Zumbro Church Complex
Architects for the Zumbro Church Complex were Thorsen Brom Brocher and Snyder Associates of Waterloo, Iowa. Design consultants were Charles and Marjorie Pohlmann of Minneapolis. The general contractor was the Floyd Larson Construction Company of Rochester. From the initial sketches to the present time ,there has been concern for design continuity in architecture and furnishings. Visitors, as well as members, are encouraged to use this information in order to gain a deeper appreciation for the rich symbolism that makes this building such a strong witness to Christian faith.
Cross of Reconciliation
This 22′ tall exterior red symbol rises out of the large planter at the north side of the church. This exterior cross highlights Zumbro’s vital ministry to the Rochester community. When stationary and aligned the circles speak of the “gathered church” assembled to hear the word, receive the sacraments and thus to be strengthened for ministry. The circles in motion signify “the scattered church” a reminder of the call to be a healing and reconciling influence in the community and the world.
Large banners corresponding to the church year are hung at the narthex window of the main entrance. At that location and illuminated at night, they provide a strong visual statement to all those who pass by regarding the church’s ministry in the community.
Bronze Figure of the Crucified Christ
Inside the narthex at the main entrance is a bronze open cross revealing the Christ suspended. As worshipers enter and leave, the sculpture emphasizes the Message of Reconciliation which God has already accomplished through the ministry of Christ. The sculpture was done by Charles Gagnon.
Chancel Theme Statement
Always before the gathered congregation is the powerful statement in red letters above the chancel beam “God was in Christ reconciling the World to Himself.” Taken from II Corinthians 5:19, this text is a constant reminder of Zumbro’s mission – “To heal the broken.”
Band of Reconciliation
The red color from the exterior mobile continues in a band within the sanctuary that surrounds the congregation. The open band, at the front of the raw concrete beam above the chancel, testifies that the Reconciling work begun in Christ must continue.
From another vantage point, however, the circle is closed as the deep red cushions around the altar rail complete the band. Communicants face the congregation as they kneel. Reconciliation has its greatest impact at the point where believers recognize one another as members of the body of Jesus Christ.
A natural cement column with a hand-crafted stoneware bowl, located in the middle of the center aisle, acts as a constant visual reminder of the event which initiates the Christian life. The location of the font makes it possible for the entire congregation to act as baptismal witnesses surrounding each new child of God.
The stained glass in the cross makes this a very distinctive, movable element that focuses attention on the saving work of Jesus Christ. The processional cross symbolized the discipleship that each Christian is to bear in the world.
Altar Table and Pulpit
By design and purpose, these furnishings are open and simple. The color focuses on their special liturgical use. The table serves the community for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Stoneware, designed and crafted by Oriet Lahmers, stresses that God’s grace comes to us in earthen vessels.
Clustered to concentrate light in one place, the candles symbolize Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Two of the candles are removable as torches, carried in procession at communion worship and on festival days.
Crown of Thorns
Hanging over the gathered congregation is a powerful reminder of the price God paid to make reconciliation possible. The dark thorns represent Christ’s suffering and death while the crown speaks of his victory and resurrection, a victory his followers share.
Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ
The organ in the main sanctuary was built in Germany. Its specifications include 38 stops and 52 ranks of pipes. Three divisions of the organ, Great, Swell and Pedal, are in the wood reflecting case which is located freestanding in the balcony. A fourth division, the Ruckpositiv, extends from the balcony above the congregation.
The Zumbro Chapel
Adjacent to the nave, the chapel serves as overflow for the main sanctuary. With seating for 70 worshipers, it also provides a setting for the weekly Service of Healing and for small weddings and funerals. The chapel banners continue the reconciliation theme. The faceted glass window conveys a feeling of motion with attention drawn to the large mass of light-colored glass in the center. Our healing ministry centers Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, and then radiates out into all the world.