Memorial window will feature in church’s anniversary service

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>A look at the new stained-glass window behind the pulpit inside a Big Lots house of worship.</p>

A stained-glass window installed at the Northwest United Baptist Church in Big Lots will be dedicated in memory of a pair of beloved departed parishioners during a special anniversary service in November.

Rev. Dr. Randy Crozsman, the son-in-law of Myrtis and Aubrey Berringer, will take part in the dedication during the church's 211th birthday on November 1, which involves prayer and recognition of major contributors to the window project. Other members of the Berringer family are also expected to be in attendance.

Aubrey Berringer died in 2017; Myrtis in 2019. They were much-loved long-serving members of the church family, deacon John Klaas told LighthouseNOW.

Aubrey served as deacon, Sunday school superintendent and choir member. Myrtis was a church clerk and choir member for many years.

"They worked very hard for anything the church was doing," Klaas said. "They were always there to help and were an example to us all in terms of living out the Christian faith. They were just delightful people."

The church, located off the Big Lots Road, was contacted by the Berringer family who wanted to do something to memorialize the couple, who did virtually every job in the house of worship.

Through a generous donation by the family, a stained-glass window was installed in the summer, replacing the middle section of the gothic windows behind the pulpit.

"We gave the glass pieces away to church members who were interested," Klaas said. Three pieces went to the three members of the congregation who asked for them, he said.

A West LaHave stained glass business and an Ontario glass artist worked to complete the window.

Sue Obata designed and stained the glass for the featured pictures, one for each panel. Sattler's Stained Glass Studio completed the job factoring-in Obata's artwork.

"The work is meticulously done using hand-blown glass for the vibrant colours and 150 year old European glass for the pastel shades," Klaas indicated, noting each piece of glass was individually handled more than 20 times during the process.

The new window has two panels, each containing a 50-centimetre circle with a bible in one, and a cross in the other. The kite at the top depicts a dove. The entire window is two-and-a-half metres tall and about a metre wide.

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