Greetings from the desk of the Deacon! As the school year begins, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and the theme for this school year.
As an Iowa native, I am well aware of sticking out like a sore thumb in my Iowa State Cyclone gear. However, you can catch me cheering on the Huskers every now and then with my husband, Jacob Krueger, a Lutheran Center alum. We have been in the midst of many life transitions this year: we got married, he graduated from seminary, and I changed calls. It’s been a whirlwind, but I am so grateful for the warm welcome I have received starting here at The Lutheran Center. In my off time, you can find me hanging out with my cat, Cleocatra, paddle boarding, playing board games, watching Titanic, and jamming to Taylor Swift.
I have a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in multimedia and minor in religion from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Straight out of college I began my ministry journey in a small town as a youth director, moved on to communications in the Southeastern Iowa Office of the Bishop, and promptly started my journey of seminary. From 2017-2019 I spent time in the residential community at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA, pursuing my Master of Arts – Diaconal Ministry degree. In the summer of 2019, I moved to Nebraska for my diaconal ministry internship and was called to Saint Michael Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE, as their Deacon of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in spring of 2020. I was finally ordained to the ministry of Word and Service July 13th, 2020, with a postponed ordination due to the pandemic. Suffice it to say, I have never had a “normal” year of ministry in my three years here in Nebraska.
This is why I am excited for this year’s theme, Imagine. Together The Lutheran Center community will imagine what the future holds for the community through worship, conversation, and fun! We are choosing to imagine what God’s unconditional love looks like in the midst of transition and the world around us. As we imagine the living word of God at the center of our community, we are called out into the world to actively engage our faith through daily spiritual practices, loving our neighbor, and calling out injustices in the world.
Part of the imagining will happen in the midst of the Upper Room, an intentional living community, housing 9 students who are dedicated to walking through college life with one another, centered in spirituality and justice. I am excited to be the community director for the Upper Room, among other call responsibilities. We are daring to imagine the impact Christian hospitality and love has on the world around us through weekly meals together, service projects, programming, and conversation.
We invite you to imagine along with us how God is using you in the world around you!
Deacon Coco Lyons