An appreciation open house was held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the church to recognize her 60 plus years of service.
"Vangie," as her friends call her, has played the piano or organ at the church faithfully for 60 years; playing for church services, revival meetings, funerals, weddings or whatever was needed. She has accompanied many singers, readers, and instrumental numbers. She is a long-standing member of the Cherokee Tone Circle, and has accompanied many soloists and groups over the years.
Evangeline started piano lessons in the sixth grade and her mother helped her learn to sight-read simple hymns. This practice helped her through the years in sight-reading harder and harder pieces. She took piano lessons through high school
After her marriage to Joseph Sins in 1943, Vangie lived in Storm Lake while her husband attended Buena Vista College, graduating in 1948. The couple lived in various places including Minnesota but eventually they moved back to Cherokee in 1950. She played the piano every place they lived.
She started playing piano in the First Church of Christ when she had three small children. Her mother took care of the kids in the church service while Vangie played.
When the church bought its first organ, Vangie took a few lessons, and then practiced on her own-gaining experience over the years. One of the first weddings she played for was Bob and Eleanor Johnston, who will be celebrating 50 years of marriage in the near future.
Though her playing has been interrupted at times by a few broken bones and some recent health problems, Vangie has always managed to bounce back. Saturday mornings usually find her at the church, practicing for the Sunday service.
God gave Evangeline the talent to play and a long life. She says she hopes her music has been of some benefit to the congregation, and it is the belief of her congregation that it certainly has been. Her commitment to this service through thick and thin is an example to all of us.