Many members of the Grace Episcopal Church turned out to meet Alice Lynn Greenwood on Friday.
As reported earlier this month in The Carthage Press, Greenwood was introduced to the community with an art exhibit at Hyde House titled “The Art of Texting.” These unique works of art, along with others close to Greenwood's heart and history, were presented again to her new church family on Friday.
“I have never lived in a place that made me feel so loved and welcomed,” Greenwood told those gathered at the church.
Greenwood's presentation took viewers through a story of how life brought her to Carthage. This Little Rock, Ark., native shared important moments from her travels; some happy, some sad, but all the while keeping her faith and receiving what she calls “love notes,” from God. These moments of realization were presented as “Pop-Up Inspirations.”
Her story and message of hope was well received.
“Alice did a wonderful job,” said Father Ted Estes. “Art informs our spiritual lives and our spiritual lives inform our art, and she showed us that.”
Greenwood said she instantly connected with Grace Church when she learned the church sponsors a parish ministry in Haiti, and sends a healing mission team every year. Some of her art work, in fact, is influenced by the spiritual Haitian culture. Another contributing factor in making Greenwood's presentation unique was that Friday was the International Day of Peace.
“It is through my art where I find peace,” she told the crowd in closing. “I thank you all deeply – you good and loving people. Thank you for receiving me so warmly.”