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Windows_of_Grace_cover.jpg"Windows of Grace" book makes it debut in December

The stained glass windows bring heavenly colors of light into the Grace sanctuary, and they surround us with stories that tell the good news of God’s faithfulness. You can get a closer look at the windows and learn more about the imagery, symbols, and story of each one in the new book “Windows of Grace.”

“Windows of Grace” has been more than three years in the making. Grace member Kathryn Brewer, a graphic designer, was the project manager. She says, “The windows tell the Gospel through the biblical story each illustrates. It's important to know what the story is for each window, so we can think about the deeper meanings of these biblical truths in our lives.”

The idea for an inspirational book based on the windows came from Grace’s retired Parish Nurse MaryBeth Buschmann and Property Manager Dan Muriello. Dan had information in his files that he wanted to share with the congregation, such as details on the original donors, the dates of installation, and comments on the imagery in the windows from Otto Geiseman, pastor at Grace from 1922–1963.
Only the Rose Window, high above the altar, was in place when the Grace sanctuary was dedicated in 1931. Pastor Emeritus Dean Lueking’s introduction to the book describes the excitement around the installation and unveiling of the windows between 1942 and 1948, stories he heard from Grace members when he arrived in the 1950s.

“Windows of Grace” contains photos of every window in the sanctuary, the historical details about each one, a related scripture verse and notes from Pastor Geiseman. In addition, writers from today’s Grace community have written stories to accompany each window, making the stories live with imaginative and accessible texts.

The book is the work of 28 enthusiastic contributors—writers, editors, proofreaders, and photographers. “People were really enthusiastic about doing the writing,” says Kathryn. “Everybody’s writing comes from a slightly different angle, I think it’s exciting to have so many different voices. That’s a strength of the book—contributions from so many people within the Grace family.”

Kathryn’s brother, Jonathan Hillert, took many of the photographs, along with Al Swanson and Sarah Brewer, Kathryn’s daughter. Photos by Ernie Tiemann that capture the patterns of colored light from the windows on the sanctuary walls are used throughout the book as section dividers. There’s also information on the history of stained glass windows in churches and on how the windows were constructed.

The book is available for only $20. You can look at sample copies and pre-order it in the Grace atrium beginning Nov. 30. Or email Kathryn Brewer (kathryn@brewer-com.com). Finished copies of the book will be available by mid-December. There’s a limited print-run, so it would be wise to order a copy before they sell out.