These three windows are in memory of the Mackay and Potter families. In 1918, James and Mabel Mackay moved to Park Point, Duluth, Minnesota, and lived at 4050 Minnesota Avenue. They were immigrants, Mabel from England, and James from Scotland. They had three children, Margaret, James and Norman.
Mabel was instrumental in helping St. Andrew’s by the Lake to flourish in those early years. She served on the Women’s Guild, helped with church accounting, cleaning, Altar Guild and the many fund raising dinners and events. Early on, it was said the women of the church were the ones that kept it afloat. Her distinctive, beautiful handwriting can still be seen in old record books. Both she and James are buried in the Scottish section of Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth.
The three windows were designed with the family’s Scottish heritage in mind. The middle window features a Celtic cross, which has a circle intersecting around the arms of the cross, and ornate designs. Inside the circle we placed a purple thistle, the national flower of Scotland.
The right window has a symbol of the Trinity, representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Mackay name is highlighted on this one.
The left window features St. Andrew’s altar and the Potter name. The musical notes are the first part of the Scottish hymn, Amazing Grace. This is in honor of Margaret Mackay Potter, who played the organ for many years at St. Andrew’s. She was married to Bruce Potter, and they had three children, Grace, Elizabeth and Bruce. James “Pete,” was married to Louise Adams, and they had three children, James, Thomas and Mary. Norman did not have children.
All three windows have a square at the bottom. They contain the Mackay and Potter names and one contains scripture. Framing each of these squares is an actual piece of cloth, of the Mackay tartan, that the artist was able to incorporate into the window.
Many of the Mackay family members have been interred in the St. Andrew’s columbarium, behind the altar. Almost 100 years of love and support from the Mackay Family for St. Andrew’s by the Lake!
Windows designed by the Reverend Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski and the Mackay family members. Crafted by artist, Elden Lindamood. Installed in 2011.
Submitted by Mary Mackay Gaidis