Mount Zion United Methodist Church
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Mount Zion's Stained Glass Windows

 

The beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary are the most striking architectural feature of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. The windows are original to the 1924 structure and among the most beautiful in the upstate with classes from Clemson University coming to study them.

 

During the 1950's, the windows were memorialized; and the money was used to restore the sanctuary and purchase a cross and brass candlesticks for the communion table. 

Whether sunlight is streaming brightly through them, or the colors are muted by a cloudy day, these windows are a treasure from times past and will give joy long into the future.


►The Gassaway Family

Jesus with Children, the Chalice, and the Sheave of Wheat

Jesus with the Children
Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Jesus with the Children 2
The largest of the windows is the one which takes up most of the wall that faces Church Street. Situated between the double wooden doors, the window may be appreciated best from inside the sanctuary. This window carries the Gassaway family name.

The inscription at the bottom of the center panel reads:
"Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me".

James D. Gassaway and Mariah H. Gassaway are memorialized on the lower panes.

James D. Gassaway ~ March 13, 1813 to September 5, 1887
Mariah H. Gassaway ~ February 27, 1823 to May 22, 1890

 


The crest at the top of the window gives the installation year of 1921.

 

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Windows Dated 1921Walter L. Gassaway, who grew up in Central and cherished the church of his parents, made the original $50,000 donation toward construction of the church in 1923. That amount in 2013 dollars would be ~$680,000. This window memoralizes his parents, James D. Gassaway and Mariah Douthitt Gassaway. More information may be learned about the Gassaway family at Clemson Wiki.

 


♦ The Chalice:


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Gassaway Family ChaliceThis window also memorializes the Gassaway family.

The chalice symbolizes the cup
of the Last Supper where Jesus offered his blood for all of us.


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Gassaway Family Chalice Closeup





♦ The Sheave of Wheat:


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Gassaway Sheave of Wheat
The sheave of wheat represents the gifts of God, the fullness and the bounty of the Lord.

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Gassaway Sheave of Wheat CloseupThis window memorializes W. L. Gassaway (1865-1930).





The inscription under his name reads "Hither By Thy Help We've Come".








► The Ramseur Family

Bunch of Grapes

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Ramseur Family GrapesArthur Ramseur (1858-1913) was a dispatcher on the Southern Railway that ran through Central. His wife was Elizabeth G. Ramseur (1860-1945).

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Ramseur Family CloseupThe grapes symbolize the unity of the church.
This window carries the Ramseur family name.









► The Morgan Family

 

The Lamp
Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window F. Burton Morgan Family Lamp

The F. Burt Morgan family name is on this window with the lamp being symbolic of Christian Knowledge. Jeptha Morgan was a Central merchant whose daughters Jessie and Jennie were active in many ways during their lifetime at Mount Zion. Their home is now the Central History Museum which is located two houses down from the church. It is open to the public on Sunday afternoon.
Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Morgan Family Lamp Closeup

 












► The Morgan Family

Pink Flower (Anemone)


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Morgan Family
The anemone is symbolic of the Trinity. It is sometimes depicted in scenes of the Crucifixion as it was said that the flowers sprang up on Calvary.
Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Morgan Family Closeup Pink Flower
The Morgan family
is memorialized in
this window:



Francis B. Morgan
Eugenia R. Morgan


Jeptha N. Morgan
Minnie M. Morgan





The Wallace Family

Easter Lily

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Wallace Family Easter LilyThis window is dedicated "To The Glory of God" by the Wallace family. William W. Wallace came to Central in 1912 as Superintendent of Central's High School. Later he became president of Cannon Mills.
This window memorializes William Wallace and Bert H. Wallace.


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Wallace Family Easter Lily The Easter Lily is symbolic of the resurrection although there is no specific scriptural reference to it.



 












 
 


The Gaines Family   

Open Bible

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Gaines Family BibleRepresenting the Bible, God's Holy Word, the main road map for the Christian, this window carries the Gaines family name.

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Gaines Family Bible CloseupThis window memorializes Sallie Gaines, R. G. Gaines, and W. A. and Eloise H. Gaines. Several pioneer members of this family had a great part in organizing the early Mt. Zion church and descendants remain active to this day.



















► The Sims Family

Anchor with Rope


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Sims Family

 
This window features the anchor a symbol of Christian hope - the hope of salvation through the cross of Christ.

Anchor symbolizing salvation through the cross Mt Zion Stained ClassThis window memorializes John N. Sims (1879-1945).






















► The Abercrombie Family
The Cross within the Crown

Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Abercrombie Family
This window memorializes Ben and Ada Abercrombie. Mr. Ben F. Abercrombie served as Sunday School superintendent for 28 years.


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Abercrombie Cross with Crown
This window is a combination of two Christian symbols. 

The cross reminds us of Christian death and the crown symbolizes the reward of the faithful in life after death.









 



► The Dobson Family

The Ark of Noah


Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass Window Faye Dobson Ark of Noah

God established His covenant with Noah, and this covenant was an everlasting covenant. Genesis 9:16

Faye Dobson 1937-1949 Memorial Window Mt Zion UMC Stained Glass WindowFaye Dobson, the 11-year-old daughter of Mollie Dobson is memorialized in this window.
Faye was born in 1937 and passed away in 1949.











► Martha B. Wood
Christ's Ascension


Mt Zion Stained Glass Window Christ's Ascension Memorial to Martha B Wood

Christ's Ascension is the theme on this backlit window which is located behind the pulpit.

The symbolism reminds us that as Jesus left, so shall He return.

The window was given by Harold Wood in memory of his wife, Martha B. Wood. It was added in 1999 after the organ and pipes were removed from the chancel.