“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
“God put Jesus in our hearts. He grows love there. When our love joins his love we are all part of him and part of each other. The world changes and becomes a home for everyone.”
Margaret, Age 7 – Amarillo, Texas
I have received so much from the wisdom shared by children, such as Margaret, a wisdom that encourages and challenges me to faithfulness. Her message, essential and true, is a gift of the Child in the Church!
Margaret reminds us to celebrate the gift of community! Through CGSUSA, I have received resources and training that have given me a deeper love for Holy Scripture and for the Liturgy of the Church. These resources and the ecumenical companionship of fellow Christians prepare me as a catechist, for formational and pastoral ministry and help me live fully into my Baptismal vows: “to continue in the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers, to persevere in resisting evil and to repent when I do and return to the Lord, to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving neighbor as self, to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human.”
Margaret shows us the importance and strength of community that begins with Jesus. I agreed to chair this year’s Annual Appeal as a way of saying “Thank you!” Please join me! Your gift to the Annual Appeal will help another catechist, another child experience the Good News of a community that begins with Jesus!
Micki Hill, CGSUSA Board of Trustees – 2018 Annual Appeal Chair
This year, our dear friend, Gertrud Mueller Nelson has
donated this delightful print of the Good Shepherd.
We are able to offer this fine giclée print as a gift of thanks to
the first hundred donations of $300.00 or more.
A Note from the 2018/2019 Annual Appeal Chair, Micki Hill
In 2004, I entered my first Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training course with an idea of serving the youngest children in our parish. As a passionate lay minister and lifelong learner, I felt an instant call and connection to an association that recognized the child as a gift to the Church. Through courses, membership, gatherings, and the blessing of friendship I have grown in faith and been transformed by the great gift of hope.
I am honored to chair the 2018 Annual Fund and ask that you join me in supporting CGSUSA as an advocate for the child’s ministry in the church. Your gift will make a difference, in the life of a child, in the life of a catechist, and in the Life of the Church!
” It is in community that we are blessed to ask our questions, to grow in the love of Jesus, and to celebrate together in full enjoyment of God.”
One winter afternoon, Henry entered the atrium and as was his custom, proclaimed, “Jesus died on the cross.” I said, “Yes, Henry, and He is Risen. Come and let me show you something.” This young boy who had spent months working with the Last Supper was trying to understand why Jesus had to die. I went to the closet and brought out the Empty Tomb. It is our tradition to bring this work out for the Easter season, yet it was a Word that Henry needed to hear on this autumn day.
I read the scripture with Henry. He helped to place the women at the tomb and worked with the material for a brief period of time. I wondered if I had honored the child in his need or if I had served my own desire to help him understand a love stronger than death. Three days later (I kid you, not) Henry entered the atrium, and told me he wanted to work with The Empty Tomb and asked if I would read the scripture to him. I told him he could get the work from the shelf and I would join him after I had greeted the other two children who were coming in the door.
Within a couple of minutes, I turned to read scripture with Henry. I was amazed. Henry had set the three women and the man “in white robe” at the tomb. In addition, he had “borrowed” several items from The Last Supper and The Birth of Jesus. His synthesis of work was done in a very deliberate way. The table was set, the crucifix was placed behind the tomb and Jesus was at the table. The infant Jesus, swaddled in the burial cloth, was placed in the tomb. I said “Henry, would you like for me to read the scripture or would you like to tell me about your work?” Henry said, “Jesus, wanted to eat dinner with his friends.”
This is the Gift of the Child to the Church! Henry needed time to listen with the Word and needed a community that supported him in his listening. Don’t we all? It is in community that we are blessed to ask our questions, to grow in the love of Jesus, and to celebrate together in full enjoyment of God.