Throughout the year we are involved in ongoing efforts to support the lives of those in need locally and around the world. Mission is at the heart of most everything we do. Locally we support Sister Jeans Kitchen, GLSEN of Southern New Jersey, PFLAG Egg Harbor Township, The Leadership Studio of Atlantic City, The Food Bank of South Jersey. We also have one of the highest producing Equal Exchange Fair Trade Product ministries in the nation designed to support small farmers around the world. These are a few of the mission efforts we are involved with. Nationally and Internationally we support More Light Presbyterians, The Mustard Seed Academy/Uganda and the national missions of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
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CHURCH BUILDING CLOSING. NOTIFICATION
WILL BE SENT OUT WHEN OPEN.
Out InstructionsComplete the check out card, found in the front pocket of the book, with the date and your full name. Please print clearly. Books can be checked out for three weeks. If you are interested in renewing your checked out book after the three week date, notify Sharon Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org .Place the completed check out card in the brown blessing bowl.Return the book to the counter. The librarian will put the check out card in the book and place the book in its assigned place on the bookshelf.
Not for me, please! I choose
to act green; author Maria Godsey; illustrated by Christoph J Kellner.
2019. Children Picturing God; author
and illustrator Ruth Goring; 2019For the Beauty of the Earth; Folliott Sandford Pierpoint. Illustrator Lucy Fleming. 2017. The Fabulous World That God Made; Joyce K. Ellis with
illustrations by Andrés F. Landazábal.
2019. ChildrenWe Are Water
Protectors. Written by Carole
Lindstrom; Illustrations by Michaela Goade.
No One Is Too Small To Make A
Difference; Greta Thunberg.
2019. Young Adult
Climate Justice: Hope,
Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future; Mary Robinson. 2019.The End of Nature;
Bill McKibben. 2006. Love In A Time Of Climate Change:
Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice. Sharon Delgado. 2017. A Watered Garden. Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology. Benjamin M. Stewart. 2011. Drawdown; The Most Comprehensive
Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming. Edited by:
Paul Hawken. 2017.On The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. Naomi Klein.2020How To Avoid A Climate Disaster
- The Solutions We Have And The Breakthroughs We Need. Bill Gates. 2021.
Freedom Soup. Tami
Charles, Illustrator: Jacqueline Alcántara; 2019. Recipe included. God’s Dream.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams; Illustrator: LeUyen Pham. 2008. AntiRacist Baby.
Ibram X. Kendi; Illustrator
Ashley Lukashevsky. 2020. Board. When God Made You. Matthew Paul Turner; Illustrator David Catrow. 2017.
This Book Is Anti-Racist – 20 Lessons On How To Wake Up, Take
Action, And Do The Work. Tiffany Jewell; Illustrator Aurélia
Durand. 2020. Ages 11 and Up. Not My Idea – A
Book About Whiteness. Written
and Illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham.
2018. Ages 8 – 12 years. An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. 2014. Adapted for Young People. (Located In Adult Section of
Stony The Road – Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and The Rise Of
Jim Crow. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2019.How To Be An Antiracist. Ibram
X. Kendi. 2019.Braiding SweetGrass – Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and
the Teachings of Plants.
Robin Wall Kimmerer. 2013. Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice. Kerry Connelly. 2020.White Fragility –
Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. Robin Diangelo.
2018.Caste – The Origins of Our Discontents. Isabel Wilkerson. 2020.An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States. Roxanne Dumbar-Ortiz. 2014.The Sum Of Us –
What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together. Heather McGhee. 2021.On Juneteenth. Annette Gordon-Reed. 2021.
The Fabulous World That God Made; Joyce K. Ellis with
illustrations by Andrés F. Landazábal.
A Quick & Easy Guide to
They/Them Pronouns; Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson. 2018.
A Quick & Easy Guide to
They/Them Pronouns; Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson. 2018.Shame-Less: A Sexual
Bolz-Weber. 2019.Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage; David & Constantino
Khalaf. 2019.Queer Theologies – the basics; Chris Greenough. 2020Other Wise Christian – a
guidebook for transgender liberation; Mx. Chris Paige. 2019.Bodies on the Verge – Queering Pauline Epistles; Edited by Joseph A. Marchal. 2019.Holy Love – A Biblical Theology
For Human Sexuality; Steve
Harper. 2011.“Mom, I’m Gay” – Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your
Faith; Susan Cottreall. 2016.Dear Church – A Love Letter From A Black Preacher To The Whitest
Denomination in the U.S.; Lenny Duncan. 2019.One Coin Found- How God’s Love
Stretches To The Margins; Emmy Kegler. 2019.The Savvy Ally – A
Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. Jeannie Gainsburg. 2020.Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt. Winner of the Pultizer Prize
Activist Theology. Robin Henderson-Espinoza. 2019.
