Posts By: Rebecca Haden

The History Book Crosses

First United Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville has been active in Fayetteville since 1830. As we prepare for our 200th anniversary celebration, it can be satisfying to look back on the… Read more »

The Altar Cross

FUPC doesn’t always keep a cross on the altar, but there is a tradition of using the cross on the altar to mark the progress of Lent. The church history… Read more »

Barbara’s Cross

Barbara Verdery keeps this lovely cross on her desk. Harry Vandergriff made it for her to celebrate her five years as Clerk of Session. Session is one of the special… Read more »

The Apostle’s Cross

We don’t usually think about Chrismons during Lent — we enjoy them during Advent and Christmas. But this year for Lent we are scoping out all the crosses at FUPC,… Read more »

Amanda’s Cross

Youth Director Amanda McDonald received this cross from her previous church in Pine Bluff. It was created by James Hayes, a glass artist in Pine Bluff. Amanda, a native of… Read more »

The Calvary Cross

When we find, “Lift High the Cross,” we may envision a cross as we sing. If so, there is more than one cross that might come to our minds. The… Read more »

The FUPC Logo

Today’s FUPC cross is found on the door of the church van — and in many other places as well, because it is the official church logo. Mary Mann remembers… Read more »

Earth Care Parament

Since 2018, First United Presbyterian Church has been an Earth Care Congregation. This is a certification program of the PCUSA, and we are one of just a few churches in… Read more »


Here is another beautiful cross from First United Presbyterian Church. This is the familiar Latin cross shape, but there is something different about it. If you look closely, you can… Read more »

Harry Vandergriff’s Crosses

Many of the crosses at FUPC are hand carved from wood, and many of those hand carved crosses were made by Harry Vandergriff. Harry Vandergriff was a member of FUPC… Read more »