Stained glass windows serve many purposes. They allow light to illumine a church’s interior. The are works of art. And they are teaching tools. For centuries, stories of faith have been depicted in stained glass windows. For those too young to read or those unable to read, windows are a means of telling these stories of faith. Even for readers of the Bible, stained glass windows are reminders of the stories of God’s enduring, amazing love.
The stained glass windows will enhance the worship, faith development and Christian education of First Presbyterian Church for years to come. What a beautiful legacy to leave for generations to follow.
Stained glass windows were only a dream for us when the sanctuary was constructed forty plus years ago. The dream became a reality when the sanctuary was renovated in 2004-2005. At that time a committee was appointed to oversee the design, construction and installation of the windows.
The idea for the side windows came easily for the committee–nine windows for both the Old and New Testaments. The chancel window design came from the stained glass artist Richard Hanley. A man with a deep personal faith, Richard was a blessing to the project. Mr. Hanley is such a talented, skilled artisan.
These windows would not have come into existence without several important factors. First, the prayers of the congregation upheld the process every step of the way. Second, generous financial gifts allowed the work to be undertaken and completed. Nearly sixty families and individuals pledged and paid for the windows. Lastly, and most importantly, the Holy Spirit was, and is at work through these windows.
It is our hope and prayer that the windows will draw all to see them into an ever-deepening, ever-growing relationship with God.