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Pine Street Cares

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is concerned with stewardship of our earth! Since 2010 there has been a program for churches to evaluate their efforts in the area of concern for the environment to qualify them to be Earth Care Congregations. In 2011 the Mission Committee of our Session was made aware of this program and asked the Session to commit to becoming an Earth Care Congregation.

The Pine Street Session adopted the 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.

The application focuses on four different areas of church life:  worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Detailed questions about these areas concern such things as recycling, relevant sermons, programs emphasizing stewardship of the earth, energy-saving light bulbs, and the use of eco-friendly cleaning agents. We have scored many points in several of these areas over the years and are always exploring ways to care for our little corner of the earth. For example, the Property Committee and Trustees are constantly investigating energy-saving measures to bring down the cost of maintaining and improving our building. In fact, Pine Street’s point scores in the facilities area are the highest of the four areas. Each year 50 points overall are required for re-certification as an Earth Care Congregation and each year our efforts have resulted in over 200 points!

Our group is always looking for ideas from the rest of the congregation to help us improve. There are 181 Earth Care Congregations in the United States and we are one of only nine in Pennsylvania. We assisted the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg in qualifying as an Earth Care Congregation, and we continue to share ideas.  Maybe you have been doing things at home to improve your carbon footprint that we could adopt at the church or give other families ideas for their homes.  Is there an eco-justice program about which you would like more information?  If you have suggestions for us there is a gold box in the Gathering Place where you can submit them.

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Pine Street Church

310 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 238-9304 (717) 232-9341 fax