Stained Glass Window Survives Church Fire

A stained glass window survived the fire.

The windows were worth $30,000, estimated former Rev. Dale Edwards

Just about all the windows in the church were busted in the fire—all except for one—a stained glass window of Jesus praying in the vicinity.

The surviving window has a blue background where Jesus is kneeling against a rock and looking up at the yellow sun. The window on the side of the church, squished between two broken gothic-style window panels that didn't survive the disaster.  The window has a slight chip in it that you see when the sunlight catches just right.  

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The window and another one like it were a special part of the church—donated by former city historian and longtime church member Bob Leavitt, in memory of three generations of his family. The windows were worth $30,000, estimated former Rev. Dale Edwards.

The window was removed from the church on Friday. Church members planned to put it into safety and make it part of their new church.


The Lebanon First Baptist Church burned Dec. 29, around 11:30 p.m. 

Anthony Boisvert, 27, allegedly started the fire in the church. 

The gothic-style church was 150 years old. The roof collapsed in the blaze, historic artifacts were destroyed along with bibles and hymnals that can’t be salvaged.

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