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Karen Skarpness

Secretary & Receptionist

Hi, my name is Karen, and I serve in the office as the Secretary & Receptionist for Good Shepherd. Some of the areas that I work with are publishing the monthly newsletter, maintaining the membership records for the church (baptisms, confirmation, weddings, new member records, etc.), scheduling baptisms and weddings, recording gifts given in honor or in memory of loved ones, preparing our congregation’s Annual Report, helping with congregational mailings and e-mail communications, and sharing hospitality with people who call the church or come in to the office–my favorite part :-). If you have questions or need further information about something, please call me at the church office, and I will be happy to assist you.

I grew up in a small town called DeLamere, ND (about 70 miles southwest of the Fargo-Moorhead area). After graduating from high school, I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Psychology. I first attended worship at Good Shepherd while I was a student at Concordia and at that time, I had no idea that I would work here someday! After college, I worked for awhile in youth ministry in Wisconsin and also as a teacher before beginning my work here at the church in 1998. My favorite part of working here is the interaction that I have with people every day. I also enjoy computer work and the opportunities to be creative and learn new things.

I look forward to all that God has in store for the ministry of this congregation and to being a part of God’s work here and in the community. I invite you to share your gifts & abilities here, in the ministries that interest you. This is a great church family to be a part of!

Favorite Bible Verse: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12