The Pottery Ministry-funded by the Rick and Friends Concert coming this Fall..... Rick Sutton, our Facilities Director and regular on the praise team, has a vision. Artistic expression as a means to deepen faith and fellowship. Rick has led a Pottery Ministry at other churches in the past as well as taught pottery classes for the Park District in Plainfield. His vision is to purchase a wheel, kiln and other materials to set up pottery classes here at First Pres in the Activity Hall (basement of the church). The classes will be an opportunity to experience a creative outlet that has easy connections to contemplating personal faith. Rick hopes to see this resource become a place of community and creativity. In the process of teaching the pottery-making, Rick draws on biblical texts and principles that relate to the Christian life. The major theme,of course, relates to God as "potter" and God's people as "clay" (Jeremiah 18; Romans 9:19-21). There are plenty of other illustrations that relate to the pottery-making such as what happens when the "wheel" is off-center, what happens when there are impurities in the "clay," etc. When the classes are set up there will be opportunities for wheel throwing as well as pinch pot and coil pot building. More details will be shared as the project moves forward. Pray for this endeavor and for Rick as he steps in faith to build a new opportunity at First Pres.