Memorial garden and labyrinth dedicated
Members of the Madras United Methodist Church recently dedicated the Arland Tangeman Memorial Garden and Labyrinth, and they invite the community to come and walk the labyrinth.
"Friends and families gathered at the labyrinth after worship to remember Arland and to consecrate the labyrinth for service to the church and the community," Madras United Methodist Church Pastor Gigi Siekkinen said of the Aug. 22 dedication. "What a wonderful tribute to a man who was a beloved member of the congregation."
Tangeman passed away in September of 2018.
"A labyrinth has been on a wish list for many years at our church, from former Pastor Janet Farrell through recent Pastor Nancy Slabaugh Hart," said Pat Hastings, a member of the church who helped with the project.
Hastings and a group of ladies from the church had visited a labyrinth in John Day. They were given resources on how to build a labyrinth. They worked with the men of the church as well as a local contractor to level the grounds.
"We then began a campaign to sell bricks to honor current or past loved ones. This enabled us to purchase the bricks," Hastings said. Bricks are laser lettered by a company in Redmond.
To date, they have sold 64 bricks, and there are still opportunities to purchase a brick for $50 to have placed in honor or memory of a loved one.
"Because Arland was such a work horse on the church grounds and a close friend to many of us, we chose to name the garden in his honor," Hastings said.
Donations afforded plants and a tree to be put in place as well as gravel and a retaining wall. Arland's son, Jim, built a handcrafted Adirondack chair as an addition to the garden.
Arland's wife, Edna Tangeman, and their son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Kim Tangeman, also joined the dedication ceremony.
"The labyrinth is a wonderful tool for meditation and prayer," Siekkinen said. "With the addition of the chair, the garden is also a place for quiet relaxation and reflection."
Instructions for walking the labyrinth are located in a small box at the entrance to the garden on the church grounds.
Siekkinen said all are invited to walk the labyrinth or to rest a few moments and remember Arland, who, in his wife, Edna's words, was a man who "knew how to love people."
"The United Methodist Women would like to see this garden be a sanctuary for all people to come and walk, to meditate and remember," Hastings said.
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