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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Grand Ledge

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1912

Subject/Title of Window: Cross, Anchor, Flaming Heart

Brief Description of Subject: From the booklet, "First United Methodist Church, Grand Ledge, Michigan. Walking Tour Guide of the Stained Glass Windows," by C. Bernard Johnson (1994).
Mrs. B.S. Sprague was born in Chester Township, Eaton County, Michigan, December 26, 1842. After the death of her first husband, Levi Lazelle, she was united in marriage to Alfred D. Sprague. Mrs. Betsey Sprague came from a race of pioneers. Her people were noted for their earnest Christian life and occupied many influential positions. Among those form whom she descended were lawyers, doctors, ministers and statesmen. Betsey Sprague always lived in the vicinity of Grand Ledge, and all her life was identified with the work of the church. For over half a century she was a faithful member of the First Methodist Church of Grand Ledge, and was a teacher of one of the large adult classes at the time of her death. She departed this life on the evening of the 16th of May, 1921.
Mrs. Emma Brown was born in Ashewll, England and came to Michigan in 1864. Emma married Henry Brown of Eagle in 1869. Henry died in 1893 from taking Paris greens. Emma moved to Grand Ledge and ran a boarding house at 214 W. Jefferson Street. Mrs. Ruth Allen lived at her boarding house. Emma died in 1939 at the age of 86 years.

The flaming heart of God. God's heart is a heart of love and that love is renewed in the cross. The anchor is the old symbol of the cross. The rope would say hang on to me, hang on to God, hang on to Christ. The heart and flame can mean, the spirit of love. The flame in the old and new testament means God's spirit.

Inscriptions: Mrs. B.S. Sprague
Mrs. Emma Brown

Height: 4'7"

Width: 1'6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

Cross, Anchor, Flaming Heart
Cross, Anchor, Flaming Heart

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