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Memorial Garden

On October 26, 2014 we dedicated

our memorial garden as a place for

rest and reflection.  We welcome

friends, neighbors and area visitors

to come and sit for awhile. We invite

you to enjoy our walking path and to

know how it reflects our church using

the following:

Meditating Through the Garden

Our garden begins with a prayer: “That they may all be one.” This is Jesus’ prayer to God for his disciples: that they would stay united in ministry and in the sharing of the Good News after Jesus’ death and resurrection. And yet, it was not to be so. Christian communities broke over when to celebrate Easter and over how to baptize people. Communities separated over understandings of God, Christ, and Spirit. Communities stopped speaking to each other because some believed in redeemption after death and others did not. Communities argued over whether Jesus was fully human or fully God, or both, or neither. Communities split when people couldn’t agree about how we lowly humans achieve salvation. The Church Universal split east and west over the letters q-u-e, which mean “and “ in English, and to this day we have the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic church because of it. Our Protestant heritage comes out of split after split after split in Christian communities. . .and yet, here in this place, four separated Christian communities joined together in answer to Jesus’ prayer, “That they may all be one.”       The first section of our garden honors those who first came to answer the prayer, the Charter members who voted to close their own churches-to allow them to die so that this congregation could rise, resurrected, as it were, from the graves of our four parent congregations. Pause here to give thanks to God for their generous spirits and courageous hearts.      As we approach the center of our garden, the pastors God has chosen to lead this congregation are named. So far, five men and one woman have answered the call to come and serve. In 50 years, may there be more names to remember, faithful servants of God who came to love this church, its history, and all of you and your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who will continue the work of God in this place. Pause here to give thanks to God for calling to be pastors of this congregation men and women of strong faith, wise vision, and open hearts.  
In a garden like this, where past meets present and leads us to the future, we are reminded that all of time is held in God’s hands. The sign, set solidly in the earth, connects us to those who came before an marks this time as significant in our history; someday, those who come after us will see our names here and know that we are included in the “beloved founders, member, friends, and supporters” who have made this place possible. One of the beloved who made this place possible is Larry Faupel, whose gift of music was a powerful sign of God’s presence among us. Sitting here, in this thin place where heaven and earth are indistinguishable, when you listen with open heart, you will hear Larry’s tenor leading the heavenly choir, singing praises that remind us of God’s continuing presence among us. Give thanks for signs and songs that call us together and send us out for the Glory of God. We reach the center of our garden, where a young tree stands, having survived it first winters but still tenuously holding on to life. This is much like our congregation in the first years after the merger, when no one was quite sure if the roots of faith would grow strong and true among the new members. Given in memory of a charter member who worked hard to hep this new congregation thrive, this tree dedicated to S. Arthur Way is a living reminder of the work required to build and sustain a church. As we watch it grow in years to come, may we always be reminded that our church is a living, breathing creation of God and we have been called to help it grow in faith, in love, and in mission to our neighbors and friends just as those who came before us have done. Look carefully at the circle around the tree, This circle is finite; it has definite borders and boundaries. But even though it is finite, this circle reminds us of the infinite circle of God’s love in which we live and move and have our being. May we always feel God’s infinite love surrounding us. May this be a thin place, where within the finite boundaries of brick and stone, God’s infinite love can be experienced by every person who steps within. As we approach the road, the path moves from the past to the present and the future. In this half of the path, many of us have our names made visible for all to see, proclaiming our faith in God and our commitment to this congregation. Some people are honored here because we remember with joy how they served God in all things, their faith strengthened by their participation in the life of this church. Others are honored here because we are working together even now, serving God in all things because our faith is strengthened among our family and friends in this place. This part of our garden speakes truly: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” Give thanks for those who have gone on before and for each other as we are today, and to seek God’s guiding hand for those called to be here in the years to come. We honor another facet of our life in this place. We are a community center, home over the years to many groups of people from Schellsburg and the surrounding area who have used our building and participated in our church’s activities. Give thanks to God for our ministry of community hospitality and ask a blessing upon each group that calls our church “home”. And finally, here at the end, we are sent out into the world with the knowledge that our God is still speaking, or, perhaps , this is the beginning, and those who come into this place are invited because God is still speaking. Pause one last time to give thanks, praising God with a shout of joy at all that we celebrate in this memorial garden. Let it not be just a place of memory for things past, but a quiet center for the present and a place of vision for the future. Indeed, let it be a place that says,

We are all one in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 
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Memorial Garden

On October 26, 2014 we dedicated our

memorial garden as a place for rest and

reflection.  We welcome friends, neighbors

and area visitors to come and sit for awhile.

