Good Shepherd Lutheran Church gets a special gift


[At right, Pastor Chris Schonberg of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church holds a painting by the late Brian Figaro. The artist’s brothers William and Scott flank Brian’s son, Brian Michael Figaro. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN]

POINT PLEASANT  — As Warren Wolf was cleaning his mother’s basement, he came across a painting that he thought would hold great value to the church he belongs to.

The painting was one that his childhood neighbor, Brian Figaro, did for his mother and father. The painting was of Jesus Christ with the words: “In this dying desperate world in which we live in, one truth burns on forever, Jesus Christ. There are no pains or problems he does not understand, for he wore them all for us. In his death, he brought our sin, in his resurrection, he gives us eternal life. Through him, we can truly discover who we are and why we are here.”

It had been created the only way Mr. Figaro could have painted it — using a brush between his teeth. He had painted it when he was 22, two years after an ATV accident left him a quadriplegic.

On Sunday, March 11, following the early service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the painting was presented to Pastor Chris Schonberg for the church, as friends and family of Mr. Figaro looked on.

“But I’m here to tell you not to remember that man who was sick or confined to a wheelchair,” the artist’s son, Brian Michael Figaro, said in an emotional speech to the congregation. “Remember a man who loved life, who loved his family and friends and above all else, the love for the Lord our God.”

Pastor Schonberg said, “The fact that we’ve been able to be given this gift, to me it’s almost miraculous that we made this connection. I’m very excited we have it and you see where it is in the foyer and that’s where it’s going to be. People can look at it when they come in.”

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