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New Artwork in Friendship Center

The ending statement in last week’s minister’s column read, humility will draw each of us nearer to Christ.  In that spirit the amazing capstone of our church’s 2016 renovation is finally installed in the Friendship Center and ready to help us do just that - draw nearer to Christ.   After nearly two years of collaboration, Artist Teresa Camozzi ( of the San Francisco area has created a one-of-a-kind work of art specifically for Central.   One of Teresa’s core beliefs is that “the beauty of nature lifts us toward a higher state of spirituality” and, hopefully, that is transmitted to each of us when we look up at our powerful addition.

We hope that the mixed media, multi-dimensional artwork invites everyone to stop, look up and interpret the piece for themselves.  The goal of the artwork was to be religious in nature, but not necessarily overtly religious.  We wanted the artwork to draw observers in by its use of symbols which, by definition, can be interpreted broadly.  That said, when you look at the artwork, you may recognize the foundations of our Disciples’ faith in the individual panels as well as the collective layers of the artwork.  Take time to “see” the deconstructed communion table - images of wood, wheat and grapevines – conveying one of our core Disciples’ beliefs that all are welcome here.   You may find that the water image is representative of baptism or cleansing or the essence of all life.  You might see the dove as the descending Holy Spirit; the “cellular” motif as the basic building blocks of all life, or possibly as stones in a path that the cross calls us to follow; and the clouds as creation or openness.  Whatever your individual interpretation, we hope the artwork helps you to “draw nearer to Christ” again and again.

We look forward to celebrating the artwork with a church-wide dedication in the near future.

On behalf of the Artwork Committee, comprised of Pamela Bednar, Donna Dash, Steve Funk, Suzie Miller, Mary Jane Oliver and ourselves, we thank you all for your support and prayers throughout this faith-filled process.

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Save the Date(s)

As we move toward the end of 2018, we enter a very busy, and exciting time of the church year.  There are many wonderful events upcoming and we want to make sure you save the date(s) for all of them.  If you have any questions about any of them, feel free to contact the office ( ; 428-4336).  In some cases, more information will be forthcoming as a particular event approaches.

Sunday, November 18 Thanksgiving Sunday

10:30 a.m. Peter Steiner, world-renowned trombonist, will play during our third service, accompanied by a trombone choir comprised of Millikin faculty and students.

12:00 p.m. Annual Thanksgiving potluck in the Great Hall. We will provide the traditional Thanksgiving main dishes and are asking everyone to bring a side dish or dessert. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

2:00 p.m. The duo of Peter Steiner (trombone) and Constanze Hochwartner (piano) will offer the first concert of our 2018-2019 Sanctuary Concert Series. The Concert is free.

Sunday, December 2 First Sunday of Advent

9:00 a.m. We will be decorating our Christmas tree during the Contemporary Service.

10:30 a.m. Our traditional “Hanging of the Greens” service will include special music and decorating the sanctuary in preparation for Christmas. There will be no 8:00 a.m. worship.

Sunday, December 9 Second Sunday of Advent

There will be only two (2) services this day, 9:00 contemporary and 10:30 traditional. This is the day a chamber ensemble from the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra will accompany our choir. This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur.

Sunday, December 16 Come Home for Christmas

We will be offering two meals this day. At 9:00 a.m., there will be brunch for those leaving 8:00 a.m. worship and to be served during the 9:00 service. At 12:00 p.m., there will be a fellowship meal in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. service.



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