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All of the windows in the sanctuary of the Keystone United Methodist Church were fabricated by the Thomas J. Gaytee Studios of Minneapolis, Minnesota and installed in 1926. The designers are currently unknown but the windows were probably designed by Gaytee himself. However, at least one of the windows is clearly based on art that was created in another format prior to the creation of these windows. The I come a light into the world window is an example of a design based on another art source. (See below)
The northern and southern sides of the sanctuary contain four sets of three-paneled windows. The central panels feature Christ at important moments in his life, while the panels on either side each exhibit a shield containing symbols representing attributes of a gospel writer or an apostle. The first windows toward the east on both the north and south walls, those nearest the altar and the Ascension Window, contain shields of the gospel writers. Above each of the three main panels are two vertical, non-figurative windows. At the top and bottom of each side panel the designer has placed a cross within a circle, a recurring motif in all of the windows throughout the church. The redemption of Jesus is represented by the cross, and eternal life by the circle. Thus each of the eight large windows actually is comprised of nine independent “lights” or windows.
The following information about the windows in The Keystone United Methodist Church is based in large part on Worship Through Our Windows, a publication prepared by the church. I am also deeply indebted to Jim Mordy, a longtime member of the church who assisted in the collection of information for this study.
“Other windows may be more intricate in design, but few anywhere surpass them in the warm beauty of their colors, and the suggestiveness of their symbols.”
Note: The windows in the Keystone United Methodist Church plan are numbered consecutively from the Ascension Window (O) behind the altar space and then Left (L) or Right (R) facing the altar. Ground floor windows are numbered 1-99.Windows at the rear of the sanctuary are indicated with the letter “F.” On the next level, in the balcony and stair wells, windows are numbered from 100-199. Windows in the stairwell are indicated with the letter “S.” Windows in the Community room and hall areas are indicated with the letter “C.”
The windows on the South Side from the front are: (R1) I Ascend to My Father; (R2) Behold the Man; (R3) O Thou of Little Faith; and (R4) I Am a Light Unto the World.
In the Center Front: (O) Is the grand Ascension Window in the English perpendicular style.
The windows on the North Side from the front are: (L1) They Shall Call His Name Emmanuel; (L2) They Found Him in the Temple; (L3) Suffer the Children to Come Unto Me; and (L4) Come Unto Me.
On the south balcony stairwell is a double-paned window (S1 ) Let the Children Come Unto Me and (S2) Verily I Say Unto You. Two additional non-figurative windows (S3) and (S4) are also in this stairwell.
There are numerous non-figurative windows throughout the church building.
Six triple-paned non-figurative windows (F1-6) are at the rear of the Sanctuary, along with eight double-paned windows (F201-208) of the same design which are at the rear of the Sanctuary balcony.
An additional ?? non-figurative windows (C1-??) are located in the community room and in other locations.
(See the attached floor plan for the church.)
A description of the windows in Keystone United Methodist Church follows:
East Wall (O)
The Ascension Window
The magnificent Ascension Window fills the east wall of the church sanctuary. The three upper designs represent the Trinity. The open hand on the left symbolizes God, the descending dove in the center indicates the Holy Spirit, and, on the right, the lamb with the banner of victory stands for the Lamb of God and the sacrifice of the lamb of Calvary. There is a crown above the head of Jesus representing his sovereignty and his victory. Below the crown are alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, meaning Jesus is the first and the last. Lower on either side are lilies, which stand for purity and innocence. The Easter lily represents the resurrection of Jesus. The circle, the square and the cross appear in various forms and are present in numerous locations throughout the window (and throughout the church). In the center is the Risen Christ being watched from below by his apostles.
North Wall (L)
First window (L1)
And They Shall Call His Name Emmanuel
Left Panel: The eagle “is the emblem of John because his gospel expresses the divinity of Christ in language that soars to the very throne of heaven.”
Central Panel: Mary with the infant Jesus.
Right panel: The winged lion represents Mark “who opened his gospel by describing John the Baptist as the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
In memory of my mother, Mrs. Sophia Adams, by Mrs. H. L. Laitner
Second Window (L2)
They Found Him in the Temple
Left Panel: Matthias, who was chosen to take the place of Jesus, is said to have been stoned and then beheaded after missionary work in Judea. In this shield the open book represents his faith, the stones the manner of his death.
