Stained Glass

Blessed Hope’s Stained Glass Windows

When Blessed Hope (Calvary) was first built in 1961, the budget did not include funds to install stained glass windows. But in 1992, George Berry, a member of Calvary, had a vision for making stained glass windows for each of the 18 windows and the entrance to the sanctuary. George created and installed the first window, the United Methodist cross and flame. He then challenged his Calvary family to help him create the other 17 windows and the entrance windows to the sanctuary. Bob Lewis stepped forward to help create and install the windows. Many members and small groups stepped forward to underwrite the cost of the materials. Two years, later the challenged was completed.

 


The sanctuary entrance windows showing all of God’s children under the rainbow reminds us that everyone is welcome in our church.

We are a church with “open hearts, open doors, open minds.”

(Donated by George and June Berry, Bob and Maggie Lewis)

Stained Glass Entrance

Ship at Sea The Ship at Sea reminds us that God is with us through all of our challenges not just our times of celebration. God is our refuge from the “storms” of life.(Donated by Gene and Bev Mutter)
 2 Fish in net and Cross The Cross and Fish remind us that the Apostles were the first “fishers of men” following God’s son, Jesus. (Mark 1:17)(Donated by the United Methodist Women)
Cross and Lilies The Cross and Lilies represent the Easter story when Christ rose from the grave to take his place at the right hand of God, the Father. (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25)(Donated by Myrtle Warsek)
4 Cross and Crown The Cross and Crown represent the rewards awaiting us in heaven after our life on Earth. (James 1:12)(Donated by Maxine Witherbee in memory of Gordon Witherbee)
5 Nativity The Holy Family represents the Nativity story, the biblical account of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.  (Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20)(Donated by Dick and Loretta Mansfield)
6 Praying The person praying represents our continuing need to turn our joys and concerns over to God and to ask for guidance for the challenges of each day.(Donated by Jane Breuer in memory of Maurice Swinson)
7 Cross and flame The cross and flame was adopted as our UMC symbol when The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged and became The United Methodist Symbol in 1968.The cross represents Jesus Christ and the flame represents the Holy Spirit. The flame also reminds us of Pentecost (Acts 2:3). The two tongues of the flame also are a reminder of the union of the two denominations.(Donated by George and June Berry)
8 Cross and Bible The Cross and Bible are two ever-present symbols of our Christian faith. The cross represents our risen Christ and the Bible represents the book that contains the stories of our faith.(Donated by Tom and Patti Siebers)
9 Moses and the Bull Rushes Moses and the Bull Rushes represent the story of Moses as a baby. (Exodus 1; 2:1-10)(Donated by Nancy Stamey in honor of her parents, Curtiss and Helen Eddy)
10 Shell The Baptism Shell represents the sacrament of baptism.(Donated by Keith and Beulah Schilling, Curt and Jewel Clemetson, and Jan and Joy Billyards)
11 Marriage The Marriage Symbol represents the joining of two people in the sacrament of Marriage.(Donated by the Marriage Encounter Group)
12 Noah's ark Noah’s Ark represents the Old Testament story of Noah (Genesis 6-9) who was guided by God to build a vessel that would save Noah, his family and two of each of the animals in the world from a great flood.(Donated by Bob and Maggie Lewis in honor of their 11th anniversary)
13 Cup and loaf The Communion Elements of bread and wine along with a candle represent the sacrament of Communion.(Donated by John Breuer in memory of Dorothy Breuer)
14 Dove The descending dove represents the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus at his baptism (Luke 3:22) as a dove. It also represents when the dove returned to Noah with an olive branch in its beak revealing the end of God’s judgment on his people and the beginning of a new covenant with them (Genesis 8).(Donated by Lois Steblow)
15 Lamb of God The Lamb of God represents Jesus Christ, who was the sinless sacrifice offered by God to atone for our sins. The Lamb of God is represented in numerous stories in the Bible. (Isaiah 53:7, John 1:29, Revelation 7:10)(Donated by the Geigel Family in honor of Cliffford Geigel, Margaret Fields, Kathleen St. John, Stephen Geigel, Anne Geigel-Grams and Robin Grams)
16 Butterfly The Cross and Butterfly represent the resurrection of Christ. The butterfly is a symbol for change and transformation.(Donated by Joe and Nancy Lukonic)
17 Jesus and children Jesus and the Children represent the story in Matthew when Jesus reminded his disciples that children are just as important as anyone else. (Matthew 18:1-14; 19:13-15)(Donated by Jim and Lila Gorney)
18 Angel The Angel represents the angels or messengers of God who were sent to perform specific divine tasks.(Donated by Gary and Patti Chatham)