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New stained glass window added at Faith Lutheran Church
The one of a kind wonder which is stained glass is today being enjoyed in a big way by the congregation at Faith Lutheran Church.
A new stained glass window has been installed in the upper northeast corner of the church’s sanctuary. The work has congregation members buzzing.
“It is very eye catching,” said Colleen Zollman of Union, a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
The addition of the stained glass window represents the biggest change in the church since it was built almost six decades ago, said congregation member Ken Bomberger. The clear new art work replaced a red window which may have been present since the church was built.
“It lets in more light. It has changed the atmosphere,” said Shane Moe of North Powder. “I can see the sky.”
The stained glass window’s features include an image of an open Bible. Vines growing from it symbolize its connection to the sacraments. The sacraments represented include baptism and holy communion. Baptism is symbolized by a golden shell and three drops of water. Holy communion is represented by the images of a chalice and a wafer symbolizing a communion host.
Faith Lutheran Church Pastor Sam Wiseman talks about the addition of a new stained glass window to his church. The addition of the stained glass window represents the biggest change in the church since it was built almost six decades ago. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
“It (the images on the stained glass window) helps people understand the meaning of God’s graces. They deal with the mystery in the spiritual realm,” said Sam Wiseman, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church.
Parishioner Cheyenne Yancey of La Grande said this symbolism is a big reason why she thinks the church’s new addition is a big plus.
“I like it because it gets into meaningful theology,” Yancey said.
Ross Chesley of Joseph created the stained glass window. He used a design developed by members of the Faith Lutheran Church. Wiseman said one of the most impressive aspects of the art work Chesley created is its chalice, which looks exactly like the one used at Faith Lutheran Church services.
“It identifies our sanctuary all the more,” Wiseman said.
The memorial funds of Virginia Lee Brown and Russell Sieders helped pay for the addition of the stained glass window.
Wiseman notices many people gazing at the window during church services and appreciates why they are drawn to it.
“It is a feast for the eyes to see symbols of God’s works,” Wiseman said.