Sollenberger Reta Bio Page Web ResWhy is Messiah Lutheran Preschool important to me?

I was a Lutheran Elementary School teacher for almost 40 years (4th, 5th, and 3rd Grade) in South Florida before to moving to Vancouver, Washington. I have a deep desire and love for teaching children. Being able to share the love of Jesus with them each day is so special to me. I get to pray with them each day and share with them that God loves them, and so do I.

 What is my favorite TV show and why?

When I watch This Is Us, I feel every emotion possible: I laugh, smile, cry, worry, doubt, and rejoice.  Seeing these everyday people walking through life with all its ups and downs reminds me of how life is and how we get through every day, supported and loved by family and friends.

 If I could sit down with anyone for coffee, who would it be?

I would want to sit in the presence of Jesus, just basking in His unconditional and everlasting love. I would give Him glory and praise for His continual presence in my life and thank Him for bestowing blessings upon blessings on me.

What is a fun fact that few people know about you?

I received a liver transplant on April 1, 2014. It was a miracle in my life. When I woke up after surgery, I was overcome by God’s grace. All I did after surgery was smile, grinning from ear to ear, as I witnessed and shared my God with the doctors, nurses, and visitors who came into my room. God healed me, and I couldn’t keep quiet. God is Good All the Time!

Why do I believe in God?

From the day I was born, I was in church. My mother nurtured my faith: my baptism, Sunday School, church, confirmation, youth groups, all were part of my life. I’ve always had a personal relationship with Jesus, my Savior. When times in my life are hard, I turn to Jesus. When times in my life are good, I turn to Jesus.  He is always there for me.

 Why is the church community important to me?

Life is hard! It’s great to know that there is a community of believers in my church who care about me, who will pray with me and for me, people who will help me and others in need.  We share communion, so we “come in union” with each other. We pray together, and we praise together.