My worship and my witness.
I started photographing churches as "The House of God" as part of my Year 2000 Project and have continued ever since. This blog is a tribute to the congregations who built these churches and that keep open the doors of these places of Christian renewal and service. Thanks be to God.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
April 17, 2011
Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church
featuring Sanctuary window
Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church Palm Desert, California
Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church was built in 1968 byBerton Lamb and the Architects were Powell, Morgridge, Richards Coghlan. It is a modern cement building in southern Palm Desert at 47321 California State Highway 74 near El Paseo and at the base of Shadow Mountain."President Eisenhower was the honorary building chairman as he attended and was a member for many years up until his death...
Eisenhower bust and side of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church
Bust of President Eisenhower on path in front of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church
There is a pew in the sanctuary dedicated to he (President Eisenhower) and his wife ...the stained glass window was placed there because of security concerns when he was in his pew...
Wayside Prayer Chapel
Wayside Prayer Chapel
At the parking lot entrance to the church is a Wayside Prayer Chapel whichis a mini version of the sanctuaryand at that location where the President's limos parked when he was here." (e mail Floyd Vail)
Front entrance of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church
There seem to be many architectural references to skiing in the design of the building. The church itself seems shaped like a giant cement ski jump. The photo above is of the back of the church with the center sanctuary window and framed by towering palm trees. At the Wayside prayer chapel a large cross is featured on the side opposite the front entrance to the church. The chapel like the rear of the church is framed in tall palm trees. Between the chapel and the church entrance is a walk flanked with date palms. The roof from the entrance to the the rear of the sanctuary is an extreme curved slope again reminiscence of that on a ski jump. Inside the large modern sanctuary the roof shape also reminds one of skiing. This time it is the slope and bottom curve of each side of the ceiling which as it meets the side walls. Each side is curved up like the tip of a ski.
Sanctuary of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church
Traditional Sanctuary Services are held every Sunday at 8:30 and 10:15 am.
Thank you: To Floyd J. Vail for his e mail with information about the church.