Flooded Cedar Rapids Church's Window Moved to Dubuque

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The 2008 flood destroyed the Trinity United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids.

But when workers demolished the building in the spring of 2009, not everything was considered a loss.

Today that church's stained glass windows surround the new Hadley Chapel on the Campus of Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque,

Inside Hilcrest's new Hadley Chapel, crews are busy with last minute work before a weekend dedication ceremony.

But it's the historic windows that really have a story to tell.

Hillcrest Executive Director Gary Gansemer said, "The windows were totally taken apart, piece by piece. "

The window now placed directly behind the chapel's altar depicts Jesus in a garden during a difficult time.

Gansemer said, "Jesus is going through trial. He is worried about his future and that's so meaningful for our kids. "

Trinity Church Leaders donated the nine windows to Hillcrest with hopes people here would embrace their symbolism.

Gansemer said, "they knew if they just sold them to somebody they'd just end up in a restaurant some place or in somebody's home."

Services in the Hadley Chapel will be for Hilcrest residents only.

But Gansemer says anyone is welcome to visit and enjoy the windows.

Gansemer said, "we already have staff who asked if their daughters could be married here. We see this a place the community can come."

Hillcrest Family Services is holding a private chapel dedication ceremony this Sunday.

They'll host a public open house on Sunday October 21st from 10:30 to 1

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