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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Immanuel United Church of Christ (Kettlersville)

I was on my way home late in the evening from a photo club meeting when this stained glass window of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Kettlersville caught my eye.

This picture looks a little fuzzy because the outside storm window is not completely clear. The church is planning on replacing this with clear glass in May of this year.

This is the main window facing the street. The above picture was taken across the street from the church. I called and spoke with the pastor of the church and he explained to me that the light for the window is on a timer and they light it every night. Which was good because when I first saw it I didn't have my camera with me.

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:14-15

There are two more windows of the same size in the church. The windows approximate size are 15'x 18'. The estimated value for all three windows at today's prices is $250,000. WOW!

This window is directly across from the first one and comes from the book of Revelation.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

The detail in these windows is remarkable. The windows came from Indiana and the detail is achieved through a triple glazing technique.

The third window is behind the altar and represents the Resurrection.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:5-6

This close up of the Angels face made my picture of the week.

Along with the stained glass windows are several paintings and mural by Herman Dinkler. Dinkler was a local artist. The paintings were added in 1936. Originally there were two murals. The Nativity and Crucifixion. The Crucifixion pictured here is the only surviving mural.

While this is not a German Catholic church it has German roots and tradition. The first services of the church were conducted entirely in German. Today the only German used is in the singing of Silent Night, Holy Night at the Christmas Eve Communion Service.

I'd like to thank Pastor Charles Moeller who took the time to give me a tour and history of the church.


ShariYS said...

Those windows are nothing short of amazing! Clear, beautiful, wonderful works of art!

Russ Martin (AKA "Steeple Chaser") said...

Thanks Shari,

They are pretty amazing. The Detial is just awesome.