An unusual bit of graffiti became an object lesson for an East County church July 7.
A Star of David was spray painted on an outside wall of Faith United Church of Christ some time around July 4. The pastor discovered it on Friday, July 5, while walking to work from the bus stop.
“I was quite surprised and very curious as to why a Star of David,” said the Rev. Brian Bagley-Bonner. “We have had some paint vandalism in the past few months, but never with a religious symbol.”
Instead of scrubbing it off right away, the congregation used it as an opportunity to learn. During children’s time, the pastor shared with them about the painting and explained it’s significance as a symbol for a sister religion.
“This is the Star of David. Remember the story of David and Goliath?” he asked.
The children’s eyes lit up as they remembered the Bible story.
Bagley-Bonner continued: “Our faith comes out of Judaism. Jesus was Jewish.”
The congregation gathered around the Star of David after the service and remembered when the church building housed a Jewish congregation earlier in its history.
Bagley-Bonner says the graffiti turned out to be an opportunity for the congregation to reflect, learn and celebrate.
Contact Pam Eubanks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently 0 Responses
31 7th Annual Military Ball
6 Menchie's - FREE Froyo National Frozen Yogurt Day
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
7 Manatee Audubon - OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
13 52nd Annual Sarasota Shell Show
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
PHOTO GALLERY: Grand Ovation
The 9th annual Grand Ovation returned Jan. 31 to Lakewood Ranch Main Street, with live performances by local dancers, actors and other artists.
PHOTO GALLERY: Football Frenzy
Children at the Tabernacle Christian School dressed in their favorite team’s garb and headed to a grassy field Jan. 30 for the school’s annual Football Frenzy and Bible Trivia event.
FYI Friday — Your weekly news roundup
Catch up on the week's most important and most interesting news stories from Sarasota, Longboat Key and East County with FYI Friday.