Saving Our Stained Glass

Many of the historic stained-glass windows of First Church DeLand, originally built in 1883, are in urgent need of repairs.

An expert recently inspected the Methodist church’s stained glass and found many windows must be fixed immediately or the integrity of the window could fail. The church in Downtown DeLand was dedicated in 1883 and expanded in 1920s.

Most critical were repairs to the church’s large window, showing the Ascension of Jesus with an angel on each side.

Stained-glass expert Bob Froyen arrived in May 2024 to restore the Ascension window, replacing rotten wood in the window frame, repairing the reinforcement bars for strength, and more.

The Ascension window and many others were created by noted stained glass artist Joseph V. Llorens Sr. (1890-1984) and added in the1920s. Froyen, who made the recent repairs, worked with Llorens' descendants and now owns Llorens Stained Glass Studios in Georgia.

The Ascension window is an original design and a rarity in that Llorens signed the stunning piece that measures 20 feet high and 8 feet wide.

Lead Pastor Mark Bitner told the congregation about the need for the critical repairs on Palm Sunday. Within days, parishioners donated $39,000, but the church needs $94,500 to restore all 53 windows.
The church will use 100% of donations to our "Stained Glass Donations (022B)" fund to restore the stained glass and create a fund to perform regular maintenance to preserve the windows for generations to come. Please donate if you can.

Check out the before and after restoration!

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