Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Second week of Lent - Oil 2017

This is the Second week of Lent. Our Theme is "Poured Out" and this week the element is Oil, Mary friend of Jesus anoints him with Oil.

We used the golden color of the satin fabric to symbolize the "Oil" being poured out.

  John 12: 1-11
 
 


 In the contemporary service I used paper on the back wall to illustrate the Oil being poured out.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Simple Art with a deeper meaning

Around our here it is not secret my love of coffee and from the sheer number of local coffee shops I see I'm not the only one. With more and more discussion of diversity in our communities, it started me thinking. I can use to things we care about to become art. I have to admit it was more about the possess them the end product. The possess started with a heavy cloth natural colored drop-cloth, tore it into strips.  I asked a local coffee shop for old coffee grounds and began. I took three tubs, filled them with warm water, coffee grounds and three or four strips of cloth. The color variation came from the length of time each strip was left in the tube. I wanted to speed up the process for the darker ones so I added instant coffee (I didn't stir it in) this not only added a darker color it added more color variations. 





 The colors are so varied any yet they are all made from the same cloth. Just as we are all from the same cloth and should be protect as such.

"Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one."
                                                     John 17: 11
This is the somewhat finished project, I am wanting to add a small trig cross on the right side.








This something I saw in a retail store, that helped inspire me.
Goes to show you, you never know what will stir your creativity.

Advent 2016 - "What's in a Name?"

This year our theme for Advent was "What's in a Name?".  This was a tough one to decorate for.
Each week was a different name for Jesus.
  • Week one - Wonderful Counselor 
  • Week two- Mighty God
  • Week three-  Everlasting Father 
  • Week four- Prince of Peace




We order a digital download from https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com
Four large Coloring pages, one for each week. We had them printed on poster board,
each one is 4 foot x 3 foot. For our Christmas day Service we put them all together.



















Making large bows for the twenty three wreaths, assembly-line style.

Prayer Weaving



This Sunday we talked about intercessory prayer and wove our prayers together. Each person was given a slip of paper to write a prayer on, then during the service they came and wove them into a loom. The last few Sundays we had been about talking how, we as a church family we are a metaphorical net. That image of a net really spoke to me.                                             


The weaving our prayers together just reinforced the sense of togetherness and that our concerns and worried are not alone. 


 


The "looms" are nothing more than large open back wooden frames with yarn wrapped around them. Something so simple but it was made into an interactive and impacting visual. 






Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pentecost 2016- "Unity"

The large foam letters are wrapped in newsprint, further symbolizing the chaos of our world. In the midst of our chaos, our multiple nationalities and cultures, the Spirit of Christ has descended to each of us to provide “unity” through Christ. 




Awakening Band 


Pentecost Sunday is frequently referred to as the Birthday of the Church. It is the time when people from many nationalities and cultures gathered together in one place and the Holy Spirit descended upon the entire house. The Spirit appeared in fire and wind so the liturgical color for Pentecost is red. Decorations most often take on the color of flames, orange, yellow and red. The visual enhancement on the stage was the collaboration of Brenda Rice and Ed Rollins. Assisting in the creation were Lisa and David Lang, and Jennifer Showalter. The letters are haphazardly arranged to symbolize the many languages represented by the people who experienced the first Pentecost. Additionally, many of the letters are wrapped in newsprint, further symbolizing the chaos of our world. In the midst of our chaos, our multiple nationalities and cultures, the Spirit of Christ has descended to each of us to provide “unity” through Christ. 


The Children colored parts of the backdrop