23 Carrie Dauner (left), Trinity Lutheran

Trinity’s Vision Keeper for 2017 is Carrie Dauner, a woman who is the quiet yet consistent force behind many of Trinity’s regular mission efforts, and someone known to take on thankless tasks without fanfare. Carrie may be best known for her stalwart participation in all three of Trinity’s choirs – she rarely misses a rehearsal much less a performance for the Sanctuary Choir, Spirit Ensemble and Handbell Choir. She is also a long-standing member of the Faith in Action Committee, regularly supporting efforts such as the Interfaith Action soup kitchen, clean-up projects, and much more. She serves as a deaconess, a member of the Altar Guild, co-chair of a Trinity serving group that organizes crucial support for coffee hours, and is in training to be a Stephen Minister. Carrie organized and led Trinity volunteers in a summer reading program at Holy Family School, and she was a committee chair for Trinity’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.

Much of what Carrie does for Trinity involves stepping up on her own to inconspicuously fill in gaps that others might not see in ways that ensure everyone can enjoy themselves. She greets new people attending Sunday services to make them feel welcome. Carrie also tackles the not-so-glamorous work of setting up for and cleaning up after many Trinity events, including the occasional forgotten coffee hour mess, and she is known to take home kitchen laundry afterward.

Outside of Trinity, Carrie volunteers to teach a memory class at the North Shore Senior Center about once a quarter; volunteers at Presbyterian Homes on a weekly basis; and is a volunteer with the Fiber Arts Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden each year.