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Celebration for Judith Oelfke Smith

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

CATA is planning a celebration in the Gallery
honoring Judy Oelfke Smith on October 16, 2022,
following the 11:00 service . Judy, a member of
University Christian Church for 65 years, was a
member of the Chancel Choir for 23 years. She
was one of the first women appointed to the Board
of Elders, and served as Secretary of the General
Board for three years. She served on the Worship
Committee and as Chair for several years, also as
Chair of the Arts Committee off and on over the
years. She designed the original sets, trenchers
and Christ Candle for The Boar’s Head Festival
as well as the program with descriptions of the

Judy was involved in the 1960s with the creation
of 31 new stained-glass windows for our enlarged
sanctuary. Later, in the 1980s, she was asked to
design the tile flooring for the center aisle and
chancel to improve the acoustics for the support of
choral music, organ, and congregational singing.
In 1989 she was invited to design a cross for the
chancel. The 7 foot, 4 inch cross illuminates
the faith of the Disciples of Christ Church from
a series of sacred Christian symbols, both
ancient and modern. Judy’s final touch was the
application of 23-karat gold leaf. Silver necklaces
have been designed from the cross and are
available on our website for purchase. A sample
necklace will be available at the reception.


October 16
11:00 am - 1:00 pm