FALCONER - The morning worship service at Falconer United Methodist Church took on an added meaning Sunday with the dedication of 43 new, energy-efficient windows.
During the service, church members gathered before the congregation for the window dedication. Many of the windows were sponsored by individual church families in memory or in honor of loved ones. Additional financial support was provided by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation from the Karl Peterson and Lynn Family Foundation funds, and the Winifred Crawford Dibert Foundation.
The recently installed windows replaced their old, wooden-framed, single-pane predecessors.
Support from members and area foundations allowed Falconer United Methodist Church to install 43 new windows recently. Pictured in Noah’s Ark Preschool, housed within the church building, are: Sarah Marciniak, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; Pastor Chad Sayers; the Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood, district superintendent; Paula Daneshkhah, president, board of trustees; and Jon Saff, Winifred Crawford Dibert Foundation.
A workforce of church members assisted in the window-installation process, along with help from two professional carpenters. The installation of the Energy Star-rated windows was completed late last year.
Thus far, benefits of the new windows include added comfort and improved heating efficiency.
"What was learned was really an enforcement of what we already knew," said a press release issued by the church. "As in the past, when the church has identified a need to its congregation, its people step up with their time, talents and the needed funding to accomplish the expressed need. In this particular instance, it was also gratifying to find resources outside the immediate church family such as the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Winifred Crawford Dibert Foundation and the Jamestown BPU with grants or programs in place and being administered by managers capable and willing to assist us."
Following the service, members enjoyed a cake made in honor of the occasion.