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Connie is Retiring

Connie Saunders, our office staff extraordinaire, is retiring after 24 years of faithful service. She has been the friendly smile in the office, the welcoming voice on the phone, and the “Sheriff” of Zumbro. We offer God’s blessings to her as she retires on February 12.  

There will be several ways to share our thanks with her in the next couple of weeks: 

1. We are collecting video messages and photos that will be made into a single video collage. You’re invited to submit any fun photo memories of Connie in her work here at Zumbro, or record a short video message to her. Please keep messages to less than 1 minute. You can submit a video by recording the message on your phone, then upload it to 

2. Cards and messages can be to the church office at 624 3rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902 

CANCELED – Unfortunately, we have canceled the reception due to the frigid weather. 3. On Thursday, February 11 from 2-3pm there will be a drive-by reception for Connie in the Zumbro parking lot.

4. To honor Connie’s tenure, gifts to Zumbro will be used to commission a set of paraments for the sanctuary. If you choose to make a gift, please include “Connie retirement” in the memo line of your check or online gift.  

5. We will be honoring Connie at worship on Sunday, February 14. She might be in for a few surprises!

The May 2019 issue of The Zumbro Current included a nice article about Connie.