We invite you to enjoy our walking path and to

know how it reflects our church using the

following:

Meditating Through the Garden

Our garden begins with a prayer: “That they may all be one.” This is Jesus’ prayer to God for his disciples: that they would stay united in ministry and in the sharing of the Good News after Jesus’ death and resurrection. And yet, it was not to be so. Christian communities broke over when to celebrate Easter and over how to baptize people. Communities separated over understandings of God, Christ, and Spirit. Communities stopped speaking to each other because some believed in redeemption after death and others did not. Communities argued over whether Jesus was fully human or fully God, or both, or neither. Communities split when people couldn’t agree about how we lowly humans achieve salvation. The Church Universal split east and west over the letters q-u-e, which mean “and “ in English, and to this day we have the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic church because of it. Our Protestant heritage comes out of split after split after split in Christian communities. . .and yet, here in this place, four separated Christian communities joined together in answer to Jesus’ prayer, “That they may all be one.”       The first section of our garden honors those who first came to answer the prayer, the Charter members who voted to close their own churches-to allow them to die so that this congregation could rise, resurrected, as it were, from the graves of our four parent congregations. Pause here to give thanks to God for their generous spirits and courageous hearts.                     As we approach the center of our garden, the pastors God has chosen to lead this congregation are named. So far, five men and one woman have answered the call to come and serve. In 50 years, may there be more names to remember, faithful servants of God who came to love this church, its history, and all of you and your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who will continue the work of God in this place. Pause here to give thanks to God for calling to be pastors of this congregation men and women of strong faith, wise vision, and open hearts.  
One of the beloved who made this place possible is Larry Faupel, whose gift of music was a powerful sign of God’s presence among us. Sitting here, in this thin place where heaven and earth are indistinguishable, when you listen with an open heart, you will hear Larry’s tenor leading the heavenly choir, singing praises that remind us of God’s continuing presence among us. Give thanks for signs and songs that call us together and send us out for the Glory of God. We reach the center of our garden, where a young tree stands, having survived it first winters but still tenuously holding on to life. This is much like our congreagation in the first years after the merger, when no one was quite sure if the roots of faith would grow strong and true among the new members. Given in memory of a charter member who worked hard to hep this new congregation thrive, this tree dedicated to S. Arthur Way is a living reminder of the work required to build and sustain a church. As we watch it grow in years to come, may we always be reminded that our church is a living, breathing creation of God and we have been called to help it grow in faith, in love, and in mission to our neighbors and friends just as those who came before us have done. Look carefully at the circle around the tree, This circle is finite; it has definite borders and boundaries. But even though it is finite, this circle reminds us of the infinite circle of God’s love in which we live and move and have our being. May we always feel God’s infinite love surrounding us. May this be a thin place, where within the finite boundaries of brick and stone, God’s infinite love can be experienced by every person who steps within. As we approach the road, the path moves from the past to the present and the future. In this half of the path, many of us have our names made visible for all to see, proclaiming our faith in God and our commitment to this congregation. Some people are honored here because we remember with joy how they served God in all things, their faith strengthened by their participation in the life of this church. Others are honored here because we are working together even now, serving God in all things because our faith is strengthened among our family and friends in this place. This part of our garden speaks truly: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” Give thanks for those who have gone on before and for each other as we are today, and to seek God’s guiding hand for those called to be here in the years to come. We honor another facet of our life in this place. We are a community center, home over the years to many groups of people from Schellsburg and the surrounding area who have used our building and participated in our church’s activities. Give thanks to God for our ministry of community hospitality and ask a blessing upon each group that calls our church “home”. And finally, here at the end, we are sent out into the world with the knowledge that our God is still speaking, or, perhaps , this is the beginning, and those who come into this place are invited because God is still speaking. Pause one last time to give thanks, praising God with a shout of joy at all that we celebrate in this memorial garden. Let it not be just a place of memory for things past, but a quiet center for the present and a place of vision for the future. Indeed, let it be a place that says,

We are all one in Jesus Christ our Lord.