Sunday, April 24, 2016

Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church

Palm Springs Area 

The booklet is a compilation of blog posts from "Churches On Sundays" at of churches in Spokane, Washington.

Title Page

The Booklet "Palm Springs Area Churches" has been donated to the Palm Springs Heritage Society.

Table of Contents

Cover:Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church
             47321 Highway 74 
             Palm Desert
             Blog Post 4/17/11

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gelterkinden Roman Catholic Church
Brulegasse 7

Gelterkinden Roman Catholic Church
Gelterkinden, Basel, Switzerland

"Gelterkinden is a municipality in the district of Sissach in the canton of Basel-Country in Switzerland...From the 2000 census, 1,248 or 22.8% were Roman Catholic,...(Link 2.)

"The Roman Catholic church of Gelterkinden is located south of the old town center. The white church has a square steeple at the left side. The main side is oriented towards north. Above the main entrance there is a large stained glass window.

"The church does not seem to have any well known name. It is just called the catholic church, even on their own web site. I could not find any documentation about this building; all I know is that it is from the 20th century." (Link 3.)


Stained Glass Window Above Nave

Sanctuary Windows

Sanctuary Organ

Baptismal Font

Madonna and Child Sculpture

Saint Antoine with Infant Jesus

"Stations of the Cross refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and also to the prayers Christians say when contemplating those images. Often a series of 14 images will be arranged in numbered order around a church nave or along a path, and the faithful travel from image to image, in order, stopping at each "station" to say the selected prayers and reflections. This will be done individually or in groups. Occasionally the faithful might say the Stations of the Cross without there being any image, such as when the Pope leads the Stations of the Cross around the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday. This practice is common in Roman Catholic, as well as in a number of AnglicanLutheran and Methodist churches.

Metal Sculptures of Stations of the Cross

  1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,
  2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested,
  3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin,
  4. Jesus is denied by Peter,
  5. Jesus is judged by Pilate
  6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns,
  7. Jesus takes up his cross,
  8. Jesus is helped by Simon to carry his cross,
  9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem,
  10. Jesus is crucified,
  11. Jesus promises his kingdom to the repentant thief,
  12. Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other,
  13. Jesus dies on the cross,
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb " (Link 5.)
Side View of Gelterkinden Church

Photo: Taken by RW with i Phone while living and working in
               Basel,  Switzerland.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bay View United Methodist Church
2772 Kinnickinnick Avenue
Blog Post: 7/3/11

Churches of Bay View
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This booklet is a compilation of blog posts from "Churches On Sundays" at of churches the Bay View area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The Booklet "Churches of Bay View" has been donated to the Bay View Historical Society. 


I grew up in Bay View, in our family home at 2839 South Logan Avenue where my parents, Hazel and Orville Frank lived from 1938 to the late 1960's.  

2839 S. Logan Avenue
(watercolor by Suzanne Wilson)

The six surrounding churches were part of my life during those years and are part of my most vivid memories to this day. I had some or much contact with all of them: Bay View Methodist ChurchBay View Baptist ChurchImmaculate Conception Catholic Church St. Lucas Lutheran Church,  Christ Church, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Orville and Hazel Frank
Mark and Suzanne
(Probably 1946)

One of my first memories of my brother Mark (now deceased), four years younger than me, is walking him to Sunday School at Bay View Methodist Church.  I still can feel his soft small hand holding tight to mine.  We walked down Logan Ave. to Montana St. for three short blocks to Clements St.               then across Kinnickinnic Ave. to Trinity Methodist Church (the name at that time).

Bay View Methodist Church/Trinity Methodist Church was "my church"; it was my parents church  Some of my best friends were made there: Ann Middleton, Diane Carter, both of which I am still in contact with.  Diane (Carter) Wilhite and I travelled to Israel together in 1992. We met weekly in Sunday School, MYF, and choir with Mrs. Cotton. My piano teachers, first Muriel Blackwood and later Pauline Middleton were also members of the congregation.

Bay View Baptist Church on Logan Ave. was a block closer to K K Avenue than our house. Again I walked by it on a regular basis on the way to K K Avenue or on the way to Llewellyn Library just around the corner on Russell Avenue. Again we had neighbors that attended the church, Mel and Ethel Salmon.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was the church that was at the end of my street, Logan Avenue.  I saw it on the way to school, when I went shopping on K K Avenue, or when I waited for the #15 streetcar to go to Mitchell St. or Downtown to Wisconsin Ave. Our neighbors next door, the Greulich's, attended church there. 

