The Duncan Banner

Religion

December 14, 2012

First Presbyterian women save sentimental Christmas treasures

DUNCAN — Over the years, items  begin to lose their luster while some almost disintegrate and the women of First Presbyterian Church have made an effort to reverse the aging effects on their special Chrismon tree ornaments as well as make new ones.

Forty years ago in 1972, the Duncan church decorated their first Chrismon tree when John Davidson, a member of the church, cut out 112 styrofoam Chrismon forms by using a Marvel Maker thermal cutting tool and cardboard patterns. The Women of the Church then adorned them with beads and ribbons.

Chrismon is a word derived from Christ and monogram, translated to be a monogram of Christ. The Chrismon Tree was a notion that began in 1957 at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Danville, Va. They copyrighted the idea so that the symbol ornaments never be used for profit but allowed for churches to get permission to put up a Chrismon Tree, which Duncan FPC did in 1972.

“They can only be gold and white,” said Sally Barthell, one of this year’s committee members who refurbished the old ornaments.

The Lutheran Church in Virginia chose these two hues for specific reasons. White, the liturgical color for Christmas, refers to the Lord’s purity and perfection, while gold refers to His majesty and glory. White light is used on the tree to point to Christ as the light of the world.

“The original styrofoam (Chrismons) were just falling apart and we’d find beads from them everywhere,” said Nancy Grantham, a committee member. “So, we refurbished the ones we could and made some new ones.”

For about three weeks, working on and off individually, as well as one Saturday and one Sunday with several of the church women, they created 26 new Chrismons and saved nearly all the 40-year-old ornaments.

“It was fun and we enjoyed the experience,” said Grantham.

“We got in there and laughed and even learned some new crafting tricks.”

With the new ones, the women used a stiff felt fabric instead of styrofoam and put decorative beads on with Modge Podge and glue. Each symbol varies from all the others and some include doves, fish, chalices, lambs and crowns. All have their own meanings.

Also on display at the church is a table that holds the Marvel Maker thermal cutting tool used by John Davidson and a couple of the original Chrismons and the cardboard patterns used to cut them out, which was arranged by FPC member Jim Barthell. Examples of the supplies used by the church women to make the ornaments are also on the table.

“We didn’t know (the tree and ornaments) would turn out so nice but it’s beautiful,” said LaJuan Fleming, committee member.

1
Text Only
Religion
  • Why does the Vatican need a bank?

    The Vatican Bank's history reads more like Dan Brown than the financial pages, but its worst -- and weirdest -- days may be behind it.

    July 11, 2014

  • Ignite Church gun gifts.jpg Church lures worshippers with AR-15 giveaway

    Talk about praising the Lord and passing the ammunition. A church decided against using pies or quilts to bring out the faithful. Instead, Ignite Church, already known for its steamy marketing campaigns, put "dudes" in  the pews with an AR-15 giveaway.

    June 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • On the Southern Baptist agenda: Get the evangelizers evangelizing

    From Billy Graham's roadside tent revivals to Jerry Falwell's TV ministries to Rick Warren's 20,000-member megachurch, Southern Baptists dominate the evangelical brand in America.

    June 13, 2014

  • OACD, Oklahoma Conference of Churches pair up for ‘drought prayer’

    Oklahomans are being asked to focus on water conservation and stewardship and continue to keep drought-affected areas in their thoughts. A state-wide day of prayer has been set for 6 p.m. Sept. 18, backed by Oklahoma Conservation Districts, Oklahoma Conference of Churches and Whole Creation Community partnership.

    September 2, 2013

  • 9-1 Michael Shank visits Duncan, Ridleys.jpg Relearning religion opened doors

    Almost everyone has at least one defining experience in their life which makes them take a closer look at all the beliefs they hold.
    For Michael Shank, author of “Muscle and a Shovel,” his came when he attended a Bible study taught by a former co-worker only revealed as Randall.
    Shank will share his story Sunday, Sept. 1, in three services at Eastside Church of Christ.
    Services will be open to the public and are at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    August 31, 2013 1 Photo

  • Church briefs for Aug. 30

    Duncan and Stephens County churches offer a variety of services and activities. Church briefs for Friday, Aug. 30, for the coming week. Church brief deadline is noon Wednesday for publication in the Friday print edition.

    August 31, 2013

  • Area pastors reach out to community after tragic shooting

    Local ministers are encouraging their congregations to use prayer in dealing with emotions of worry and fear that have surfaced following the shooting death of Chris Lane, a college baseball player who was visiting Sarah Harper, his girlfriend here.

    August 28, 2013

  • 7-26 IBC Marketplace3.jpg Children transported to Biblical days at IBC

    Paul was Saul but he’s really Craig Taliaferro. Confusing right?

    July 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Church briefs for July 26

    Area church briefs share upcoming activities, beginning today.

    July 26, 2013

  • 6-28 Church Briefs

    June 28, 2013

Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.