Our vision is “We will love as Jesus loves, pursuing God’s peace at the river and at the table.”
Our creation care emphasis came in 2001. As we were preparing to baptize two people in the Elkhart River, Dave Baer told pastors Doug Kaufman, that the Elkhart Environmental Health Department considers the water of the river to be too dirty for full body contact. Wondering what this meant, Doug learned about E. coli contamination in the river, which is an indication of too much feces from poor septic systems and poor livestock management. He became trained with Hoosier Riverwatch, a volunteer water quality management system throughout Indiana, and leads our River Stewards group.
Our creation care has focused on the Elkhart River, where we baptize new members, but also includes addressing climate change and other issues. We remember that God created all things good, that creation is also marred, and that creation is renewing, and we are invited to be part of that renewal! We have reflected on our production and consumption of food, on our energy use, and on stormwater issues through making rain barrels.
The green group meets periodically to encourage creation care in the congregation and in our households, community, and world. The congregation is a Green Patchwork congregation as part of the Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN). We have earned their highest rating for engaging creation care.
In the Summer of 2013, Benton Mennonite was one of the first congregations to install rooftop solar. Solar energy is one way to reduce fossil fuel consumption, clean our air, and green the world.
We offer ways to participate in recycling:
- Bins for both reusable and regular battery disposal in our foyer
- Paper recycling in our office and foyer
- Check out our recycling guide for more ways to recycle!
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Some items cannot be disposed of with regular garbage collection. The Elkhart County Landfill offers a day to drop off hazardous waste on the first Saturday of every month. Visit their website for more information on dropoff times, accepted materials, and location.