Church congregation begins work on memorial garden
By MARLO BARNHART
WOFLSVILLE - The congregation of St. Mark's Lutheran Church is turning an empty lot into a garden destined to honor the past while celebrating the future.
The memorial garden along Wolfsville Road behind the church parking lot is being built in stages, said Kenneth Frushour, secretary of the church cemetery committee.
"We've been planning the garden for about eight years but we were slow getting the funds," Frushour said.
He said the delay probably worked in the church's favor.
Over the years, congregation members interested in the project have traveled to other churches to see how they conceived and carried out their ideas for similar memorial gardens.
"We visited several gardens that were quite beautiful but were very high maintenance," Frushour said. "That's not what we wanted."
The first phase, a pavilion that will serve as the focal point of the garden, was completed this fall. It will provide space for memorial services, funerals, weddings and similar events.