Gathered at the table: Ken and Carol Kerker
Carol was confirmed at St. Paul (many years ago), but we joined St. Paul as a couple after moving to Eldridge from Moline. We were looking for a church that offered the traditional Lutheran liturgy, varied opportunities for worship and service, an active children’s ministry, community outreach, and a friendly and welcoming staff and congregation. These were all part of the decision to make St. Paul our church home.
Music as a part of worship is very important to both of us. We love singing the traditional hymns or contemporary worship songs, the opportunity to sing in choir, and the beautiful organ, piano, ensemble, and soloists that enhance and enrich our worship service each week.
Even though St. Paul is a very large congregation, we have made many good friends by taking advantage of the different areas of service that St. Paul offers. We both work full-time, so we don’t do as much volunteer work as many others do, but between the two of us we have been able to participate in several areas. This is a great way to get to know other members of the congregation, as well as offer what we can as members of the church.
Now that we have been members of St. Paul for a few years, we have also been able to get to know the pastors as friends as well as our “pastors.” Most importantly, St. Paul is a place where the gospel of Jesus Christ is taught and lived – by the people who work there and the people who attend as members.
-Ken and Carol Kerker