Jesus sculpture draws attention to homelessness: Olmsted Dates and Data
OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – Terry and Rita Holstein walked past Olmsted Community Church on Sunday afternoon. Terry suddenly stopped and pointed to the church.
Well, it was a life size sculpture of a person lying on a bench. He started to walk towards her and his wife followed.
“I saw what looked like a person on a bench and wanted to know more. When I approached it, I noticed the wounds on his feet. I knew who it was, said Terry.
Rita said she felt the same.
“When I saw the wounds, I knew it was Jesus,” she said.
However, they did not know what the statue represented. When they heard that the statue, known as the Homeless Jesus, was there to call attention to the reality of homelessness in our communities, they nodded.
“It makes sense,” said Terry. “It fits perfectly with this statue.
The Olmsted Community Church will keep the statue until September 15. This is a replica of the sculpture created by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. The Community West Foundation offers this creation and five other Schmalz creations to spark dialogue, compassion, empathy and action on various social issues. Organizations and churches, like Olmsted Community Church, have the opportunity to share them with their communities. The foundation’s mission is to advance the health and well-being of the community. It is guided by Matthew 25: 35-40: “For I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me. I needed clothes and you dressed me. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you came to visit me. . . Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of my younger siblings, you did for me.
Main Street Church collects new socks, toiletries and other items homeless people need. There is a bin inside the entrance to the church next to its parking lot in which donations can be dropped off.
The Holsteins, who attend St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Berea, live in Strongsville. They often go to Olmsted Falls because they love to walk around David Fortier Park and cross the covered bridge. Oh, they also have nine grandchildren who live in this community.
Rita said she plans to donate some items.
“This is a very serious cause,” she said.
Take a moment and stop in front of the statue. Bring a new pair of socks or two for those who need warmth and protection for their feet. As the passage of Scripture says. . . “whatever you did for one of my younger siblings, you did for me.”
olympic watch: Our 2009 Bulldog graduate Katie Nageotte is in the women’s pole vault final at the Olympic Games. Why not join the others to cheer him on in the final live televised competition this Thursday August 5th.
The Township of Olmsted is sponsoring a 6:00 a.m. Thursday night vigil at its community hall, 7900 Fitch Road. Coffee, donuts and Angelina’s breakfast pizza will be provided.
Come on, Katie. We support you and jump for joy with your Olympic dream.
Heritage Days: There is no excuse to leave our community this weekend for music, fun and food. It’s a busy weekend with Olmsted People’s Heritage Days at various sites in the community.
The event was created when it was announced that the usual Heritage Days, with its parade, downtown events and citywide garage sale, would not be returning this year. Various people decided to create a local effort to bring celebration and fun over the first weekend of August, which was the original festival timeline. The late Clint Williams, who created Grand Pacific Junction and brought downtown Olmsted Falls to life, kicked off the original festival.
The festival begins today (August 5) with the community garage sale. More than 60 households participate. They have their own times and dates. You can find the full list at https://bit.ly/3wyflev. On this site, houses are designated by various paw prints. Yellow begins Thursday (August 5); blue, Friday (August 6) and dark blue, Saturday (August 7). You will find the houses across Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township.
Enjoy the music this Friday (August 6) at the Charles A. Harding Covered Bridge on Main Street. The Hard Rock Cleveland Band will perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is part of Olmsted Falls First Friday this summer. The tunes will move and groove your feet and your body.
Saturday begins at 11 a.m. with a historical walking tour with author and historian Jim Wallace. Meet at the Steakhouse parking lot at 11 a.m., opposite the Olmsted Community Church. Then head to the day of family fun with the Bulldogs Summer Bash at Grace Church grounds, 6941 Columbia Road. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. Community residents and businesses will bring fun to children of all ages. Enjoy an inflatable course, fire trucks, K9 police demonstration, ambulance, video game truck, police cars, obstacle course, toboggan 18ft inflatable, Disney singing and karaoke, crafts, t-shirt coloring contest, dunk tank, carnival games and more. And the food! Take a bite of CASA samples, frost them on funnel cakes, Angelina’s Pizza, Grand Pacific Popcorn and refreshments. And everything is free. Go out and enjoy the day with the kids. Also head to Fat Little Buddies, 26906 Cook Road. He has his Fat Little Buffett Fest at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $ 10 and are available on his website or Facebook page.
Sunday is the all you can eat pancake breakfast at the Kiwanis Club of Olmsted Falls on the bridge. It runs from 8 a.m. to noon on the Charles A. Harding Memorial Covered Bridge on Main Street. Tickets are available at breakfast. The cost is $ 7 and children 3 and under are free. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the breakfast. Jim Wallace will offer his historic tour again at 1 p.m. Sunday. Meet at the Steakhouse on Main Street.
Good, you have it now. Regular people created, organized, sponsored and donated to this organic festival. A special thank you to all the residents, businesses, groups and organizations who participated in this fun weekend. Everything is free, unless stated otherwise. Stop by one of the events and enjoy the camaraderie that is sure to happen.
Sale of mattresses: Need better sleep? Come to the Olmsted Falls Band Mattress Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, August 7 at High School.
Beautyrest mattresses come in twin sizes, starting at $ 199; full, $ 299; queen, $ 349 and king, $ 599. There will be over 25 styles on display as well as adjustable bases, pillows, mattress protectors, weighted blankets, ottomans, linens and more.
As an added bonus, teachers, staff and their families in Olmsted Falls receive a 10% discount and free shipping with any mattress purchase over $ 599 or more.
Your purchase, which is available with all forms of payment, offers available delivery and financing and full factory warranties. For details, use TEXT BULLDOG21 to 484848.
All sales benefit the group, so why not check out all the merchandise at this Saturday sale.
Swimming Festival: Olmsted Falls Mayor Jim Graven and the Nageotte family invite everyone to celebrate Katie’s dream of reaching the Olympics and making the final. There will be a celebration and meet and greet for Olympian Katie from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 13 at Village Green. Enjoy the music that DJ Melanie will provide. Welcome the return of a heroine to her hometown and community.
Oktoberfest: The Sommer Oktoberfest will take place over two weekends this year. The dates are August 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28 at the German-American Cultural Center in Donauschwaben. However, only 1,200 tickets will be sold each day. To buy yours, go to the centre’s website. Tickets are $ 10 for adults and free for ages 15 and under.
Kampus Bravo: Two local students recently graduated from the University of Miami in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree. They are Emily Waugh in Interactive Media Studies and Ronald Tommer in Sociology. Congratulations.
Information, please: To include news, treats, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She’s also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the column at cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links for many news.
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