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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Friendship Christian Reformed Church

Artist Name: Maria Orr

City: Byron Center

Window Shape: 4 (rounded or rose window)

Date of Window: 1998

Subject/Title of Window: Sunbursts

Brief Description of Subject: From brochure "The Stained Glass Windows of Friendship Christian Reformed Church."
Inspired by a picture of the "Rose Window" built in 1883, the design was modified somewhat and new colors were chosen. The outside circle represents the fellowship of believers, joined in their service to God. The white band symbolizes the working of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives. The amber circle represents the power of Christ's love through His church. The center blue star signifies the hope of the resurrection. The pale green in the center of the window symbolizes God's mark on us through Baptism, radiating out to the circle of believers.

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.  Acts 20:28

A word from the artists...
We consider it a privilege to have been asked to design and build six stained glass windows for Friendship Church's new facility. We thank our families and friends for the support they have shown during the past nine months while we spent many hours researching, sketching, cutting, grinding, leading, and mudding. We thank Maria Orr for her expertise in finalizing our designs and for the glass paintings she so skillfully rendered for each of the figures. Most of all we thank God for the gift of His Son, which was our ultimate inspiration throught this project.
Cheryl Alles & Kathy Vander Stel

Height: 6'

Width: 6'

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

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