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Double Rings, JH, Kit. Friday, Jul 10 @ 6:30 PM
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Double Rings, JH, Kit. Monday, Aug 10 @ 6:30 PM

75th Anniversary of CGS!

Celebrating 75 Years of Christian Ministry and Mission


Through the Years – Floral Tributes


Flowers, like music, have an indisputable role in the lives of a church and its worshippers. Church of the Good Shepherd is no exception, as it has a long history of enhancing its sanctuaries with beautiful blossoms. But its most recent history began about 30 years ago.


The late Tom Sinclair, commonly known as 'The General', suggested an idea for paying tribute on Veterans Day and the Marine Corps anniversary to our men and women who have served our country in the military. He proposed red, white, and blue altar flowers as appropriate. The concept soon caught on with Jack Kelly followed by Roy Gilliam and Ralph Breeden (all deceased). Then when May came around, it seemed only fitting to mark Memorial Day the same way. And thus it has been ever since! On these two holidays, both the Sunday bulletin list all servicemen and women, past and present, with their name, rank, and branch of service, and also indicating those who are deceased. An asterisk denotes if the flowers were donated by a family member or friend. The donations, completely voluntary, help pay for the bouquets.


But our year-round altar arrangements are significant features in the Church of the Good Shepherd, too. They connote the beauty and peacefulness so welcome during our times of worship. They’re in the Chapel for the early service, then carried to the Chancel for the 10 o’clock service. Members can provide flowers in honor or memory of someone special. In the Narthex is a calendar where they can sign up for the Sundays they would like to sponsor an altar arrangement which may be taken home by the donors after the 10 o’clock service. Anniversaries, birthdays and weddings are popular times to celebrate. Since the pastor announces the names and occasions for the honoree, the entire congregation can join in the well-wishing.


Banks of blooming plants surround the altar on church holidays. At Christmastime, poinsettias fairly glow with their red warmth. Easter, of course, must have Easter Lilies, but they may be augmented with colorful mums, azaleas or hydrangeas.


Some of the happiest and some of the saddest occasions in both personal and church life are marked with lovely flowers. Weddings often mean the bride’s bouquet and her bridesmaids’, and possibly a boutonniere. That’s in addition to those displayed in the church—and even, perhaps, at the reception. Brides who are members and who wed on a Saturday may designate that some of their wedding flowers are left for the Sunday worshippers. Flowers are usually a comforting part of the memorial ‘celebration of the life’ of the loved one who has died. Again, some arrangements may be left for Sunday.


Our attention is often focused on the altar flowers in all their colorful hues, so we may not notice a small vase alongside them. Sometimes, however, there is a tiny rosebud that welcomes a new baby into our world. Whether child or grandchild, the small one seems to bring hope to all of us for the coming days and years. 


400 W. Duarte Rd Arcadia, CA 91007      [email protected]      (626) 447-2181
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