I like this one even better than "4rocks4trees". And I still have three trees left--but no plans for those right now.
Then I went over to the Methodist Church in nearby Lissie TX for their annual ice cream social and singalong on Sunday evening. This little church is the social center of the town. Founded in 1910, it has survived drought, torrential rain, depression, inflation, population change, wars and peace, truck and auto traffic. I expect it will even survive technology (I noted a big screen in the sanctuary). The ice cream social began in the 1950s as a fundraiser to send kids to camp. Now they provide various services to kids in South Africa.
When the church was built, live oak trees were planted to shade the church yard. They, too have survived:
Members of the church make sure these trees get the attention they need and add flower beds around them for color. While live oaks aren't rare around here, these are particularly lovely.
I'd love to feature the trees in an altar hanging here.
A friend (who also has at least one live oak) had admired the lectern hanging I did for St. Cyprians, so I decided to see what I could do with that idea. Here's the result:
This is "Hoffmans' Live Oak". It's not very large--18x19"; the sky is indigo-dyed with resist and the dark blue part is silk canvas dyed with RIT. The Hoffmans were delighted with it.
I think that may be enough trees for a while, but it confirmed my interest in making something for the church. We'll see what happens.