Bethany Presbyterian Church

A More Light Congregation

Memorial Wall Workshop #2

March 2013

In which we discover the colorful world of ceramic tile,

and how to transform bits, pieces and shards into something beautiful.

The boards colored in, tiles lay in wait for our volunteers to arrive on Friday afternoon
The boards colored in, tiles lay in wait for our volunteers to arrive on Friday afternoon
Volunteers Chris and Steve set tile into their designated color assignment
Volunteers Chris and Steve set tile into their designated color assignment
Folks gather around each panel to fill in the blanks
Folks gather around each panel to fill in the blanks
The beginning of the rainbow, and a wing of the phoenix
The beginning of the rainbow, and a wing of the phoenix
During the workshops, mosaic artist Leslie Scott taught and encouraged the volunteers in the placement of the tile
During the workshops, mosaic artist Leslie Scott taught and encouraged the volunteers in the placement of the tile
It's almost like filling in a coloring book.
It's almost like filling in a coloring book.
 Everyone gets a place at the table here
 Everyone gets a place at the table here
 Embedded into the mosaic are several artifacts from the fire, generously donated by the Bullis family
 Embedded into the mosaic are several artifacts from the fire, generously donated by the Bullis family
Closeup of some hand "leaves" for the tree
Closeup of some hand "leaves" for the tree
Spreading "thinset" onto the boards make placing the broken tile easier.
Spreading "thinset" onto the boards make placing the broken tile easier.
a bustling beehive of activity!
a bustling beehive of activity!
The half-finished panels await the Saturday workers
The half-finished panels await the Saturday workers
Some of our youngest helpers
Some of our youngest helpers
Deep concentration
Deep concentration
There is something for everyone to do
There is something for everyone to do
Mixing the Thinset
Mixing the Thinset
Many people helped behind the scenes to make this wonderful day happen.
Many people helped behind the scenes to make this wonderful day happen.
Time for a break!
Time for a break!
Fellowship at lunch
Fellowship at lunch
We found a great sense of community and healing in the working of this wonderful project.
We found a great sense of community and healing in the working of this wonderful project.
Family and friends,
Family and friends,
… and multiple generations, all working on a common goal: a beautiful mosaic wall!
… and multiple generations, all working on a common goal: a beautiful mosaic wall!
Cleaning up
Cleaning up
Just one last finishing touch
Just one last finishing touch
With the tiles all set,
With the tiles all set,
the panels were set up along the sanctuary wall so the congregation could see the results of our labors
the panels were set up along the sanctuary wall so the congregation could see the results of our labors
The new frame awaits. This was created by Bethany leader Mitch Fontaine (of Broadway Sheet Metal - broadwaysheetmetal.com)
The new frame awaits. This was created by Bethany leader Mitch Fontaine (of Broadway Sheet Metal - broadwaysheetmetal.com)
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #1
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #1
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #2
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #2
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #3
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #3
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #4
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #4
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #5
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #5
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #6
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #6
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #7
Sunday: Not-yet grouted, but otherwise finished, panel #7
Happy, muddy grouters
Happy, muddy grouters
After the mud is placed, it is meticulously cleaned off of the tiles, revealing the beautiful mosaic.
After the mud is placed, it is meticulously cleaned off of the tiles, revealing the beautiful mosaic.
One panel at a time…
One panel at a time…
… they all get cleaned.
… they all get cleaned.
And then, we were done.
And then, we were done.

Ta-Daa!  Finished!

Thanks be to God, for this is a Good Thing God has done!

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