Greetings, Church Of The Holy Comforter!

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministry Coordinator

And thank you all for welcoming me so graciously into your community! A few weeks ago, I was hired as the new Youth Ministry Coordinator, specifically for the Junior High and Senior High parish youth. My background is primarily in event planning, and youth leadership programs. I graduated from Sarah Lawrence with a Liberal Arts Degree and a concentration in Literature and Theater, though I took an avid interest in Religion and Writing classes. For over 25 years, my mother had been the core Senior High Youth Group Leader at Church of Our Saviour: I have assisted both her planning and implementation of hundreds of Sunday school lesson plans, as well as the past 7 mission trips to the Gulf Coast and all over the Appalachian Mountain Range. I have always been passionate about curriculum and pedagogy for young people: what kind of education both meets them at their level and still challenges them, nourishing them inside and out. Having received the educational blessings of John Dewey curriculum at the University of Chicago Laboratory High School, Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf Schools, and finally the individualized, mentor-based Sarah Lawrence system, I feel strongly that I am prepared to assist the already stellar staff in educating your brave and bright Children of God. And I am so thrilled to get to know them! In many ways, I feel that my varied skills and interests have been leading up to this position and this community; that God has scooped me up and placed me here without my having to even ask it of Him, without my having to ask, "where I am supposed to be??" I am confident that I am called to serve your families with exuberance, humility and gratitude. Of course, I'm sure your children will teach me tons. How lucky am I!

"My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. He is the great iconoclast. Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of His presence? The Incarnation is the supreme example; it leaves all previous ideas of the Messiah in ruins. And most are "offended" by the iconoclasm; and blessed are those who are not."
~ C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Peace be with us all in this Advent Season! Charlotte

SAVE THE DATES:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
RITE 13 (Junior High) and J2A (Senior High):
Good News Christmas Store Service Project. 1:30pm training;
2 - 4pm work shift. Email Jill at jcklusendorf@holycomforter.org to sign up! Bus trip!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18th 
Rite 13 (Junior High) Church Lock-In

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th
Rite 13 (Junior High) Man/Womanhood Ceremony; 9AM Service