Meeting Report for 3-31-12

Racine Green Congregations

Spring Meeting: Saturday, March 31 from 8:30 to 10 ate Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church

Report of the Meeting


Opening Prayer: Dave Rhoads with special recollections of the group upon the death of Bob Brenneman and prayer for Betty Brenneman and her family.


Introductions: Eighteen people attended from 9 different congregations/ organizations.

Program: The Nehemiah Project” presented by Rev. William Thompkins, pastor of the Fellowship of Christian Believers and Director of the Nehemiah Project. Click here for a summary of his presentation. For more information, visit


Reports from the congregations.

St. Andrew Lutheran:

·         Recycling program begins a monthly emphasis for items such as cell phones, printer cartridges, glasses, batteries, etc.

·         Peace garden has planted a tree. Bench to be obtained.

·         Earth Day Celebration being planned for April 22. Clayton Daughenbaugh of the Southern Utah Wilderness Society will preach and conduct a forum at 10:15. Public is invited.

·         St. Andrew is part of Energy Stewards Initiative, a two-year online program for taking action to reduce energy usage and carbon footprint.

Trinity United Methodist Church

·         April 21: 10-1 will hold a computer recycling collection center at their church.

·         Earth Day, April 22: Speaker Ben Lehren of the Root River Project and Colleen Wilkerson of the Wild Root Food Coop will hold a forum.

Eco-Justice Center:  see their website for many activities.

·         Summer camps for ages 12-14: [June 25-29 and July 23-27 (still openings for these two weeks)]

·         April 2 at 6:30 A group meeting on Way Stations for birds

·         April 21 10:00 Bee Basics and at 11:00 Soil Types and Composting.

·         Plus programs on Planting Native Plants. Girl Scouts are starting a grape arbor.

Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church:

·         Accredited as Green Sanctuary Congregation. All committees and groups are engaged.

·         Looking to show the movie “Dirt.” Will work with Adele Helmle and the RGC to plan a community-wide showing. Also possibly “The Journey of the Universe.”

Resurrection Lutheran Church:

·         Area behind church has been turned into a bird and butterfly garden. On Earth Day, they will add a fifteen foot circle of sunflowers.

·         They are furnishing a room at Halo that is done with all green decisions.

·         They observed Meatless Mondays for Lent to raise money for hunger. Adele Helmle had a tasting forum for vegetarian dishes.

Mount Pleasant Lutheran:

·         They are planning another energy audit.

·         John Berge writes a monthly newsletter and will be glad to send the article to churches that request it for their newsletter. It is also posted on our RGC website.

·         They developed land just behind the church with flowers, trees, and a labyrinth as a meditation garden.

·         They have coffee grown on small plots and they buy the coffee directly from the farmer. Pastor Dave Echelbarger is a coffee aficionado.

·         They are sending 75 quilts to Lutheran World Relief.

Christ United Methodist Church

·         Doing eco-justice projects through their day care

First Presbyterian Church

·         Hosted a meeting of the Wild Root market planning group of about 120 people.

·         They sponsor the garden on Villa near the cop house.

Emmaus Lutheran Church

·         They continue their recycling program, posting information about drop-off sites

·         Looking to develop a garden on their green space especially with the Hispanic portion of their congregation

·         Stopped putting flowers on the altar. Ask people to donate instead. And they are planning a flower garden to provide altar flowers.

·         They participate in the Energy Stewards Initiative.

Holy Communion Lutheran Church

·         Planning another energy audit.



·         The Kenosha Green Congregation program will have their first meeting on April 21 (8:30 to 10:00) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kenosha. Come join them!

·         Use the Walk Around energy assessment sent to congregations earlier.

·         See the website for resources related to Mother’s Day, Arbor Day, and Father’s Day.

·         Consider Celebrating a Season of Creation for the four Sundays in September. Some churches are planning this together as a round-robin series of services from Sunday to Sunday. For information, visit


Closing prayer: The Rev. Ben Johnson-Krase, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Racine.

Thanks to all who led and all who participated.