Separated – Inside
an American Tragedy. Jacob
COVID GUIDELINES APPLYFace mask must be worn at all times. Keep your social distance of 6 feet. Wash your handsbefore and after you garden. Do not come if you have a fever or you do not feel well. NOTE:The garden organizers will make sure there are limited people gardening at any one time.
Long Sleeves Wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face, head, ears and neck Garden Gloves Kneepads/Protectors Sunglasses Wear Sun Screen – SPF of at least 15, as well as ultraviolet A and B protection.
Bug spray Cell phone Garden tools Plenty of water to drink – Stay Hydrated
Hoses are located throughout the garden – WATCH YOUR STEP! Look for Pests: Check your clothes and body for ticks, which can cause several diseases. Better yet, prevent tick bites by applying repellent.Warm Up: Just like an athlete does before a game, you should warm up before working in thegarden. Walk around the garden for a few minutes and do some pre-gardening stretches.
weeding, might irritate your skin, tendons or nerves. To avoid this, switch up your tasks every15 minutes and take between-tasks breaks.Check Your Lifting: When lifting objects, especially heavy ones, engage your legs and not yourback. When you’re carrying heavy objects, hold objects close to your body to reduce strain. Ifin doubt, ask someone to give you a hand with the lifting OR let someone else do the lifting.
Carolyn Finney: Black Faces, White SpacesDrawing from her book, Black Faces, White Spaces, her relationships "in the field" and her lived experience, Dr. Finney explores the complexities and contradictions of our past, the realities of our present and the possibilities of our future as it relates to green space, race, and the power to shape the places we live in our own image. By engaging in "green" conversations with Black people from around the country, she considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond.Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzOzzpNap14&t=1727s (1 hour 24 min talk for the NY Botanical Garden)Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i58ayzQf4wc (18 minute TED Talk)
2021 Taking Nature Black Conference - Archived Video HighlightsSponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society, MarylandThe Taking Nature Black Conference celebrates and seeks to expand the role that African Americans have played in protecting the environment.Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nik3Y9CmppU
Sustainable Landscaping for ButterfliesMonday, June 21, 2021 7:00 PMSponsor: NJ Native Plant Society, Southeast ChapterNew Jersey hosts more species of butterflies than most people realize (130+), but they need our help. Any interested homeowner can help support these fascinating creatures through all stages of their life cycles – from eggs to adults. Learn which native trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines are best for them and which butterfly species you can attract and support in your own yard. This talk will also cover what we can do to transform our backyards into healthier, more sustainable landscapes, incorporating practices aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jSFZhS2hR8mzoohRJb9WAA
The Wondrous World of FirefliesDate: July 1, 1pmSponsor: Xerces SocietyFireflies are surely among the greatest ambassadors for Earth's natural magic. For centuries their ethereal beauty has sparked wonder and inspired poets, artists, and children of all ages. Yet they also hold so many mysteries! Join guest speaker Sara Lewis, an expert on fireflies, to learn how they got their bright lights, explore their remarkable lifestyles, hear how human activities put fireflies at risk, and learn what you can do to help protect these charismatic insects.Registration Link: https://xerces.org/events/oregon/wondrous-world-of-fireflies
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. “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.).For more information about Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church’s earth care
program contact Sharon Cresse at email@example.com or (609) 641-5004.For more information on the Earth Care
Congregations program visit www.pcusa.org/earthcarecongregations.
To qualify as a Earth Care
Congregation, we earned points in four areas: Education, Facilities, Outreach,
and Worship. To maintain our new status as an Earth Care congregation, the
Earth Care Task Force proposes the following activities:Education:Arrange a speaker on a topic related to environmental justice as an Adult Education offeringArrange for art displays on environmental topicsContinue to identify and share Green Learning opportunities via E-News and OHPC websiteContinue to share issue spotlights via email on a quarterly basisPartner with Citizen’s Climate Lobby on a movie night during summer or fall, hybrid and/or in personContinue to update OHPC website on Earth Care issues and opportunitiesFacilities:Explore possibility of establishing a rain garden (arrange a site evaluation with the PFW program)Explore possibility of establishing a certified wildlife habitat (arrange a site evaluation with the PFW program)Plant milkweed to attract and help Monarch butterfliesPlant plants that will attract pollinatorsDevelop a community garden (arrange a site evaluation with the PFW program)Outreach:Write letters/sign petitions related to environmental justice and other environmental issuesOrganize a trash or stream clean-upWorship:Do a Minute for Mission on Earth Care on a Sunday near Earth Day (April 22) Explore possibility of putting up an Earth Care banner (in the church and/or at the roadside)Incorporate Earth Care into a worship service