Friday, March 6, 2009

Here's the Church

Patty at Crisfield, Maryland was kind enough to invite me to participate in her and Reggie Girl's weekly challenge. This week is churches, and I ran around at near sunset tonight capturing the churches of Dublin, CA. well at least the most photogenic ones.

This is St. Philip Lutheran Church, built between 1962 and 1964. I love the stained galss and was actually hoping for a night shot from outside while the lights are on. Alas, timing and weather were not on my side this week.

This is the original St. Raymonds Catholic Church built in 1859. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and holds the honor as the oldest Catholic Church building in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties. It is now used for weddings and city events, and the old school buildings are now the Heritage Center. The old cemetary is still the only one in dublin, and has the graves of the three peopl who dies while building the church, as well as recently departed residents.

This is the new St. Raymonds. It was build between 1976 and 1977 and also houses a school for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Interestingly it was dedicated by Bishop John S. Cummins who I met and had worked with my parents.
This is John Knox Presbyterian Church. This church was named for the Scottish reformer. I'm sure it was built in the 1960's or 70's, though I could not find information pertaining to its history on line.

This is Resurrection Lutheran Church - that's right 2 Lutheran Churches within about 10 miles of each other. This Church houses a Preschool and infant care center. I thought this photo looked nearly black and white to begin with, so I removed what little color there was, and I think it's rather striking.

This is Church of Christ. I had to shoot this across the freeway, as there is no way to get the entire place in a shot in front of the church. I would guess this was built in the 1980's as I remember it going up, when I was old enough to notice.

There are a few other churches in Dublin, but I either did not like my shots, or they are behind gated entryways, and thus inaccesible.


Barry said...

Very interesting J9. I think I like this idea of sharing our communities.

Judged just on its photographic qualities, I really like the picture of the Resurrection Lutheran Church. That is a very powerful shot.

Patty said...

My favorites: church #2 and #4. The sky really made the church look dramatic on the first photo. The way you composed the 4th church made it a piece of art.

I agree with Barry. This is a great way of highlighting our communities.

We can all pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV, and we have to listen really hard to hear the good news.

As bloggers, we can share all the good stuff about our little towns, and even our big cities, that is good.

Let's keep it up! We want everyone who participates in our weekly shoot out to be able to choose a subject.

Next week, it is people. And Reggie Girl picked old houses for the following week.

If we go by first names, I think Barry gets to choose the next subject.

Great shots, all, J9.

Tomorrow, I am going to put everyone's links on my blog...I have been super busy, and I am off now for two assignments, and have two more this afternoon. It has been one busy week for me!

Thanks for sharing.

Pugs said...

What a neat idea! I love that you've got a John Knox Presbyterian and my city does too! Not to mention, you take fabulous pictures. :)

J9 said...

Thank you all for your kind words! I spent today in the show with my boys and need to look at those and put in some time on this wedding book I'm working on. Then there's laundry, shopping...