St. Lucas Lutheran Church is also on Kinnickinnic Avenue. Although both of my grandmothers attended Lutheran Churches what was important to me was that it was in back of my grade school, Dover Street School.  So although I was never inside, it was daily in my periphery.

St. Lucas Lutheran Church was also on Kinnickinnic Avenue. Although both of my grandmothers attended Lutheran Churches what was important to me was that it was in back of my grade school, Dover Street School.  So although I was never inside, it was daily in my periphery.

Christ Church, on Oklahoma Avenue, across the street from Humbolt Park is where I went every week with my Clement Avenue friend Darlene Gruneau (now deceased) to Girl Scouts.  Our leader was Mrs. Kearns, Louis Kearns mother. Our 1956 graduation class also attended Sunday worship aws a group on graduation weekend.  It is a vivid memory since it is one of the only times in my life I remember fainting, right during the singing of one of the hymns.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church was just down the block from Christ Church on Oklahoma Avenue. I saw this church on a weekly bases as I grew up because it was across the street from Lakeside Bakery.  And Lakeside Bakery was where my dad took me each week for a shneck of my choice.

Blog Posts of these 6 churches are included in this Booklet "Churches of Bay View".  The 7th church is the Welch Church which I included because I found in my research that it was the first church established in Bay View. I have walked on Superior Street, but don't remember seeing it.

This strong presence of "Churches" has continued where ever I have lived: Madison Wisconsin, Hollywood California, Vancouver Island B.C. Canada, and North Vancouver B.C. Canada  It also was the influence and inspiration for me to write the Blog "Churches On Sundays".  By Suzanne(Frank)Wilson, 2016.


            Bay View United Methodist Church, 2772 South Kinnickinnic Ave.,    
            Christ Church UCC, 915 Oklahoma Avenue, 8/14/11.
            Immaculate Conception Catholic Church,1023 East Russell Ave.,  6/3/12.
            St. Lucas Lutheran Church, 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, 2/14/16. 
            Posthumous-Bay View Baptist Church, 2701 S. Logan Ave., 3/27/16.
            St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 3200 S. Herman St., 6/12/16.
            First Church-Welch Church, 2739 South Superior Street, 6/19/16.

Note: Suzanne(Frank)Wilson was a member of the Bay View High School graduating  class of 1956 and a classmate and friend of John Ebersol.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede of Seville
                                     Cathedral of Santa Maria
                                                               (Google Images)

Cathedral of Santa Maria
Saville, Spain

"The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville (AndalusiaSpain). It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world, as the two larger churches, theBasilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St Peter's Basilica, are not the seats of bishops. It was registered in 1987 byUNESCO as a World Heritage Site,...
"After its completion in the early 16th century, the Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus. The Archbishop's Palace is located on the northeastern side of the cathedral.
Front Facade
(Photo by Judi)

"Seville Cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's wealth, as it had become a major trading center in the years after the Reconquista in 1248. In July 1401 it was decided to build a new cathedral.... ("Let us build a church so beautiful and so grand that those who see it finished will think we are mad").  Construction began in 1402 and continued until 1506.
"Five years after construction ended, in 1511, the dome collapsed and work on the cathedral recommenced. The dome again collapsed in 1888, and work was still being performed on the dome until at least 1903. The 1888 collapse occurred due to an earthquake and resulted in the destruction of "every precious object below" the dome at that time.
"The interior has the longest nave of any cathedral in Spain. The central nave rises to a height of 42 meters and is lavishly decorated with a large quantity of gilding. 
"The builders used some columns and other elements from the ancient mosque, including its minaret, which was converted into a bell tower known as La Giralda, now the city's most well-known symbol.

La Giralda Bell Tower (Photo by Judi)
"Seville Cathedral has fifteen doors on its four facades.
"The cathedral has 80 chapels,..." (Link)

"Today we did a tour of Seville. The cathedral Santa Maria is the third largest in the world. Like most churches in this area it was first a mosque. The spires were extended and bells added when it was turned into a cathedral." (Judi)

Photos: Taken by long time friend Judi Clark while touring Spain with the
                 B. C. Women's Dragon Boat team.


God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)