Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Oct. 8, 2001

New interim pastor arrives in time to help mending

By Lynda Jensen

The day before the terrorist attacks in New York, Steve Shannon answered the call for the interim pastor position at the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake.

"My entry here was marked by that," he commented of his introduction into the community.

Shannon arrived in Howard Lake with his wife, Cissi. A daughter, Becky Hansen, lives in Burnsville, as well as their only grandson, Andrew, 9.

Pastor Shannon's first service in Howard Lake was to address the attacks at a special observance Sunday evening following the incident, he said. His message was the triumph of good over evil.

Since then, he has spent time helping Howard Lake residents come to grips with the horror and sadness of that day.

"There was a great deal of sadness and shock," he said of the tragedy. "The world changed."

Nevertheless, Shannon is reaching out to the community in many ways even though he has been in the community only one month.

Shannon gave a special prayer for local business people during the Howard Lake Business Association meeting Sept. 19.

He likes to reach out to people, particularly senior citizens, Shannon said. He likes to emphasize tradition.

There are weekly hymn sings given by Floyd Munson every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center. This was a nice introduction for him into the community, he said.

Shannon's interests include reading and walking, as well as enjoying his grandson, he said.

His wife, Cissi, recently celebrated her birthday as well, he said.

The Shannons moved from Claremont, Minn., which is near Owatonna, where Steve served as pastor there for two years.

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