To educate the community of Crossville Tennessee about the ever increasing number of the Pastafarian population. And to share the holy teachings of It.
Spaghetti sprouts from where Its presence once stood.
Scroll below to see It touring Crossville
Sunday, March 2, 2008
It came to me in a sign....build a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and put it on the courthouse lawn in Crossville Tennessee so that others can share in its beautiful image and learn about Its story........Read about my journey below.
Before once again heading into the unknown the Flying Spaghetti Monster allows the local chapter to give It a tour of Crossville and beyond.
To show the folks back home.
At peace at last
The FSM said It felt very much at home here.
The Homestead Tower
I wanted to share with the FSM our rich history-- the community the Homesteaders began during the Great Depression.
Cumberland County State Park
We had a picnic at the State Park- even with the construction it was beautiful.
Old Palace Theatre on Main Street
Get a snow cone every Saturday at the Flea Market
Back to where it all began
5 weeks really just isn't enough to see all that Crossville has to offer. The FSM might just have to come back and visit.
Making me hungry!
FSM taken from Main Street
The statue is on the right side of the lawn between the memorial to our soldiers fallen in Iraq and the Statue of Liberty.
Today begins 6 weeks of pasta fasting!
FSM chillin' with Lady Liberty
a shout out to fellow freedom lovers
Good Luck Spaghetti Monster
Jesus returns to courthouse for Easter.
On March 21, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is joined by a statue honoring Easter.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Statue completed at last!
This is the statue that will be placed on the Courthouse lawn on Friday, March 21, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Day.
Local artist and brother of church aiding in build
Meatball with Spaghetti in Background
Why is displaying the Flying Spaghetti Monster important?
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster represents many things to many people and yet it is a faith that is often neglected by the general public. When Bobby Hendersen, a devoted Pastafarian, patriotic American, and concerned citizen of Kansas, realized that local students would never even learn about the Spaghedeity in public schools, he was gravely upset. Mr. Hendersen wrote to the school board immediately:
I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.
Just as Mr. Hendersen was concerned when Pastafarianism was neglected in public schools, I worry when our courthouse lawn is absent of the Spaghetti Monster's holy image. Many would argue that no type of religious symbols should be put on government property. Those few would say that worshipping should be the decision and act of an individual, and not the government. But I disagree. I am thankful that that is not how it is in Crossville. I believe all of us should share our beliefs on that nicely cut piece of grass on Crossville's Main Street. My only concern is that as it stands now, the Spaghetti Monster and others are absent. By displaying only one type of symbol on our great town's communal property, an atomsphere could be created in which other faiths and ideas are stifled.
I would like to be a voice to spread the love of It and It's teachings. Hunter Thompson stated, "Freedom is something that dies unless it's used." Please follow me on my two month journey to understand more about It's Holy Pilgramage from the Heavens to Crossville and back again.
Tonight at dinner as I was staring down at my spaghetti and meatballs I was startled to discover that the remains of spaghetti sauce took the shape of It, the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
It came to me then, that in only a few short weeks, on March 21, is Day of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, followed by six weeks of spaghetti fasting. The six weeks ends with huge festivities on May 1, the Day of National Prayer. It occured to me looking at the holy image of It that stared up at me from my plate that this is indeed a Sign. I sense that I am supposed to build the image of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and display its holy appendages on the Courthouse lawn of my hometown, Crossville Tennessee. There its blessed presence can help all the world celebrate Day of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the six week fast.
Tomorrow I will begin the build. I do not have long to build this sculpture...nor much money to buy the necessary tools to make it worthy of It. Time is also racing...in only a few short weeks is that sacred Friday, March 21.
If you would like to make a donation to help purchase the materials for me to follow my holy vision.
What I saw
I immediately sketched the vision that appeared to me in my plate of spaghetti. Here is what it looked like.
Why March 21?- What is Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Day?
