United Methodists Care for the Environment


Young Harris UMC Grows Community Garden to Provide for Our Daily Bread
The new community garden at Young Harris Memorial UMC made the front page of yesterday's Athens Banner Herald. The garden, which was funded in part by a Peace with Justice grant from the North Georgia Conference, will provide fresh vegetables for Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Athens. Action Ministries planted a garden on their location at Oconee Street UMC to grow vegetables for Our Daily Bread and integrate into the meals. Work on the garden stopped after a fire took down the church’s sanctuary building where the meals were served. Fearing the garden might be discontinued, Executive Director Erin Barger mentioned the need for a community partner to save the garden project to Action Ministries board member Gary Whetstone who connected her with the incoming pastor for Young Harris, David Wofford. Wofford and his congregation took on the gardening challenge enthusiastically. Read the whole story: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2014-04-19/new-partnership-bring-fresh-vegetables-our-daily-bread


Druid Hills UMC Preschool Complete Earth Friendly Projects
Reduce, Reuse, Recycyle! Druid Hills UMC Preschoolers are getting an early start on learning how to keep the earth clean. Today, classmates are creating a paper-eating “Green Monster” made of recycled newspaper. On a day-to-day basis, children are encouraged to create things in class with materials that would typically be thrown away. Afterword, their artwork is hung on display. This week they are hosting a recycle drive for odd item from April 14-23. They are partnering with Healthy Green Schools to recycle shoes, fabric (even stained ripped etc or clothing), and electronics. They will even be recycling Easter eggs the week of 21-25th. Watch CBS’s coverage of their recycled handy-work. http://www.cbs46.com/category/209315/bettermornings


Glenn Memorial UMC's Environmental Committee Will Cook a Locally Grown, Organic Meal Wednesday Night
In celebration of Earth Day, the Glenn Environmental Committee will host Wednesday Night Supper on April 23rd. The evening will feature a meal of locally grown, organic food prepared by the Environmental Committee.  Glenn composts at every Wednesday Night Supper and many of our other events. We are striving  to become a “No Landfill Waste” community.  Supper will be served starting at 5:30  followed by the program at 6:30. Guest speaker Emily Cumbie-Drake will present an update on Emory's Sustainability initiatives.  The title of her presentation is “ Green Events, Labs, Offices, and more: What’s In Store for Emory  Sustainability in 2014”

Share with us what your congregation is doing to better the environment: communications@ngumc.org