WORSHIP THROUGH ART

“HE HAS FILLED THEM WITH SKILL TO DO ALL KINDS OF WORK AS ENGRAVERS, DESIGNERS, EMBROIDERERS…”
– EXODUS 35:35

A Uniquely Artistic Congregation

Musicians, painters, potters, photographers, quilters, and other artists have called First Christian Church their spiritual home.
Opportunities abound to express faith, questions, doubts, prayerful petitions, and deep gratitude in visual media. For various seasons of the church calendar, the worship committee comes up with various creative and thoughtful installations that tell the story of God’s action visually.

Vision

We are led to share the gifts of our different cultures, aspirations, and points of view through the arts.  Art, like Faith is a fundamental part of our lives.

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FCC-Worship through art-coloring birds

Sometimes, these installations include original artwork. Other times, symbols of the faith are suspended from the ceiling or from large bands of cloth or placed in front of the church for all to see and ponder.

Latest Featured Installation

The newest addition to our sanctuary is the tremendous cross artist Jim Henck made for us as a freestanding sculpture and generous gift many years ago. Today, it debuted in a space that, it seems, was always meant for it, the baptistery wall. When the baptistery light was turned on, the shadows did some spectacular work and one cross became three! Glorious!

This stained glass window was created by Ralph and Lois Coburn in 2003 on their kitchen table. An original design, it bears the red chalice of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Other stained glass art by the Coburns grace their home church in Ohio, as well as the living rooms of family, friends and church members.

Many members have worked together to make the gorgeous Chrismons that fill our tree during the Advent and Christmas seasons. A dedicated group of members continues this tradition in the memory of Frances Johnson, who taught this art to many.

FCC-Worship through art-tree

Portraits of Members and Other Disciples

By our pastor, Jolin Wilks McElroy