Original Post, 7/23/2011
The picture of Jesus and the Lambs I have included above represents to me one of my fondest memories of the old First Methodist Church building that I remember best. Although this picture of a stained glass window is not one of the windows from that original building, it is the closest depiction of that window I have ever seen. When I found this little postcard it brought back such sweet memories of Sunday morning services as a child, gazing up into the serene face of Jesus as He cradled the lamb in His arms and carried it to a place of safety. I can honestly say that this was the first impression of Jesus that I can remember...and it has often given me comfort. As a matter of fact, it was this vision of Christ that came to my heart this past week as I wrote in a previous blog entitled, "My Father's Cane", which was written about my father, Bill Mursch, whom many of you will know and remember from his days as a former member of Tavares FUMC. As a matter of fact, we held his memorial service in your current beautiful sanctuary just a very short time ago. http://pamelasopenwindow.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-fathers-cane.html. (in May of 2011)
If anyone has any good color photographs of those beautiful stained glass windows from the old original church, I would love to have a copy. I know we all mourned the loss of those magnificent windows when the former "new church" was so tragically lost to fire several years ago. As I recall, the other window was of the "Ascension of Christ" up into the clouds... (see Acts 1: 9-11) and I often pondered over that vision so many times in my childhood and youth...wondering just what it would be like to be "caught up into the clouds" with Jesus someday...a day which could be closer than we think.
|Rev. Ed Montfort - 1960|
|Steve Sperry in front of Chapel at MYF Camp -1965|
|Rev. Dick Knight - 1965 and|
then below....at my sister Doris'
wedding in 1966-----
|Our wedding, Aug. 16, 1969- Rev. Randall Parsons on far right with|
Organist Louise Caldwell on far left, and soloist, Carolyn Parsons (Campbell) next to her!
Thank you to Mrs. Bunny Rapalje for her faithful picture taking of almost every event of my life!!! Perhaps you will find yourself or one of your friends in some of these classic vintage pictures!
|VBS - 1958|
|Sunday School 1957|
|Children's Choir - 1958|
And then there was the wonderful Children's Choir directed by Mrs. Venona Jones, a retired preacher's wife.
You see, one cannot simply sum up early Christian teaching in just one blog. My life was so impacted by the people, the music, the preaching, the teaching, the youth groups, the Sunday School classes, the Vacation Bible Schools...that I went on to become a preacher's wife myself! So much of what I learned at Tavares Methodist Church became an integral part of my spiritual growth and development...and God took those seeds, planted and caused them to grow and blossom into mature Christianity...a way of life and a Christ-centered relationship that I have shared with so many others throughout the years...only God knows for certain what impact and how far reaching those early impressions have made on the lives of those with whom I have been privileged to know.
Thank you, Members of Tavares First United Methodist Church, both old and new, for your part in the transformation of my life!
May God continue to richly bless your church as it continues to follow in the footsteps of Jesus...the "Church at the Crossroads where the Cross Lights the Way..." (or something to that effect I recall was the theme when the church moved to its present location)