If I had to choose between worshipping in a modern church building or in a sanctuary that has been around for years, I would typically opt for the vintage. I appreciate the architecture, the artisanship, the craftsmanship and the sense of reverence that abide in the church buildings of yesteryear.
But sometimes, just sometimes, when a congregation constructs a new house of worship, they get it right, as did Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Courtland.
When the new church was built several years ago, stained glass windows, pews, the altar, even the 100-plus-year-old pipe organ and more from the old church were incorporated into the new structure.
The result is a stunning reflection of the congregation’s past.
My forefathers, the Bode family, who helped found Immanuel 150 years ago, would be pleased with the forethought that went into planning this more functional, yet historically beautiful, church.
© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling