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First Church Joins Major UCC Earth-Care Initiative

This spring First Church will be joining a major initiative organized by the United Church of Christ called Mission 4/1 Earth, an opportunity to take action for the sake of our fragile planet Earth. Launching on Easter Monday, April 1, 2013, and continuing 50 days until Pentecost, UCC congregations, colleges, outdoor ministries, and health and human service agencies will join together in a shared mission campaign to collectively:

  • Offer more than one million hours of engaged earth care that will impact the environment,
  • Plant more than 100,000 trees locally and globally, and
  • Write and send more than 100,000 advocacy letters on environmental concerns.

The Green Ministry Team is coordinating a wide variety of programs to choose from:

Urban Releaf Planting, April 13

Urban Releaf is an urban forestry nonprofit organization established in 1998 in Oakland to address the environmental and socio-economical needs of communities that have sparse greenery or tree canopy.

Rebuilding Together, April 20 & 27

For almost 25 years, Rebuilding Together has provided extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to homeowners in-need, and FCCB has had a long affiliation with this worthwhile program.

CROP Hunger Walk, April 21

Sponsored by Church World Service, the CROP Hunger Walk enables us to help address the problem of global hunger. Funds raised in the CROP Hunger Walk assist people in need locally, as well as around the world.

Solar Earth Sunday, April 28

Solar Richmond will be presenting a demonstration of the potential of solar power throughout the morning, including a Learning Hour a talk complete with an overview of solar and how it works.

Green Commute to Church, May 5

We hope you will use the most environmentally-friendly form of transportation to church--bike, walk, public transportation, or carpool. The Learning Hour will be devoted to green commuting options.

Shoreline Cleanup, May 18

We will work with the Shorebird Nature Center near the Berkeley Marina to promote environmental stewardship by cleaning up a piece of the Bay shoreline. Families and children are welcome.

Information and sign-ups will be available in the Small Assembly in the weeks before each event.