Earth Care Is At The Heart Of Our Congregation’s Ministry

Maybe there is a place for you to ‘dig in!’ ORUCC members and friends participate in a host of efforts to care for the earth and advocate for sustainable practices. It takes a village to grow vegetables and flowers and trees…


Flower And Meditation Gardens

Everyone enjoys the flower, shrubs, and trees on our church grounds. There are over 20 flower plots as well as numerous shrubs and trees on our church grounds. A group of garden tenders maintain these plots, by removing weeds and debris, and occasionally watering, to keep the these gardens looking great. If you are interested and able to share the maintenance of one of these plots, please contact Chuck Kaspar at for more details. Another way to help with the upkeep of our beautiful grounds is by participating in Work and Worship Sundays held each Spring and Fall.

Our Care of Creation Mission Team meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30. Our faith in our Creator leads us to want to care for this beautiful earth, out only home, and the life on it. We seek to provide the congregation with education on climate change and environmental issues, engage in direct advocacy on behalf of the earth, and encourage people to savor God’s beautiful creation. In these times, when the earth is especially threatened, we welcome you to join us in our mission. Contact Sara Roberts at 608-332-1114 for more information.

ORUCC Veggie Village

In 2009, we created our Veggie Village garden that consists of two parts: Individual Plots Are you interested in growing your own vegetables? There are a limited number of 12 x 12 foot garden plots available in the community garden section of the Veggie Village on the east side of the ORUCC property. Plot fees are $35.00 for the season. Contact Leslie Linser at to secure a plot or to ask questions.

ORUCC Pantry Garden

If you have experience with or would like to learn more about vegetable gardening we have a great opportunity for you! ORUCC volunteers grow and harvest from a large food pantry plot in the Veggie Village (garden on the east end of the property). This produce goes to the Good Shepard Lutheran Food Pantry in our neighborhood. We need several people to help care for the garden on Tuesday evenings throughout the growing season. Any time that you can give will be much appreciated! Join our food pantry garden volunteers by contacting LuAnn Greiner at

ORUCC Memorial Garth

In 2007, we established a Memory Garth for those who wish to have their ashes scattered here in our Meditation Garden. It is also possible to purchase a memorial stone for the garden. Those who are buried or have their ashes scattered elsewhere can also purchase a memorial stone. Contact Winton Boyd at for more information.

Summer Kids’ Garden Program

Children are invited to participate in ORUCC’s garden program on Sunday mornings throughout the summer. The children have their very own garden plot in our Veggie Village. They will plant the vegetables on May 21 (Worship and Work Day) and then tend to their garden all summer. Each Sunday, starting June 11, during 10:00 worship, the children will spend time considering/reflecting on a Bible story and/or spiritual theme that has to do with gardening. They will then go to their garden plot to water and weed their garden, and harvest vegetables. Some of the vegetables will include sugar snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and broccoli. They will then bring the vegetables back into the church kitchen to wash them and prepare them to eat. On some Sundays, the children will make simple recipes using these vegetables. We invite children who are going into first grade and older to participate in the Kids’ Garden Program. Younger children are invited but must be accompanied by a parent. Middle and High School youth are invited to assist! The Kids’ Garden Program is offered every Sunday, starting June 11 and ending August 27 except Sunday, July 2. Please contact Tammy Martens at 271-7212 or if you are interested.

Worship and Work Sunday –  All who are able are invited to stay after worship to help clean up the property and gardens. There are tasks for every age and ability. If you have tools, it may be helpful to bring them along. We offer this twice a year.  The fall date will be finalized soon.  If you have questions, contact Chuck Kaspar at

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