July is the month in which we celebrate American independence from England. We elected to photograph the cross, candle, Bible and American flag against the background of the quilt that the ladies of Bethany prepared for the church in 1913.
The cross and the Bible signify that our independence was won with reliance on God, as a Christian nation. The lighted candle symbolizes Jesus: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV)
The quilt was completed by the ladies of Bethany in 1913, shortly after the sanctuary that burned in 2007 was built, and signifies Bethany’s long history since its founding in 1840.