The sculpture is created out of Honduran Mahogany, is the cover of a marble baptismal font. The sculpture was commissioned by the Kucenski children of Lona Susanna Lisowski in celebration of her 100th birthday, November 8, 2002. Lona was a longtime active member of Peace. The sculpter, Nelson J. Nichols, a longtime friend of Lona through her son Ernie visited Peace had a few phone conversations with Ernie and with the help of divine inspiration arrived at the “Lamb of God" theme .
The sculpture includes the following symbolic elements.
The lamb - representing Jesus
The loving protecting mother sheep = representing Mary
Entwined roots that supporting rugged tree trunks, swirling upward they eventually forming a cross and a shepherd’s staff, giving the sense of interaction between Heaven and Earth.
The Cross - Jesus as the sacrificial lamb
The staff - Jesus as Good Shepherd
The cross and staff meet at a point
Mr. Nichols said that although he had created hundreds of art works this one was particularly special because he felt spiritual inspiration and guidance in both the creative and sculpting process.
“My hope now is that others will experience this peace and comfort when viewing the sculpture as it sits atop the beautiful baptismal font. Additionally, I believe that Lona our beloved honoree will forever touch the lives of others through this art created in her honor.
Sculpter - Nelson J Nichols
Though a painter and graphic artist through most of his life he also sculpted which he felt need to come from the soul. He called his style “Spiritual Expressionism.” He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Miami and has done post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Central Florida and organizational studies at the University or Oklahoma. Additionally he studied the basics of art (non-degree program) at the University of Scranton.
At this writing (September 21, 2019) he is still creating art.
Founding Members of Peace
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Pastors who Served at Peace Lutheran
Rev. Adolf Dasler December 1916
Rev. John c. Befus June 3, 1917-July 29, 1918
Rev. Paul Engelbert September 29, 1918 -August 17, 1921
Rev. Henry Camin November 27, 1921 - 1964
Rev. Theodore Hanus July, 5 1964 -January 1969
Rev. Rolf Buchmann June 21, 1969 - 1972
Rev. Richard H. Drankwalter September 2, 1973 - June 1975
Rev. Tim Nickel November 23, 1975 -1979
Rev. Eduard Vajda December 16, 1979-November 1988
Rev. Kerns (vacancy) 1990-1991
Rev. Charles F. Bunzel April 28, 1991-1994
Rev. Kerns (vacancy) 1994-2000
Rev. Kristian Bjornstad October 15, 2000-June 2018
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