group meetings, and perhaps meetings with other local church youth groups as well.

Her position as Director of Family Services is a new position at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, as well as a new experience for Heidi. She is hoping to establish activities for entire family groups where family members participate in things they like to do. They will then try as a group to apply these activities to the Bible, thus making the Bible a more "hands-on," understandable part of the family members' daily lives.

Welcome to Cherokee, Heidi. May you be with us a long time and make this your "home away from home."

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