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The Cross

The Old Rugged Cross

The Old Rugged Cross

Not much big lifting went on in the Church this weekend. But we did some fine inspection of various beloved features, including what lies behind the cross.

And I don’t mean the incredible and humbling story of Jesus being crucified for our sins. I mean the quatrefoil with intact glass, for the most part. Not quite as awesome, but still of great interest to us.

One little crack in the glass!

One little crack in the glass!

Unfortunately, the structure of wood holding the glass is less than intact.

Bottom of the framing

Bottom of the framing

So up on the ladder he did climb.

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We both really wanted to let the light through-  even for a moment, but the structure was too fragile and we didn’t want to take the chance of glass breaking. For now, it’s still covered. But it’s quite a nice view from up there! We could almost see the sunlight streaming in through the window.

"Photons of Sunlight" view

“Photons of Sunlight” view

There was some drywalling going on. The plaster had cracked and fallen off in spots, so that had to be cut out and patched.

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It will be plastered and painted.

Further scrutiny revealed other places that need tender love and care, A.K.A. crafty carpentry.

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But the fine wood work will have to wait. The big ticket item this coming week will be the roof. We all agree that the roof needs instant attention.

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I can’t wait for the “after” pictures. That little chimney will be gone, as well, but the new wood stove pipe will appear.

I did have a chance for some quiet time. In fact, most of Sunny Saturday was spent working on Pysanki eggs for easter. I had some great ideas this year.

looks good on paper...

looks good on paper…

not bad for drawing on an egg...

not bad for drawing on an egg…

OK, this should work...

OK, this should work…

Hmm... how to I make the waves blue?

Hmm… how to I make the waves blue?

ACK! This is NOT what I had intended! What caused all those leaky black marks? Is it the wax or the dye? Also, blue + red does NOT equal dark blue. It equals CRAP!

ACK! This is NOT what I had intended! What caused all those leaky black marks? Is it the wax or the dye? Also, blue + red does NOT equal dark blue. It equals CRAP!

Oh well, better luck next year, I guess. I don’t really want to wait a year though, I want to try again NOW! But easter and spring break are over, and there’s nearly two more months of school left, so I will have to ponder my mistakes and try again when I can.

I did finish the egg for the Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, (ROFUM) where I became a member this past Sunday. Again, the egg didn’t turn out like I planned, but it marked the occasion.

This was supposed to be the logo, but I couldn't figure out the acorn brown and oak leaf green.

This was supposed to be the logo, but I couldn’t figure out the acorn brown and oak leaf green.

I'm a ROFUM now!

I’m a ROFUM now!

I wore Methodist red, and Mike came to cheer me on! We broke our ascetic Lenten fast with some Polish sausage, banana bread, Stella  Artois and a butter lamb. It was a lovely Easter!

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter!!

– The White Church Gallery