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Our History through our stained glass windows
September’s Senior Fellowship next month will feature a visit from the Howard County Historical Society and I thought that it would be the time to point out some of the historical features of St. Paul’s that perhaps go unnoticed.
St. Paul’s is blessed to have Stained glass both in our Sanctuary and the Chapel. They are unique in many ways, but especially in that they have been donated by families who have been members for generations.
In preparation for the visit I have begun to clean the archive and ran across “The History of St. Paul’s through our Windows—May 2009” A pamphlet which I have reproduced and I will be placing on our website. If you don’t do computers and would like a copy. Please let me know?
The Sanctuary contains the following windows: “Gethsemane”, “Elizabeth Wessel Wehland-Mable Wehland Brown & Laurence Wehland”, “Marie Kahler-Philip Kahler”, Isabell & George Iager”, “Herman Wessel & Catherine D. Wessel”, “Henry Kruhm & Mary Kruhm-Phillip Beall & Anne Beall”, “Roy Walter”, “Tri-Luther Reformation Window” and “Margarethe Iager”
Space does not permit picturing all the windows and relating their story and the story of the families behind. However, since Rally Day is coming for Sunday School, I thought I would relate the story handed down by my Grandmother Miles (Ethel Bassler). See more of the stained glass at St. Paul's
If memory serves: The Gethsemane Window (shown to the right) above the Altar/Chancel was made possible by the Sunday School. The cost of the Window at the time was $100. A considerable sum. However the Sunday School was able to raise a dollar from each family and the money was pooled and the window was purchased. “With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
All Saints Chapel
The All Saints Chapel Contains: “The sacramental windows" (Communion and Baptism, single windows”, (Communion which is close to the bell tower and the Baptism Window which is closest to Rt216), “Frank F. Florstedt– Lenora F. Florstedt– Louis L and Carl A Florstedt Window” and the 1992 Commissioned Window” (Consists of 4 sections, “Orndorff”, “Bentz” - [double pane], and “Murphy”)
Each of our family windows have central top panels which have biblical significance and tell a story. I can’t do them justice here, but I am told by my Mom (Betty Griffin) that Rev. Propst took great care to arrange them in the Sanctuary and to be liturgical correct. Please see the website to see the meaning behind each one. (www.stpaulslutheran.info) or request a copy of the pamphlet to read more.