History of our Advent paraments and altar cloth

As we enter the Advent Season and the sanctuary gets beautifully decorated by our dedicated Flower Committee, I thought people would like to know about the unusual Advent paraments and altar cloth. The needlepoint designs were lovingly hand-stitched by the Women’s Fellowship, probably in the late 1980s when Kimball Cartwright was head Pastor. The sewers, headed up by “Gem” McLane, was comprised of about 10 members of our congregation, including one gentleman. Each person took a piece of the design home and worked on it, and then all the parts were sewn together when completed, we think by Mrs. McLane. The process took about a year to complete. Jean Uebele and Joan Christopher gave me the beginnings of the story as Jean had done some of the needlework, but we’d like to know the full story for the archives and who the rest of the members were who worked on it. So if anyone has any information, please let us know. Then there is the stole encased in glass in the vestry commemorating the 350th anniversary of the church which I believe was hand sewn by Interim Pastor Donner Atwood, but that is a story for another time, with assistance from anyone who can help us piece together that history!

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