There are 16 stained glass windows in the Sanctuary
that were designed and constructed
by members and friends of PUMC
between 1989 - 1997.
Nancy Mount designed all except the small window below the Good Shepherd and the one below the Crucifixion,
which were designed by Rev. Hallock Mohler.
A stained glass class was formed to construct the windows under the guidance of Nancy Mount, assisted by Betty Beck.
The class met weekly throughout construction.
The first window, "The Triumphant Entry", was installed in July 1989. The last window, "The Annunciation", was installed in January 1997.
The main windows illustrate the Life of Christ in 8 pictorial and 8 scripture windows as follows:
1. “And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there is no end.” ~Luke 1:33
2. The Annunciation: The window reminds us of God’s presence and power sending the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce that she would give birth to the Savior.
The stars are created from faceted crystals which refract winter sunlight into rainbows in the Sanctuary.
3. “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.” ~Luke 2:14
4. The Nativity: This happy scene represents God’s son coming to earth. The center of the star contains a leaded crystal chosen so that the rainbow hues from it will be reflected in our Sanctuary. The lower window’s twelve point Star stands for the twelve tribes of Israel and also the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to be His followers.
5. “I indeed have baptized you with water, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” ~Mark 1:8
6. The Baptism of Jesus: Depicts Jesus coming to John the Baptist to be immersed in the River Jordan (look closely for a rock from the River Jordan). The lower window scallop denotes baptism. The three drops of water are for the Trinity.
7. “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” ~ John 10:11
8. The Good Shepherd: The twelve sheep gathered around Jesus represent the twelve tribes of Israel. In the background, you will see mountains. Many times Jesus preached, prayed and taught from mountains. To the lower left is a thorn bush bearing fruit. In the lower window, below the mountains is the Sea of Galilee where Jesus spent his boyhood. The Shepherd’s Crook symbolizes Chi Rho (the oldest monogram for Jesus Christ).
9. “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord” ~John 2:13
10. Palm Sunday/The Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem: Jesus is pictured entering through the gates of Jerusalem seated on a donkey. Palms leaves were waved by the children and adults as they happily greeted our Lord. There is a boy running ahead, laying his garment in Jesus’ path.
11. “Father, if though be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” ~Luke 22:42
12. Garden of Gethsemane: After eating the Passover meal with his disciples, Jesus and His apostles walked to the Garden of Gethsemane. There, while Jesus agonized in prayer, the disciples fell asleep. You can see the Roman soldiers coming to arrest Jesus. In the lower window, INRI is the Latin inscription for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. The chalice and Cross stand for Jesus obeying God’s will for His life.
13. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” ~Luke 23:34
14. Crucifixion: Jesus was forced to carry His own heavy wooden cross to Golgotha (or Calvary). Before He was nailed to the cross, He was stripped of His clothing. There were three nails used for crucifixion; one for each hand and one through both feet (look closely and you can see the nails placed in the window as well as the crown of thorns). The soldiers placed a crown on Christ’s head and mockingly saluted him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Mark 15:16-18).
The lower window altar indicates Sacrifice. The brightness of the area shows the “light”, God’s presence, and the flame symbolizes the Spirit of God.
15. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations: Lo, I am with you always, even onto the end of the world.” ~Matt: 28:19 & 20
16. The Resurrection: Jesus Christ is represented here as the triumphant lamb of God who died for our sins and rose again to triumph over death. The white pennant with the red cross represents the Body of Christ, crucified for our salvation. The lower window depicts the stone rolled away from the tomb where Jesus was lain.