Nancy was elected to Zion’s council in December 2018 and will serve from 2019-2021.
My name is Nancy Dehmer, and I have been a member of Zion for 30 years. My husband Rick and I moved to Buffalo in 1985. We have three grown children who all went through their Christian education at Zion. I retired in 2014 after a long career with the Buffalo school district. My career as an educator with the ECFE program gave me the flexibility to work and be home with our children. I also served on the Buffalo school board for a number of years.
My great grandparents immigrated from Germany and farmed in the Corcoran area. They were one of the founding families of St. John’s Lutheran in Corcoran. My parents were faithful members of that same church, and I watched them participate in the life of that church in a variety of ways. It was our second home, and I remember those days with fondness.
My own faith journey continued as I left home and attended college. I felt drawn to reading the Bible and trying to understand its meaning. As a young mom, I connected with a group of women who formed a Bible study. Each week we brought all of our children to one of our homes as we gathered to study and pray.
Zion has provided me with opportunities to grow in my faith and meet friends who share the same love for Jesus, and a heart for service.
One of my favorite Bible verses is
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
It gives me a sense that I do not have to figure life out on my own, and that I need to spend time listening to God’s direction.
I have especially enjoyed serving on the Women’s Ministry Committee these past five years. The women in this group have taught me much about faith, and selflessness. I also enjoy making crepes for the Harvest of Hands event, serving communion, and greeting or ushering.
During my time on the church council, I look forward to getting to know other people in the congregation and being a part of the decision-making process as we hire a new pastor, and move forward in our mission to serve Christ in new and unimagined ways.