But a tiny Northeast Missouri church has visual proof that they can still happen.
Clarksville United Methodist has raised more than 58 thousand dollars in a little over three years to restore its elegant stained glass windows.
The campaign will continue January 27th, when the church hosts its annual Eagle Days Homemade Soup Luncheon. Chili and chicken noodle will be available for three dollars per bowl.
So far, windows on the south and north sides of the sanctuary have been updated. Now, it's time for the east side stained glass, and the church already has 17 thousand of the 19 thousand dollar cost. Art Glass Unlimited of St. Louis is doing the work.
The congregation usually has fewer than 15 people at Sunday services. But it doesn’t shy away from big projects. The roof was replaced in 2007, steeple work was done during the building centennial in 2008, and basement and kitchen renovations were completed in 2013.
If you'd like to know more, visit the Clarksville United Methodist Facebook site.