How Jesus got here

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.

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3 responses to “How Jesus got here

  1. Learning more about the Allied Arts Girls, I’m loving this group! I don’t think I found out in the last post how many of them there were, whether they remained the same number or grew and shrank over the years. I’ll go back and re-read your last post.

    • There were six to start, but the group numbered as many as 50 during its lifetime. Actually, with all the women who came and went, there were probably close to 100 over the course of the years. In the real story of the girls, the original six did not stay the course, but in my fictionalized version, which was what I wrote about a couple of posts ago, they do stay together, from 1940 to 1990. It’s my goal to write a historical novel, with these six women as my characters. Stay tuned.

  2. I just re-read that last post, and I found out there were only six of them, and for fifty years they were together. I wonder if you will be able to find out more about the individual women. They are such an inspiration.

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