Presbyterian Church Tries to Save Stain Glass Window

By KBJR News 1

March 30, 2013 Updated Mar 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Many businesses, homes and churches are still feeling the effects of the floods that ripped through them in June, but for one Duluth church the damage was too much.

While The Westminster Presbyterian will be destroyed, some have hopes of at least salvaging a piece of it; a 35 foot long 15 foot high stained glass window

"When it was installed it was 8,200, the artist told me a few weeks ago the current value of the window if it were to be rebuilt would be around 60,000 dollars," said Paul Rigstand who is on the Church's Finance and Facilities Commission.

"We would hate to see it just go to waste, it was installed in 1980 and if it can't be used in a way that we have been using it if there is an artist that would be interested in repurposing the glass we would be interested in talking with whoever that may be," said Jean Abramson, Clerk of the Governing Board for Westminster.

A culvert which runs under the church ruptured during the flood last June which caused the basement to fill with five feet of water.

The damage rendered the building unusable and will be demoloshed come early summer.

The congregation hopes to find someone who sees some potential for the window, otherwise it will also be destroyed.

"We would like someone to make good use of that window if at all possible, it has a lot of meaning for us and we think it would have a lot of meaning for somebody else," said Rigstad.

"Jesus is the central figure in the window and if you notice he doesn't have any feet, and the message conveyed is that we as members of this congregation are his hands and feet in the world today. So it portrays many different cultures but the message is the same for all," said Abramson.

The congregation is meeting with the city on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the church.

They will also be having an auction for the window and other valuables inside it on April 20th.

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