The Property Committee and Women’s Guild have teamed up again meeting our church’s needs with love and humility. We are sprucing up the side entrance greeting area and bringing vigor into the foyer; relocating from the lounge wall the decorative, Pennsylvania Folk Art quilt, Tree of Life, “significant to all religions, symbolizing life and fertility … and Jesus, the source of Life”. The new, bright, and spacious look will help our efforts in fashioning an impressionable moment for all our visitors. There will be a dedication of several projects: the new sound panels and video/screen system in the sanctuary, the six new windows for the classrooms, and the completion of the hallway project, the ever cherished Tree of Life and other projects that can be suggested. These dedications will take place at a future music Sunday service, with a special and heartfelt expression of appreciation to all those members who contributed their time, knowledge, skills, talents, and hard work to make them a reality. Kudos!
We’re also moving Henry W. Sharadin’s inspiring painting, Let The Children Come to Me, from the stairwell wall to the Lounge, restoring and preserving one of our unique historical assets and a significant part of our cultural heritage. Former Kutztown University professor, Director of Art Education, and well known artist, Henry Sharadin was an integral and essential member of our church. He designed our Church School Building in 1913 and served on Consistory and as adult Bible-class teacher more than 30 years. He was a kind man – religious, sensitive, sentimental, and considerate; engaged because of his genuine care and commitment to St. Paul’s. For the dedication of the Sharadin Lounge, in recognition of the prominent creator of the artwork, the church seizes a God-sent opportunity inviting the community and special guests to join us. St. Paul’s UCC will proudly demonstrate how much it resonates and is significantly present in Kutztown. When the time comes, please join us in the planning of this wonderful collective effort with your ideas, then help promote the event. Finally on the day of the event, do attend, feel the rush, and share the joy with all of us…again!