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Signs & Symbols in Clifton Lutheran
Church by Bettie Hamilton
A symbol denotes ( unlike a sign that is self-explanatory)
the deeper meaning for which it stands. For instance, the
baptismal font in the entrance narthex of the church
proper signifies the " entrance" into the Christian Life,
which comes by baptism. By use of water and the word
we enter into the fellowship of believers.
Upon entering many members use the baptismal font
water to make the sign of the cross to ensure a respectful,
heart and soul felt attention In the worship to follow.
The Ship Model, "The Reformation" in Our Nave
In European Lutheran churches for centuries a ship model
has hung in the nave. The nave (meaning the ship) is where
the members gather for worship. Our ship model was made
for us in Mystic, Connecticut after Bishop (then Pastor) Cy
Wismar researched the history of Clifton Lutheran which
was founded over 60 years ago as a Mission church.
He discovered that a Humphrey had been given a land
grant to many acres in the Clifton area and had sailed to
America on a ship named "The Reformation." Our church
was erected on 100 Humphrey Street.
This was too meaningful a symbol for CLC to overlook! thus
the ship model in our nave was commissioned.
Stained Glass Altar Gospel Saints
Over our altar on the back wall of the Sanctuary are
depictions in stained glass of the Four Apostles, ST.
Matthew, the man, ST. Mark, the lion, ST. Luke the donkey
and ST. John the eagle.
Each of these disciples were given the attributes from early
animal mythology of their characters as shown in the Four
Gospels. There is also a perpetual light signifying the eternal
faith which was given by Rev. Wendell Henkenmeier, one of
our Pastors here, in memory of his father.
Marblehead Food Pantry - Food Drive
Each month we will be collecting a certain kind of
food, i.e. tuna fish one month and canned fruit the
This year we are going to borrow an idea from the
Rotary Club in Marblehead and try a different
approach to food collection for the Marblehead
We will not turn down anything that you give, but we will focus on one type of
food. All food can put in the bin that we used for Winter Warmth.
For May, we will be collecting "Spaghetti & Meatballs", this includes spaghetti
sauce, boxes of pasta, canned pasta, etc. The food must be non-perishable and
not past the expiration date. Thanks very much for your support. If you have
questions, please send us an email at email@example.com
Life Line Screening
May 24, 2013, All Day
Make an appointment to be screened for Stroke/Carotid Artery,
Heart Rhythm, Osteoporosis and Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Annual Clifton Yard Sale!
June 22, 2013, Sale 8AM - 12PM
The money raised at this event supports the dinners
we serve at Lifebridge in Salem.
Donated items are needed and can be dropped off the morning of June
4th. We cannot store items in advance, please have items priced.
Volunteers needed to work any and or all times from 7:00AM to
1:00PM. To volunteer there is a signup sheet located on the bulletin
board or signup online.