CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 2021

Caring for our Stained Glass

It’s the first thing you notice when you walk into the church.

When the sun shines through in just the right way, it takes your breath away.

The stained glass windows of St. Luke’s Church have been a prominent feature of our worship space since their installation in 1956. Designed by renowned artist Cecil Casebier, they continue to capture people’s imaginations, rewarding careful study and meditation. As a visual interpretation of the Apostles’ Creed, the windows that surround the nave and sanctuary are an important resource for teaching about the faith of the Church, and they are an incredible source of inspiration for all who come to worship at St. Luke’s Church.

 
 
 
 
 
 
“During a stained glass artists’ convention in San Antonio in summer of 2019,” the Rev. Irv Cutter remembers, “the participants took a tour of several stained glass installations around town. The place they were looking forward to visiting most was St. Luke’s. They were like kids in a candy store as they admired the beauty and the craftsmanship. Several took me aside and whispered to me, ‘You really need to be good stewards of these windows. Take good care of them.”

 

 
 
 
 
 

Examine the windows up close, and you’ll see dried mortar, chips in the glass, oxidation, and other issues that will only get worse over time.

From far away, the windows are spectacular. But when you examine them up close, the need for repairs and maintenance is very evident. Even though the windows are in substantially good shape, deterioration has begun, and now is the time for a comprehensive restoration, before they get any worse.

We have received three bids from professional stained glass restorers, all of whom have noted the need for reglazing, resealing, and repairs. They have identified several areas of concern, ranging from water stains due to condensation, oxidation, bulging of glass panels due to heat exposure, and even small holes in some of the glass.

Doing the work now will ensure that these beautiful artistic pieces will continue to inspire future generations.