Central Panel: Jesus as a youth teaching in the Temple. The book represents the law and the red rose, a foreshadowing of his martyrdom.
Right Panel: James the less, is remembered with a fuller’s bat, a saw, and a fish on top of a book. This shield recalls his martyrdom.
In memory of my mother, Mrs. Louise Wahrenbrock, by O. A. Wahrenbrock.
Third Window (L3)
Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me
Central Panel: Jesus greeting and holding the children. He says The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Right Panel: Thomas: The carpenter’s square and a vertical spear represent this apostle. He is the patron saint of builders. The spear reflects the manner of his death by a pagan priest.
Given in loving memory of Leone Elizabeth Arneson, by her parents Louis and Myrtle Arneson, and her brother and sister, Clifford and Aileen.
Fourth Window (L4)
Left Panel: Simon, the Canaanite, and the companion of Jude on his missionary journeys, is represented in his shield by the saw, said to reflect the manner of his death, being sawn asunder or beheaded.
Central Panel: Christ and the lily.
Right Panel: Thaddaeus, also called Jude, traveled with Simon on his missionary journeys. The square and the boat hook in his shield represent his travels and work in building for the Church.
In memory of my mother, Mrs. Anna Barbara Laitner, By Mr, H. L. Laitner
First Window (R1)
Left Panel: Matthew, for whom the winged man represents the apostle who began his gospel by tracing the human descent of Jesus and continually stressed his manhood.
Central Panel: Jesus with Mary Magdalene. He says to her Do not hold me…Go to my brothers and say to them I ascend….
Right Panel: Luke, for whom the winged ox represents the atoning sacrifice of Christ.
Given in memory of Elizabeth Graham Denslow, Mother, by F. M. Denslow
Second Window (R2)
Left Panel: Peter, whose shield includes the inverted cross, depicting the manner of his martyrdom, and the keys, representing the comment of Jesus about the keys of the kingdom being committed to Peter and the Church on earth.
Central Panel: Ecce Homo When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to the people Behold, here is the man…
Right Panel: Andrew, whose shield includes two crossed fish, recalling Andrew’s original occupation and his call to become a fisher of men.
In memory of my mother, Martha Lobings Lewis, by Franklin Fillmore Lewis
Third Window (R3)
O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt
Left Panel: James, whose shield depicts a wallet, an escallop shell and a staff, all representing a pilgrimage.
Middle Panel: Jesus with Peter during the storm.
Right Panel: Matthew, whose martyrdom was being crucified and beheaded with a battle ax, is represented by symbols of his martyrdom and a book signifying his devotion.
Given in memory of my beloved husband, Joseph Clay LaTour,
by Mrs. Elizabeth E. LaTour
Fourth Window (R4)
Left Panel: John, whose symbol is the chalice of poison out of which issues a serpent, is based on the attempt to slay him, but from which the Lord spared him.
Center Panel: Jesus as the one knocking at the door waiting to be greeted by one who lets him in.
Right Panel: Philip, whose symbols in this shield include a basket, the patriarchal cross, a slender cross and a spear, was stoned, crucified and run through with a spear.
In memory of husband and father, Dr. Charles W. Pyle,
by Mrs. Charles W. Pyle, Katherine and Charles
The “A Light Into the World” widow is an excellent example of the use of a previously created work of art as the source for the window’s figural element.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
The window’s figurative element is clearly based on a painting by William Holman Hunt.
The Light of the World (1853–54) is an allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20. According to Hunt: “I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject.” The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing “the obstinately shut mind”. Hunt, 50 years after painting it, felt he had to explain the symbolism. (From Wikipedia)
In the stairwell:
Verily I Say Unto You He That
Believeth in Me…(right)
In loving memory of Samuel Merle De Camp by Mrs. Samuel De Camp And Children
17 (?) non-figurative windows such as these are in the community room:
Additional windows are in the stairwell to the balcony and in the small rooms off the main sanctuary.