CARSON CITY — Spring brings hope and rejuvenation so it is no surprise that many religious observances coincide with springtime renewal and rebirth.
This Easter, Carson City United Methodist Church celebrated the resurrection with Pastor Andy Croel inviting those in attendance to live out his new sermon series “Resurrection Ground” by planting trees and beautifying the northwest area of Haradine Park, where the city dumps woodchips.
“If we are a new creation people,” Croel asked, “then what does it mean to live out the resurrection?”
Once that question was posed to the ministry team at the church, it didn’t take long for them to settle on the park project.
“Our ministry team kind of kicked around ideas on the theme of resurrection ground and we decided on planting some trees for the community,” Croel said.
Once Croel got a general idea of what the church would like to do, he met with Carson City Administrator Mark Borden, and asked what the church could do for the community.
“I met with Mark and we drove out to the park,” Croel said. “We discussed what would be helpful for the community.”
Borden likes the idea Croel brought up about tree planting and sprucing up the park area.
“We get a lot of use on the park trails,” Borden said. “I met with Pastor Andy a few weeks ago and what his congregation is doing is nice for our community park.”
On April 20, church volunteers will plant trees and self-sustaining shrubs and bushes in the park. With the snow melting and warmer days ahead, the timing of this project seems to work perfectly for both parties involved.
“It is the timing and about Pastor Andy’s message as he approached us earlier this month,” Borden said. “There are no zoning issues and we had only a small concern about extra maintenance for the city.”
Church members have thought through every aspect. Plans for the project are to include a multifunctional environment.
“We will keep it low maintenance for the city,” Croel said. “We also will have it sustainable for the wildlife. The project is about promoting beauty, life and gives back to this area.”
Doing this now gives Croel a chance to invite those in the community to join in with his congregation on celebrating life by being active in life.
“Our faith is an active faith,” Croel said. “Christianity isn’t a spectator sport and I feel very passionate about serving on God’s team.”
Borden and Croel have discussed joint ventures in the past, but this is the first tree planting being done.
“They host our Christmas tree lighting every year,” Borden said. “We have talked in the past about doing more between the community and our churches here too.”