Stitched History

Centennials get celebrated in many different ways.

A person — let’s have a party with cake and balloons.

A war or tragedy — a solemn ceremony with bells, candles, and prayers.

A town or school or church — this requires a multi-part celebration. Let’s do enough that everyone is included in at least a portion.

This brings us to today’s photograph.

Before the celebration, each household in the church was encouraged to take home a quilt square and decorate it with embroidery or paint with something representing the family, including the name. When the squares were returned, several ladies of the church sewed them together to make this unique wall hanging — displayed at the back of the worship area.

Years have passed. Several of the households represented in fabric have dissolved through death or divorce.

For the infrequent visitor, it’s a quiet, delightful way to stir memories. A small town church, remembering their own.

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