Here is what the church brochure says about this beautiful historic church...
"It is older than the telegraph, the telephone, the automobile, the electric light bulb and the airplane...like a sentinel on watch, since 1879."
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As I approach the church, I look up at the bell tower. I can feel a tightness in my throat as I see the steeple cross, reaching high towards the clouds.
Written on the historical marker are the words, "It is an excellent example of an open plan Gothic church with a central bell tower."
The rose design window, above the pointed arch doors, takes center stage. The dedication year is shown in the window frame.
As I step inside, the sun is shining through the rose window, casting light on the wooden Cross.
Looking up, I see the rope to the bell tower. The brochure tells me the bell has engraved, in German, the words of Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all yea that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
The bell has been rung for 13 decades, at the beginning of each service. It has rung joyously for weddings and somberly for funerals. Other occasions it has rung, have been the declaration wars, fires in the community, and other significant events in the world.
It also rang somberly, according to the brochure, on September 11, 2001 following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC.
Opening the door, my eyes were immediately drawn to the altar, where you see a brightly colored stained glass window.
I was very late arriving, but I did manage to buy some home-made treats. I was reminded by a very friendly woman, that next year, I need to arrive around 8am. It seems there is a line waiting to get in early.
Hmmmm....if it's good enough for Santa's reindeers, it's good enough for me to eat!
And so, another Saturday, in my wonderful part of the world I call home....
Come on over, and let's sample all the treats...
The church is breathtaking...I would have like to sit awhile. Country Christmas fairs are the best!ReplyDelete
Good Morning Jane.. I agree with you on both counts. You know, there is another church bazaar today!ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots of the church! I love it!ReplyDelete
Hi Brian...Most of the churches I photograph are in very small communities, or out on the prairie, sitting in a pasture of grass.Delete
Lovely photos Meggie, the church is so beautiful and you got some fab makes XReplyDelete
Hi Anne...This time of year you can find at least one bazaar each week end...and, sometimes two or three. It is great fun and a way to meet new people in my community.Delete
Thank you for sharing this little bit of peace and quiet.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you noticed the tranquility of the church...Delete
You live in a lovely corner of the world - thank you for sharing these pictures with us. JxReplyDelete
Hello Jan...I hope this is a better day for your mom.Delete
Country Fairs are so Americana and you've capture all the beauty and of this magnificent church, XOXOReplyDelete
Hi Susan...it is the best time of year with all the church bazaars we seem to have each weekend.Delete
Beautiful, breathtaking those photo's. That white church and those impressing clouds.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment at my place, I so enjoy reading blogs, and looking photo's, seeing other corners of the world in the way one who lives there experiences them. That's the main reason I started my blog. Groetjes, Gerda