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In 2020 Zumbro’s facility received a major facelift as part of an effort to maximize our building as a platform for mission, and to increase accessibility via a new elevator, a hearing loop in the sanctuary, and improved visual capability for worship and online streaming. 

Under the guidance of architectural designer Nicole Pearson, these are some of the features that imbue Zumbro’s sanctuary with signs and symbols of our faith: 

The large stained glass cross at the front of the sanctuary was designed and created by local stained glass artist Stephanie Podulke. The blues and tans of the cross evoke water, reflecting the waters of baptism. The flecks of red harken to the dominant color of Zumbro’s former sanctuary, representing the blood Christ sacrificed for the sake of the whole world. The glass she used came from Spectrum Glass, Portland, OR, and Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company, Kokomo, IN. Podulke incorporated heavier-than-usual lead sizes to extend the feeling of water ripples from the wall board through the glass imagery. 

The cross is framed above by a majestic crown of thorns, symbolizing Christ’s suffering before death and his reign as the King of kings. Blue tiles inlaid in the floor run from the cross at the front to the baptismal font, similar to the flow of the nearby Zumbro River from which our congregation takes its name. 
The baptismal font is crafted by glass artist George Scott of Seattle, WA. Its varied blues and greens project the new life and growth that comes from the new life in Christ that begins in baptism. Scott also used glass from the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company to complement the stained glass cross at the front of the sanctuary. 

The imagery of the river and the crown of thorns are echoed in the processional cross, which was handcrafted from cherry and maple by Zumbro member Chuck Johnson.