Posted by: mcgurker | April 29, 2010

Plant a Tree for Arbor Day – – April 30, 2010

“Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the see in it. And God saw that it was good. –Genesis 1: 11-12

Tomorrow is National Arbor Day.  Set aside some time this weekend to reflect on God’s call to humans to be stewards of Creation.  Consider living out this call by planing a native tree in your yard, or volunteering with an organization in your community that plants trees in public spaces.  Find out what trees are native to your area at http://www.plantnative.org/

Trees provide many benefits to our communities.  In addition to providing shade and beauty, trees protect our watersheds and help us conserve energy.   One large tree can eliminate 5,000 gallons of rainwater runoff each year, and well placed trees can help reduce energy costs by 15 to 35 percent.

The National Council of Churches is working with Maryland congregations to protect God’s Creation in the Chesapeake Bay by offering resources and trainings to help congregations create Bay friendly landscapes by planting trees and rain gardens and installing rain barrels. Click here for more information. Click here for a $25.00 coupon for a native tree from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Trees are also fundamental features of God’s creation.  Time spent in forest and wilderness can be spiritually transformative. Spending time in Creation allows us to connect with our Creator.  Learn more about the spiritual benefits of wilderness by downloading our resources Out of the Wilderness: Building Christian Faith and Keeping God’s Creation and Rooted in God’s Word and Lands.

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