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Library, First Church and PCS team up for ‘Whiter Than Snow’ exhibit

February 27, 2012

Marcie (left) and Lily Plyler look at Lily’s “Whiter Than Snow” photo that was part of a recent display at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Even though Punxsy hasn’t seen a lot of snow this winter, there were many children seen as “Whiter Than Snow” during a recent photo exhibition/fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Christian School at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library recently.

The exhibition is called “Whiter Than Snow: A Prayer in Pictures,” said Karissa Spencer, children’s ministries director for the First Church of God in Punxsy.

Spencer said as part of the children’s ministries, the Sunday School staff taught youngsters the salvation message and what it means to be “Whiter Than Snow” in a spiritual sense.

“The kids learned how important it is to hang onto their innocence and be holy for as long as they can,” Spencer said.

That’s why the kids were dressed in white, with white backdrops, in photo shoots by Ken Diem, the First Church of God’s media specialist.

Spencer said a scripture verse was carefully selected for each child.

“The staff helped with the research to find a verse which best suited each individual child,” she said. “Ken Diem attempted to draw out the expressions of each subject so it matched the verse.”

Spencer said there were 51 children who participated in the program, and all the photos were displayed at the library.

The display was a combined effort with the library, the First Church of God and PCS, Spencer said.

“I thought the Punxsy Memorial Library would be a perfect location to display all of the photos, and Coral Ellshoff, library director, was gracious enough to allow us to use not only the children’s library, but the entire facility for the photo display.”

Diem said he took more than 700 shots of the children, and had the unenviable job of narrowing them down to only 51 photos.

“The reason for doing the white-on-white was for the eyes to tell the story,” he said, adding that it also adds to the effect of the image.
PCS Principal Tonya Woodel thanked everyone who purchased any of the photos, of which 10 percent was donated to the school.

The fund-raiser will continue until April 1.

Anyone interested in participating should call the First Church of God at 938-6670.

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