Posted On: April 6, 2019
For those of you who have read my book, you might recall a paragraph near the end of Chapter Four, “Taking Away,” about Steve’s memorial cross at St. Thomas church in Rocky River, Ohio:
“Donations in Steve’s memory poured in to the church. After some discussion with Pastor Streufert, Dad and Mom agreed on a memorial gift of a fifteen-foot-tall cross to be suspended high above the altar from the peak of the A-frame ceiling of the church. The cross, designed by Dad and constructed under his watchful eye, was an important healing project for him. The thick redwood crossbeams echoed the sturdy look of the laminated beams that supported the church roof. Narrow brass bars were inlaid into the center line of the two perpendicular cross-pieces to highlight the strong linear feature of the cross. This silent, yet majestic testimony to Steve’s life was dedicated at the Sunday morning service on December 31, 1961.”
St. Thomas church has stained glass windows on all four sides of the sanctuary. Natural light from outside illuminates the church with glorious multi-colored light.
Steve’s memorial cross hangs suspended in front of the large stained-glass window behind the altar. In part because of those marvelous stained-glass windows, we were not able to include a photo of the cross in the book. The cross is always in shadow, back-lit by the window.
The New Photo
Last October, my sister Kelly Castle and I were in Cleveland for a weekend. After church at St. Thomas on Sunday morning, we met Jo Ann Van Scyoc, the wife of the minister, Rev. Eric Van Scyoc. Jo Ann told us how much the church members love the cross and all that it adds to the beauty of the sanctuary. I mentioned the challenge I’d found in the past trying to photograph Steve’s cross, and she said she’d send me a photo. A couple of weeks ago, Jo Ann’s e-mail included this excellent image of the cross. It was taken taken by the church janitor.
As it turns out, the missing element in all my attempts to snag a well-lit photograph was knowing how to turn on the overhead spotlights.