March 26, 2013

Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

Students, near Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, PA that are in the second grade at area schools come to learn about earth care every spring, with children moving from arranged stations this year where they walked in a stream, planted seeds in the garden, worked on the compost projects, and had a quasi-archeological dig.  Karen Culp said these have been successful programs because the children get so much out of the experience. "Children tell volunteers they’ve never dug in the dirt, they’ve never walked through a stream," she said.  There are also beehives in the park for pollination, and a pond stocked with fish for catch-and-release fishing without the use of barbs.  "In the summer, it is a very, very active place," Culp said. "It is such an informal, natural atmosphere."  The church's focus on ecology is a great example of what can be done with some inspiration and imagination during the UCC's all-church initiative, Mission 4/1 Earth.

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