During a family dinner, Andrew said, with an angelic smile on his face, "Dad, can I have a check for $500?" "What for?" asked his surprised father. "I want to buy a star to hang in the Crystal Cathedral. God needs my help." Pete asked him how he knew that God needed his help. Andrew replied quickly, "Rev. Schuller told me." Although we attended services on special occasions, we did not belong to a church. Lacking a religious focus, Andrew had become enthralled by televangelism and had succumbed to the hypnotic preaching of the Rev. Robert Schuller in his Hour of Power. When Schuller needed a larger church for his Garden Grove, California congregation, he asked the renowned architect, Philip Johnson, to design a building that would "uplift the spirit, and allow the individual to see the heavens above." Johnson’s 1975 solution was a soaring lace-like framework of steel inside walls of mirror-glass. While Andrew was vacationing at our home in California, we took him to a Sunday service in the crystal structure. The service was embellished with organ music and a large choir. As three ministers took their places on a rose-colored marble dais behind banks of potted ferns, two 90 foot-tall glass doors opened inwards and arcs of water shot up from fountains outside. After the service a young preacher conversed with Andrew, reassuring him that God would be always at his side. We asked an usher to show us the stars. He explained that the original crystal stars were never fabricated because they might have fallen onto the heads of the congregation during an earthquake. After the fire department prohibited the use of Mylar stars, parishioners contributed star-shaped plaques set in the walkways around the building. We asked Andrew what he thought of the Cathedral and the service. He said, "It was very special, I really felt God was there." When Andrew left our Chicago home at the age of 21 to become a resident of the Lambs Farm, a residential organization for the developmentally disabled in Libertyville, Illinois, he joined St. Lawrence Episcopal church nearby. The parishioners embraced Andrew and two of his Lambs Farm friends, encouraging them to become involved in church activities. Andrew learned to be an usher, take the collection, ring the bell for Sunday school, and serve as an acolyte. After a few years he became the head acolyte proudly carrying the cross and leading the altar party with a broad smile lighting up his face. Andrew died in 2011 at age 52. At his funeral service, the Rev. Snickenberger spoke of Andrew having a rare gift: “he had absolute clarity about his vocation, first as a Christian and then as an acolyte, as one who serves God at the altar.” Inspired by the charismatic preaching of Rev. Schuller, Andrew discovered religion. As he strove to overcome the challenges of his handicap, religion brought Andrew comfort and support, and helped him become an active member in an Episcopal community of caring Christians.