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Tropical Storm Irene - One Year Later

From Tragedy to Transformation

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This display was created in celebration of the one year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene that devastated the Waterbury area and the state of Vermont. The anniversary service titled From Tragedy to Transformation was held on the Winooski bridge in Waterbury.  This arrangement has a duel symbolic interpretation. The first representation is the physical restoration of Waterbury and Duxbury homes, businesses, municipal and state buildings rising from tragedy to transformation. The second interpretation is of the individual spirit that rises from a feeling of defeat and devastation to one of hope and a new beginning through their faith as seen in the bird’s nest with eggs and cross.

Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ 

2012 Annual Meeting

The 217th Annual Meeting was held June 2-3, 2012 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT in the Judd gymnasium.  

The theme of the conference was Go Out in Joy.  The worship committee wanted the display to start with a Wailing Wall and a Weeping Tree and end with the wall and tree representing joy.

The Wailing Wall and Weeping Tree

The wailing wall was 20' long and 9' high and constructed of 222 boxes with the face faux painted to represent stone. The 7' contemporary weeping tree constructed with a simple base, willow branches a 30" ring and 36" ring to help hold the branches out and give the tree its weeping form. For the first display the tree was draped with black organza ribbon and Asparagus sprengeri fern airbrushed black.

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 During the morning worship service everyone was invited to come forward and place their prayers in the wall that were written on dissoluble paper.

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Remembering those who have passed. During the afternoon service a time to remember clergy and family members who had passed in the last year. Seven white candles represent the clergy and one beige candle represent all others who have passed.

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For the evening worship service ivy started growing on the wall and some of the black ribbon and painted fern were removed and green fern was added.

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The wall and tree bloom for the Sunday morning worship service with alstroemeria flowers. The prayers have been collected and placed in a large glass cylinder and will be dissolved with water prior to the afternoon communion service.

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Sunday afternoon Communion Service is the final display for the conference.

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Behind the scene, the mechanics of creating the wall. The boxes were all taped on the bottom then assembled three at a time on the wall and then taped together across the top. Botanical ivy was cut and inserted into the corners of the boxes. The alstroemeria were placed in water tubes and then pinned through the flower stem onto the wall with an ivy leaf covering the tube.

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Unfolding to God's Love

The Washington Association of the Vermont Conference, UCC held a massed worship service on Sunday April 29, 2012 at the Barre Opera House, Barre, VT. There are thirteen churches in the association that came together for this service. This celebration featured a 75 voice choir, a brass ensemble and a liturgical floral design and stage display designed and created by Ned Davis. The liturgical design was created on stage during the reading of Hebrews 1:8-12 and John 10:11-18

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New Keys for and Old Door

This one day conference was held at the Waterbury Congregational Church, Waterbury, VT, with 125 people in attendance. The program was sponsored by the Vermont Conference , UCC.

New_Keys.RS..jpg (492825 bytes)  The elements used throughout the conference consisted of water, stone, light and keys. This display incorporates the theme and the elements. The frame work represents the door with a water fountain, stone and a single candle at the base. The single Calla Lily represents Christ as the true key. The Calla Lily was suspended so it appeared to be floating.

Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ

2011 Annual Meeting 

Stage display and design concept for Castleton State College, Castleton, VT - John & Susan Casella Theatre

Conference Theme: Looking Up: A Faith Worth Living

Scripture: Jeremiah 29: 11-14

11. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. 14. I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

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The Friday evening display opens with forty candles from 1’ to 9’ high placed at random throughout the stage area. This random scattering represents the nations and places where God had driven his people, Jeremiah 29:14.

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Saturday morning opens with the candles being drawn closer together representing Jeremiah 29:14 "I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile."

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For Saturday evening a large heart takes form on stage representing the love of God for his people; Jeremiah 29:12 "Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. 14. I will let you find me."

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The stage display slightly changes for the Sunday morning Communion service: Jeremiah 29:11 "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."

The heart remains but candles now flank each side of the Communion table representing God’s hands offering the Communion table – a future of hope.

In the procession of candles a representative of each association will bring forth a candle to be placed on the Communion table. The used, vintage pillar candles in various shades of ivory represent the welcoming and returns of all people to the Communion table.

Designed and created by Ned Davis AIFD, CFD, CMLFD

Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ 

2010 Annual Meeting

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This stage display was in the Alexander Twilight Theatre at  Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT for the Vermont Conference Annual Meeting June 2010. The conference theme was "Changing Lives: Fearless Disciples in Action." Because the conference was held just after Pentecost Sunday, the worship committee chose to go with a Pentecost stage theme. Fifty tee pee palms were used representing forty days from Easter to Ascension Day and ten days to Pentecost. The tee pee palms were painted silver and hung at random with monofilament across the stage. With red lights and fan air movement on the palms they would flicker similar to fire.

Designed and created by Ned Davis AIFD, CFD, CMLFD

Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ 

2009 Annual Meeting

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This stage display was in the Alexander Twilight  Theatre at Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT for the Vermont Conference Annual Meeting June 2009. The conference theme was "Diving In: The Living Waters of the Vermont Conference". The water tubes had air bubbles rising from the bottom of the vases created by a small air pumps. The tall tubes were 18" high and 10" wide placed on a light pedestal.  

 Designed and created by Ned Davis AIFD, CFD, CMLFD

Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ 

2008 Annual Meeting

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The triptych screens symbolize out journey “Becoming Church for a new Day,” the theme for the Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ 213th Annual Meeting. The whole annual meeting was designed as a worship service with Isaiah 55 as its base scripture.  

    The first screen “COME” represents our past. Familiar objects symbolize the strong foundation of the church in ritual and traditions, that which keeps us grounded in God’s love. 

    “LISTEN.” Our second screen represents the present. Learning to listen as the spirit of God guides as we struggle budgets and the finances of the conference, issues of social justice, uprooting racism along with other topics of social conflict that touch the hearts of society. Listening with open hearts and minds while keeping our eyes on God as we make decisions that not only affect us today but also in the future.   

    The third screen “RESPOND” is our future “Becoming Church for a New Day.” Growing, vibrant and filled with new life. Reaching out, nurturing, caring and sharing God’s love as we watch the seeds that are planted in the present grow and bloom in the future. 

The triptych screens are 42” wide and 14’ high. Displayed on stage at the Cascella Theater, Fine Arts Center at Castleton State College, Castleton, VT. May 29-May 31, 2008 

Triptych concept developed by the Annual Meeting Worship Committee

 Designed and created by Ned Davis AIFD, CFD, CMLFD

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