March 21, a Friday on the first day of Spring, is the day the Flying Spaghetti Monster appeared from the giant pasta pot....or so the the Cook Book says. The monster had to cook up the universe because nothing yet existed. As the Flying Spaghetti Monster created everything, there was no food. It created light, and plants, and monkeys, and much much more. However, It began to get hungry. It was almighty and powerful, so It refused to let hunger stop creation. It continued creating butterflies and the ocean, and the sky. The Book describes that the hunger increased, It became dizzy...It tried to continue and just as the Flying Spaghetti Monster was about to create the first Pirate, It passed out from hunger. It realized it did not have the strength to finish creating. It had not eaten since the creating had started several hours before. With the last of Its strength the Flying Spaghetti Monster created a sturdy pot and put on some water to boil from the ocean. The Flying Spaghetti Monster then dropped angel hair pasta into the boiling water. Every moment as It watched the boiling water consume the spaghetti noodles, the Flying Spaghetti Monster felt weaker and weaker. 1 minute passed....then 2...3.....4.....5.....and then just as the Flying Spaghetti Monster was passing into unconciousness the sixth minute passed, and It saw that the spaghetti was perfect. It ate and it ate...and had enough food to share with all of Its creations. The monkeys ate, and the butterflies ate. The Flying Spaghetti Monster threw the perfectly boiled spaghetti into the ocean, into the sky, and into the rich soil where flowers immediately bloomed. Now the Spaghetti Monster sat up strong and with Its new energy It created Women and Men pirates at the exact same time.
And so you see, Spring is the time of the birth of Pirates, the birth of butterflies and monkeys. It is a time to be grateful for creation and life and spaghetti. We fast from ALL spaghetti products for six weeks to represent the six minutes that the Flying Spaghetti Monster waited in hunger and pain without food, and then we celebrate the creation of Pirates in the form of men and women when the fast ends.
The story is told in many ways by many tellers. But as a person of faith this is the version I choose to believe. And so, renewed by the struggle of It, I will not complain that I have been chosen for this building task. Somehow I will find the strength and continue.
What a blessing. The Flying Spaghetti Monster has been approved. (see approval form below) Construction will continue as planned.
Application for Flying Spaghetti Monster Statue
Special Thanks We received a generous anonymous donation to help build the sculpture. The build would not be possible without such generosity. Thank you for believing.
This weekend supplies were bought. Our friends at Lowes suggested that the meatballs be constructed of hay bales. But after careful consideration we went with K-Mart bouncy balls.
Follow the creation process below.
Celebrate with us! Make your own Flying Spaghetti Monster! Here is what you need.
2 plastic baseballs or other light weight ball
gold, red, and yellow spray paint
wood planks (to make box)
PVC and connector
2 bouncy balls
Christmas Tree stand
Only days are left before Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Day. We will not let rain impede our construction. We encourage you to create your own Spaghetti Monster to add to the festivities and 6 week spaghetti fast. Supplies are listed above. Please follow the instructrions.
Step 1: Make the meatballs
Sew pillow cases around bouncy balls. Make sure a string is attached to pillow case. Cover in a paint sawdust mixture. Leave time to dry.
Step 2: Holy Appendages
Spray paint pipe insulation, making sure to leave time to dry.
Step 3: Support your base
The milk crate is a good base for the Monster. Bolt in support for the pipe.
Step 4: The Eyes
Give the baseballs the first coat of paint
and hang to dry
Step 5: It begins to take form
(this is not a bird house) Place milk crate on pvc pipe
Step 6: Build a big box
Make it strong and worthy- brackets recommended
Step 7: Attach the sides
Don't wanna let the rain in.
Step 8: Paint the Box
Smooth out rough edges with a coat of paint
Step 9: Sew and stuff meatballs
Don't count on the bouncy balls to hold up- best to stuff em
Step 10: Assemble Flying Spaghetti Monster
Do this by inserting noodles into milk crate in every possible direction