River Glen has been certified –and recently re-certified– as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (USA); one of only two certified churches in the Presbytery of Chicago and one of seven churches in Illinois.
River Glen has long been actively caring for God’s Creation –the Earth. The outstanding work by the Building and Grounds Team is making our facilities earth-friendly, ultimately saving money, as well. The Stewardship Team emphasis on year-round stewardship includes Earth Stewardship Sunday. In 2015, our seventh celebration with an Earth Care theme, was highlighted by the Children’s Musical, Back at the Creekbank, with an environmental focus.
River Glen was certified as an Earth Care Congregation in 2014 and continues our annual re-certification. When the “Green Team” (formerly called Earth Care Team) completed the required 2015 Earth Care Congregation re-certification audit, River Glen had more than five times the total required points in worship, education, facilities and outreach. We submitted everything electronically and River Glen is now officially certified again as an Earth Care Congregation.
We celebrate recognition of our commitment to Earth Care and Earth Stewardship and encourage other churches and individuals to improve their Earth Care. Our plans to care for God’s creation include a new community garden next to the church; continuing to make our facilities earth-friendly; ongoing recycling, education, and outreach in Earth Care. The Big Splash All-Church Weekend at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin involves us in Earth Care in many ways. Therefore, we celebrate and continue our good Earth Care.
Here are some of the specific ways that we are putting our values to work corporately:
Modifying our facilities
Deepening connection to the earth
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The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. —Psalm 24:1
The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. —Genesis 2:15