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Stained glass provides a window to Creston history

The stained glass windows at First United Methodist Church on Elm Street in Creston will be part of the discussion of symbolism in the church and the history of the church in Creston 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
The stained glass windows at First United Methodist Church on Elm Street in Creston will be part of the discussion of symbolism in the church and the history of the church in Creston 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

As part of the Sesquicentennial celebration in Creston, Creston Historic Preservation Commission will be having a presentation called “The History of the Methodist Church and the Symbolism of the Stained Glass Windows,” by Jane Briley. The presentation will be 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St.

The Methodist church was the first to organize Sunday school classes and later sermons in Creston after its start in 1869, even without its own church building. During the program the history, architecture, and prominent people in the community will be emphasized, showing how a church can begin and change in a growing community such as Creston.

In 1932, the church building at the corner of West Howard and North Elm streets burned. It was a tough time for a church to find the money to rebuild with the depression and the dust bowl days. New stained glass windows were ordered and plans were worked out to buy the windows that represented symbolism for Christian religion.

The second part of the program will be a study of these symbols in glass. The program is open to the public and is not meant to be religious in nature but more historical and artistic in nature. The symbolism in the stained glass is universal to all Christian religions. Call 641-202-8734 for more information.

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