Over the last 30 years, our congregation has had 3 different logos. Initially it was a Celtic cross, connecting us to the heritage of Maple Lake. In the early 1990s, we used the square cross symbol from Lutheran Book of Worship. In the early 2000s, the square became a circle, reminiscent of the large cross and window at the front of the church.
To celebrate 30 years of congregational life and as we begin the next decade of ministry, we commissioned Shelby Maznio, an art major at Northwestern College, Orange City, IA, to assist us in creating a new logo for us. She did a wonderful job. A word about some of the symbolism:
The blue circle at the center has several meanings. Of course, we are the “little blue church” in Maple Lake. The blue reminds us of the life-giving waters of Holy Baptism and God’s Word which washes us in mercy and gives new life. The cross beams are outlined by two arms which are not evenly matched, reminding us of our brokenness and sin. Yet, they outline the cross, the subject of our message: forgiveness and hope. Each beam stretches vertically and horizontally and remind us of the relationships of Christian people: Our relationship with God and our relationship with our neighbors.
When we see this logo, may we be reminded of all that we have received from God’s gracious hand!