This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes John Metz.
John has no doubt ministered to you, even if you didn’t realize it. John has generously donated his gift of artistry to the parish in many ways.
Have you seen the beautiful murals on the library walls? John designed those for us. He designed and painted the set for the school’s performance of Beauty and the Beast and also designed incredibly beautiful sets and props for our school’s Christmas concerts for the past five years.
If you’ve had a chance to read Fr. Mark Burger’s wonderful second book, Falling Awake, you have been treated to John’s work again! He designed the cover of the book and then gave Fr. Mark his original painting that was reproduced on the cover. As the parish’s Awareness Coordinator, John is designing new banners and brochures that are being used parish-wide. You may have seen some of the sacramental and ministry brochures that we now have: Marriage, Outreach, Liturgy and Worship, and RCIA – all produced from John’s donated time and talent! One of our staff members put it this way: “Any design project I ask of him he willingly does. He is a very generous man.”
But that’s not all! John is also heavily involved in our Stephen Ministry. He was part of the first class of Stephen Ministers undergoing the 50 hours of training in order to be a care-giver to those in need. He spent three years meeting with care-receivers and then last January took part in a week-long training session to become a Stephen Ministry Leader.
John and his wife, Cindy, who both tragically lost their first spouse, were blessed by God in finding each other. After a career in graphic design, John is now a professional artist. His paintings have been purchased around the country. His work is frequently on display at Malton Art Gallery on Edwards Rd. across from Rookwood Commons. If you haven’t seen his beautiful work, check out his website: www.Johnmetzart.com.
On the site, John writes: “My work explores concepts of timelessness, energy, beauty and spirituality.” If you know John, you know that “beauty and spirituality” shine from his soul.
Kudos Corner thanks and salutes John Metz for sharing his time, talent and treasure with the parish in ways that uplift, comfort and inspire!