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Darlene Thauland, School Director /Kindergarten Teacher
What I do: I play and talk with kids. I'm always thinking about how to make learning fun and engaging. I listen to moms and dads. I love to tell everyone that Jesus loves and cares for them. I am an early childhood teacher, and I get to be school director, too.
What I love about Our Redeemer: Our Redeemer is Family. Babies, little ones, teens, adults, elderly, all come together to share and care, to worship, play and grow together.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): My daily prayer, "Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants." Deuteronomy 32:2
Hobbies: reading, sewing, herb gardening, cooking and eating.
Fun Fact: I LOVE to blow bubbles!
Renae Johnson, 4's Teacher /Administrative Assistant
What I do: I enjoy playing, reading stories, giving hugs and high fives, providing enriching experiences and watching kids grow and blossom. I love to tell young children how much Jesus loves them.
What I love about Our Redeemer: I love the people of Our Redeemer. It's a warm, welcoming and friendly place to worship and share with others.
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Hobbies: baking, organizing (just about anything), and home decorating.
Fun Fact: I love milk! As a kid I grew up drinking powdered milk.... now I can't get enough of the real thing!!
Sarah Amberg, 3's and 4's Teacher
What I do: I love to ask questions and try and encourage little minds to find their own way to solve a problem. I look for opportunities to teach kids in real, everyday situations that will be meaningful and important to them and LOVE to celebrate with them when they are successful and encourage and cheer for them when they struggle. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to play and learn and laugh with your children!
What I love about Our Redeemer: Our Redeemer is so much more than a church, it is community and family. We love calling this place our home and have been met so warmly and genuinely.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us. And let us run with perseverance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
I love this verse because it reminds me that not only do we have a savior who we can count on to be with us when the road we are on gets tough, but we have others that God places in our lives who will also cheer us on as we follow His will, keeping Him as our focus. So awesome!
Hobbies: Music, sewing, photography and being with my own kiddos!
Fun Fact: If it were possible, I would live in a musical. Like a real live theatre production where you sing your troubles away and the entire town joins in in a perfectly choreographed and harmonized song. (By the way, it's ok to laugh at how absurd that is.)
Jayda Sager, 3's Teacher/4's Teacher Aide
What I love about Our Redeemer: Our Redeemer is an amazing and diverse group of wonderful people who unconditionally love this community and welcome everyone with open arms and hearts.
Favorite Bible Verse(s):Matthew 17:20 He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."
When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a little bracelet that had a mustard seed in a little locket, and she explained to me that even small things are very powerful and that having faith and love for God and Jesus anything and everything is possible, even if that faith is the size of that tiny seed.
Hobbies: It would probably be easier to list the things that do not interest me but to name a few... I love all things outdoors, especially fishing, camping, and white water rafting. I love to cook and bake, dig in the dirt, travel, I love music and the arts, I love spending time with friends and family, but most of all I love being a mom.
Fun Fact: I like Skydiving and I can't whistle.
Anne Symes, 3's and 4's Teacher Aide
What I do: I serve alongside our preschool teachers to help educate and care for our students. I am happy to support our teachers in the classroom, and all the little people and families that walk through our doors. As a Sunday School teacher and preschool teacher assistant, I want to help children learn about the love of Christ Jesus.
What I love about Our Redeemer: I love being a member at Our Redeemer because we come together as a family of faith, to celebrate the love of Jesus. We are a healthy mix of young and old. I think our congregation is interesting because a large portion of our members were not raised in a Lutheran church.
Favorite Bible Verse: One of my favorite Bible verses is from Luke 7:50. Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you, go in peace."
Hobbies: I like reading, listening to people tell their stories, scrapbooking, travelling, walking (rain or shine), spending time with family/friends, and watching my children play sports.
Fun Fact: In August of 1990, I drove my VW Jetta from Anchorage, Alaska to St. Louis, Missori, before starting my graduate program in social work at Washington University.
Emily Thome, 3's Teacher Aide
What I do: I play with and get the pleasure of being with all the little friends I have been blessed to meet this year, as I strive to not only teach, but show them the love that Jesus has for them.
What I love about Our Redeemer: I love the safe learning environment at Our Redeemer, and the Jesus-centered atmosphere
Favorite Bible Verse: Micah 6:8 "He has told you, o man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Hobbies: I love to read and dance! I also enjoy traveling, hiking, and exploring new places and cultures!
Fun Fact: I have collected a mug from every state and country that I have visited!
Laurie O'Brien, Ministry Coordinator
What I do: In practice, my job is one-third facilitator, one-third instigator, and one-third 'catch'. Susan at the church; support the staff, preschool and leadership; maintain member records; and prepare bulletins and newsletters.
What I love about Our Redeemer: The people. They are genuinely friendly, caring and fun to know. It is a blessing to worship together and work along-side people who live their faith and so generously support the ministries of this church.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -- I'm not a natural optimist, so a little reminder is always helpful.
Hobbies: Hatching plans, starting projects and procrastinating. 'Hobby' is a strong word; I love home design, photography and sewing.
Fun Fact: I can't think of anything that relates to me, but here's an interesting thought from the internet - The word 'listen' contains the same letters as 'silent'.
Susan Stubblefield, Ministry Assistant
What I do: Provide part-time back-up support to our Ministry Coordinator and all of the staff at Our Redeemer.
What I love about Our Redeemer: The feeling of being amongst "family", worshipping our Father in heaven and caring for one another.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." and Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."
Hobbies: Sailing and sailboat racing, interior decorating, shell collecting, exercising myself while exercising my two Labrador puppies, and time spent in Bible studies.
Fun Fact: I have been fortunate to have experienced many adventures in my life. For instance, I have downhill skied many wonderful mountains in the West and have made two trans-Pacific crossings in a small sailboat.