Celebrating the Value of Community, by Margot L. Nelson
The OSL congregation has a rare opportunity to celebrate a community anniversary: Stephen Ministry has been a part of this church community for 28 years! Currently active Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders are listed below in hopes that the entire congregation can recognize their ministry. Each person’s tenure as a Stephen Minister is shown in parentheses, and Stephen Leaders are denoted with an asterisk. The list does not include a large number of Stephen Ministers who are not currently active but who completed the training and served with diligence and compassion for a significant period of time. Please pray for all of them and give thanks for their ministry. Please also remember in prayer those who have elected to participate in the Stephen Ministry training currently underway.

20–25 years
Arlen Viste (26 years) *

10–14 years
Curt Olson (11 years) *
Suzie Rusch (11 years)
Pr. Tim Lemme (10-year leader) *


5–9 years
Karen Zimbeck (years)
Brenda Beninga (7 years)
Kristi Mader (7 years)
Joan Bacon (6 years) *
Larry Budahl (6 years)
Erin Kaiser (6 years) *
Margot Nelson (6 years) *
Janiece Peterson (6 years) *
Arlette Villaume (6 year leader) *


1–4 years
Allison Boyd (Hauck) (5 years)
Paul Davidson (5 years)
Mitzi Drey (5 years)
Marino Melsted (5 years)
Sharon Dannenbring (4 years)
Deb Harlan (3 years) *
Rhonda Anderson (3 years) *
Dennis Franz (3 years)
Arlys Johnson (3 years)
Pam Johnson (3 years)
Betsy Sittig (3 years
Ellen Smook (3 years) *
Barb Vogel (3 years)
Janice Petterson (1 year)
Michelle Anderson (1 year)

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

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