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)
NEWS OF THE WEEK:
Ocean Heights Presbyterian ChurchMission/Social Justice Committee
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
On Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 4:30 pm, Stockton
University is presenting the Pappas Visiting Scholar Series FeaturingTa-Nehisi
Coates, who is an author,
journalist, screenwriter, executive producer and professor. He is the author of the #1 New York Times
bestseller, Between the World and Me, and the winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. His works have been chosen by Stockton’s
faulty as the shared reading for incoming students as part of their first-year
For information about this free virtual event, please
visit: http://stockton.edu/pappasFor questions, please contact Nikki Strothers: firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-652-4470
SUPPORT FOR AFGHAN
We are now only able to accept monetary donations for the refugees until September 19th. We can no longer accept clothing or other items.
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 AdultA Long Walk to Water. Linda Sue Park. Ages 10 – 12.
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
Library)Stamped – Racism, Antiracism, and You. Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Ages 13 and up and Grades 7 and up.Look Both Ways – a tale told in ten blocks. Jason Reynolds. Ages 10 – 14. Grades 5 -9.
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 PrizeShe’s Not There –
A Life In Two Genders; Jennifer Finney Boylan, 2003.
Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C, Ashantè M. Reese. Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in The Wake of Food Justice. Hanna Garth and Ashantè M. Reese. Farming While Black – Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Leah Penniman.
Activist Theology. Robin Henderson-Espinoza. 2019.
Separated – Inside
an American Tragedy. Jacob
Soboroff. 2020.This Land Is Our Land – An Immigrant's Manifesto. Suketu Mehta.
The Rooted in Love Garden has been quite a success! We have recently delivered 14 pounds of produce to the Pleasantville
food distribution site and OHPC received Thank You notes from the Marie Adelaid
Center in Atlantic City and Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pleasantville for the
produce deliveries over the last several months. Thank you to Mike Haines for making the delivery. The radishes, okra, carrots, red peppers and beets are now coming up so there will
be more produce to deliver soon!!
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.
What to Wear:Long SleevesWide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face, head, ears and neckGarden GlovesKneepads/ProtectorsSunglassesWear 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
High on the Hog The Mission/Social
Justice Committee is recommending a great Netflix four-part series documentary
called “High on the Hog”. The series
show cases how African slave food changed the landscape of American history and
the food scene. Go to: the below link
for more information: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/17/dining/osayi-endolyn-high-on-the-hog.html
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 to see what the Environmental Stewardship Guidelines are click this link
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 thechurch 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 currentdetention 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! https://www.ohchurch.org/habitat-enhancement-proposal