Posts Categorized: Church Earth Care Stories

Spotlight on Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church

Celebrating 5th Year PCUSA Certified Earth Care Congregations!   Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church (Stevens Point, WI), did not just begin earth care activities five years ago. Now celebrating the “5th year certification” with the PCUSA national program, church members in this congregation have been active and creatively engaged in environmental stewardship since 2001.   Originally… Read more »

Creation Care at Local Churches in All Denominations

While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!   “Stewards of the Earth” by Karen Nazor Hill in Timesfreepress.com   Excerpt:   “In Chattanooga, New Hope Presbyterian Church has its “Earth Care Team,” a group dedicated to being “stewards of God’s… Read more »

Trinity Presbyterian in Santa Cruz Installs Solar

  Members at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz, CA, decided to take the leap of faith and apply for a loan to install solar panels on their church building. In an article about stewardship for the church newsletter, church member Russ Hobbs wrote about “solar coming to Trinity” as a brainstorm that began with… Read more »

Beginning a 5th Year Anniversary for PCUSA Earth Care Congregations

Birthday Cake and Singing for Earth Care Congregations at PEC Lunch, June 2014   This summer, 2014, marks the 5th year of certification for 13 of PCUSA’s certified Earth Care Congregations. For five years, these churches have been growing ever deeper in their ministry and witness and for five years, the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation… Read more »

Church “Green Living Practicum” Changes Individual Habits

At Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney, TX, a small group study initiated by the Creation Care Team has led to changing individual lives and family lifestyle choices. A group of 10 families gathered to work through David Gershon’s Green Living Handbook over a period of 4 months.    The purpose of this four month study… Read more »

FPC Athens OH Named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA’s ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition

We celebrate with First Presbyterian Church of Athens, OH as it was recently recognized for its important achievement in energy conservation. It was named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA’S ENERGYSTAR® National Building Competition! Competitors together have saved more than $100 million on utility bills and prevented 230,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions…. Read more »

Disappearing Wetland Communities and a Church Calling for Change

  Last month I visited, along with other members of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue, in Gray, Louisiana. We learned about the concerns and passions unique to their part of God’s creation. This hospitable, warm, and loving congregation shared much with us, including their deep grief about what is… Read more »

State Notice for Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation

In addition to enhancing the well-being of the congregation, securing a better world for future generations, and deepening a sense of Christian discipleship, Earth Care Congregations are finding ways to build up their local communities– and being noticed for it!   In February, Forest Lake Church helped create a community garden at a transition residence… Read more »

Celebrating Winners of the Cool Congregations Competition with Interfaith Power and Light!

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park KS, has just been informed they have won first place in the “Energy Savings Category” in the Interfaith Power and Light Cool Congregations 2013 Challenge.   Their submission was an “Adopt-A-Light”  campaign  where they designed and installed a lighting retrofit project saving utility costs AND reducing our CO2 contribution to… Read more »

Youth activities, mission trips and more: Webster Groves Presbyterian Church cares for God’s creation

  Webster Groves Presbyterian Church (MO) formed its Environmental Stewardship Committee in 2011 and developed a mission statement which outlined their intent “to be careful stewards of the environment as we honor God’s covenant with all of creation…”   The committee has worked to minimize the environmental impact of the church and recently became certified by… Read more »