Meet our Stained Glass Artisans!
Jim Erickson and Annalee Jones
We simply have THE BEST stained glass artisan team on the island! For the past 40 years, Jim Erickson has specialized in church window design and restoration with a studio on the North Shore. His knowledge and experience in the field are vast. He is our stained glass consultant and the one who worked with us in designing the new and improved window. A colored pencil rendition of it currently resides in the church office. Annalee Jones is the fabricator of our new window. Her studio, Glass Rainbows, is on the windward side. Annalee has an art background and entered the world of stained glass in 1995. She quickly became known for her meticulously crafted, beautiful work. Both Jim and Annalee consider the way their partnership for this project evolved to be, well, divinely guided! Are we surprised? :)
These are the blues!
Blue is just one color in the window....no, that's not right! "Blue" is many colors in the window as you can see from the samples below. In addition, there is the center cross which will remain red as well as the browns and grays of the rock on which the cross stands and other colors that will be used in the composition. Some of the glass in the original altar window will be used to make a unique and special touch--a ti plant at the base of the cross.
The replacement of this altar window is an emergency project, the need for which was discovered after our construction contract went out to bid. We are very, very blessed, with the original altar window being a gift from the Kong family in memory of Rev. Kong's father, that the descendants of Rev. Kong as well as the Kau and Liu families are gifting St. Peter's with this window in gratitude for their faithful family members who loved and were dedicated to this church. What a gorgeous tribute, and huge gratitude from us!
In memory and honor of lifelong members Samuel P.K. Liu, Sarah Kau Kong and Christopher S.C. Kong, and The Rev. Ernest Kau, brother of Sarah. Chris was the son of Rev. Kong, and Samuel and Sarah served as a team at St. Peter's, Samuel as a long time treasurer and Sarah as a long time secretary. The ti plant rising from the rock is constructed of glass harvested from the original altar window.
Get used to this entrance!
This is an important place!!
These are the bathrooms! Yes, plural. Enter through the door and you're in a little hallway.
Open the first door and you are in the ADA accessible bathroom. Open the second door and you are in small room with toilet and sink. Open the third door to your right as you walk in and you are in another bathroom (3 new bathrooms!!!) with a changing table for those babies!
(Actually, the ADA accessible bathroom will have a changing table, too.)
We sang our alleluias and basked in the resurrection light. We had conquered the journey of Lent and Holy Week! Yet one more journey is ahead we are to conquer... RENOVATION!
Renovation has now begun on the sanctuary and other areas of the complex and our liturgies are being held in the parish hall. Will we have the strength to endure no organ, no beautiful stained glass, kneelers, and everything else that makes our liturgy special? Can we endure the "hall" experience and yet be as one in Christ? We've been reminded that the church is not the building but it is the people.
At the end of the 3 months (or so), I will be the first to run in the sanctuary and play the organ and wonderful grand piano. I will be so excited to worship in our space again. And yet, I am enjoying the hall experience. The people... the church... are talking to those they might not have before. The choir is closer to the congregation and singing has been heightened. The incredible people at St. Peter's continue to ensure that Christ is present in our liturgies and in each other.
Through the next few months, my question will be how to capture this elevation of singing and bring it to the sanctuary when we return. What will we be able to do to heighten the music ministry? The thoughts enter my reflections but for now, we must continue to bask in the light of the resurrection. We must continue to worship and see God in all. We must continue and we must carry on.
"Come let us praise the living God, joyfully sing to our Savior. Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to his Name." - #178, Hymnal 1982.
St. Peter's in Scaffolding
Anyone want to climb to the top? Now's your chance!