Look around Nativity and you will see the work of many gifted artists, some of whom are parishioners here.
The altar is the work of parishioner Doug Smith, who also built the pulpit, the altar rail, and the stations of the cross. The front of the altar uses marquetry, an art form using wood veneers, to suggest the Last Supper. The marquetry in the front of the pulpit is the Nativity logo.
You may also note the logo is carved into the ends of each pew.
Stations of the Cross
Placed at intervals on the walls of the nave is a series of 14 panels depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion in the final hours (or Passion) before he died. They were created by parishioner Doug Smith, who also designed and built the altar.
While Nativity is not an old church, we do have stained glass. Bob Renfrew, a now- deceased spouse of a Nativity parishioner and an expert in the art of stained glass, created the Nativity logo that hangs over the door to the Narthex.
A banner appropriate to the season is carried in the processional. All were made by parishioners at Nativity – among them Evelyn Judson, Ann Burts, and Emilie Sigel. To see more of the banners made for Nativity, go to http://evelynquilts.com/church_banners.html.
The Angel of Nativity
This 8- by 4-foot triptych is the work of parishioner Joel Haas. It was cast in polyurethane resin, coated with marble dust and a sepia tone stain. The angel’s features reflect the racial diversity of our parish. The artist began with the premise that angels are messages, not messengers, from God. Therefore, the angel addresses us as modern viewers, as well as people of the future and the shepherds of the past. The shepherds in the two side panels are small and de-emphasized, since they are both metaphorically and historically in the past. The angel says to us all, “Fear not, for I bring glad tidings that shall be for all people.”
The Altar Cross
The cross that hangs over the altar in the nave was donated in 2011 by parishioner Peggy Wade in memory of her brother, Robert B. Sutton, Jr. It is made of cherry wood from a tree in Traphill, NC, that Peggy’s aunt used to climb when she was a child. The wood was beautifully crafted by Peggy’s relative, John Morgan Freas.
The Education Building Cross
The cross over the door to the Education Building is a “Mission Cross.” It is made from four traditional Latin crosses, a symbol for world evangelism of the Gospels. Like a compass, the tops of the four crosses point north, south, east and west. The crosses also represent the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It is a fitting symbol for the building, where we teach our youth the Word of God in preparation for their lifelong mission as followers of Christ.
The Corlett Hall Cross
The cross in Corlett Hall has been there since the Parish Hall was used for worship services, before the current nave was built. It is a Celtic cross, the cross being surrounded with a ring called a “nimbus.” It was designed by a former intern, the Rev. Melanie Mudge.
A series of seven framed prints by artist Tom DuBois, donated to Church of the Nativity by our deacon at the time, The Rev. Chuck Oglesby, hang in Estill House. Four of the prints depict a different scene in the story of Noah’s Ark, showing the ark’s progress in The Promise, The Invitation, The Commission, and The Celebration. These are in the conference room of Estill House. Three are about the Nativity, including the birth of Jesus: the print of Jesus’ birth now hangs in the lobby of Estill House and in the parlor, across the hall from Stephanie’s office, are prints of the angel announcing the birth to the shepherds, and the three wise men on their way to Bethlehem. Be sure to have a look when you next visit Estill House.
The Church Mouse
Can you find the church mouse painted by Carlie Sigel, who grew up in this church? It is hidden somewhere in the nave.