Monday, October 30, 2017

500 years of Reformation

yesterday we commemorated the Reformation's 500th anniversary at church.  it's actually on all hallow's eve.......but that's how we roll.  this is the amazing backdrop that our worship team leader/education/etc. etc. guy built for the occasion. it's made from construction foam carved and painted to look like the Wittenburg castle doors that Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis (grievances with the way things were going in the Catholic church) on.  i'm sure i just made some of you shudder with my sentence structure there....heh heh.  it also made for a fun 'photo op' for families after the service :)  thankful that God used Luther to open the eyes of the world to the fact that we are saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone....not by anything we do, or buy. we were challenged by Pastor to think of all the ways God has reformed our lives too. happy reformation day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Ordinary Time"

....also lovingly referred to as "green season"  :)  I went quite a bit smaller this time- our green Paraments have lots of gold in them, so I went with a combo of both colors to coordinate with them.  I like it.......unfortunately the new fire inspector does NOT. We went from a 100% rating last year (thanks to my hubby's hard work as chairman of the property board) to having four pages of things she wanted fixed!  And we had not changed a thing over the past year.....we ARE Lutheran, after all!) Funny, I've been creating Sanctuary art for over 30 years, and I've never ever had an inspector 'flag' it as hazardous until now. I think it's maybe because she's 'new' and trying too hard. We may appeal. I'd sure hate to think that this might be my last "jellyfish."

Monday, June 5, 2017


My offering for this year's sanctuary decorations......I think I'm going to go in and 'tweek' it a bit-  I found some small lights on a timer that I think would be epic hidden in the middle :) 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Risen Indeed !

So bright and lovely :) the white 'gauze-like' fabric represents the linen cloths wrapped around our Savior's body.....the brightness of the rest celebrates His Victory over death ! There are some tiny mirror tiles draped around in places that really sparkle when the lights hit them just right. And if there's such a thing as 'sentimental' fabric....this is chock full of it....the white was donated by a church member's family years ago after she passed....probably a 20 yard piece. The colorful strips are 'left-overs' given to me by one of our quilting ladies- she had to trim down one of her creations! Yes, please and thank you! And this year I added some pastel ribbons that were donated from our youth- leftovers from their banner from the National Youth Gathering last year. I love that we Lutherans never throw anything away......

And this is our beautiful Festival of Flowers cross ( I have to remember to get the 'before' photo next year! It's quite ugly to begin with :) ) A longstanding tradition for us....people come up during the service and adorn the cross- then afterwards they take lots of family Easter photos in front of it. It warms my heart to see the next generation taking the same pictures they took when they were little. God is so very, very good! AND HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good. Good Friday

Good Friday- this is as dark as it gets, folks.  I took away most of the Lenten purple, added a lot of black, crosses, burlap (sackcloth) and rope that I chain stitched ( to represent our sin-bound souls) and the circles are gray paper ( the coins that Judas was paid for his betrayal). There are three spikes (made from styrofoam) in the lower right hand corner- a little hard to see in the photo. Sadness all around.....but we know what's coming!!!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

week six

this week I added some paper 'palms' and one cross in the middle as we anticipate Palm Sunday.....Here's an uncropped picture below so you can see just how big a space this is in :)  It's interesting to me, that's it's challenging to 'get it right' the first time...otherwise it creates extra trips up and down a long staircase on my old arthritic knees to lower and 'fix' it. It rarely is perfectly what I was shooting the one palm on the lower left that is quite a bit lower than everything else. I have to be careful not to get TOO low, or it obstructs the screens on the projectors :) As is the case here, I've just decided to 'let it ride' and see if it's ok. I'll be able to preview it tonight at our last Lenten Service (Holden Evening Prayer....which is one of my personal faves!!!) and adjust it before Sunday if needed. On to Jerusalem we go.....

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

week five

This week, I added some darker fabrics, and some black ribbons. Plus some burlap ribbon. I want it to represent repentance, and the 'messiness' of our sinful lives- it's all kind of 'cattywhompus'- like we are :)