ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, on SW Del Rio Blvd. in Port St. Lucie, was filled with activity on Good Friday. The new Memorial Garden monument was installed thanks to Jose Ubilla and his team at Real Stone & Granite. The monument project was led by Ron Herman, a member of the congregation.
An anonymous donor paid for the five acres of land in 1997 that is the current home of The Episcopal Church of the Nativity. The groundbreaking soon followed. Since those early days, the church has grown. Today the property holds the 6,000 square foot church that includes the sanctuary, kitchen, Sunday School classrooms, parish hall, and office space. In addition, there is an outdoor chapel and the Memorial Garden, where 38 members of the congregation are interred.
Jose Ubilla, owner/founder of Real Stone & Granite brought in his team of expert craftsman to install the monument. The granite slab was cut to size and engraved at their facility in Ft. Pierce. It was then transported to the church for installation. A forklift was used for the heavy lifting and six team members were on site to assist with placing it in position and securing it to the base. “We are dealing with a very heavy granite monument,” stated Ubilla. “This is precision work and takes expert technicians to install it properly.”
The church offers 23 Ministries that are divided into five major categories: Fellowship, Education, Outreach, Spirituality, and Business/Administration. Their Outreach programs reflect the life-giving aspect and the true spirit of Nativity’s love and caring for humankind.
“The transformation of the Memorial Garden is amazing,” stated Herman. “The monument is gorgeous. We’re extremely grateful to Jose and his staff to come out on Good Friday and finish the project.” The dedication is planned for Easter Sunday at 10:00 am.
The Memorial Garden was created in 2002 about the same time as the Outdoor Chapel. It originally held a small plaque with the names of those interred. The new monument will be the featured piece of the gardens. It stands about seven feet tall and will hold the names of each of the interred individuals. Granite will cover the base of the monument.
A walkway made of pavers will lead to a larger reflection area in front of the monument. “It’s beautiful,” added Judy Klimczak, Senior Warden at the church. “It’s perfect timing to have this ready for the dedication on Easter Sunday.”
The Episcopal Church of the Nativity has almost 200 members in their congregation. For more information about the church visit www.churchofthenativitypsl.com.
About Real Stone & Granite
Real Stone & Granite is located on South Market Avenue in Ft. Pierce. They are the area’s top custom fabricator of granite and marble. They have also created virtually all of the Veteran Monuments in St. Lucie County and many others around the State as well. For more information, call 772.489.9964 or visit www.realstoneandgranite.com.
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