Grand Haven Tribune: Local church certified as Earth Care Congregation

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Local church certified as Earth Care Congregation

• Apr 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM

First Presbyterian Church was certified as an Earth Care Congregation by Presbyterian Church USA’s Presbyterian Hunger Program through February 2020.

To become an Earth Care Congregation, the congregation affirmed an 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. Started in 2010 by PC USA Environmental Ministries, the goal of this program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all aspects of their church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.

“It is exciting that First Presbyterian Church is one of the 230 churches that chose to dedicate themselves to intentional care of God’s earth this year. The congregation’s activities and commitment will inspire others to respond intentionally to God’s call to care for the earth,” said Jessica Maudlin, associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns for the Presbyterian Church.

For more information about First Presbyterian Church’s earth care program, contact Sara Shambarger at For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program visit

First Presbyterian Church is located at 508 Franklin Ave. in Grand Haven. 

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