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Stained Glass Beauty


by Pamela Kay Schmalenberger,
Marion Daily Republican
April 1, 2009

Herrin, Ill. — Trinity Lutheran Church in Herrin saw the beauty of a project that was 12 years in the making on Wednesday.

After a remodeling project in 1997, Trinity Lutheran, made a change to the windows above the pulpit in the hopes that they would one day be able to afford a stained glass window. Yesterday, Pastor Michael Henson, was there when they put up the $40,000 window.

"Its been a long time coming," said Henson," but things in the church go slow."

A small congregation of about 75 regular Sunday attendees raised the majority of the money in the last two years.

"One of the congregation members came to me and said, I'm going to be dead by the time we get this thing up," laughed Henson." So that's when I really decided to go for it."

The window scene shows the burning bush, representing the Father; the baptism of Christ, representing the Son; and the Day of Pentecost, representing the Holy Spirit.

There is a few small corrections to be made to the window, but it will be displayed as is until the Willet-Hauser company can arrange for adjustments to be made.