St. Andrews was certified a PCUSA Earth Care Congregation in 2010! We are so proud of our Caring for Creation members and all their efforts during the past ten years.
A Caring for Creation Committee, formed in 2006, has promoted conservation measures on the part of the church and its members. The Presbyterian Church USA in 2010 certified St. Andrews as the first Presbyterian “Earth Care Congregation” in Georgia. St. Andrews members have implemented an extensive recycling program, and the church sponsored a Georgia Interfaith Power And Light (GIPL) Home Energy Audit Training class at Wednesday fellowship meetings in 2012.
That same year GIPL presented its Trailblazer Award to St. Andrews to honor the church’s Race 4 Grace, a popular annual competition for runners, named a Green Event for encouraging on-line (paper-less) registration, having recycling and compost bins at the event, providing public transportation to the race, and hosting environmental education. The church even donates leftover food from the race to a local homeless shelter.
Recent energy improvements to St. Andrews School included HVAC and lighting upgrades, LED exit signs, and motion detectors to automatically turn lights on and off.
One way we support Creation is by supporting The Presbyterian Coffee Project
Most small-scale farmers are isolated from markets and exploited by intermediaries. Consequently, they haven’t sufficient money to provide education and health care for their families.
The Presbyterian Coffee Project, a partner in the Equal Exchange Interfaith Coffee Program, offers products that are 100% fairly traded in accordance with internationally recognized standards. By purchasing these products, we share the benefits of trade with the farmers who produce them and also help to create a more just, green and healthy world. The order form is posted on our news feed for the quarterly order period – February, May, August and November.
The church also is the site of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Every Wednesday a box of fresh, organic and seasonal produce comes to the church for delivery for the subscribers. Contact the church office for information on all our Caring for Creation programs.