UM Ministries cuts ribbon to new space for The Big Garden


 Big Garden celebrates new home

United Methodist Ministries kicked off a celebration of 50 years of ministry and its new home by hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 8 at the new Big Garden headquarters.

About 75 people attended the ribbon-cutting at 5602 Read St. in Omaha, Nebraska. Nathan Morgan, executive director at the Big Garden, welcomed everyone and shared that with this new space UM Ministries hopes to “grow more food, teach more people and feed more people.”

Guests included former Sen. Lowen Kruse, a founding member of United Methodist Ministries; the Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede, former UM Ministries executive director and The Big Garden founder; Harriett Jane Olson, general secretary and CEO of United Methodist Women; James McKnight, a representative from U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford’s office; current board members and staff; and others.

Morgan was then joined by current board members and staff to cut the ribbon – with garden shears. After a prayer of dedication led by the Rev. Charlotte Abram, Morgan invited all to a celebration dinner at First United Methodist Church in Omaha. The dinner featured a locally sourced gourmet dinner, awards and recognitions, a choir and a keynote address by Olson.

“There is a standing invitation for you to come and get your hands dirty” Morgan said while concluding the ceremony at the new Big Garden location.

Before heading to the dinner, guests were invited to plant mint seeds in plant boxes.

The celebration continued into Saturday, when guests were treated to tours of the new location, local music, a blessing of seeds, workshops and a living history discussion of UM Ministries.

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