Preparations begin for Roscoe UMC Serenity Garden


Tammy Shoevlin (with shovel), Pastor Paul Meyers (center) and Jenny Bevins assist the children in breaking ground for the Serenity Garden at Roscoe United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 24.

After many months of planning and raising funds, Roscoe United Methodist Church was ready to begin constructing the future home of the Serenity Memorial Garden and Ashuary.

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, members of the congregation gathered to break ground on the project.

Pastor Paul Meyers began the ceremony by thanking everyone for coming together to make the Serenity Garden happen.

Church members Jenny Bevins and Tammy Shoevlin spearheaded the project and were instrumental in bringing the Serenity Garden to reality.

Members of the RUMC congregation, including several children, dug shovels into the ground.

The groundbreaking and dedication took place during “Spring Bonfire.” Open to the public, the celebration of spring featured hot dogs cooked over the fire, music, and conversation.

The beautiful landscaped garden will be available to the entire community. Engraved bricks can be purchased to support the garden and to be used as memorial markers.

More information about Serenity Garden is on the church website and in our 

previous article. For information about purchasing an engraved brick, call Doris Tropp at the church, 815-623-2292.

A rendering and video of the Serenity Garden and Ashuary west of Roscoe United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Reed Lane. The tranquil memorial garden will be available to the public as well as to RUMC members.

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