Being Outside - Reflecting Inward Week 5

Meeting God Outdoors: Waypoint Park

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wonderous works, I will meditate. -- Psalm 145:5


Are you wanting to add a spiritual practice Christmastide? To find scared spaces to ground you during this time of waiting and hoping?


Are you wishing to escape the COVID Blues, wander not too far from home, yet be able to stretch your legs, breathe fresh air, and practice social distancing?


We’ve called upon two long-time First Congregational Church members and outdoor enthusiasts, Herb and Marion Brown, to recommend places where our congregants might seek and find remarkable settings for experiencing God’s wonderous creations.  We suggest that these places might be ones where you might stop, breathe deeply, then pause for a few intentional minutes of introspection, prayer, and/or meditation.


This week we invite you to visit: Waypoint Park.


The new Waypoint Park is at the site of the old Georgia Pacific (GP) Plant, 1145 Granary Ave. In 2010 after GP left and before too much other activity started, Joe Meche documented the arrival of thousands of ground nesting Caspian Terns. The area changed, and they no longer nest there. The shape of their angular wings and bright orange bill distinguishes them from the gulls. While there, check out the Acid Ball, “rocket-like” digester tanks, pulp storage towers, unique playground, nearby bicycle pump track, and condo construction site. We are lucky that this beautiful area has been reclaimed from industrial use for this special park. What a good place to meditate about change.