The photo above was taken today as we worked on the final touches of the display boards for the church’s 130th anniversary, which is Sunday. See the painting of Jesus? There is a story to that picture, and it involves the Allied Arts Girls, you know, the ones from my previous post. We are doing this work in the church library, but it hasn’t always been the library. The picture has been sitting in the corner, over by the sink. None of us have given it too much thought. After all, it is a church, and there are pictures of Jesus in many of the rooms. Reading the minutes of the Allied Arts, though, made me think twice about this picture. You see, they had voted to buy just such a picture. Then, I found the room numbers for the Sunday School classes in 1953 when the church relocated from the downtown to this new location. The library used to be a classroom. This is the story I typed up to go next to the picture of Jesus:
When the church moved to the new location, each Sunday School class had to decorate its own room, purchasing its own furnishings. The Loyal Builders Class had a women’s organization attached to it, Allied Arts, known as a group of progressive women (their own description).
The Allied Arts Girls (for that’s how they were always known) discussed in their meetings what they could buy to help furnish the classroom, deciding upon a clock and a picture of Jesus. We believe this is the picture they purchased, and that the room now known as the Library was the Loyal Builders Classroom. Purchased in November, 1953, the picture cost $16.00.