Psalms 24:1 proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” Therefore we are called to stewardship of the earth.
Blue Ash Presbyterian congregation is committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Congregations earning 25 points in each of the four categories will be certified as Earth Care Congregations and receive various honors. Congregation members will also be invited to participate as individuals by completing similar actions in their homes. A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches provides congregations with worksheets, resources, and instructions for becoming an Earth Care Congregation. The four categories of actions in the “Earth Care Pledge” were used as a guide for developing “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.”
To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the “Earth Care Pledge” and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach.
2020 was the second year that we are an Earth Care Congregation! Congratulations to the BAPC Green Team and to all those in our congregation who work to cherish and care for God’s earth. As of February 2021 we are in the application process to continue our work as an Earth Care Congregation. We have continued our plastic bag recycling for Matthew 25 Ministries. These bags are used to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless. We continue to recycle pill bottles and batteries. Happily, we can report that recently Rumple Recycling is now accepting plastic number 5’s for recycling. Prior to this Judy Hughes boxed up and mailed all our number 5’s to the Preserve Company, who has been collection number 5’s to recycle into toothbrushes and other products. Due to the pandemic we were unable to host an Earth Day event or our yearly Mouse Market Rummage and Plant Sale. Some of the church members dropped off items at the Amberley One Stop Recycling event. In general, a very quiet and scaled back year for the Earth Care group.
We are partnered with ‘Scrap It Up’, a local resale store that accepts all types of craft, sewing, and design items and ‘Recycle Cincinnati’, a local furniture restoration and vintage furnishing store.
Green Team members: Judy Hughes, Lee Ann and Chris Hilsabeck, Loretta Moore, Diane McKinnon & Peggy Burwinkel.
Peggy Burwinkel, Chair