- Proposed in the early 2000’s as a full memorial and prayer garden.
- First phase started in December of 2010 after the initial funds were raised.
- Dedicated September 24, 2011.
- The current landscaping was done by a long time member Dale Blaser
- 32 niches that hold up to 2 urns each.
Dr. Roy E. Blaser Memorial Rose Garden
- Planted and maintained by a long time member and well known horticulturist Dr. Roy E. Blaser who died in 2008 at the age of 96 and is now maintained by his son, Dale Blaser.
- He was a former professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
- The roses in our garden are of a variety Dr Blaser was very fond of and he transplanted from his home in Blacksburg, Va when he moved to Greensboro in the late 80’s.
- A portrait painted by local artist and church member Judy Meyler a few years before his death of Dr. Blaser with his wife of 73 years, Catherine, hangs in the hallway between the Fellowship Hall and the cross hallway to the classrooms
- Known to all simply as “Roy”, he was a great humanitarian and a lover of hugs.
Roy earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska, his Master of Science from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. from NC State University, where he researched plants and soils to grow better pastures to develop forage feeding systems for the efficient production of meat and milk. This work was sponsored at various times by the University of Florida, Cornell University, and Virginia Tech. In addition to being a professor, Roy was a consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation and traveled throughout the world, concentrating in South America, to help teach farmers to feed their people more efficiently. He wrote over 250 professional journal articles and textbook chapters.
The large mural that dominates the hall wall between the cross hallway and the Youth Room was painted by local artist and member Judy Meyer. The original intent was to paint a mural of major events in the Bible. After several months of work and filling the entire wall, it was cut to the current stories of Genesis through Noah and the Ark.
The spacious Sanctuary was built in 1984. It seats 150 people comfortably. With a state of the art audio/visual system of two screens in the front that enhances the worship experience. A Chancel Choir Loft, along with a Sacristy and a Nartex. The Stained Glass window is a prominent feature of our Sanctuary.
- Installed in 1984.
- Sketched by Rev. Gray Clark, the pastor at the time, in one evening. The design ideas came from a 9-person committee of church members.
- Designed and built in nearby Jamestown, North Carolina.
- The glass is imported from Germany, 1 inch thick and set in resin epoxy, with an aluminum frame. Each panel section weighs more than 100 pounds each.
SYMBOLS IN THE FELLOWSHIP WINDOW
Mountain: an Old Testament symbol for the dwelling place of God
Grapes: multiple meanings: blood of Christ; Communion sacrament; fruit borne by the branches of the Vine; the Promised Land
Grape Vine: symbol for the abundant life; a sacred plant signifying Israel and the Messiah. In the New Testament: Jesus the true Vine.
Grain: sign for bread; representing the humanity of Jesus; Communion sacrament; Jesus, the Bread of Life; nurture and growth of the Christian life.
Chalice: symbol of the sacrament of Communion, the Last Supper, the Sacrifice of Jesus; nourishment and protection; wine used in sacraments; and in Medieval times, the Holy Grail.
Cross: symbol of the sacrifice and death of Jesus; the sign of the conjunction of heaven and earth, God and creation; spiritual force and power that is victorious over death and materialism; primary symbol of Christianity; the tree of life. Important note: in Protestantism, the Cross is always empty, symbolizing the resurrection of Christ and His victory over death.
Celtic Cross: seen typically as having a circle around the central point, with smaller circles at each of the corners of the conjunction of the two cross pieces. Originated in Scotland and Ireland. The symbol of the cross pre-dates Christianity in the Celtic regions and was thought to represent trees, which in turn represent spiritual power and wisdom.
Circles around the center of the Cross: symbolize eternity and God; God’s unending love. Green Circle: eternal life. Gold Circle: God.
Alpha and Omega: first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. From scripture, where Jesus said, “I am the first and the last. I am the Alpha and the Omega.” This statement means that Jesus existed before creation and will continue into eternity.
Fish: symbol used in the early Christian church. The initial letters of the Greek words in the statement, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior,” spells “ichthus,” or “fish.”
The fish design was often used as a secret symbol of Christianity.
Tablets: symbolic of the Laws of God, specifically the Ten Commandments.
Chi Rho: the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. Has been used historically as the “monogram” of Jesus Christ.
Dove: symbol of sacrament of baptism, the Holy Spirit descending upon believers.
Radiance/Sun Burst: Divinity of Christ, who is the source of spiritual illumination (knowledge and understanding).
Blue: denotes spiritual love, truth, heavens and fidelity, baptism.
Green: fertility, regeneration, hope, eternal life, nature’s bounty, victory over death (think about the green of spring as being victorious over the drab colors and death of winter). Used during the “Ordinary” seasons of the Christian calendar.
Gray: color of ashes, representing mourning and humility.
Gold/Yellow: power, divine energy.
Red: passion, blood, fire. Also a sign or royalty and power. Pentecost: when the Holy Spirit descended upon the early church believers; used on Pentecost and Good Friday, as well as Reformation Sunday.
Purple: royalty, power, passion, suffering, and love of truth – this color is used during the seasons of Lent and Advent
White: innocence, light, joy, purity, faith, virginity – this color is used on Christmas and Easter, and is also used for weddings and observance of the sacraments.
Opened September of 1997.
Fellowship offers 2 schools:
- a morning school (9 -1:00) for two-year-olds, three-year-olds, pre-K (four-year-olds) and a Kindergarten which teaches the standard course of study for North Carolina Kindergartens
- an afterschool care program (2:30 – 5:45pm) for elementary aged children. Children come to the afterschool from Claxton, Jefferson, Pearce, Summerfield, Greensboro Academy and Caldwell Academy
Licensed providers also offer enrichment programs at the church for preschool aged children.
Mondays – Kinder Kixx, a program that is designed to introduce children to the fundamentals of soccer and develop character through lessons on subjects such as fair play, sharing, self-control and positive attitudes.
Fridays , Yoga for Kids is offered by Elaine Thomas of Yogalane. The program’s focus is happy minds, bodies and attitudes! Yoga for Kids is exclusive to Fellowship.
During our Afterschool program, piano lessons are offered to enrolled children.
Fellowship Schools have
- 2 administrators
- 11 morning school classroom teachers
- 5 after school counselors
- 3 morning school specialists teaching chapel, science lab and Spanish.
- Morning school ages: Twos through Kindergarten (6 year-olds)
- After school ages: Kindergarten through 5th grade
- Registration material and information is available online at the school website (www.fellowshipdayschool.com) and potential students may call the school at 288-1351 for information and a tour.