Only after going out with camera in hand in search of a picture of a stone for this week’s Tuesday photo challenge did I remember these stone structures in a park attached to a church I once served as an Interim Minister. I found pictures in my digital files so the post I had in mind will have to wait!
Krueger Park, established in the 1930s, is just behind Bethany United Church of Christ, a country congregation two miles east of the small town of Baxter, Iowa. The church and park are surrounded by farmland.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!Psalm 36:7-9, NRSV
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Some time in the past there was a pump so water could flow into a little stream from the fountain, under the bridge and into a small pond below.
Next to the pond is a lighthouse.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”John 8:12, NRSV
The congregation holds worship services in the park on the first Sunday of summer months. The grounds are perfect for games during Vacation Bible School at the end of July. There’s a fire pit that is used for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows after the annual hay rack ride in October.
Wow, how wonderful are these pictures from Bethany with matching scriptures! Your work really showed off the beauty of the stone structures. Thank you!
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I can’t believe it took me three days to remember the stone structures there! I remember using them one summer for children’s messages when we worshiped in the park. Tried to find the history of the park in my Bethany box but I must have left it in a folder for the next pastor.
A special place with wonderful people.
I particularly like the lighthouses. Lovely photos perfectly highlight your scripture choices.
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Thank-you, Mandy. It was fun to think about which scripture to use with each structure.
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