GUILFORD -- This Easter season, from April 1 through Pentecost on May 19, the Guilford Community Church will participate in the National UCC Mission 4-1 Earth Campaign. Churches all over the nation will be working together to plant 100,000 trees locally and internationally, write 100,000 letters advocating policy which protect the environment and performing 1 million acts of earth care.
The Guilford Church is especially excited to have its sister village, Kaiguchi, Kenya, be the recipient of funds for tree planting, funds which will then benefit children orphaned by AIDS and their guardians. As part of the campaign the senior youth group and their parents will host an African dinner on May 18 to fund the planting of trees and the Sunday School children are earning money to pay for trees as well.
Other events during the campaign include a special Earth Sabbath celebration on Sunday, April 21, for Earth Day at which astronaut Gerald Carr, former NASA astronaut and commander of Skylab 4 will share his reflections on the preservation of the earth and the impact of his experiences in space on his beliefs about God.
This Sunday, Sue Owings will share her reflections on last year’s interfaith trip to Kenya. Music will include "Hakuna Mungu Kama Yeye," a favorite of Wangari Maathai, and "I’m Gonna Lift My Brother Up," an African spiritual. Sunday School and nursery care are provided during the service. Anyone wanting to sing in the choir should arrive by 9 a m.
Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ and is fully handicapped accessible. An ASL interpreter and hearing assistance is provided.
The church is located one mile south of exit 1 off Interstate 91 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information call 802-257-2776 or check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org.