Hidden behind a balcony for over forty years, the recent renovation of First United Methodist Church, 1903 E. Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights, revealed this amazing two story faceted stained-glass triptych, which is now the colorful backdrop of each Sunday celebration. Created by artist John E. Bera, then of Chicago, a soaring flowered cross is surrounded by rich symbols of biblical stories and codes of the early Christian Church.
On Sunday, April 15th at 9:30am, lead pastor, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Beckonchrist’s morning reflection, “Window on the Word” will invite parishioners to discover the messages within the glass. “Historically, the church has been a patron of the arts,” said Beckonchrist. “When people now walk into the sanctuary, the color and light takes their breath away. When they sit down and look, they are awed by the beauty and creativity which leads to an awe of the Creator. Long before bibles and literacy were common place, people could “read” artistic renditions of biblical truths. The same is true today.”
The public is invited to worship Sundays at 9:30am.