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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: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1912

Subject/Title of Window: Dove and Olive Branch

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).
The window located at the rear of the sanctuary was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. V.W. Hoag. They resided at 607 Park Street in Grand Ledge. Van Wyck Hoag was a highly respected citizen who resided in the city for forty six years. Practically all the time he was a member of The Methodist Church and was also a life member of The Odd Fellows. He was at one time a supervisor, and for years a janitor at the high school. Mr. Hoag was Sunday Superintendent for over 12 years. In 1912 the Sunday School had 150 members. He was also secretary for the Board of Stewards. Mr. Hoag lived to the age of 83 years, passing away in 1934.

Elizabeth Gidley Hoag was born in Woodbury, Ohio. She lived in Grand Ledge for 42 years passing away in 1930 at 75 years. They were the parents of Frances M. Hoag who along with is wife donated a window. The Hoag's granddaughter is Thursa Smith, Mrs. Glen Smith, who is a member of the church. Thursa was born the day of the dedication, June 9, 1912, and her birth was announced at the evening session.

This is the symbol of the Dove with the olive branch in its mouth. This comes from the old testament, GENESIS 8, VERSE 11, "WHEN THE DOVE WAS RELEASED BY NOAH, WENT OUT AND FOUND AN OLIVE BRANCH, WHICH INDICATED TO NOAH THAT THE WATERS WERE RECEDING." Behind this Dove there is a radiancy in the light, with rays coming out. This indicates that this is a double symbol. One representing Christ, with the rays of light, and the other, the olive leaf or branch, representing Christ as the peace maker. The Dove has been seen in the old and new testaments and is historically known as the bird of peace.

Inscriptions: Mr. and Mrs. V.W. Hoag

Condition of Window: Fair

Height: 6'10"

Width: 2'11"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

Dove and Olive Branch
Dove and Olive Branch

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