Trinity's windows were made by the world renowned von Gerichten Art Glass Company, of Columbus, and were installed in 1917. Brothers Ludwig and Theodore von Gerichten were German immigrants who first settled near Birmingham, Alabama. Ludwig later moved to Cincinnati, to learn the art of stained glass at the Riordan Stained Glass Studio. Afterward, he operated an art glass studio in Alabama for a short while, and then persuaded Theodore to join him as business manager in a new art glass venture in Columbus. Here, they were highly successful, winning many top honors at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, and later opening a second studio in Munich. By the time the von Gerichten brothers parted ways in the 1930s, their company had created an estimated 1,800 stained glass windows for about 850 churches across the country. Trinity's windows are considered to be among the best examples of the von Gerichtens' work.
The theme of our windows is the Life of Christ.
1st Window depicts the Nativity—NE corner of the church, given in memory of BF Doelker by Rosa Doelker.
2nd Window depicts Jesus in the Temple at age 12—Given in memory of Sophia Herman.
3rd Window depicts Jesus with Children—Given to the name of God by Rosa Doelker
4th Window depicts Jesus Talking to Nicodemus—Choir Loft. Given by Barbara Emmelheinz in memory of her family.
5th Window depicts Jesus Walking on the Sea—Given by Mr. Nicholas Schlee
6th Window depicts Jesus in the Garden—In the Cry Room. Given by someone who nothing is known aside from their initials KAJ in memory of their parents.
7th Window depicts the Empty Tomb—Given by Nicholas Schlee’s son Theodore Schlee who was owner of the Schlee Brewery after his father’s death in 1914
8th Window depicts the Road to Emmaus—Given by Nicholas and Theodore Schlee’s Mother Margarethe Schlee.
9th, 10th, 11th Windows: Depict the sacraments, located along 3rd street, not visible in the sanctuary. These windows are together to illustrate that Trinity is made of people who have been called through the Gospel, become God’s children in Baptism, and are nourished in their faith through Holy Communion.
9th Window depicts the Sacrament ofBaptism—Located on the left side of the door. Given in memory of Mr. Johannes Becker. There is a dove at the top of the window, which is only visible from the balcony representing the Holy Spirit descending during Baptism.
10th Window depicts the Sacrament of Communion—Located on the right of the door. Was given in memory of Mr. Theodor Linke, who was a prominent banker in the area, and not a member of Trinity. The top of this window depicts a cross laying on the ground only visible from the balcony also.
11th Window depicts the Word of God—Located In the stairwell leading to the Fellowship Hall. Given by the Bible class of 1904.
Windows in the Fellowship Hall:
12th Window depicts the 10 Commandments—Located at the far SE corner
13th and 14th Windows are tied together depicting Revelations 5:1-10
13th window shows the Lamb from the Seal on the book sealed by the 7 Seals.
14th window depicts the Harp played by the 24 elders
Sentence scrolled across the top of all 3 windows says in German “Permit the Children to come to me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”