I was sent to Community United Methodist Church in 2006 and I have been here ever since! I grew up in the United Methodist Church, which is neither good nor bad, but what was good was the amazing people who "raised me" to understand that I was important, I was loved, and God gave me specific gifts and abilities for a purpose in this world. I went to Washington State University and worked as a youth director, attended seminary and served my first church the United Church of Ferndale UCC/UMC before I was appointed to serve Community UMC and Coeur d'Alene. What was instilled in me when I was younger was later re-affirmed and I felt called to pass that on as a pastor to those I serve.
I have a completely ordinary family with a husband and two sons. We are messy, obstinate and sarcastic but I love us! Our cats drive us nuts because they don't get along, but we love them, too. Life is never boring and I work very hard at living gratefully!
Fun fact: I LOVE reading- ever since I got the library app Libby- I can read and listen to books all the time! Life is good!
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Rev. Steve Michael
I grew up in southern Idaho, but I became a Coeur d'Alene boy when I was adopted at the age of eleven. When I wasn't playing soccer I shut myself in my room and played guitar. Little did I know that some years later both of those two things would be key elements in my life and ministry. I lead worship with my guitar and I coach Timberlake High School's varsity girls' soccer team.
My wife, Tamara, and I have been married more than twenty-five years and we have three wonderful children: Sierra, Jessica, and Nate. Today we have sons-in-law and precious grandchildren as well! I had a construction business for a time but in that season the Lord called me to ministry, so I laid down my hammer and picked up my guitar and Bible. For a time, my ministry was voluntary.
I continue to live out that call to ministry here Community UMC, and I find myself involved in ministries with people that continually challenge me and set free to learn, grow and respond to God in my life.
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Born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, graduate of CHS and the University of Idaho. Go Vandals!
Enjoys reading, playing sports, hanging out with her family, boyfriend; Nick, and 2 cats; Sully and Penny.
Fun fact: I have been to 8 countries
(China, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, UK, The Netherlands, France and Germany) and can't wait to travel some more!
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I have been in this position as a Worship Coordinator since July 2018. I'm a retired United Methodist Pastor out of the North Carolina Conference, which gives me plenty of experience in the workings of the church and its worship services. I also love music, so this was a wonderful opportunity for me.
I have three children: two married daughters and a son. I also have two beautiful grandsons.
Fun Fact: Many wouldn't believe it, but many years ago I went to Clown School and my clown name is Daisy.
Life Motto: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
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I am a piano teacher, performer, composer, conductor/director, and researcher in the greater Spokane, Washington region. I hold a Masters and Bachelors degrees in music from Eastern Washington University, where I studied piano, composition, jazz, electronic music, and teaching.
My career encompasses performance, composition, direction, teaching, ancient music studies, and pedagogical work. I have composed and performed many original works, designed my own instruments, and self-released multiple CDs. I have conducted musical theatre, wind ensembles, church choirs, and chamber groups of all kinds, and have performed with many ensembles of varying type on piano, clarinet, electronics, and voice.
I am a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association & Music Teachers National Association (WSMTA/MTNA), and working on Nationally Certified Teacher of Music status through MTNA. I am a trainee of the Inter-Mountain Alexander Technique workshop, working towards certification as an Alexander Technique teacher through Alexander Technique, International. I am a student of the Taubman technique of piano via the Golandsky Institute in New York.
I've been with the Community United Methodist Church band since 2011 and the Contemporary Worship Leader since 2017. Music has encompassed most of my life since I was a kid. I joined the Cherub Choir at First United Methodist Church Marietta, Georgia when I was four years old. I've been playing guitar for more than forty years and have been in leadership positions professionally for more than two decades.
I've been married to my wife Georgie for twenty-five years and our family currently consists of three dogs and a cat.
Fun Facts: I walk dogs at the Humane Society two days a week. I also ride bicycles, ski and fly-fish. I love to collect vintage, American-made stringed instruments, which would have been sold through Montgomery-Ward or Sears catalogs.
I was born and raised in upstate NY, but I have been on the move since college. I've lived in Germany and 10 states, and visited another 38 states and 3 additional countries. Our first move to N ID was in 1980. Over the years, friends and family kept us coming back which is why we chose to finally settle here. I enjoy all animals, time with friends, and travel... obviously!
Fun Fact: I've been a vegetarian for 30 years.
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I've been in this position with CUMC since 2008 and a member of this church for almost as long. I grew up in the area, have been married since 2004, and I have two fantastic boys. Being a boy mom is hectic, but wonderful. It's the best thing ever. In 2015 I was diagnosed with stage 1, grade 3 cancer and it was definitely a very difficult season for my family. Since I've been in remission, however, my family and I have created a local bucket list to essentially become tourists in our hometown and fall in love with the area we live in. My favorite local attraction is by far the Hiawatha Trail. My family and I did that in the summer of 2018 and we loved it.
My boys keep me active, for sure, but on a rainy day my favorite thing to do is be at home with my family and read a good book.
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Rev. Mark Haberman
I served as full-time Coordinator of Children's, Family and Music Ministries at Community United Methodist Church from 1993 - 2000, relocating with my family from Sioux City, Iowa to be part of the life and ministry of our congregation at that exciting time in its history. Included during that time of service was the joy of helping support our congregation in its move from the earlier downtown location to the corner of Ramsey Road and Hanley Avenue. Additionally, I was ordained as a United Methodist Deacon in Full Connection during this period of time. I returned to CUMC as part-time Coordinator of Music Ministries in 2006, a position from which I retired in 2014.
Following one year of retirement, I returned to share the Organist position with Cynthia Marlette, recently delighting in leading music from the newly refurbished organ. In my "day job" I serve as Planning and Resource Director at Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington in Spokane, the Area Agency on Aging for a five county service area.
My journey is made richer with my husband Dave at my side, the five children that are part of our lives together and four grandchildren under the age of four.
I've actually been a member of CUMC since 1993 but only started attending regularly in 2014. Shortly after we moved here from Iowa, I took a music director position at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by an organist position at 1st Presbyterian Church for 18 years. During part of that time I was also full time as Associate for Worship and Communication. Along with my church job, I also founded and conducted the NW Sacred Music Chorale, now known as Chorale Coeur d'Alene.
In 2014 I stepped into the organist/choir director/bell director position here at CUMC. In 2016 I decided to semi-retire and share the organist position with Mark. Meanwhile, in the past 3.5 years, five grandchildren have appeared on the scene, making my role as Grandma my most delightful job. My husband Bobby also relishes the new role.
Fun Fact: In 2014 I gave an organ concert on a 300 year-old organ in the Czech Republic in a Catholic cathedral near where my 2nd great grandfather immigrated from in 1869.