God is God; he has bathed us in light. Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar! You’re my God, and I thank you. Psalm 118 :27-28a (The Message)
• To enhance worship through visual means.
• To provide opportunity for people in the congregation to offer their talents in visual arts expression.
• To build practical hardware systems which allow artwork to be more easily displayed, changed and/or rotated.
Circulating and changing visuals on a regular basis makes people more conscious of them. The hardware that has been installed seeks to be as unobtrusive and uninvasive as possible, i.e. not distracting from the art itself or doing damage to the building.
A NEW BANNER-HANGING SYSTEM:
A simple pulley system has been designed and installed for three locations in the sanctuary. Similar systems will be installed in a couple of other locations in the church basement. This allows varying lengths of banners to hang at different levels, and addresses the ongoing challenge of placing banners in hard-to-reach places. The system is practical and relatively inexpensive, considering this is a long-term wall-hanging solution which will hopefully serve the congregation for many years. It allows one person to hang and remove banners easily without risk of injury on ladders or via other awkward methods. The front left banner above the church office door can be lowered to expose the wall for audio-visual projection. (Although this is a workable solution for current AV projection needs, perhaps the congregation could consider investing in an actual projection screen which would automatically lower and raise a centre-positioned screen from the ceiling in front of the organ. This would offer further visual communication opportunities, as well as reduce wear and tear on that particular pulley unit.)
The main entrance to HSMC is a place to welcome people. On the right is a bulletin board, with clear church identification and current information. On the left is a space for artistic expression. The wire gridwall, attached over the wooden panel allows for changing visuals. Additional hardware for use of this gridwall system is stored in the church office. Our first featured artwork has been created by Selena Dyck. An important word emerges from the natural driftwood—you are invited to study and contemplate the shapes.
HIGHLIGHTING HOME STREET HISTORY MEMORABILIA
In the spirit of appreciating memorabilia at a closer distance, two pieces of HCMC history are now relocated to a new space.:
The oak plaque: You will notice that the Ernest Wiebe carved wooden plaque has moved to the northeast rear of the sanctuary. Now more people can read its brass-plated inscription as they enter and exit the sanctuary. The plaque serves as a welcome and benediction: “The Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace.”
The Jubilee banner, a very important part of this congregation’s history is currently on display in the upper southeast stairwell. Thanks to Brenda Suderman, its fascinating story is detailed in a write-up next to it.
THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING:
• Chuck Patkau (fearless climber) and David Siemens (walking calculator), with some assistance from Dave Braun. (we had some dramatic moments ...)
• Brenda Suderman for the fine write-up of the Jubilee banner project, which she coordinated with Home Streeters almost 10 years ago. Brenda also has made some rope pockets, which cover and protect part of the banner hanging mechansim.
• The worship committee (ongoing encouragement) who had the vision in the first place. There are also many others who offered support and advice. We hope this is the beginning of many creative expressions which the entire congregation and visitors can appreciate.
Fall 2016 / Judith Rempel Smucker