Sardis Presbyterian Church Earth Care Congregation Vision:
As an Earth Care Congregation, we embrace the Sardis vision of “Exploring Faith. Changing Lives” for our community to thrive as stewards of God’s creation. We will be inclusive of all generations and called to equip disciples of Jesus Christ to impact the world by:
- Praising: using our Worship to express gratitude for God’s good creation and to understand our responsibility for it.
- Learning: providing Education for ourselves and our community about God’s earth, the threats to it, and the ways we can preserve and heal our world.
- Serving: engaging in Outreach by participating with our community to protect and restore the vulnerable earth and to provide environmental justice for oppressed and vulnerable people.
- Witnessing: managing our Facilities as good stewards of resources so that all will know we are answering God’s call to care for creation.
From the oldest Biblical traditions, we are called to care for creation. A new effort under the Missions Ministry is arising within Sardis to answer that call to care for our world. The Earth Care team embraces the Sardis vision of “Exploring Faith, Changing Lives” and equipping disciples to impact the world by being good stewards of God’s creation. Through worship, education, outreach, and facilities, the Earth Care team will guide Sardis Presbyterian’s journey to earn the PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation designation.
In 2023, we look forward to broadening the Sardis impact on caring for earth through new creative and intentional efforts. We welcome your ideas. We are seeking people for all four teams and your commitment to the team can be short or long term. Attend a meeting, join in our conversations and decide what level of participation you desire. Contact Shannon Klug for more information.
- Presbyterian Mission Agency
- Blessed Tomorrow – Caring for Creation Today
- Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
- Laudato si’
- Climate Solutions for Your Home and Neighborhood
- Restoring Nature = Restoring Ourselves
- Guide to Green Shopping (suggested by elementary students in Bay Minette, AL)
- Green Guide to Selling, Donating and Recycling Old Clothing (suggested by Sarah from the Lakeville Nature Conservancy)
- What and How to Recycle: Plastics, Bottles, Cardboard and More!(suggested by Sarah from the Lakeville Nature Conservancy)
- As the planet warmed in 2023, North Carolina struggled for change
- Inhabiting Eden by Patricia K. Tull
- The Green Good News by T. Wilson Dickinson
- Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe
Steering Team Members
- Rev. Dr. Allysen Schaaf – Pastor/Adviser
- Shannon Klug — Communications
- Ed Shoaf — Worship team chair
- Judy Laedlein — Education team co-chair
- Scottie Lindsay — Education team co-chair
- Scott Lindsay — Outreach team co-chair
- Andy Lankford — Outreach team co-chair
- Dick Puryear Facilities team chair
Sardis Weekday School teacher, Ms. Teresa Ahrns has been collecting the caps and lids from food pouches the children have brought in their lunches for the past six years. With help from the Weekday School families, friends, and neighbors, Ms. Teresa collected over 2,000 lbs of plastic lids. She delivered them to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, IN, and had them made into beautiful 4-foot and 6-foot benches for Sardis Weekday School. Her family picked up the benches from Indiana, put them together, and delivered them to the school last week. Thank you to Ms. Teresa, her family, and to all who contributed to this amazing recycling project!
Environmental Nonprofits You Can Learn More About or Volunteer With:
- 100 Gardens – creates aquaponics gardening programs in schools, institutions, and communities of need.
- Anne Springs Close Greenway – is a nature preserve that allows individuals in the Greater Charlotte region to engage in conservation through educational, recreational events and programs.
- Carolina Raptor Center – ignites imaginations and inspires engagement in the natural world through the exploration and rehabilitation of birds of prey.
- Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail- they are saving land and connecting lives to nature.
- Catawba RiverKeeper Foundation – educates and advocates to protect the lakes, rivers and streams of the Catawba-Wateree River basin
- CleanAIRE NC – advocates for the health of all North Carolinians by pursuing equitable and collaborative solutions that address climate change and air pollution.
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens – the garden’s mission is to create an inspiring, experience that will instill a love of nature and its beauty.
- North Carolina Wildlife Federation – helps to protect, conserve and restore North Carolina wildlife and habitat.
- Out Teach – works one-on-one with teachers to ensure that every student has access to engaging, hands-on, outdoor science activities.
- Sol Nation – Sol Nation is the place where environmental justice and social justice intersect creating a new home for climate justice.
- Surfrider Foundation – Charlotte Chapter – they are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
- Sustain Charlotte – dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte’s sustainability challenges
- Trees Charlotte – is working to grow, diversify and steward the city’s iconic tree canopy.
- Upcycle Arts – aims to collaborate with Charlotte manufacturers, businesses, and individuals to divert their materials from the landfill. Instead, those materials will be made available to the community for use in new ways such as mixed media arts.
- UNC Botanical Gardens – inspire a love for plants and nature through programming, classes, and botanical display.