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PHILADELPHIA — Tree Planting and Blessing

tree planting poster imageOn Saturday, Earth Day,  PA IPL Germantown Tree Tenders will be planting trees at 3 different sites.

At Janes Memorial United Methodist Church on Germantown Avenue and  we will be having a blessing of the trees at 11:30 (we might start a little later, depending on the plantings), led by The Rev. Andrew Foster (Janes Memorial UMC)  and the Rev. Cheryl Pyrch (Summit Presbyterian).

Actual planting starts earlier.  See poster (click on image to enlarge) for times and contacts.

Would you like to participate?  It’s a chance to celebrate and also give our best wishes to Pastor Foster, who will be moving at the end of May to become leader of the New England District of the UMC.

Contact Pastor Cheryl Pyrch to RSVP.

Germantown PA IPL Tree Tenders: Come Bless Our Trees!

Bill Hemmerling, Friendship Trees

Bill Hemmerling, Friendship Trees

In mid November, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders and volunteers will plant about 435 trees in Philadelphia and another 530 trees in Southeast Pennsylvania   Germantown Interfaith Power & Light Tree Tenders will be planting 6 of those trees on Saturday, November 19th.  At noon neighborhood clergy and leaders will lead a short “Blessing of the Trees” ceremony beginning outside the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG), 6001 Germantown Ave.  Then all tree blessers and tree planters and their supporters are invited to a free lunch at FUMCOG.  Please RSVP to Cheryl Pyrch, cpyrch@summitpres.net

These new trees count towards the Plant One Million campaign, the nation’s largest multi-state tree initiative that continues to replenish the tree population of 13 counties in the Greater Philadelphia Region.  About 520,000 trees have been planted since Plant One Million began in 2011.   The Philadelphia Chapter of PA Interfaith Power & Light has joined this effort to help mitigate climate change and build resiliency in our community.  This is our first annual tree planting. Perhaps next year we can plant trees near you!

The region has lost millions of trees in recent decades to development. Replacing our tree canopy will benefit the whole region for decades to come.   Trees improve air quality, reduce the heat-island effect, absorb storm runoff to reduce flooding and water pollution, increase property values, and enhance the quality of life in our communities.