Living scene long tradition for Valley Falls church

Last Supper 2015

“The Living Scene”—a depiction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper”—marked its 60th anniversary at the United Methodist Church in Valley Falls Thursday night. Following are those who participated: (the disciple is followed by the re-enactor and the number of years he has participated) Bartholomew, Keith Jackson, 2; James the Lesser, Larry Springer, 40; Andrew, Terry Metzger, 51; Judas, Tristin Brink, 1; Peter, Rick Ferrell, 32; John, Charles Hamon, 33; Jesus, Chris Biester, 33; Thomas, Phil Dunn, 37; James the Greater, Bob Shafer, 4; Philip, Gary Coleman, 20; Matthew, John Tripp, 1; Thaddeus, Bill Metzger, 4; Simon the Zealot, Tom Shrimplin, 35.


by Clarke Davis
For 60 years the congregation of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church has viewed a living scene of Leonardo Da Vinci’s depiction of “The Last Supper” during Maundy Thursday service.
The 12 disciples with Jesus in the middle sit and stand behind a long table at the front of the church. The men dress in period robes and some grow beards every year for the occasion.
June Huston, chairwoman of the Worship Committee, reports they have costumes in storage along with a drawer full of fake beards and hairpieces, most of which are no longer used.
Huston helps direct the scene and position the men in the same stance as the disciples are in the Da Vinci painting. The late Juanita Barnes was the first director when it began in 1955. The program was conceived by the late Rev. Henry Milliken.
It was estimated that more than 60 individuals had particiated when the 50th anniversary rolled around and there have been a number of additions since.
Heading the list for longest serving is Terry Metzger. Huston said her father, Raymond Colhouer, a former participant, tapped Metzger for his role in the event the year he married his daughter, Gerry, 51 years ago.
Metzger has not only done it ever since but this year there were three generations, his son, Bill, and his grandson, Tristin.
Larry Springer has participated 40 years and several have done it for 30 or more.
The service was led by Pastor Melody Kimbrel. Jacque Biester, who painted the backdrop several years ago, participated at the start with the perfuming of Jesus as the re-enactors follow Scripture.
The pastor followed communion with a sermon.
“The Last Supper” was painted on the walls of the dining room of a monastery in Milan, Italy, in the years 1494-96.

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