This month we honor Karen Zink, a retired schoolteacher from Kent, who volunteers as a Display Coordinator and Office Assistant in the GetConnected department. Each Thursday she spends a few hours maintaining displays, creating brochures, filing, and helping wherever she’s needed. After memorial services, Karen often writes and addresses the many thank you notes sent out by the Church Office. Recently, she became an expert at using the church paper-folding machine.
Karen has two grown daughters and was a teacher for 30 years, retiring seven years ago after working her last ten years at an alternative high school in Kent. In addition to volunteering in GetConnected, she also sews in the crafting ministries group and particularly likes creating cute pillowcase dresses for the “Dress a Girl Around the World” project. She also sewed up a storm binding the edges of the fabrics used for Jubilee REACH chair pockets, which will be delivered to the elementary schools at Jubilee Service Day this month on August 22.
Karen started attending BelPres in September of 2014, and by January was already plugged into the sewing ministry, along with helping out weekly in GetConnected. She explained her motivation for jumping into service so quickly, “I had been very active in my last church so volunteering was a void I knew I needed to fill again.”
“Karen is a like a breath of fresh air, breezing through our office each Thursday. We count on her to update our displays each week and she willingly and graciously also tackles whatever else we toss her way with great competence. We are grateful for her joyful service!” exclaims Nancy Campi, GetConnected Director.
In addition to continuing her current volunteering activities, Karen dreams to develop more sewing ministries at BelPres, once she is finished serving as the President of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild, that is. Thank you for sharing your talents and time with us, Karen!