Congratulations to our 2021 Parish Stewardship Award Recipient . . .
Each year a stewardship award is presented to a parishioner that has gone above and beyond. There are many exceptional volunteers at Good Shepherd, so when one is chosen, they are a true blessing to this parish family.
Chris has been teaching religious education classes since about 1987. She began as a substitute at Chelsea when the first grade teacher was unable to continue teaching, and she has been teaching ever since.
For a time, Chris taught second grade and prepared her students for Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion. Teaching, as all catechists know, involves not just showing up for class, but also preparing lessons in advance. Teaching younger students includes working with the Christmas play each year. It also includes making crafts, teaching through storytelling and more. She has even made prayer pillows for students over the years! When Good Shepherd parish came into existence in 2005, Chris stepped up to the plate and served as Coordinator of Religious Education.
But this person’s gifts go beyond Catechetics. Through the use of her financial background, Chris served a number of years on the parish Finance Committee and continues to serve as parish Finance Trustee at Good Shepherd. This individual also audits our parish finances on a regular basis. She also serves as a Eucharistic Minister at the parish.
She is one of the main organizers and assistants for all our parish fundraising raffles. From set up to finish, she is there. Everything she does, is done well!
This person’s heart is always with her family. We hear she is an exceptional cake decorator. Whether it be family birthdays, weddings or anniversaries, she is the one being called on for a special cake. (Now that the parish knows about this, she better beware!)
This person is also involved in community work. She is the treasurer of the Chelsea SWAT Snowmobile Club and has been for many years. She has also helped with many other community fundraisers.
She is friend to many, and foe to none. She is a prayerful and humble friend and neighbor among us. If you don’t see her in our pews on a weekend, you can bet she will be in the pews somewhere else. Her witness indicates that God comes first in her life.