Emmanuel Joins Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN)

Our congregation is now part of this bi-national organization that is affiliated with both Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. To find out more about this faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation, see the MCCN website. Below is our church profile as it’s listed as part of the network:

Our Mennonite Creation Care Network liaison is:
Stan Olson

Photo: Peter Bergen

Photo: Peter Bergen

Our Creation care committee is called:
Emmanuel Green Team

Current members are:
Mike Currie, Brigitte Daniels, Anna Goertzen-Loeppky, Paul Jenkinson, Bernie Martens, Stan Olson, Debbie Rempel, April Yamasaki (pastor). Some others who share our vision will be involved on a less formal basis.

About our committee or its members:
The Green Team was formed at the end of 2012 to begin working on ways to raise and build on awareness of the importance of creation care within our congregation, and to work toward reducing the environmental footprint of our building.

We are addressing care of creation in the following ways::
In worship
In congregational life: Groups and committees consider environmental impacts
In daily living: Members are challenged to adopt earth stewardship practices at home.

Congregational Life:
We have made a start by promoting and facilitating recycling and composting throughout the church building. We are providing battery recycling for the congregation, and electronics recycling will come. We are working on plans for a community garden on the church property.

Daily Living:
A creation care column appears in the monthly church newsletter with practical tips encouraging responsible stewardship of creation. Several books relating to creation care have been placed in the church library and we will add more from time to time.

Special events or services related to creation care:
We will again celebrate Good Seed Sunday (Earth Day) on April 22, 2013. The whole service will have the theme of creation care, using extensive helpful resources provided by A Rocha, a Christian organization working at creation care in 19 countries, including Canada and the United States. See goodseedsunday.com