Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship is a congregational member of Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN).
MCCN encourages the Church to:
- Claim its biblical and theological foundation regarding the care of God’s Creation.
- Discover the ties that link all created beings to each other and to God.
- Confess the harm we have caused the natural world and our neighbors.
- Act faithfully to restore the earth.
Creation Care at Berkey
Did you know that since 2010 Berkey has done many things to care for creation in more
responsible ways? Here’s a list.
To save energy:
Insulated the floor under the sanctuary
Added insulation over the office areas
Purchased a more efficient refrigerator
Removed less efficient bulbs and replaced them with more efficient bulbs
Installed “smart” thermostats
Installed timer switches in the restrooms
Installed electronic ballasts for many fluorescent fixtures
Installed a metal roof over the sanctuary (which can be recycled, unlike asphalt)
Batteries: Read more.
Cardboard, cans, and bottles
Compost coffee grounds
Using our land well:
Started a community garden
Sowed a wildflower garden to attract butterflies (coming in summer 2016)
Mulch many of our leaves back into the grass
Held a summer intergenerational class related to creation
Taught the “Every Creature Singing” adult elective
Taught a series on the stewardship of creation for the MYF
Used the “Creation Waits” worship series
Each commission discussed ways their work could contribute to a greener planet
Encouraged people to get free home energy audits and sign up for AC cycling
If you have more ideas for ways that we can care for creation, let us know.
—Dan and Jenny Schrock, for the Stewardship and Finance Commission