Carina Schiltz - A Banner of Faith

Post date: May 3, 2016 3:28:50 AM

Our Congregations received a letter from Wartburg sharing the tradition of having banners created for each student by their supporting congregations. The banner was to reflect the Bible verse John 1:16 and include interests and characteristics of the student.

Diana Poppe took the initiative to create a beautiful and memorable banner in honor of Carina. The following is a description of the banner's meaning and hope for Carina as she starts her journey in ministry.

Future Pastor Carina Schiltz! Congratulations and God Bless you!

"The verse is stitched in the center of the cross. The theme of the verse is “grace upon grace”. The cross reminds us that it is through Christ’s death that we receive this grace. I stitched lines on the cross because the cross was rough and it was an extremely painful death.

I added “Amazing” to “grace up grace” because of the song that is familiar to all of us. I also scattered music notes on the banner because Carina has been involved in music in many different ways since she was a little girl.

In the lower left hand corner I stitched the graduation date: May 15, 2016.

On the top is the symbol for the holy spirit. The spirit guided Carina into the seminary and will continue to guide her along her future path.

Also at the top are the words “Vaya con Dios” which means “Go with God”. This is our wish for Carina and her new husband, Eric. Carina served her internship in a Spanish speaking congregation. She hopes to be able to use her knowledge of the Spanish language in her next congregation.

The main color of the banner is purple because it is the color we associate with royalty and Christ is our King.

At the bottom I included the names of the congregations that are supporting Carina: Trinity Fellowship and First Presbyterian.

I used all of the colors of the rainbow in the banner to represent the fact that we are a “Reconciling in Christ” congregation.

Carina’s banner is displayed at Wartburg Seminary with the banners of all of the other students and will be given to them when they leave."