Millington First UMC celebrates 'Creation Care Weekend'
Rev. David Hollis spoke on Creation Care Sunday at Millington First UMC. With him is Caryl Rawls, chair of the church's Creation Care Committee. Submitted photo
Sue Nan Hartley, upper left, conducts "children's time" on Creation Care Sunday at Millington First UMC. Submitted photo
By Caryl Rawls, Chairperson, Creation Care Committee, Millington First UMC
Each year Millington First UMC in Millington, TN celebrates Creation Care Sunday. This year it actually fell on Earth Day, April 22.
Earth Day is an international citizens day that began in 1990. It was started in the belief that people working together can accomplish extraordinary things and has inspired actions and activities in all parts of the world each year.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, Millington First UMC celebrated Creation Care Weekend.
On Saturday, church members with expertise in gardening shared information about green gardening with our congregation as well as with people from the Millington community.
All the speakers provided practical methods of gardening that could yield positive results with minimal negative impact on the environment.
On Sunday, a meaningful and inspiring celebration of God’s creation and how to be better caretakers of His gifts was presented.
The youth department folded origami peace cranes that decorated the sanctuary during the worship service. The cranes symbolize God’s creation and the hope that mankind can learn to live in peace with the earth.
Rev. David Hollis, Associate Pastor at Jackson First UMC, spoke to us about dirt as it was first mentioned in Genesis 2:4-8,15 and how we came from this dirt and were put on this earth to till the garden and take care of it.
The film “Renewal” was shown during the Sunday School hour and demonstrated how other people of God are caring for his creation.
The question now is how to carry what we learned into our daily lives.
Rev. Hollis said we should start with our little piece of creation, whether it is a farm, a backyard or just a potted plant. He also made it clear that we should care for each other since we are part of God’s dirt.
Rev. Hollis also said Millington First UMC should be proud of the many years of effort our congregation has committed toward seeking a better, cleaner and healthier world for our children and our children’s children.