Worship-Music Planner – Lorelle Banzett

lorelle 2Originally from Lancaster, PA, Lorelle received a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.  She worked for the states of California and Nevada for 31 years as a psychiatric social worker and administrator in mental health and developmental disabilities.  After many years of vacationing at Tahoe, she fulfilled one of her dreams by moving to Truckee in 1989.

Lorelle is a life-long Lutheran and musician, having taken music lessons and sung in church choirs since childhood.  Over the years she has studied piano, clarinet, guitar, flute and pipe organ.  Since the late 70’s, Lorelle has served in many areas of church leadership, including chair of Worship and Music Committees.  Through her work with these committees, pastors, and church musicians, she developed expertise in liturgical worship planning and music selection.  Lorelle began planning and coordinating worship at TLPC when the congregation first gathered for services in 1993.  In addition to planning the liturgy and music for our services, she serves as an instrumentalist and song leader.

Since retiring in 2005, Lorelle has renewed her commitment to peace and justice issues and redirected her energies to volunteer projects, including puppy-raising for Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org) and a mission trip to Tanzania for International Health Partners (www.ihptz.org).  She also enjoys skiing, hiking and camping in the Truckee-Tahoe area, traveling, singing in the Truckee Community Chorus, and taking voice lessons (finally!) .

“Corporate worship is central to our Christian life.  My hope is that each person who comes to our service experiences the grace of Jesus Christ and is inspired to be his hands and feet in the world.”

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