Messiah Lutheran Church
Charles City, IA
Contract signing: This church building started out as a mission church with a worship area that doubled as a fellowship hall. Originally windows were donated to the front of the church but after some time there was a desire for a window design that would be somewhat more expressive. An idea was developed to design a window plan that could begin next to where the old design ended and then transition into a window with a flowing design that ended in a sunburst.
The first panels were very much like the older panels where they met near a support beam at the center of the nave. The window design is repeated on each side of the church until the design meets and culminates in the sunburst which means Easter and resurrection to them. While the appeal of this window design is best presented with the panels lined up consecutively, end to end, one can get the general idea from these pictures. While the altar area begins with a relatively formal and somewhat traditional approach, the middle of the window is highly abstract and open to various interptretations. The back window ending in the sunburst is at once symbolic, abstract, traditional, and contemporary. One goal of the design was to represent various styles so that there would be appeal spanning the generations. They were very pleased with the end result.