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Visual Arts

Liturgical Quilts

Six quilts hang in our sanctuary, transforming the barren walls into colorful focal points. More than 30 individuals worked on these quilts, whose structure consists of two side panels, pieced by volunteers, and a center panel with a specific theme. Designed and quilted by Joanne Wietgrefe, each pair mirrors the symmetry of the space, the angled tops echoing the wooden rafters of the church. The quilts are seven feet wide and ten feet long.

We also have quilts that grace our chancel area with the colors and themes of the liturgical seasons. Our pulpit, lecturn and communion table art change as do the seasons of our common life!


Throughout the building, you will find quilts that commemorate a special anniversary, that welcome us to God's Creation or to Advent (by Enid Zollweg), to provide a focus in our chapel or to offer a bit of whimsey in unexpected places!

We are also blessed to have a set of remarkable banners that were created by the local artist, June Szabo. And, during Lent we display an amazing 'Nest of Thorns' sculpture, that June created.

Our front hall and chapel contain a stained-glass window and some furnishings from our original downtown church building.

We are always inspired by these gifts of imagination!

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