March 13th, 2009
The Peace Pole was presented as a gift to the synod from the Reverend, Dr. Marie T. Cross, retiring Synod Executive. Prior to a service of worship, there was a time of celebration, with a dinner and remarks made by members of the synod and the General Assembly.
In response, Reverend Cross gave thanks for the years of experience and good work done in partnership with the Presbyteries and committed members of the synod. The Peace Pole, with the four languages of the synod (English, Spanish, Cherokee and Korean) stands as a lasting sign of the past and hope for the future. The four grandsons of Ms. Cross (Nick, Luke Jake and Ben Strand of Indianapolis), carried the Peace Pole forward for the presentation. It was planted later at the entry to the synod office by Synod Moderator, Reverend David Bartley, Presbytery of Maumee Valley.