Around 1980, longtime BUMC member, Phil Bash, approached then minister Bill Kirk with the idea of a columbarium at the church. Historically, a columbarium is a stone wall within a garden for the burial of funeral urns. Having seen a similar facility at St Michael’s church, Bash and Kirk received approval from the trustees to spend time at St Michael’s gathering information and then setting up a BUMC columbarium mirroring St. Michael’s.
Our Memorial Garden
Every Thanksgiving, I pull out the black spiral bound notebook titled,“The Streed Family Thankfulness Journal,” prepare breakfast, and gather the family around the dining room table. We partake of breakfast together while recording the things for which we are grateful. Much to my amazement, we’ve kept this going for ten years! It’s been a joy to look back over the past years to see what we are thankful for every year (God’s blessings of home and family) and what things we add as the years go by (friends, health, pets). It’s a wonderful time when we shut off all media and just enjoy each other’s company.
Caring for the Prairie
Some might look at the crescent-shaped bed outside the northwest corner of the sanctuary as a patch of weeds, but the plants were thoughtfully included in the landscape plans for the church property.