About the Stained Glass Windows Project
Grace United Methodist Church recently repaired our beautiful stained glass windows. Read about how you can still be involved.
Our congregation is blessed to have a beautiful building to worship in, fellowship with our friends, and serve our community. The historic stained glass windows contribute significantly to the beauty of our facility. Though the windows look beautiful and intact from a distance, close inspection revealed that many glass pieces were cracked, support brackets were broken, and windows were beginning to bulge. Rather than wait for them to break, we took proactive action to address these issues.
The Trustees of GUMC investigated repairing and replacing the windows. The cost was found to be about $90,000 in either case. After much discussion and deliberation the Trustees decided, in consultation with the leadership and finance teams, to proceed with preserving our beautiful and historic stained glass windows. We contracted Willet-Hauser Architectural Glass of Winona, MN to do the work. This company is one of the oldest in the country, it is nationally recognized and has done restoration and repairing of stained glass windows nationwide since 1898.
This was a big commitment for our church and the financial responsibility fell primarily on our congregation. We initiated a capital campaign to raise the funds needed to cover the cost of the project. Each member prayerfully considered an additional generous donation to the church to designate to the Stained Glass Window Project. This website describes various ways you can help us protect our stained glass windows.