Emmanuel Baptist Church displays quilts
PARKERSBURG — The entry way at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street has at times looked more like an art gallery or a quilt shop.
It’s intentional. It’s the abilities of its members on display for other worshipers to see.
The last gallery was from people with an ability to sew, stitch, quilt, knit, crochet and the like.
“Everything has been very well received,” said Pastor Kurt Busiek. “Every six weeks, we have a new one here. For the 65th anniversary in March, we had a historic gallery which included a page from a 1961 newspaper edition which featured a story about the merger of the Dudley Ave. Baptist and Calvary Baptist churches to form Emmanuel Baptist.”
Busiek said Dudley Avenue Baptist was located in the empty lot beside what is now Dudley Florist. Calvary Baptist was located at 13th Street and Avery Street.
“Ken Gilbert is a fomer Parkersburg High School art teacher who goes here,” Busiek said. “He started galleries to be displayed here at the church.
“We’ve had work from Steven Morningside, Betty Canterbury, one of our own, displayed. Then someone got the idea to do the galleries with other kinds of artwork. So Jane Lulce contacted a variety of women, I think about six of them, from church and they brought in their favorites.
“We’re looking for ways for people’s gifts and talents to be shared throughout the church,” he said. “I think it’s neat for the church to celebrate what its members do well.”