Scare the Crows Contest

The first year of the Black Mountain Home for Children Garden Project was truly a learning experience. The volunteers learned what grew well and what did not and that the crows’ appetite for corn seed was invincible. This year we are determined to “scare the crows” but we need your help.

Churches, youth groups, committees and individuals are invited to create the scariest scarecrow and enter it in the BMHC Garden Project Scare the Crows Contest. Scarecrows will be judged on originality, durability and effectiveness by Garden Project leaders. The winner(s) will be invited to the garden to harvest corn for their personal use.

Scarecrows may be delivered to the garden any Saturday between 9 and 11 am from March 24 – May 12. A Garden Project leader will take a picture of you and/or your group with your entry and will be pleased to give you a free tour of the garden.



Calling all to GROW with us!

This year we will produce a booklet of recipes based on things the average gardener can grow at home. We need you to submit your recipes so we can make the booklet available by the time our delicious summer produce is rolling in! It would be great if you include information about your growing experience, the variety used, and/or any other tips or a story that will add depth to the recipe.

There are a few rules to this activity:

  • It has to be an edible that grows well in our area (squash, yes! your indoor lemon tree, no.)
  • It has to be a recipe you have made before.
  • It has to be easy to reproduce with minimal ingredients and basic kitchen equipment

Email, call, or drop off your entry with your name on it to the church office c/o Penny Gibbs.  The deadline for material is Earth Day–April 22.

2012 theme: GROW

We invite you to join us as we examine how we have grown in our faith through caring for creation; how we grow the food we eat; the ways we grow in friendship through Earth care activities; and how our awareness of the world grows the more we learn.

There are many ways to share this ministry—read our Creation Care Journal to learn about local activities and articles, come out to an event during Earth Care week in April, help out at the Black Mountain Home Garden, join us in faith development… and more!

It may help to know that the Creation Care Task Force Task Groups do not meet regularly, but design email conversations and meetings to fit the particular need at hand. We try and minimize the time commitment by sharing most of our discussions through email and the phone.  Contact Penny Gibbs in the church office to join the email list.

Activities Coming Up:

The Creation Care Task Force has planned a year of activities that focus on learning about and acting to protect God’s creation.

April 21

  • Join with the youth of our church to clean up litter of all sizes and shapes along the French Broad River.

April 25

  • Our Wednesday Night Dinner will feature local foods prepared by our resident chef, Char Frellick. We will need servers and folks to clean up after the dinner.

April 28

  • Come work in the Garden at the Black Mountain Home for Children for a special planting by FPC members and visitors. (SPROUT!)

April 29

  • Our worship service will focus on Creation Care and we will gather for a hike after a potluck lunch. All ages are welcome to explore the forest and look at the wide variety of living things that God has put on earth.

Watch this Journal & the News Journal for updates.


Unsung Hero

A decade of caring for creation has earned Esther Pardue the honor and gratitude of her like-minded colleagues in the Creation Care Task Force here at First Presbyterian Church.

At its January meeting the group recognized Esther as the #1 Recycling Warrior of the congregation. An outstanding steward of God’s earth, Esther quietly went about the task of collecting recyclables from the church recycling bins, stuffed them into garbage bags, and took them to the recycling center- many times rinsing out the garbage bags to reuse them in an additional step to conserve. She collected cans and bottles and cardboard that were not being picked up under the church’s contract with Curbie.

In honoring Esther as our #1 Recycling Warrior, members of the Task Force presented her with a hand-crafted sculpture made of recycled materials that doubled as a candle holder and a recycled wine bottle holding a bouquet of roses. And in lieu of the sour milk odors that permeated her car for these past ten years, Esther was also given several air fresheners for her car.

Now that the new contract with Curbie has expanded to include picking up all recyclables at the church, Esther has been freed of her duties and will undoubtedly put her energy toward another caring for creation task. Our congratulations and heartfelt thanks go to Esther Pardue!


Co-Creation Conference: April 12-15

The Co-Creation Conference will be held in Greensboro, NC (April 12th-15th) featuring cutting-edge speakers and writers on contemporary Christian spirituality. This conference will be held against the background of “Sacred Space for the City: A Celebration of Arts and Spirit,” a four day festival offering outstanding concerts, art-walks, labyrinth walks and other cultural events in a unique area on the north side of downtown Greensboro, NC, calling forth and manifesting the Spirit of Co-Creation. The Co-Creation 2012 calendar of events includes nationally known speakers Brian McLaren, Diana Butler-Bass, and Paul R. Smith talking about how our faith communities can create a new collective leadership to meet the needs of our times. Workshops will be offered on the path and practice of servant leadership from faculty of The Servant Leadership of Greensboro.

FPC-member Andy Brown is planning on attending this conference and invites others to consider joining him. For more information, contact Andy Brown (