BENEFITING: ST PAULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The oldest stained glass at St. Paul's Episcopal Church was imported from France in 1868. That and most of the other windows in Knox County's oldest church are at risk from decaying wood framing. The overall cost of repairs is over $143,485.00
Whew!! Because parishioners believe in the importance of these windows, a substantial amount of that has been raised internally. At the time of this writing the amount pledged totals, $95,070.22 But these windows are not just part of "a church" they are a significant part of the history of our community -and the world.
Why do these windows matter? As we look back into history, many people were illiterate. For many worshippers, the pictures and symbols in stained glass windows captured and held deep meaning -representing almost the strongest point of connection to their religion. Each image brought them closer to God whether or not they could read. These windows now serve as a reminder of those days, the history of this town AND the history of stained glass.
The need is urgent: we had started to repair one window nearly a year ago when we discovered that ALL of them were just barely held in place. The wood around each one, over 100 years old, has almost completely rotted away. Your contribution will help to put us over the top and complete this project. Follow the project as we proceed and track our progress!