Shepherd of the Hills dedicates garden and pergola

Addition the result of an Eagle Scout project


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  • Eagle Scout Joseph Schwab, left, and Pastor Tina Reyes in the garden Schwab and allies built.



SPARTA — Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is honored to announce the dedication and use of a Memorial Garden & Pergola, constructed by Joseph Schwab of Boy Scout Troop #150 of Sparta. This was Schwab’s Eagle Scout project and was dedicated on Sunday, November 6, as the church celebrated All Saints’ Day.

“Years ago, plans began to develop a place where one could remember their loved ones and find comfort,” said Pastor Tina Reyes. “The addition of the pergola and other plants continues that plan of creating a place of healing and witness.”

Schwab, with assistance from Ann Sears, architect, Johnny Langernapp, mason, his parents, Glenn & Kathy Schwab, and others from Troop 150, completed the pergola at the end of August. “The project was more involved than I thought,” Schwab remarked. “I learned many things about myself and others in the process.”

The Memorial Garden & Pergola is a place for all who desire a peaceful place to remember their loved ones to visit. There is room for further shrubs and flowers to be planted in memory of loved ones. Contact the church office for more information.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. All are invited to worship, grow, and serve with us as we proclaim God’s love and grace to all people.

Shepherd of the Hills is located at 246 Woodport Rd. in Sparta. For directions or more information about church activities, visit www.sothnj.org/ or call Pastor Tina directly at (973) 729-7010.

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