Mission and Social Justice

Mission and Social Justice Committee

is responsible for overseeing the congregation’s work to apply the Christian gospel of compassion and justice in society by the authority of the Session. This committee provides and coordinates opportunities for members to carry out ministries of charity and advocacy for the sake of a world where love is more possible.

Members of Committee:

  • Sharon Eaton, Chairperson
  • John Nurnberger
  • Kathy Whitmore
  • Diane Falk  (Earth Care Team)
  • Sharon Cresse (Earth Care Team)
  • Wendy Walsh (Earth Care Team)

The work of the Mission/Social Justice Committee of Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church is to express the love of God in a ministry of justice and compassion for our neighbors and in caring for the natural environment, God's good creation.  This will be done through education, direct action and advocacy.

After a very successful first year of building, growing and sharing our produce, the garden has been closed down for this growing season. There is now a cover crop of clover growing in the beds. Clover provides necessary nitrogen to the soil and helps hold the soil in place. Thanks to all who donated financial gifts, garden supplies and to those who volunteered their time. We could not have done it without your help and we are looking forward to our next growing season!

This year we delivered  produce to the Pleasantville food distribution site,  the Marie Adelaid Center, and Epiphany Lutheran Church and they were very thankful for the donations!

Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church is Certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation

To become an Earth Care Congregation, this congregation affirmed an Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into their worship, education, facilities, and outreach. The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

Started in 2010 by the PC(USA), the goal of this program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all aspects of their church life.  The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE FOR THE EARTH? Our faith urges us to strive for eco-justice: defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it. This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden from Genesis 2:15, as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable. Because of their love for Christ who is firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), churches are challenged to live in a manner consistent with God’s call to not only care for creation, but commune with creation.

“It is exciting that Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church is one of the 276 churches that chose to dedicate themselves to intentional care of God’s earth this year. Particularly in a time of much uncertainty and worry about the future, this congregation’s activities and commitment even in the midst of navigating limitations brought about by COVID-19 brings hope to their community. We believe that Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church will inspire others to respond intentionally to God’s call to care for the earth,” says Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  to see what the Environmental Stewardship Guidelines are click this link: https://www.ohchurch.org/Guidelines-Environmental-Stewardship

For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program visit www.pcusa.org/earthcarecongregations.

In August, the Earth Care Task Force submitted a proposal to Session for the creation of a rain garden at the back of the
church parking lot. It was approved, along with a budget of $5000. VanSant Environmental was hired to excavate the area,
create a culvert to control rain water flow and create an additional storm water storage area adjoining the current
detention basin. Work on this project began on September 8 and will soon be ready for initial seeding.

If you would like to discuss this project further or volunteer to help, you may contact Wendy Walsh, Diane Falk or Sharon Cresse.

If you would like to make a donation for the seeds and plants that will be used, make the check out to OHPC and write “rain garden” in the memo.  To view the entire proposal, click the link below. Thank you for your support!