IPC Religious Arts Festival 2017

Independent Presbyterian Church

Thank you to everyone who visited Independent Presbyterian Church us as we gave "Glory to God." We were honored to be joined by some of the masters of art and music, as well as the best theologians to celebrate religious art. 



"I just have to put it in God's hands," said presenter Matthew Bees of his career in design. 

You may have seen Matthew's work on HGTV or in Southern Living. The Alabama native recently moved back and opened a store in Mountain Brook Village. On Friday, February 3, IPC's sanctuary was filled with people wanting to learn more about floral arranging from Matthew. 

Here are some of his tips:
  • Choose easily accessible flowers that are often in stock
  • Lay a foundation and grow on it
  • Cut a few holes into oasis and soak it overnight, allowing it to sink on its own
  • Spray arrangements with Crowning Glory several times for shine and to seal flowers (The spray is available at wholesalers or make an at-home mixture of 1/3c Elmer's glue and 2c water.)
  • Each flower color represents something. For blue, it is God's healing power. White represents purity.

Andrea Dismukes from Lee University lead a clinic with children and youth in the choirs on Saturday, February 4 to prepare for the Children's Choirs Evensong Sunday. 

Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel, professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, lectured on the development of the Presbyterian Hymnal Glory to God Monday, February 6. He was the only theologian to serve on the committee. He was also the guest preacher at all of the Sunday worship services on February 5. 

Dr. William J. Carl III, Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church, delivered a lecture on The History of Worship as seen through Art and Architecture on Tuesday, February 7. He brought images of churches from around the world and Christian artwork to illustrate his points. There is something for everyone to learn! If you missed it, there is another opportunity to hear this interesting talking during The Main Event at IPC.


Families were invited to Highland Hall on Wednesday, February 8 to "Realize our Rhythm." John Scalici brought several types of drums for people to try, as he led a Community Drum Jam. 


The Baltimore Consort gave us a sampling of early Christian music in the Great Hall on Friday, February 10 to wrap up the festival. We can't wait until next year!


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