Soul Sisters: A celebration of life, laughter and love


Brenda Koch

Anyone having lunch at the MountainView Bistro for the past two years would be treated with the sounds of merriment and laughter coming from the banquet room. That would be the Soul Sisters of Resurrection Church at SaddleBrooke. This luncheon is organized and hosted by Volunteer Coordinator for the Church, Karen Hustad; Lauchette Low provides the songs. Other members, i.e., Patty Elliot, Judy Stanard and Jeannine LaFramboise to name a few, provide assistance as needed. Soul Sisters also help with fellowship gatherings for the church.

The idea grew when one of the women members asked if there was a safe place where women could connect with one another and to share their joys, their burdens, and concerns. Karen stated, “Everybody no matter who they are, even with a smile on their face, has something they carry as a burden.” So, with a get ‘er done spirit, the Soul Sisters was formed. It is a place where the women can just get to know each other better, form friendships, and be there for one another. Topics for table discussions (such as what was your first job and what did you learn from it) inspires stories around each table. And, there is the music! The songs are led by Lauchette Low along with her enthusiasm for making the Soul Sisters a fun and happy place. Between monthly luncheons, emails are sent out for prayer concerns and assistance. In addition to the merriment, one member each month shares her life story, how God has worked in her life, and how she came to reside at SaddleBrooke.

Karen Hustad moved to SaddleBrooke 11 years ago with her husband Stan from Minneapolis, MN. She worked as an associate financial representative in the insurance field for 20 years. Karen also served ten years as a missionary with Trans World Radio on the Caribbean Island of Bonaire and, again, near Amsterdam, Holland.

Lauchette Low moved to SaddleBrooke 19 years ago with her husband Joe who passed away in 2007. She was a manager and buyer of a large children’s wear business, started two businesses and sold both upon moving to SaddleBrooke. Lauchette feels she has been blessed to be a manager of women and loves to catch them doing good stuff. “I just love the women of the church and I like to encourage them in any way I can.”

To attend a luncheon, put your check or cash ($18) in an envelope with your name and any food allergies on it in the big wood box NLT Friday, the week before the luncheon. The box is at the Resurrection Church at SaddleBrooke All-Denominational Sunday Worship services, 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in the Vermilion Room of the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse. All are welcome.

Beginning January 2018, the luncheons are held on the third Friday of each month (except for March) at the Agave Room, SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse. So, if you happen to stop by the clubhouse, listen for the joy!