Bethesda On The Bay will host 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture

Bethesda On The Bay Lutheran Church & Childcare Center is pleased to announce the hosting of the sculpture "Homeless Jesus" May 24 through June 28.

Homeless Jesus is a life-size sculpture created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz which depicts Jesus as a homeless person lying on a bench, shrouded in a blanket with wounds on the feet. This symbolic work of art is one of a series of inspiring sculptures crafted by Schmalz.

This very powerful image of homelessness has traveled our community since October of 2018. He has been giving inspiration to congregations and the public at 12 churches and one recovery home and one family shelter to date, and now at Bethesda on the Bay – a vibrant congregation and childcare center and member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Anyone may walk or drive by to view Homeless Jesus at the corner of 28607 Wolf Road and Beach Lane in Bay Village.

Community West Foundation purchased the sculpture as a visual representation of the Gospel passage in Matthew 25:40 – “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

During Homeless Jesus’ tenure at Bethesda, a collection of items for “Socks Plus,” one of Community West’s programs, will take place. Items most needed are new socks, new underwear, toiletries, winter hats and gloves, backpacks, sleeping bags and tents. Financial donations are also welcome. Please write checks payable to the Community West Foundation.

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