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Suzanne Haterius-Fusaro has returned to her roots in the Ericksdahl Community, Avoca, Texas, after serving as a Church Musician in a variety of congregations for almost 40 years. She is now a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Avoca, where her grandfather served as pastor and her grandmother as church organist.

In this video, she shares how the feeling of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic inspired her to record and post videos of her playing favorite hymns on Facebook. She thought that those who were feeling depressed and disassociated from worshiping together might take comfort from hearing familiar songs, so central in Lutheran worship. And she was correct!

Bethel Lutheran Church

Her postings received over 3,000 views with many viewers requesting favorite songs. Suzanne knows that the smaller, rural churches are limited in the numbers that are usually touched during Sunday in person worship, but the internet allowed her to reach out to viewers from all over the county.

Avoca is a small rural community

The rich heritage of rural congregations contributes to the diversity of our Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod. They bring a different perspective and value to our Synod and the touching story by Suzanne illustrates this point. Thank you, Suzanne for sharing your talent, gift of music, and love of your community.