Lutheran church to start meditation garden

The 10 vacant lots near the grounds of Hope Lutheran Church will be turned into a meditation garden following a July 7 vote by the congregation.

“I talked to a contractor who’s getting the permits together,” said Wes Runk, pastor of the church.

The idea came to Runk from Frank and Joyce Rauschenberger, Placida seasonal residents from Huron, Ohio.

“The churches in our area came together and organized (a prayer path) on our church’s grounds,” Joyce said. “It was dedicated in May 2007 and there are all sorts of people who walked on it and it changed their lives.”

Runk said the idea is to create a labyrinth open to the public. The purpose of the park is to operate as a place of peace for all walks of life.

“When the lots are cleared, the church council will sit down with a committee appointed by council to plan the details of the meditation park,” Runk said. “A date for the dedication of the park has been set for the middle of October and the new bishop, Rev. Robert Schaefer, will be present to consecrate the area for private and public meditation.”

Property Owners of Gulf Cove holds meetings at the church, said president Dave Cormier.

“I believe in God,” Cormier said. “I think the majority of POGC will be for it.”    Hope Lutheran is located on 14200 Hopewell Ave. in Gulf Cove.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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