UNION — A sermon and the response it evoked from the congregation that heard it set the Rev. John Cribb on a path that has lead him to the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery and Union County Relay for Life.
Cribb, who served six years as pastor of Sardis United Methodist Church, will be at the Art Gallery, 116 E. Main St., Union, this Thursday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. signing copies of “Memories of a Sandlapper,” a print based on a sermon he delivered 25 years ago at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in his native Georgetown.
“I was living in Dallas at the time and was invited back to preach at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church,” Cribb said. “When I was preparing my sermon I thought about my memories of growing up on the coast and it all just came out, it all evolved into that verse.”
When Cribb preached the sermon, he added in those verses about those memories and they made an impression. He was asked at the time if the verses could be put in the church bulletin and then had people encouraging him put into a print.
Cribb proceeded to do so, creating “Memories of a Sandlapper,” a print with scenes representing the culture and countryside of coastal South Carolina as well as the verses about the memories of growing up there. In addition to writing the verses, Cribb also drew the initial sketches which were reproduced and colored by a professional artist as the verses were hand-written on the print by a professional calligrapher.
Memories of a Sandlapper is now in its sixth printing bring to 6,000 the number of copies. Copies of the print hang in the South Carolina Welcome Centers.
Union County residents will have the opportunity to get an autographed copy of Memories of a Sandlapper in their homes this Thursday. Copies of the print will be for sale for $10 at the Art Gallery where Cribb will be signing them to help raise money for Union County Relay for Life. Cribb, who is retired from the ministry, and his wife, Louise, a Union native, are members of the Kickin’ Cancer Relay for Life team.
The Union County Relay for Life is working to raise $100,000 this year for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life has already raised $66,000 and fundraising efforts will continue through Aug. 31.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.