Picturing her calling

Photo Essay
Saskatchewan pastor reflects on years in ministry through photographs

February 10, 2021 | People | Volume 25 Issue 4
Donna Schulz | Saskatchewan Correspondent
Saskatoon
Superb Mennonite Church, near Kerrobert, Sask., where Lois Siemens’ ministry began. (Photo by Lois Siemens)

What she really wanted was a party, but pandemic realities prompted Lois Siemens to find another creative way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her ordination.

Superb Mennonite Church, near Kerrobert, Sask., called Siemens to ministry, and she was ordained there on Jan. 9, 2011. Today she lives in Saskatoon, where she serves as spiritual-care coordinator at Bethany Manor, a retirement community founded by Mennonite churches in Saskatoon and the area.

As a single woman, Siemens viewed this anniversary much as a married couple would view a wedding anniversary. And even though she couldn’t have the party she had dreamed of, she felt she needed to mark the occasion in some way.

On the morning of the anniversary, Siemens went for a walk by the South Saskatchewan River and began taking photographs.

“I started realizing some of images were connecting to my ministry,” she says. “I started looking for them and then realized that they were everywhere.”

As she took pictures, memories of her 10 years of ministry came to mind, prompting her to look for images that had to do with being surprised, transformed, reconciled or redeemed.

“I definitely felt God’s Spirit at work,” she says. “God was leading and, in a way, comforting. I wanted a party. That was a loss. And then this came as a kind of replacement.”

Siemens couldn’t share her images and captions with her friends in person, so she chose to share them on Facebook.

“It was just as satisfying as having a party,” she says. “I missed [seeing] all the people, but it was good to reflect on the past 10 years.” 

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Superb Mennonite Church, near Kerrobert, Sask., where Lois Siemens’ ministry began. (Photo by Lois Siemens)

Her peers in ministry surround Lois Siemens at her ordination in 2011. Pictured behind Siemens, from left to right: Patrick Preheim, Claire Ewert Fisher, Garth Ewert Fisher, Pauline Steinmann and Jerry Buhler. (Photo courtesy of Lois Siemens)

Friends and family surround Lois Siemens at her ordination in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Lois Siemens)

"Finding surprises along the way: friendship, questions, allies, teachers, beauty, resources, answers to prayer, places to live, financial resources, extra jobs." (Photo by Lois Siemens)

Witnessing transformation in others and myself. (Photo by Lois Siemens)

“Times of waiting and stillness . . . and times to take off and go!” On the 10th anniversary of her pastoral ordination on Jan. 9, Lois Siemens went for a walk by the South Saskatchewan River and began taking photographs. (Photo by Lois Siemens)

"Thankful for the times I received support." (Photo by Lois Siemens)

There were celebrations of death and life. (Photo by Lois Siemens)

Always looking for signs of hope. (Photo by Lois Siemens)

Lois Siemens’s ordination Scripture verse, Psalm 86:12. (Photo by Lois Siemens)

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