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The Rooster Weather Vane atop the Bell Tower of Enka Baptist Church
Bell Tower with Rooster Weather Vane
Mr. Jan Heykoop, Director of the Building Department at American Enka Corporation, contributed materials, and Mr. James Wilde, a member of Enka Baptist Church and employee in the Instrument Shop, constructed the rooster weather vane. It was designed by Mr. Clyde W. Rice, Architect at the American Enka Corporation.

This weather vane is an active protector from lightning for the buildings, having a solid No. 4 copper conductor running down to a grounding electrode in the basement.

Brief History of the Weather Vane

In Greece, and later in other locations, the weather vane was designed and used to forecast the weather before the barometer was invented. An east wind indicated rain, a south wind brought warm weather, the north wind was for cold weather, and the west wind was most gentle and best. In New England, maple syrup ran best when the wind came from the west.

In the ninth century, Pope Nicholas I decreed that the symbol of a rooster (or cock) be installed at the top of every church in Catholic Christendom. The rooster was to remind the worshipers of Peter’s betrayal of Christ, and to summon them to come to services and not deny Christ. This edict is no longer observed.

The Stained Glass Window at Enka Baptist Church
Stained Glass Window
This synopsis is from the article written by Robert R. Barnes on the history of our stained glass window. The Committee was made up of Frank Crawford, Ellen Payne and Robert R. Barnes, and was approved on August 3, 1977.

The head of Christ is a mixture of four paintings by the Old Masters. The eyes and upper nose from one painting, the lower nostrils and mouth from another, the beard and chin from a third, and the forehead and hair from a fourth.

Christ’s stature of rank and royal authority is represented by the purple robe; the red garment close to his breaking heart represents the bleeding, suffering and dying for the sins of the world.

The encircled diving dove overhead indicates the Spirit of God descending as a dove, which occurred following Christ’s baptism. His open arms beckon all races and peoples to come unto Him. In the border around the window we see the purity of white, royalty of the blue and stability of the gold, which cements God’s complete plan of salvation in Jesus Christ.

The window inspired the writing of the following poem by Emma Mashburn:

His Eyes
I look at our stained glass window
With Jesus standing there,
And His eyes, so loving and tender,
Seem to follow me everywhere.

If I am sad they lift me up
Saying, “I am always near.”
When I am afraid they comfort me,
Telling me not to fear.

When I have sinned they touch my soul,
Those eyes that turned Peter’s way;
And I know, like Peter, that I have been warned
To be careful not to stray!

I am always reminded that Jesus still lives,
That He has the power to save.
For because He died and rose again
We can rise victorious over the grave!

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