Beautify A Garden: 5/18/19

10 am – 2 pm; 5/18/19

2 pm- 4 pm; 5/19/19 – rain date

We will planting many species to beautify the front garden of the Glendale New Church/ Trillium Center for Small Group Experiences

845 Congress Avenue, Glendale, OH 45059

Stop by that day if you can lend a hand!

Come Glean Our Garden Today!

It’s time to take down the garden for the summer. Come and glean what you would like from what remains.

Also, join us for church today, as Guest Minister Rev. Julie Conaron discusses Divine Providence. 10:30 Hospitality. 11:00 Worship. 12:00 Gleaning

Consider it Divine Providence that you read this email this morning, and come to church in Glendale! 845 Congress Avenue, Glendale, OH 45246

#MindfulMonday Gardening to Goodness

Pat Latta and Maggie Panyko were together in the Children’s Community garden planting flowers to accompany our seedlings, this morning. It was a great opportunity to get their hands dirty, share commonalities and enjoy the sunlight.  When they were done, they both commented that some days it is just nicer to work with someone else in the garden.  They were happy to have shared time together.

Here are some insights into achieving spiritual insight through the practice of gardening, provided by the Swedenborg Foundation’s “Off the Left Eye”.



Children’s Garden Growing!

seedling-ncomChurches around the country are offering their open spaces for shared use; directly and through cooperatives.

We are expanding our Children’s Garden this year to include participants from our neighborhood and neighborhood schools!

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“By allotting land for a community garden, a church is saying, we care about the community, the planet and providing a source for personal enrichment on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.” ~Amy Lee

This connection with the surrounding communities binds a church and village with a simple use—to use the earth for the greater good of all who share it. N.C.o.M.’s hope is that by providing this opportunity for school children to plant a seedling and watch it grow, it will help them:

  • Have a respect and love for nature,
  • Create real knowledge of how food grows,
  • Develop an understanding of a power greater than themselves &
  • Share a place to connect with others in our community space!

See our progress!

Sharing in the work

Last Saturday was a work day at the Glendale New Church. Sweeping and painting, gathering sticks, trimming and decorating were done. The church looked a little spiffier after we finished! But–there is more work to do! We are going to be receiving a list of ways we can help beautify our spiritual landing space. I hope we can all get together regularly to share in the collective work. Here’s how the kids spent some of their time (interpolated by rest in the shade): developing a cheery greeting to passers-by of Congress Ave.churchgarden-closeup.jpgchurchgarden.jpg

Sunday Service, May 15, 2016

We gathered first inside, then al fresco, for a lovely garden service given by Gloria Toot. We cultivated our minds in thought and then we set to work planting specimens each congregant brought for our new church garden! We are happy to announce our new raised bed garden; our Children’s Garden! We hope the children will learn to love and care for the plants as much as we do.

Service taken in part and adapted from : Vibrant Magazine

Bible reading: John 15:1,2, New Living Translation

Jesus said: “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”

Your everyday life is your garden.

Did everyone notice the garden that has appeared in the front yard? Thanks to Maggie and JD and their helpers for that. Sometime ago we decided one of our ministries would be to feed the hungry. This little garden is a symbol of that ministry. The plan is to grow some vegetables, maybe some flowers and, on a very small scale share the harvest with each other. Perhaps someday we can share on a larger level.

We can all can pick up any magazine or get on the Internet and research all the health benefits of gardening and that sort of thing. But today I want to talk a little bit about our spiritual garden. What would happen if I were to put half the effort into my spiritual life that I put into my everyday life.

If I took the time to really work at my relationship with God, a little back-
breaking, sweaty work, what kind of things would grow? If I sow seeds of faith, hope, strength, health, forgiveness, humility, and praise it make my garden beautiful. If I water them with joy, peace, love, encouragement, and blessing I will will reap a bountiful harvest, some beautiful things will bloom.

Yet, sometimes I choose to focus my efforts elsewhere, and when that happens I don’t grow lovely things; instead, I grow weeds. The weed seeds of pride, fear, doubt, unbelief, defeat, depression, and complaining find a home in my garden. But, maybe the bigger picture is that I’m not the gardener; God is. And you and I are just part of His enormous garden. Maybe some of us are flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, grass, or even mulch or moss.

The great thing is that we all have a role to play. Each of us in our own special way contributes a special quality to the garden of God. We each have a voice and a unique gift that we’ve been given in order to share God’s Word to the world. And when we unite, together we form a grand company.

I hope that you will find it in the garden of your heart to allow God to be your Master Gardener. And that you will allow His labor of love to plant a new life within you. In return, you will produce a beautiful piece that will add abundance to the garden of God!

As all the earth is a garden, Lord, we ask that you bless this small piece of the earth. As Your Light shines upon us and upon this garden, giving us life, likewise help us to give light and life to others.

We pray you, Lord, to bless our garden.

We ask you, Lord, to bless the water that will nourish this garden. Help the roots of our plants tap into life-giving water. Help us to always be rooted in your love and in the water of the Holy Spirit.

We pray you, Lord, to bless our garden.

We ask you, Lord, to bless the soil that nourishes new life in this ground and in this community. Help us to look in awe at the mysteries of your work not yet seen. Help us to appreciate the nourishment of your earth and use it wisely.

We pray you, Lord, to bless our garden.

We ask you, Lord, to bless the seeds planted here. Help them to sprout and grow. Give all new life within this garden the right conditions to grow and bear fruit in Your Light.

We pray you, Lord, to bless our garden.

We ask you, Lord, for the knowledge, wisdom, and tools to best tend our garden and do your work to give life to ourselves and others.

We pray you, Lord, to bless our garden.

We ask you, Lord, for a bountiful harvest, both in our garden and in our lives. Give us the wisdom to take what we need to feed ourselves and to use our abundance to the benefit of others.

We pray you, Lord, to bless our garden.

Bless this garden, O Lord, and all life within it. Give us nourishment from this garden, as we feed ourselves and the entire human family through your love and your gifts. Amen.