Mural reflects hope offered inside
It Worked for Us
Rose Chaney drove by the building many times on the way to church. She never paid much attention to it until, during Bible study, she thought about those in the area needing hope.
"The wall was blank on the building," said Chaney. "What if we put art on the wall to give people hope?" she asked. The side of the building – which houses the food pantry and community closet operated by Chaney's church, Asbury United Methodist – faces Ice Street where there is a high volume of traffic in Frederick, Maryland. It is also opposite Asbury, where Chaney is the church's administrator.
She put her administrative skills to work and started the process three years ago to decorate the side of the building. "We had to get permits, attend public hearings because of the historical area and building, raise funds and apply for grants," she said. She also consulted with friends who were retired art educators and found painters to create the mural in summer 2016. The work took about six months.
"The picture depicts people looking out the windows and these people are actually church members," said the Rev. Mark Groover, pastor of Asbury. "They are looking up to heaven."
Groover said that the Hope Mural is a way that the church wants to encourage passersby and drivers, as well as those served inside the building.
In December 2016, Asbury held a Mural of Hope dedication service and Frederick Mayor Randy McClement and other public officials attended.
"It Worked for Us" is written by Christine Kumar, a freelance writer and administrator, Baltimore Metropolitan District, Baltimore-Washington Conference. Send story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.