Bible Verses for Children on Creation Care

In our post about teaching preschoolers to pray, we promised a list of Bible verses that teach about God’s relation with us, the earth and our Biblical call to protect the earth. We have compiled quite a list. The most violent verses we chose to leave out but there are still some verses here that might be too complicated for your child. Use your best discretion as a parent. We chose to use the International Children’s Bible via BibleGateway.com. We chose this version because it did simplify language but it does not simplify some of the concepts. The list is lengthy. They are in order as you would find them in the Bible. We have provided a quick link below. Also, do you have a question about one of the verses? We have three pastors on staff. Drop us an email with your question and we will try to get an answer for you quickly.  Continue reading

Teaching Preschoolers to Pray for God’s Creation

Medical researchers have discovered that people with a full robust dynamic prayer and faith life have the healthiest brains and therefore healthier lives. This so excites me because that means God designed us to be in communion with him daily. I’ve said for years that Christians are excellent at corporal prayer. When we are together, we can pray to the heavens, but as a church at large, we don’t do a good job on teaching ourselves to have a real deep prayer practice outside of church. Yes! There are many of us now who have discovered the power of prayer. Maybe it was, The War Room, that got you motivated or maybe it was Bible Study, but what you probably missed was learning how to deeply and emotionally connect with God as a child. It wasn’t your parents fault or your Sunday School teacher, as we move through modern discipleship where so many of us are intentionally trying to walk with Jesus, the materials available to help build a meaningful pray life weren’t available while we were growing up. Continue reading

Lifting the Fog

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Ephesians 5:11 It's foggy in Pittsburgh. It's the kind of fog that prevents you from seeing down the street, but not out your window. This creates a sense of insulation and isolation--that you're all alone in space rather than part of a large urban city. The fog is probably because of Pittsburgh's hilly topography, or the convergence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, or the unseasonably warm weather in the first weekend of December. Continue reading

Do Something for the Environment – Pray for the Earth and Act

Bound by a sacred responsibility to care for God’s earth and to preserve it for the next generation, Creation Care and stewardship ministries are gaining popularity worldwide. You may have heard of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology and animals, and might even have a statue of his likeness in your garden. He was said to have a great love of animals and the environment, and is credited for connecting caring for the poor with caring for creation, making him the father of eco-justice. But did you know that people of faith around the world of all spiritual backgrounds are answering the call to protect the earth, and faith-based statements on climate change can be found across the spectrum of religious practices? Continue reading

United Methodist Women Shocked After Tour of Impacts of Methane and Air Pollutants for Communities in SWPA

Over a dozen women from the Pittsburgh region and around the country joined local experts and impacted community members today on an intensive tour of communities threatened by the expansion and development of the natural gas industry.  The tour centered on the threats from methane and other harmful air pollutants that are leaked at every stage of natural gas production, processing, and transportation.   Continue reading