We received our new book of the deceased today. We had been purchasing blank books from publishers. A bequest from a parishioner funded this initiative. The book came in a nice box from our bookbinder, Peggy Johnston:
Unfold the box, and a wood cover embossed with a cross suggestive of the one at the bottom of our baptismal pool:
Peggy did a marvelous job on the covers and the binding.
The first page is a watercolor and citation of 2 Timothy 11b-12a from the Funeral Lectionary:
A local calligrapher and painter, Dot Prater, did wonderful work on this. She also worked on a “test” copy of the Scripture text with a different background which we liked so much we plan to frame it and then figure out a placement in the building.
People sign names of deceased loved ones and friends on gray pages:
The committee was super-pleased with the result. The only problem is that this book far outshines our Lectionaries and Gospel Book. One of our committee members noted that we could extract the pages, still in good shape, and have them rebound. Maybe with nice wooden covers.