New life is springing up from the fertile soil in Cypress

God is at work in a new venture between Bethesda Lutheran Communities and Celebration Church. Bethesda serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout the U.S. and in the greater Houston area. Celebration has been connected with Bethesda since its inception, serving in group homes, welcoming people in worship, and taking part in special programs, camps, and more.


Now, something new has sprung up. Thanks to the knowledge of Greg Tofeldt (Master Gardener) and the passion of Sister Shelli Williamson, a beautiful garden is growing just outside of Bethesda’s Community Life Center. The garden overflows with cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, and radishes!

Throughout the week, Bethesda friends water and weed the gardens, waiting patiently for harvest time. They recently feasted on a hearty salad of fresh greens and radishes. This creative venture gives the people Bethesda serves an opportunity to enjoy nature, get their hands dirty, and learn to eat well.

The six garden beds are elevated for easy access for people with mobility impairments. Tofeldt designed the gardens using a technique called Square Foot Gardening. This style allows for a bountiful harvest in a small, well-organized space. The harvest is plentiful, and the workers are overjoyed.

To learn more, contact Sister Shelli Williamson at Celebration Lutheran Church.