Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:27)
Watch for activity in the open area between the newly renovated Community Outreach Center and the Parish Hall this Spring as a team of PoP workers transform the former preschool playground into a garden for meditation and enjoyment.
The first step in this work was the removal of the Laurel Oak, which an arborist determined had too much internal decay, and had become a potential safety hazard.
In the space where the oak had been, the garden planning team has proposed installing a pergola, which is an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with trained climbing or trailing plants. The garden area will include benches, potted palms, a paver pathway and raised garden beds, as shown in the “artist’s conception” picture created by Chris Sheppard.
There is much work to be done to amend and improve the soil, install garden beds, and to do the actual planting. The garden will include an area for butterfly plants to attract those beautiful creatures – traditionally a symbol of resurrection – to the garden area in their seasons.
Commemorative Pavers Planned
A paver pathway is proposed for the garden. The sale of commemorative bricks will help to pay for the cost of this pathway, and for ongoing maintenance of the Peace Garden. Pavers can be inscribed to celebrate a special event (baptism, confirmation, wedding, anniversary or other milestone), in memory of a loved one, or as a family sponsorship. The cost of a brick is $65, and forms are available in the church office, or from members of the garden planning team.
The garden planning team includes Susan Cherwein, Marilyn Franz, Steve Leonard, Tom Loesch, Bob Luxa, Kevin Murphy, Chris Sheppard, Bill Silberman, and Terri Ziegler. There will be opportunities to join us on workdays as we make this garden a beautiful entrance to our campus. Thanks be to God!