May 5th, 2018: 10:00am-Noon
Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church- Common Room
10123 Connecticut Ave
Greeting (June Eakin)
Introductions and Opening Prayer (volunteer?)
Approve the minutes from the Jan meeting (David)
Approve the agenda for this meeting (David)
Power to Change Grants – Have all congregations filed their final reports for 2017 grants? (Susan and Ed)
We plan to create a one-pager on these opportunities for churches and post it on our ECC network page on the Presbytery website (Alison).
Divestment overture for GA (David and Mark) – see the two attached overtures that have already passed other presbyteries and ancillary materials – These will come up for a vote in the Jan. 23 Presbytery meeting – what is our strategy?
Progress reports on our Goals and Objectives for 2017
Power to Change Grants (Susan and Ed)
Any new proposals? (Susan and Ed)
Where do we stand on our budget for grants? (Susan, Ed, Michael M)
Divestment of NCP assets from fossil free companies (David)
MCC’s requirement for a charter, see attached (David and Mark)
Open Space meeting, May 22 – any ideas?
What great Earth Care programs and activities has your church been doing? (All – 2-3 minutes each)
Next Meeting (?)
Who would like to host our next meeting?
Closing Prayer (Volunteer?)
Tour of Warner Memorial (June)
Click the link below to learn more about the rationale of the Earth Care Mission Network
In recognition of the grace we have received from our savior Jesus Christ and of God’s gift of creation, our vision is that each congregation in the National Capital Presbytery will deepen its understanding of and take action for:
And further, that these understandings should be reflected not only in each congregation’s worship, mission, and witness, but also in the daily life of each individual.
Our mission is to reach out to all congregations in the national capital area to encourage and assist them in developing these understandings and actions to protect God’s creation. To do this we will provide leadership, resources and support to:
1. Increase awareness among NCP congregations about Earth care issues
· Increase the number of Earth Care Congregations in the NCP by three
1. Each member of the NCP ECC will contact from one to three other NCP congregations until a response is achieved
· Hold an Open Space workshop or table at each meeting of the NCP
· Promote the adoption of “green meetings” best practices for NCP meetings
1. Develop signage with positive messaging about green practices for use at meetings
· Encourage the NCP to devote the worship portion of its March or May meeting to an Earth care theme and recognize the NCP ECC.
2. Manage the Power to Change grant program
· Publicize the Power to Change Grant program to encourage greater participation by NCP congregations
· Review grant proposals
· Receive and publicize reports for completed projects
· Organize Open Space meetings where grant awardees can inform NCP about how they used the funds
· Provide the NCP Mission Coordinating Committee with periodic reports on the program
3. Learn from and dialogue with peoples in Christian and non-Christian traditions about Earth care issues
· Encourage ECC and NCP members to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Day meeting in March 2015
· Participate in IPL activities.
June Eakin (Warner Memorial) – Email email@example.com
Rosie Perthel (Geneva) – Email firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES & LINKS from PCUSA Environmental Ministries:
To become certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church fills out the Earth Care Pledge and tracks its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. To download the form to become an Earth Care Congregation (which includes the Earth Care Pledge and the congregational self-audit), click here. Follow directions on http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/envi...
Want to learn more about the Earth Care Congregations program? Download a PowerPoint presentation to share with your congregation.
“Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches”
See a list of churches that are certified as Earth Care Congregations
Find out more about the Restoring Creation Loan Program for Churches interested in green building improvements here: https://pilp.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/pilp/pdf/restoring_creation.pdf
Subscribe to Econotes Newsletter from this link.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake – http://www.interfaithchesapeake.org/
GRANT INFORMATION: Earth Care “Power to Change”
Purpose: The PCUSA calls congregations to care for God’s creation and to aspire to live carbon neutral lives. The grant provides matching funds up to $2,000 per congregation for actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water at churches or educate and advocate to further such actions. Appropriate projects: energy audit of the church building, improve building insulation, install energy saving sensors, LED lights, alternative energy systems, educational Earth Care programs, advocacy of earth care issues in the public arena, projects that preserve and sustain native species and biodiversity, promote sustainable watershed protection click here.
OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NCP CHURCHES
A free Trees for Sacred Places Program provides everything faith communities need for tree planting: native trees, a planting plan in consultation with the congregation, and an educational/spiritual workshop tailored specifically for Presbyterians. All religious-owned property (congregational grounds, retreat center, summer camp, retirement community, etc.) that has open spaces can be converted from lawn to forest. Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Trust fund the program. Contact Bonnie Sorak from Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake at email@example.com or call 443-779-0349.
The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment sponsors RiverSmart Communities, which partners with churches (and others) to install rainwater-friendly landscape features in DC. David Wooden, a member at New York Ave PC, is a contact for this program. For more information contact David.Wooden2@DC.gov.
MENTORING PROGRAM – Because some congregations may find the certification process somewhat daunting, the NCP Earth Care Network has established a mentoring program of people in our Presbytery whom you can consult to help you understand and apply the certification process in your church. Click HERE for more information.