Stained Glass Window Project
Though we are living through a strange and stressful time in lives, I am proud to say our church has never stopped doing God’s amazing work. Through this pandemic we have continued to minister to those around us and share the love of Christ with all we meet.
The life of the church continues to go strong, and we are excited about God’s plan for our future. One thing I’m very excited about is the opportunity to make our nave even more beautiful. Due to health reasons some of you have not been able to worship in our nave for months now, and many times when I talk to our members they tell me how much they miss worshipping in our church. Many of the people who walk into our church for the first time will say that the space feels like home. It is a place of comfort and a place of prayer.
I am excited to invite you to be a part of a project that will make our beautiful space even more magnificent. This parish has dreamed for years of adding stained glass windows to each side of our nave, and now we have the chance to make this dream a reality.
We have partnered with Emmanuel Studio, based here in Nashville, who have created windows that speak deeply to who we are as Episcopalians. In dramatic fashion, they tell the story of Baptism and The Holy Eucharist. As a sacramental community of baptized believers who breaks bread every time we gather, these windows speak to the core of our Christian identity.
In our Baptismal service, the priest says, “We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit.” This window will capture the dynamic nature of Baptism as we are buried with Christ in the deep blue water and rise reborn
with the fiery red sky above showing the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Eucharist window shows the common elements of grapes and barely that are then presented at the altar as bread and wine. It depicts how those very ordinary elements are transformed into the holy sacrament that we share together every Sunday.
Emmanuel Studio is also creating a beautiful back window that has been donated by a family in our church. This window is already being created, and you can follow along with the updates here.
Though it may seem like a strange time to have a financial campaign, something just feels right about this. By investing in our physical church, we are making a statement that our sacred space matters. Watching church online is fine for now, but there will be a day when we will all gather together in the name of Jesus in our beautiful church.
We would love for you to be a part of this project, and we have made it where everyone can participate. There are three different prices depending on the intricacy of the design. If you would like to know the details we would love to talk to you. We will also have an “All Parish Window” for individuals and families who would like to donate some money, but not the full amount. It can be as low as $1, we just want everyone, even our children, to feel connected to this project.
We ask you to pray about this and consider joining us in this amazing opportunity. We will start our official financial campaign at the beginning of 2021. We are so grateful for you, for your love of this church, and your continued generosity through your time, talent, and treasure. If you have any questions, please reach out to Fr. Wesley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rick Webb (email@example.com).