Property Ministry

Mission Statement

To provide oversight of the physical structure, grounds and all associated property of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church so that members and staff can accomplish the work of God in a safe secure setting. While providing support of all kinds, the ministry shall provide expert advice in the area of property management, maintenance, landscaping, and associated maintenance support services.

Building maintenance includes oversight of all building maintenance efforts including maintenance budgets and cleaning efforts of custodial staff. Click here to view the WMPC building use policy

REHABS

Retired Handyperson Breakfast Society (REHABS) – Every Thursday morning at 8:00 am a group of 20 to 25 men and women have a hardy breakfast prepared by some of the REHABS and then do handy man jobs around the church and church grounds. This saves the church substantial funds, which are directed to other church missions. For information contact Dale Moeller or just show up any Thursday at 8:00 am in the church kitchen to pick up your breakfast. We will be glad to share fellowship with you, then off to work fixing, improving, beautifying our church building or grounds.

 

Grounds & Garden

Oversight of all grounds maintenance including location and protection of over 300 memorial plantings.

From Genesis 1:11-12
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Gardens: – Jane Iglehart has overseen our wonderful gardens for more than 18 years and worked tirelessly to provide a beautiful setting for the church. This includes making contributions to “Woods Chips” about various herbs, plants and trees found in the church gardens and their connection to the bible. Jane is looking for additional Green Thumbers of varied experience you are always welcome to help. Through the ages men and women have found beauty and food among the plants of our earth, and at Woods we continue to seek, find, and provide for beauty on our grounds. From Anemones to Zinnias, or apples to pines, we have planted many different plants and trees. Our gardens also provide a sanctuary for the furry and feathered friends that come to Woods. Birdbaths and houses, and feeders make them feel welcome - from the tiniest hummingbirds to the mallard ducks, and from the chipmunks to the rabbits. And, yes, the frogs and toads are to be found here, too.
 

Grounds and Gardens

Genesis 1:11-12

11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Have you noticed the changes to our gardens at Woods recently? Lots of new plants are blooming, and birds and butterflies are everywhere. Woods Church is an Earth Care Congregation in the PCUSA and a River-Wise Congregation in the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards program, so we are working hard to be responsible stewards of the gardens, lawns and woodlands that make up our property. We are trying to reduce our storm water runoff wherever possible and support our native bird and pollinator populations using native trees, shrubs and plants.  We no longer use herbicides or pesticides on our gardens and lawn areas, we do not fertilize the grass in the spring, and we are planting native plants in our gardens and grounds wherever possible to absorb storm water and provide food and habitat for our native birds, insects and pollinators.  We are thankful for the native oak trees, red and silver maples, sweet gum, dogwoods, American holly and Eastern redbud trees that exist on our property.  As we go forward, Woods gardeners will incorporate native plants to preserve the balance and beauty of our local natural ecosystem.  We plant black eyed Susan’s, and cone flowers for seed eating birds.  We plant cardinal flowers, butterfly weed, joe pye weed, white turtlehead and milkweed for butterflies and hummingbirds – the list provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service of native flowers and shrubs for the Chesapeake Bay watershed is extensive. We plant native shrubs such as American beautyberry, lowbush blueberry and viburnum for their berries that nourish birds, and silky dogwood, sweet spire, smooth winterberry and spicebush for their high wildlife value.

The Woods gardeners look forward to making our grounds and gardens beautiful habitats that support our local wildlife and waterways.  Come join us anytime – we love company and no experience is necessary. 

Rehabs

REtired HAndyperson Breakfast Society (REHABS) – Every Thursday morning at 8:00 am a group of men and women have a hearty breakfast before venturing out to complete projects around the church and grounds. These efforts save the church considerable expense, which are directed to other church missions. For more information contact :John McLaughlin  or simply show up any Thursday at 8:00 am in the church kitchen for breakfast. We will be glad to share fellowship with you, then off to repairing, improving, beautifying our church building and grounds.

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