Altar Flowers

You can help beautify our Sanctuary all year long by donating an altar flower arrangement in honor or memory of loved ones. The donation amount is $45 per arrangement. Sign-up sheets are available outside of Fellowship Hall or in the church office. Please mark all checks "flowers." Call the church office at 303-839-1493 with questions.

BelindaCaringBlossoms... what happens to the beautiful altar flowers after services on Sunday morning? Or the flowers left at the church following a memorial service or a wedding? Often the people who donate the flowers are not present on Sunday or opt out of taking the flowers home. When this happens, Trinity has a ministry called "Caring Blossoms." The huge bouquets from the altar are separated and placed into smaller bud vases; our pastors deliver them to Trinity's home-bound, those in the hospital, or those in nursing homes.

The rest of the story is that Trinity has a new member who does this delicate and beautiful work. Her name is Belinda Schrag. Belinda was introduced to you in August of 2012 when she joined Trinity. She grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and attended St. Cloud State University, a teacher's college. Her teaching fields are math and biology, and she was certified for grades K through 12. When Belinda retired recently, she discovered that she needed a purpose in her life, something to replace teaching. Then she discovered the joy of floral arranging. She studied floral design at the Bouquet Boutique in Broomfield, owned by Sue and Dennis Sutton. She was a willing (and unpaid!) apprentice and learned the secrets of making a few flowers look really good in a small vase.

The idea came to Belinda that a flower ministry would be a wonderful way for her to volunteer her time at Trinity. After talking with Rev. Marshall, "Caring Blossoms" was born. Often, Bouquet Boutique donates buckets of flowers to Trinity, especially flowers they can no longer sell at the shop, but which are still healthy and bright. What a gift!

Now Belinda comes to Trinity every week, usually on a Monday afternoon, where she carefully breaks apart the available flowers and creates beautiful new arrangements. She puts many of them in the office where the pastors can grab them with ease.

Next time you are at Trinity, take notice of the various vases sitting around the office. Now you can visualize the caring hands of Belinda Schrag who creates these arrangements with such talent and love. Belinda says, "It makes me happy to play with flowers and know the recipients enjoy them as much as I do." Thank you, Belinda, for your great work on the "Caring Blossoms" ministry.

-By Carol Feickert, excerpted from article that appeared in the October 2013 Monthly Vision