Homeless Jesus sculpture installed at Lakewood United Methodist Church: A Place in the Sun


LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Holy Week was a momentous one for the Lakewood United Methodist Church congregation, not only because of its religious significance, but also because a special sculpture, Homeless Jesus, was installed in front of the church on April 11.

It is part of a set of six sculptures created by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. The sculptures were purchased by the Community West Foundation. Community West’s mission is “to illuminate hope and advance the health and well-being of our community”.

The homeless Jesus sculpture will be loaned to LUMC.

There are only two complete sets of sculptures – one set is in Rome, Italy, and the other is in Cleveland. These numbers are based on the scriptures in Matthew 25:35-40, which says, “Truly I say to you, as you did to one of these least of my brethren, that you did.

The Community West Foundation said the bylaws aim to raise community awareness of homelessness and spark conversations about social justice, privilege, compassion and empathy.

LUMC will also sponsor a sock drive to help provide socks and underwear, which are the most needed items to support the homeless. Donations can be dropped off at the church, 15700 Detroit Ave., corner of Detroit and Summit avenues. The entrance to the church is located on Summit.

The West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River are flanked by Nancy Ralls, West Shore Career-Technical District Career Development Coordinator, left, and Bill DiMascio, Education Coordinator West Shore Career-Technical District, right. (Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River.)

Career-Tech winners: Recipients of the West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on April 4 at the club’s weekly luncheon.

The 14 students – top performers in their technical career programs – were chosen for their achievements in the classroom, school activities, clubs, sports and community service.

Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement and initiative, a Rotary Club spokesperson said.

The 2021-22 Outstanding Student Award recipients are Emma Kotran, Automotive Technology; Owen Jones, community training at GFS; Aidan Sterling, construction trades; Laura Kotran, Culinary Arts; Molly Pilgrim, Early Childhood Education; Jacob Goings, Electronic Engineering Technology; Brittany Fababe, health professions; Niki Zhen, media art and design; Leilah Flores, medical office management; Anna Weiss, Networking with Cybersecurity; Lucy McIntire, Engineering/Project leads the way; Sarah Donaldson, Sport and Exercise Science; Amy Pilgrim, theater arts; and Ava Molinski, business management.

“We are so proud of Rotary’s outstanding career and technical students. They represent the best West Shore has to offer, and we have amazing students,” said Bill DiMascio, educational coordinator for the West Shore Career-Technical District.

“When young people learn valuable skills, make connections and build a network while in high school, they have a prime path to a successful career. These students are prepared for the real world and have made the most of their secondary and professional experiences in the technical field,” he added.

School administrators, parents and students were among those in attendance at the luncheon, said Rotarian Nancy Ralls, career development coordinator for the West Shore Career-Technical District.

This was the 24th year the club has honored recipients of the Outstanding Student Award.

Each student received a check and plaque and is automatically nominated to receive the Career Tech Student of the Year award, to be announced later this school year.

The West Shore districts are Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake. This year, West Shore welcomes 417 students to its workforce development programs. The program is based at Lakewood High School.

COTY Tickets: There is still time to buy tickets for the North Olmsted Community Council Citizen of the Year Banquet, which will take place on April 28 at the Springvale Ballroom, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. One must reserve.

Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, contact Beth Roshetko at 440-610-0366 or roshetko@roadrunner.com. Reservations can also be made online at northolmstedcommunitycouncil.org.

Musical moment: St. James’s Church, 17514 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, will host a free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 featuring the Orb Quartet performing works by Brahms, Shaw, Nielsen and more.

The quartet is made up of Amina Knapp and Caroline Cornell, violin; Izzi Aronin, viola; Aaron Lieberman, cello; and featuring Aaron McDonald, clarinet.

A voluntary donation will be accepted for the concert.

A book on the art and architecture of St James’s Church will also be on sale. The parish was established in 1908 and the richly decorated church, which resembles a cathedral in Italy, was built in 1925 and inaugurated a decade later.

(Full disclosure: St. James was my childhood parish.)

Dream of planting: The weather at the beginning of the week reminds us that it’s spring in Cleveland. But it’s not too early to start planning your garden (even if it’s too early to actually plant it).

Fairview Park residents who enjoy gardening and want a sheltered, sunny place to grow their vegetables are invited to join the Fairview Park Community Garden.

The community garden has plots available with full sun, water and an 8 foot high deer fence. The cost is $25 for a 100% organic garden plot. Gardeners are responsible for maintaining their plot and helping to maintain the community garden.

In addition to providing produce to families, friends and neighbors, community gardeners can donate produce to the Fairview Park Hunger Center.

For more information and garden rules, visit Fairview Park Community Garden – City of Fairview Park, Ohio or contact Amy Holtshouse at 440-655-1021 or amy0418@sbcglobal.net.

Ephemeral sale: Lakewood Historical Society will hold a pop-up sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (April 21-23) at the Haber Center, the society’s headquarters at 13314 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

The sale will feature a variety of hobby items including the following:

· An assortment of model trains of all makes, scales, models, ages, conditions and with many accessories.

· Camera and photography equipment including film and digital, Polaroid accessories including lenses, cases, film and flashes in a wide range of prices.

· Games, puzzles, 16mm film projector, View Master, Lilley and Gillie Compass viewers.

· Decorative pots, lamps, vases, small furniture, books, baskets, linens, aprons and a wide assortment of framed works of art.

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