Earth Care Congregation

First Presbyterian Church was certified as an Earth Care Congregation by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Environmental Ministries through February 2017.  This honor speaks to the great commitment that First Presbyterian Church has to caring for God’s earth.

To become an Earth Care Congregation, this congregation affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of its church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

“It is exciting that First Presbyterian Church is dedicated to intentional care of, and action for, God’s earth. The congregation’s activities and commitment will inspire others to answer God’s call to care for the earth,” says Rebecca Barnes, Associate for Environmental Ministries for the Presbyterian Church.

The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries. The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of their church life.  The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.

Churches in Nashville, Chattanooga, Oak Ridge, Maryville, and Johnson City have joined this program. Our church is the sixth church in Tennessee and the first one in the western part of the state.

For more information about First Presbyterian Church’s earth care program contact Catherine Carls, Diane Sklensky, or Sharon Junn at 731-422-1591.

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