“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Since forming in February 2020, six Mount Olive members (including two youth) have attended Green Team Leader Training presented by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC). The team is always looking for new members to join in their very important work. Contact us if you are interested.
We share knowledge and guidance with our community to protect, care for and honor our planet today and for future generations to enjoy and love.
On-Going Efforts to Protect and Care for the Environment
We are please to announce that the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group awarded the church with a grant to expand our community vegetable garden. Their support is most appreciared.
Improvements to Our Outdoor Meditation Space
We planted three trees in November 2020 and held a tree planting service. Tree plantings decrease rainwater runoff. Flower gardens will beautify and sustain insect and bird populations.
Cooperative Community Vegetable Gardens
We have seven raised beds including a 32″ high bed for seniors and others who are unable to work in our shorter beds. We are raising vegetables to share with our pantry clients and to teach people to grow their own vegetables. Volunteers are for this project.
Trained youth supported by the church, IPC, and others plan projects including stream clean ups and removal of invasive plant species. Boy Scouts are engaged in projects as part of their Eagle Scout quest.
We will be undertaking a storm water remediation project in several stages over the next 3-5 years. Tree islands are envisioned for the parking lot and throughout the property. Rain barrels and cisterns are also planned. We hope to engage community members in the installation and maintenance of these critical projects.
Plant Seasonal Perennials
Rain gardens and pollinator gardens will be installed throughout the church grounds.
Education, Action & Advocacy
- Selecting speakers, Bible studies, books, and movies for the church and community members to increase understanding of issues such as climate change, storm water run-off, and other environmental issues.
- Reducing church waste including the use of plastics and halting the purchase and use of Styrofoam products.
- Advocating with elected officials for policies and laws that address climate change including renewable energy, climate justice, environmental racism, and improved air and water quality for all.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC) provides monthly Learning Labs, guidance, and support. Their site contains many resources.
Blue Water Baltimore conducted our rainwater audit that includes remediation of storm water run-off at Mount Olive. They also provided advice and resources for our tree planting.
United Methodist Women’s “Just Energy for All” Initiative provides monthly trainings focused on becoming better advocates for just energy policies.
“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of love, care and respect.” The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church: The Natural World.