Flower Ministry Workshop

One of Holy Comforter's glorious traditions started with a simple question- can we do this ourselves? And do it better? Marilynn Murray founded the Floral Guild, as it was then called, in the 1970's when she became very disappointed with the quality of floral arrangements provided by area florists. She began to purchase the flowers for the church herself and arrange them each week for the Sunday services. Soon other women of the parish volunteered to help, and the Floral Guild was born.

In the early 1990's, while Fr. Parkin was an associate, Nancy Liedecker and Joan Dodson attended a workshop led by Missy McLain, wife of the former rector of Christ Church. Missy had been trained at the National Cathedral and further encouraged the women of Holy Comforter to continue this ministry. Barbara Devlin, a professional arranger, happily agreed to help Nancy and did much of the arranging herself, and The Guild gained more members, and it flourished as the women's confidence grew.

The Flower Ministry has had many talented and creative directors and members over the years. Some members came with a lot of previous skill, honed through work in the garden clubs, while others learned "on-the-job" as they were mentored by seasoned members with greater experience. Barbara Devlin, who took the major role at Christmas and Easter until 2009, gave several workshops along with other Ministry Directors and members alike. She said, "The work of the women is now fabulous." Fr. Myers, who encouraged this ministry, always reminded the women that "the flowers were given to glory of God." They came to learn that through this ministry they not only served the church, but also gained knowledge and friendships!

The Flower Ministry of Holy Comforter continues to GROW! On Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. the Flower Ministry will hold a workshop in the Great Hall for anyone interested in learning about floral arranging at Holy Comforter. Flower Ministry member Ginny Noyes will share her wisdom and expertise as she leads the demonstration.

Donna Petersen, Chairperson of the Flower Ministry, invites all members of the congregation and the Flower Ministry to attend. Please call Donna at (847)251-4909 with any questions. To let us know if you wish to attend, please call Laurel in the church office at (847)251-6120.