Peace Pole Dedication 

 

Our Peace Pole was installed and dedicated on September 19, 2015 with the release of white doves as part of the ceremony. The day was picture perfect; sunny, blue skies and a warm wind.  People conversed with one another as they shopped for Fair Trade items, local pottery and crafts.  The sound of a guitar and the voice of our guest musician Daniel McCarthy flowed clear down Barnett Avenue. The Antietam Humane society was there with a dog named Shadow with the hope someone might give him a home. Kids and adults learned how to make origami peace cranes.  Kids decorated their own peace pole for the church sanctuary in their unique way. It was a glorious day of fun and friendship, a day to celebrate peace.  People gathered around the peace pole for the dedication.  Children helped fill in the hole in which the 10 foot cedar pole was placed.  Inspiring words about peace were heard and spoken by those in attendance. The children released white pigeons symbolic of peace doves as everyone sang “Blowin’ in the Wind.”  It was a memorable day that will be repeated next year when our peace garden is dedicated. Thanks to everyone who helped make the day a success.  

 

There were several vendors and guests set up at 10 AM including the Antietam Humane Society with a dog to adopt, SERRV sales, craft items from UPAVIM (an organization that sells items made by women in Guatemala), potters from the Ceramic Center in Waynesboro, and special music by vocalist and guitarists Dan McCarthy.  

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   Peace Pole-14Shadow is a friendly guy is available for adoption.

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SERRV items for sale.










Peace Pole-5 Peace Pole-11Craft items from UPAVIM.

Peace Pole-13Pottery from the Ceramic Center in Waynesboro.


 Peace Pole-7Lamps for sale by Danny Deavers.


Peace Pole-2Vocalist and guitarist Dan McCarthy.

  Peace Pole-6Violin music by Sophia Misner.


Children decorated their own Peace Pole for the church sanctuary at 11:00.

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Decorating the Children's Peace Pole for the Sanctuary.

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There was also instruction on making origami peace cranes.

Peace Pole-10Making origami peace cranes.











The dedication ceremony began at 12:00 noon.

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  Peace Pole-20Pastor Michael Cromer led the
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The 10 foot cedar Peace Pole was carried from the church and set in place.
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Children helped fill in the hole in which the Peace Pole was placed. 
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Everyone attending sang “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
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The dedication concluded with the release of white doves.
Peace Pole-30The children helped to release the white doves. 













Click here to see a video of the dove release.

Our Sunday worship service on September 20 concluded with the congregation singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth" outside by the Peace Pole.

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It is our hope that this event will help to promote peace within our community and beyond.
Pastor Michael Cromer says, "Our Peace Pole, with the words, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in eight languages will be a physical reminder to all that the desire for peace is not an American thing, it is not just a Christian thing, it is a human desire that all of God's children long for. And even more importantly, it is what God has always wanted for this world."


About the Peace Pole

        The Peace Pole Project is an official project of the World Peace Prayer Society.  The purpose of the World Peace Prayer Society is to unite people across the world through the universal message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan out of the destruction caused by World War II and the atomic bombs which fell on the city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

        The Peace Pole Project was first introduced to the United States in 1986, The International Year of Peace.  Peace Poles are now the most recognized international peace symbol and monument the world over with more than 200,000 Peace Poles standing in almost every country in the world. A Peace Pole is an eight foot cedar pole with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each side of the pole in different languages.  The poles are sometimes placed in the front of a sanctuary but more often placed in a community or church garden.

         Our Peace Pole will be the focus of a peace garden on the church grounds, a place to sit, pray and meditate. If you are interested in participating in this project please contact Pastor Michael at 717-816-2940 or mcromerm@aol.com.


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