As you come into the church, have you noticed the sun glinting through Christmas-themed “stained glass windows” in the library and offices?  Or you may notice them after dark when the lights are on in the building.

These windows were created last year for the Road to Bethlehem drive through event.  They were the idea of Audrey Henningson and Diane Dodge. 

The windows themselves came from a house in north Minnesota.  When the pandemic began in March 2020, it coincided with the timing of the youth signing up with a mission trip to work on houses in Appalachia.  Because of Covid, the trip was canceled.  Instead, high school youth and adults from Prince of Peace spent a week rehabbing a home in our own community, partnering with St. Luke’s Lutheran in Bloomington and getting to know the homeowner.  When these storm windows were going to be discarded, Pastor Betsy offered to take them for some future project.

A few months later, in planning for a Covid-friendly drive through event, Audrey and Diane came up with the idea of turning them into “stained glass” Christmas scenes.  A variety of media were used including painting on glass and modge podging colored tissue paper.  The 9 windows include Baby Jesus, shepherds, wisemen, angel, and Christmas star.

Last year the windows were initially outside and lit from behind.  Now they adorn the library and office windows to welcome visitors to the building.