“The heavens, lo, even all the heavens, are the Lords’.
But the earth hath He given to the children of men.” Psalms 115:16.
Continuing the initial certification by the Environmental and Social Justice Ministry and Presbyterians Restoring Creation of CPC as an Earth Care Congregation in June, 2014, CPC was once again designated an Earth Care Congregation for 2021. Also, for the third year, CPC was certified as a Hunger Action Congregation.
Members of CPC built, installed and supplied 5 Little Libraries in our community. This year, we added the Little Library at the African American Museum in Waxahachie. The new Little Pantry was built by Earth Care members on CPC property. Donations from the congregation provide much needed food for our neighbors.
Our church-wide recycling program has continued to grow. We recycle paper, clothing, household goods, shoes and toys, plastic and cans and support electronic recycle day in Waxahachie. Our partnership with World Wide Wear Project has resulted in approximately $100 per month from recycled clothing and goods donated by the congregation and neighbors. This money goes into our mission budget.
Our community garden continues to thrive thanks to the garden experts in our community. We designated beds for the kids and they do a great job of planning, planting, tending and harvesting. Often, they are able to cook and enjoy their vegetables. Our prayer garden received a makeover by one of the ECC team members and is used each Sunday morning for prayer.
The congregation held outdoor cookouts and worship activities in our Fellowship Park on our property. We have a new pavilion for rainy days and new wooden playground equipment for neighborhood families to enjoy. Members added a Serenity Garden recently with a labyrinth which is a perfect place to relax and refresh.
We hold a Blessing of the Animals in the fall, open to our community, in our new Fellowship Park pavilion.
ECC obtained a permanent metal Earth Care Congregation sign for in front of the church to display our efforts and hopefully, attract members of the community to join our efforts