Lewinsville Presbyterian Church became a PC(USA) certified Earth Care Congregation in 2019. Earth Care Congregations commit to the Earth Care Pledge (see below), and every year seek to accomplish a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth. Earth Care Congregations work to make their church buildings, operations, worship services, education and outreach respectful of the glory of God’s creation. This concern for preserving and sustaining what our Creator has made is intended to go beyond church operations and extend into the homes and family lives of congregation members. The ECC program helps churches plan their continued earth care ministry and encourages greater support for this ministry from the whole congregation.
EARTH CARE MONTHLY MESSAGE
EARTH CARE OPPORTUNITY: THE CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
APRIL 30-MAY 3
We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love what we do not know,
and we cannot know what we do not see. And touch. And hear. – Richard Louv
What better way to appreciate God’s creation than through observation and learning about the plants and animals in our backyards, neighborhoods and local parks. The City Nature Challenge provides an opportunity to do just that, while helping scientists collect valuable information on urban biodiversity.
The City Nature Challenge is an international citizen science bioblitz with the goal of observing and documenting as many species of plants and animals as possible in urban communities in a 4-day period. Begun in 2016 as a friendly competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the event quickly grew to include several hundred urban areas around the world, including the Washington DC Metro Area. It is a fun way to connect with the natural world around us and makes for a great family educational activity.
To participate, follow these steps:
- Download the free iNaturalist mobile app for iOS (from the AppStore) or Android (from Google Play). Then create an iNaturalist account as instructed: (https://www.inaturalist.org/)
- Take photos during the project period of as many wild living things as you can find (rather than garden plants or pets) including plants, animals, fungi, or evidence of life, such as fur, tracks, shells, carcasses, scat. Take two or more photos of each thing you find to help experts who may later assist in identifying pictures.
- Post your pictures to iNaturalist on your smartphone or by uploading photos through your home computer. The app will offer suggestions for identifying the photos you upload, but if you are uncertain, you need only specify to the level at which you are confident (e.g., “plant” or “insect”). Be sure to note the location of your finding; privacy options are available to locate your photo within a general rather than a specific area.
You can enjoy using iNaturalist anytime, but only observations made during the period April 30-May 4 will count for the City Nature Challenge.
For more information about the City Nature Challenge Washington DC Metro Area, including videos and other resources to get you started: https://citynaturechallengedc.org/
EARTH CARE from the PULPIT
April 25, 2021: Full Service of Worship from our Faith & Climate Sunday –
Holy Ground, Good Soil – Rev. Dr. Scott Ramsey, preaching.
Note: Sermon begins at 22:18
EARTH CARE PLEDGE
Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
- Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.
- In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.
- Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
- Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.
Join Lewinsville’s Earth Care steering committee
and help create a sustainable future at Lewinsville.
Click here to contact the Earth Care team!
Header Photo on this page by Nature Walk participant, Lewinsville