Earth Care Congregation

Prayer Garden at GPC

Glenshaw Presbyterian Church has been a certified Earth Care congregation since June 5, 2011.  Earth Care congregations are Presbyterian churches that have committed to the Earth Care pledge and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories:  worship, education, facilities and outreach.

One Woman Farm visitOur faith urges us to strive for eco-justice:  defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it.  This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden from Genesis 2:15, as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable.

GPC Earth Care Actions

Visit to Food Bank

  • Making earth care a part of worship through prayers, hymns, and readings
  • Purchasing eco-palms for Palm Sunday
  • Regularly offering communion by intinction
  • Planting and caring for our prayer garden
  • Making earth care a part of Sunday School classes
  • Providing articles about earth care in the quarterly GPC newsletter (The Spirit of the Glen) and in weekly e-mails to the congregation (Tuesday Tidings)
  • Providing earth care books in the church library
  • Seeing that doors and windows are sealed tightly
  • Recycling glass, plastics, and paper at the church
  • Recycling electronics
  • Providing a paper recycling bin in our parking lot for our members and the community
  • GPC is a member of Presbyterians for Earth Care
  • GPC is a sponsor of the Etna Community Garden
  • GPC collects food and monetary donations for the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Etna on the second Sunday of each month
  • GPC has partnered with the Roots of Faith Neighborhood Table in Sharpsburg and provides a meal to residents on the second Thursday of each month