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Taking a detour from roughly chronological writing, this note will point out special markers that can be tied to individuals.

Our music would not be as rich without the grand piano that once belonged to Liz Loper. Liz and her husband, George, were charter members of the Fellowship who worked in many areas to make it a success. In addition to serving as president, George often played his violin and Liz played her cello. Liz edited the weekly newsletter for many years and for many more years was the one who organized the weekly folding, stamping, and mailing. She put her fine piano in the church on loan, had it tuned twice a year, covered it to protect its finish and arranged for the wheels for moving. It was considered a loan, but when she finally determined that none of her grandchildren wanted to use it, the valuable instrument was given to the church.

We celebrate the Labyrinth in the name of our coffee house, but it has a long history. In 1999, Sally Jones led workshops to introduce us to the idea of having a labyrinth, planned its size and layout. She and Dee Lewis laid out the pattern on the west parking lot, Wayne Finley and Harry Jones scouted the likely spot in the woods. Mike Jones and others joined the party that cleared the brush and laid out the pattern. Rocks were gathered and it finally became a reality. It was advertised as open to the public and moonlight walks were sponsored at Full Moon, with Hope building open for coffee and visiting. Sally Jones was the driving force behind the garage sales and the Lil-O-Donut fundraising project. She also checked the buildings frequently to clean the kitchens and worked with Mike to keep the Labyrinth weeded until their move to the Washington, DC area. In fact, she did so many things to keep things going that Don Fielding devised a special Sally Jones award which she kept for one year and which was passed on annually to a member who had contributed unusual efforts.

The metal symbol of circles, chalice, and oak leaf at the front of the sanctuary reflects several members. Harry Jones designed the original and crafted one when we moved out to the Kiest property. The larger, crafted by a metal artist, was put up in memory of John Preston after his death. John was an Englishman who came here with his wife, Pat, after WW II. He demonstrated the value of lifetime learning. With the British minimal education (about 8th grade), he spent Saturday afternoons in the library and could answer questions about history, obscure laws or anything else. He taught himself Italian to prepare for an overseas trip. Pat asked if the money contributed to the Endowment Fund in his memory could be used to put the chalice design on the wall as the blank (then white) space was too boring. The endowment committee agreed.

Repeating an earlier mention, the pulpit was the one used by Rev. Bob Raible at First Church for many years, rescued from a back closet by Harry Jones and repaired and refinished by Jim Klipp.

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