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CO n g00'a tu I a ti o The planners and architects of St. Nicholas Church have sought to create an environment which encourages the full participation of the assembly in the Eucharist. The design is light and natural, "bringing the God outside in." Seating for 332 persons is grouped intimately about the altar. The Cross and the Candlesticks are the work of Weberding, of Batesville, Ind. The cross may be stationary or used in procession. It is constructed of lightweight basswood, with the lightly-tinted Corpus, a resurrected Christ. The floor-standing candlesticks are made of cherry wood and veneer. The baptistry is located at the entry to the worship space. Its octagonal wooden base, designed by the architect, signifies the seven days of creation, plus the eighth - the Day of Resurrection. Its granite basin, a gift of Betty and Chuck Rice, allows for partial immersion of infants and pouring of water over a child or an adult. The bubbling water signifies new and renewed sacramental life. Gifts abound. Among them is the organ, a gift of Marge Slaughter of Evansville; the tabernacle, from the parishioners and pastor of Resurrection Church, Evansville; and three Bavarian-style stained glass windows, saved from the 1965 demolition of Assumption Cathedral in Evansville, were restored and donated by Marilyn and John David Engelbrecht of Evansville and Santa Claus. The walls of the church are marked with the sign of the cross, in oil applied by the hand of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. Wings of the building provide six classrooms, office space and a multi-purpose area. The lower level is a fellowship hall for use by the parish,: i seating about 175 persons. Edmund L. Hafer & Architects PC 20 N.W. 1st Suite 604 Evansville, IN 47708 Jasper Lumber Co. 1060 3rd Avenue Jasper, IN 47546 Mehringer's Plu Heating, & Air 402 McCrillus Jasper, IN 47546 Weyer Electric, 1660 Missouri Ferdinand, IN 47532