Grace’s Partnership with Salvation Army Continues to Grow
Ken Luebbering, Lay Ministry Coordinator

5/28/10 Three years ago, Grace’s Community Ministry Committee began work on the Lohman Prayer Garden as a ministry to the Salvation Army Shelter of Hope. Since then the garden has been completed, in so far as gardens can ever be finished. Last year, with the help of a major grant from the diocese, we took another major step by building a new playground for shelter residents.
This year, the Vestry’s established the expansion of our partnership with Salvation Army as our community ministry priority for 2010, and in celebration of that partnership our Community Ministry Committee is hosting an all-parish cookout and potluck at the Lohman Prayer Garden on July 18. We’re hoping for a grand celebration of summer and our relationship with our community. We will share our meal with shelter residents, staff, neighbors, and other Salvation Army clients. There will be grilled burgers, brats, and hotdogs and drinks will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. Please join us. The meal will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m. More details to come.

Vegetable Garden
5/28/10 Ray Evans organized a group of gardening volunteers to improve the vegetable garden that was begun last year at the shelter. So far they have made improvements to the drainage of the site, added better topsoil, tilled, and begun planting. On their most recent work day, they were joined by residents from the shelter who lent a hand. Shelter director, Judy Holliday, is hoping Grace members will mentor shelter residents to help them learn to care for the garden on their own.