CREATION CARE

"Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it." Psalm 96:11


There are many ways to work with God and care for creation! As a church, we want to put more of our focus on this particular command from God. We’re inviting all of you to participate in ways that are relevant to your life and that cause a cultivation of deeper connection with creation. 


In scripture, we find many verses that encourage us in our creation care efforts:

  • The Creator calls upon us to care for all that has been and will be created in God (Genesis 2:15, Numbers 35:33-34).
  • This challenge to love creation is something that God’s people have wrestled with throughout scripture. When we are most aligned with God, the rest of creation is healthy and rejoices (2 Chronicles 7:13-14); and when humans have turned away from God, the land becomes defiled and polluted (Jeremiah 12, Hosea 4:1-3). 
  • Paul is clear that the whole of creation is eager for the fruits of redemption through the work of Jesus and those reconciled in him (Romans 8, Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:7-10). 

We know that making more creation-friendly choices can be overwhelming and sometimes guilt-inducing. Our intention, as always, is to move with grace, love, and compassion. It’s impossible for all of our choices and actions to be perfect, but it’s easy for our choices and actions to be better. We hope you will consider joining us as we journey, abiding in the Spirit of God, towards a more right relationship with creation.


This page will serve as a primary space for our Creation Care efforts. Take a look below to see the current initiatives we are undertaking as a church and suggestions for members of our community to implement in their lives.


CURRENT CHURCH INITIATIVE

Right now, the church is focused on revamping the ways we collect and dispose of waste. We have set out...

  • New recycle bins for paper and plastic products
  • New collection bins for bottles and cans
  • New compost bins which we share with the PLNU garden

A simple pocket guide is available at the Hub that will serve as a quick reference and help you to know what can be discarded where.


CURRENT HOME INVITATION

We would like to extend an invitation to the individuals and families in our community to try out composting! Composting can sound overwhelming - but you can start with just a few simple steps at home. For more information...

CHILDREN's MINISTRY CONTRIBUTIONS

We appreciate you bringing in your cans and bottles to donate to our Kid's Camp Scholarship Fund! Be sure to deposit your contributions in the large bins labeled with Kid's Camp Recycling! 

OTHER RESOURCES

Below is a list of other organizations that are doing their best to care for creation. You may find these helpful as you develop your own creation-care efforts in your daily life...

  • Earthwell Refill - bring in your own containers to refill your toiletries, soaps, and more.
  • OB People’s Co-op - vegetarian grocer with responsibly sourced foods that has a large bulk section for a reduced-waste lifestyle.
  • Bottles and Wood - a local company that upcycles serveware from locally sourced materials preventing items from going to a landfill and creating great gifts.
  • Simply Local - a shop that features 50 locally owned business.
  • The Futon Shop - furniture and mattress shop made from non-toxic, organic, natural materials.
  • Rerip - a nonprofit that recycles, upcycles, and reuses old surfboards, wetsuits, skateboards, and more.