consisting of Joan Conrad, Dave Bollinger, Allan Hull,
Dorothy Ferrand and Gloria Hassman was established to work
on this project early in 1976. This committee with the
help of Carlton Gross from the Ecclesiastical Arts
Department of Fortress Church Supply Store, Philadelphia and
Sue Peterson from the Studio of Interior Design in Camp Hill
worked out the designs for the cushions.
designs were then given to Mrs. Emery Smith, a consultant
and needlepoint expert at the National Cathedral in
Washington. Mrs. Smith and an artist from the
cathedral hand painted the designs in oil onto the
Smith, who is in her mid-eighties, then helped the committee
select the colors of the yarn used. She then ordered
the wool yarns from England. In March of 1978 Mrs.
Smith came to Camp Hill with the painted canvasses to
instruct our local needlepoint workers.
altar cushion has a different symbol in the center.
The symbols represent Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and
Pentecost. All the cushions have grape leaves, grapes
and a sheaf of wheat on either side of the symbol. The
background on each is red. The cushions were done by
Mrs. Elizabeth Cornman, Mrs. Eleanor R. Shedlosky, Mrs.
Doris Trullinger, Mrs. Martha Hempt, and Mrs. Claire
altar chair cushions have also been needlepointed.
these have the Seal of Martin Luther in the center with the
background done in red. Mrs. Alan Hassman, Mrs. Alan
Wells and Mrs. Glen Burgart needlepointed the altar seats.
Desk cushion, our kneeling bench, has gold wedding bands on
either side of a gold and red flame. The bands
represent weddings and the flame represents confirmation -
the two primary functions of the prayer desk. The
background of the Prayer Desk is in pale blue. The needlepointing of this cushion was done by Mrs. Dorothy
needlepointing was completed this past June it was sent to
Mr. Kutner from Richmond, Virginia for upholstering.
This same man does the upholstery work for the National
Cathedral in Washington.
We would like
to thank everyone who has supported this project especially
the needlepointers and the patrons of the project.