Archive for Thursday, July 2, 2009

Crossroads United Methodist Church

July 2, 2009

Last Sunday, June 28, Ada and I went to the Open House of the Crossroads United Methodist Church formerly at 107 E. Kay St. and now at 101 East Gillman Road. We took a tour and marveled at the transformation and changes they had made to this building.

It is their first move since 1891. When the new minister, the Rev. Wayne Castle, came in 2007, they had already purchased 21 acres on West Mary but decided not to build there when they found the building on the corner of Highway 7 and Gillman Road to be for sale. Since it was in such a prominent and visible location, along with being a good size, they purchased it and renovated it. They now have a beautiful new church that I know they are all proud of. It is much larger than it appears and they have so much room to work with. I think the design is lovely.

Strangely enough, I got a phone call last Friday from Laura at our Lansing Museum. She told me she had just received a packet of communication letters between the Lansing Methodist Episcopal Church and the St. Joseph Art Glass Company, designers of stained glass windows. This was dated 1926. The church at 107 E. Kay had ordered eight stained glass windows for a total of $420. The sash and windows were ordered from the Goodjohn Sash and Door Company in Leavenworth.

The remarkable thing about all this is that a man named E.C. Landis, who was the treasurer of the church, wrote the letters ordering the windows on the Kansas State Penitentiary letterhead. A member of the congregation, Mrs. H. E. Blochburger, wrote many handwritten letters that were included in this packet. Mrs. Blochburger wanted to name one of the windows for her 17-year-old daughter, Virginia Lee, who had died in 1928.

This packet somehow has been at the School of the Ozarks in Missouri for many years. Someone there thought it should be returned to Lansing and because of the letterhead it was sent to Correctional Facility, which in turn gave it to our museum.

I feel the new location will cause their congregation to continue to grow. We have been friends for many years.

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