At the Matecumbe Methodist church they have a stained glass ministry. This was the only stained glass window in the church when it started. If you have ever seen the Netflix show Blood Lines you may recognize it. All of the other windows in the church were gold glass. Susan Bateman did stain glass and she hated the gold glass so much she thought about going to a different church. Each week she talked to Jesus about it. Finally felt lead to do something about the windows and offered to teach a class in her home and put stained glass in the doors. That was in 2000 and it has grown into a mission, putting stained glass in all the windows and raising over $25,000 for the church. They have a room in the Fellowship hall where they meet and teach stained glass twice a week.
Some of the windows.
The lights are kept on at night inside the church so you can see the beautiful windows.
At day inside the church.
The front of the church.
One of the panels in the front of the church has a picture of the original building. When the current church was built this building was moved down the road and is used by the Baptist.
This is on the end of the Fellowship hall.
And this is call Easter Sunrise and now hangs in my home.
We have spent the week working at Islamorada in the Keys. so we decided to learn more about the coral reefs.
We took a nice ranger guided tour. We had walked by this tree and never saw the tree snail until the ranger spotted it.
The hammock is in shock from the hurricane. All of the leaves were stripped from the trees during the storm and many of the branches got broken. The state park does not cleanup after the storm and lets the branches decay to form soil.
The red bark tree is the gumbo limbo tree, the wood is very soft. The tree on the left is ironwood and very dense and hard.
This is poisonwood, if you touch the leaves or sap in a few days you have a rash worse then poison ivy.
the leaves of the poisonwood.
Henry Flagler started constructed the Overseas railroad in 1905. He quarried the coral from here to form the bed of the railroad.
He dynamited the coral, forming these lines.
In the Windley quarry blocks were cut off to be used on buildings.
Large blocks of coral that were cut. Larry is walking on coral. Billions of years ago this land was covered with 30 feet of water. The glaciers caused the water to drop. the Keys are formed of fossilized coral.
Walking on all kinds of fossilized coral.
The walls of the quarries
We saw a large iguana in the tree.
The coral used on the educational building.
We then drove 30 miles down the Keys, passing a lot of damage from the hurricane. We stopped at the Sunset Grille to watch the sunset.
It was too cool to eat outside, about 60, but breezy.
Clouds covered the sunset.
We had a good meal, a tall drink, and watched the Eagle game. It was a very enjoyable day.
We retired in 2005 and began traveling. We are certified directors with DWG Waterless car wash, so if you want to clean, shine, and protect your car, cycle or RV see us.In April 2012 we answered God's call to service and joined NOMADS, Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service.