Building/Grounds » Gardening/Landscaping

Churches that exist in physical space have a huge potential to “touch the earth lightly!” Browse or search through our resources below to gain inspiration on how your grounds can be used for the wellness of God’s blessed creation- human and non-human!

God in Forests: Who is Jesus for Chipmunks?

God in Forests: Who is Jesus for Chipmunks?

A Service In and For the Forests - Feel free to share this worship service or get ideas - we ...
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church

Amazing Grace Lutheran Church

In 2000, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church identified a need in their neighborhood. Many community members struggled with trauma, grief and ...
Food - Faith - Farming

Food – Faith – Farming

Since there are so many members of our ELCA community who live in agricultural areas and we all depend on ...
Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Wisdom from Gardening - Tom Mundahl reflects on the seed that dies to bear fruit. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as Church

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as Church

Integrate Creation Care elements into your worship service: view or incorporate our past Earth Day worship services, get inspiration from ...
Buildings/Grounds/Facilities (video playlist)

Buildings/Grounds/Facilities (video playlist)

https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PLFPMTinJ7FKlKRtasrTS_msJob7ZvfvMp&layout=gallery ...
Creation-themed monthly video devotion: Trees

Creation-themed monthly video devotion: Trees

The Creation Care Team of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles, WA produces a monthly creation-themed video devotion. This month's ...
Microscopic - Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise

Microscopic – Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise

Micro-Creation Service Bulletin - Click here - free to share! (wonderful readings, music, etc.) Homily by Pastor Susan Henry, House ...
Connections Call: How Church Soil Can Feed the Community

Connections Call: How Church Soil Can Feed the Community

This call (video below) happened on May 18, 2021 Focus: How Church Soil Can Feed the Community We were excited ...
Christ the King Edible Food Forest (West Chester, OH)

Christ the King Edible Food Forest (West Chester, OH)

Thanks to Donna Pellegrin from Christ the King Church in West Chester OH for shepherding and sharing this incredible work:  ...
Vegetable Garden at Trinity Lutheran Church (Ft. Collins, CO)

Vegetable Garden at Trinity Lutheran Church (Ft. Collins, CO)

Trinity Lutheran Church volunteers have maintained a vegetable garden at its location for 8 years. More recently, volunteers from the ...
Winter Sowing with the Community

Winter Sowing with the Community

Thanks to Donna Pellegerin for submitting this Good Green News! At Christ the King Lutheran Church (CtK) in West Chester, ...
Creation Care Ministry at Christ the King

Creation Care Ministry at Christ the King

Creation Care Ministry at Christ the King ...
Pathways to Pollination

Pathways to Pollination

In March of 2023, ELCA churches across Northeastern Minnesota's EcoFaith Network shared inspiration and resources regarding their teams' exciting new ...
Nature-Based Solutions

Nature-Based Solutions

This interview led by ELCA's Sustainability Associate, Adele Bodog, follows Donna Pellegrin Permaculture design certificate holder, who uses her certification to conduct ...
Harold Vanicek

Harold Vanicek

As a youngster growing up in Rosebud, Texas, Pastor Harold Vanicek could often be found with dirty hands working in ...
Creation Care Congregation: Building and Grounds Ideas

Creation Care Congregation: Building and Grounds Ideas

Building and Grounds: “The church as an alternative community” Be an Energy Steward. Revere the resources God so graciously gives, ...
Urban Farm on Seminary Campus

Urban Farm on Seminary Campus

Here is a link to an article about our newly dedicated urban farm, a collaboration between our seminary and Axiom ...
Plastic Recycling Example for Church work in the Community

Plastic Recycling Example for Church work in the Community

Thanks to Wilbur Holz in Rapid City, SD for sharing this example and resource: Trex https://www.trex.com/ the decking company has ...
Honoring Our Sacred Trust - Gardening (MO)

Honoring Our Sacred Trust – Gardening (MO)

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Columbia, MO - Forty eight people participated in an intergenerational planting of native Missouri shrubs in ...
Water Conservation in Your Home

Water Conservation in Your Home

Why conserve water: Fresh water is a precious and scarce commodity in the world. Develop the habit of rationing water, ...
Stewarding the Gift of Water: ELCA Advocacy Fact Sheet

Stewarding the Gift of Water: ELCA Advocacy Fact Sheet

Theological background and information on water stewardship globally, nationally, and locally. Under the “Find Your Watershed” section of the Factsheet ...

Storm water management for congregations

Vimeo slideshow with narration by Kyle Warfield, Outreach coordinator at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD ...
Growing a garden church from food scraps and compost

Growing a garden church from food scraps and compost

We turned an empty lot in L.A. into an edible sanctuary. by Anna Woofenden (shared from Christian Century magazine) When I moved ...

Stewarding your Church “Property” as an Earth Community

by David Rhoads I recently participated in the spring convocation at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (April, 2012). The ...
The Green Foundation of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

The Green Foundation of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Geothermal Comes to the Battlefield By Delaney Schlake (M. Div Middler, Trinity Lutheran Seminary) 150 years ago, the Lutheran Theological Seminary ...
Connecting Science, Faith & Service Ideas

Connecting Science, Faith & Service Ideas

Below are some ideas to combine your faith-fueled passion for Creation Care while learning about science and helping the wider ...