Belle Plaine, MN—Kathy Hering, who lives in an apartment on The Lutheran Home Campus, drew the design that appeared on nearly 27,000 Christmas cards sent out by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) to supporters throughout the nation and around the world.
She created this drawing by using a pencil and markers. The design is based upon the words of the hymn, “Oh, Come, Little Children,” which was the theme for TLHA’s annual Christmas art contest. Since 1995, residents, clients, tenants and other individuals served throughout TLHA’s homes, services and programs have been invited to participate in an art contest. The selected artwork appears on the cover of TLHA’s annual Christmas card.
Kathy never really drew during her youth and now retired, does not draw for a hobby. She has only entered the art contest one other time since 2006 when she moved to Belle Plaine from Oklahoma. This year, she decided to give drawing another try. She was “surprised and honored” to have had her work selected. As she drew her design, Kathy remembered a dear friend, a three-time contest winner, who passed away earlier this year.
Throughout the years, the contest guidelines have remained the same: All artwork must be created by the artist, without any team member assistance or touch up; the artwork may be created using pens, pencils, markers or paints and the designs should be on a white piece of paper.
Michael Klatt, President and Chief Executive Officer of TLHA, personally reviews all the entries in early October. During the selection process, the artists’ names and homes and any services in which they participate are kept anonymous. This year, a record 72 entries were received.
During a reception celebrating Kathy’s achievement, Michael Klatt thanked Kathy for her artistic contribution and encouraged her to participate again. He states in his Christmas message from this year’s card, “Kathy Hering demonstrates a confidence offered to all in her artwork. Her wonderful faith shines brightly through the heavenly rays showered upon the manger scene…Kathy faced life with a disability that could have challenged her confidence, but she overcame it to work productively for many years. She now continues to volunteer, participate and serve in our ministry. We see her as a gift among us as, with confident joy, she takes the time to praise God and pray with other residents and staff. Kathy has something that all Christians have as they share the confidence that our Savior’s birth brings! She is confident that God’s Son came as a gift for her joy and delight – forever!”