Mennonite Creation Care Network has asked congregations to “call out people with a passion and gifts for guiding the church with acts of grace and wisdom in stewardship tasks.” In response, Mennonite Church of Normal now has a Creation Care Advisory Group to aid the pastors, staff and committee chairs as we strive to integrate creation stewardship more fully into the congregation’s worship and mission. This ad hoc group is staffed by Pastor Matt Hickman, and welcomes additional members.
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Oikoscapes Native Plant Reference Collection
CHURCH RAIN GARDEN PROMOTES WONDER, CURBS WATER POLLUTION
“The LORD owns the earth and all it contains, the world and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1 (NET)
Fact: Rainwater is natural, stormwater is unnatural and polluted.
Goal #1: Increase the ability of the swale to retain and filter stormwater through the use of deep-rooted, perennial plants.
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God…” Romans 8:19 (NRS)
Fact: Low-diversity landscaping does little to support natural systems
Goal #2: Increase biodiversity on the church property for both beauty and wildlife value
“And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare." Jeremiah 29:7 (NLT )
Promote wonderment through engaging greenspace for congregational children, the onsite Head Start classroom and families living nearby.