A Letter from Sarah

Hi there, First Lutheran! My name is Sarah Groh (Correa). This fall, I will be joining you as the new Associate of Music and Handbell Director. I began my service to the Church when I was very young by accompanying my mother, an organist, into the choir loft each Sunday. I see service to the church and its people as a way to use my gifts and follow God’s will.

I have a Bachelor of Music from the University of Kansas, a Master of Music from Arizona State University, and a Master in Lay Leadership from Fuller Seminary. I also have a twenty-five-year career in music ministry. My gifts include directing choirs, supporting lay volunteers, writing programs, building collaborations, organizing, training, and singing. In addition to ministry, I teach voice lessons in my studio, Groh Music, and lead the Sarah Groh Jazz Quartet. 

I am very excited to join the First Lutheran community and partner with the leadership and members to continue the ministry and legacy of the handbell program. My vision for the bell choirs is to spend the year Connecting, Building, Elevating, and Retreating. Let’s celebrate the amazing legacy of the handbell program, by signing up new and returning members, elevating skills and ringing into the community of Colorado Springs and beyond! 

 For me, ministry is about the whole person, including our gifts, stories, understanding of God, faith, and who we are becoming. The handbell program is more than a ministry, it is community and formation. With your help, I plan to strengthen and develop that, especially with the middle and high school players. 

For five years, I have taught a life & study skills class at Pikes Peak State College. I teach advanced tap dancing, cheer for the Kansas Jayhawks during basketball season, and enjoy visiting my family’s farm in northeast Kansas. Stop by to schedule a cup of coffee and chat any time. Also, consider signing up to play a handbell this fall. We welcome all who want to participate. 

  

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