The mission of the Environmental Action Committee (EAC) of Village Church is to be a bold witness by advocating environmental justice for all creation. We are committed to making Village Church more environmentally aware and sustainable as an institution by reducing its environmental impact and by practicing, modeling and teaching faithful and responsible stewardship of God's Creation. Our call is to promote earth-keeping within and beyond the walls of our church. Our hope is to raise people’s awareness and to stir their conscience so that they might incorporate creation care into their daily living.
Throughout the year, EAC oversees the ongoing recycling efforts of the church and offers environmental education opportunities through Village U, Sunday school classes and displays.
Under the leadership of EAC, Village Church is certified as an Earth Care Congregation. Earth Care Congregations is a program sponsored by PC(USA)'s Department of Environmental Ministries. Certification means our church is one of 124 Presbyterian Churches nationally that have integrated environmental practices and thinking into its church life by completing projects and activities in the four fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. The purpose of this program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way by incorporating earth care into their mission and ministry.
The Environmental Action Committee welcomes your participation. We are always looking for new members to join our committee as well as volunteers to help with activities and events. We typically meet at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every other month at the church. Contact Jerry Rees (913-568-4250) or Al Pugsley (913-226-7225) for more information or to learn how you can get involved.
Shoe-In in October
During the month of October, the Environmental Action Committee is partnering with Shawnee Community Services to hold its fourth Shoe-In. Please bring your gently used footwear to church and place them in the barrels that will be located inside the North and South Entrances of the Church. The last Sunday is Oct. 29. All sizes and types are needed.
Shawnee Community Services will be re-distributing this footwear free to those in need in the Kansas City area. And they will be kept out of the landfill—at least for a while. Call Bob Siemens at 913-216-2000 if you have questions.
Monarch Waystation & Butterfly Garden
EAC is in its second year of creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation & Butterfly Garden west of the Food Pantry. This spring, the following actions occurred: clearing deadwood, pulling weeds, planting milkweeds & nectar plants, building cages, creating a map and establishing a watering rotation of eight people.
In early June, the Village youth showed up unexpectedly and performed the gift of weeding and mulching the path. Thank you to our youth!
If you are interested in helping with this garden, contact Jerry Rees or Dr. Rodger Nishioka.
Let the Sun Shine In!