CREATION CARE MISSION STATEMENT
“IT’S JUST A FEEL GOOD THING”
HAVE YOU EVER SAID “It’s just a feel good thing” when you see someone who cares about the environment and how they impact it?
Several years ago I was one of those people. So my answer to that comment now is: “They are trying to be good stewards of God’s creation.” At my work we need to be aware of the environment and energy impacts that construction causes. Because of the work I am involved in and because of the way others stress how even the simple things can make things worse, I came to the conclusion that we must all become aware of our impact to God’s world.
How often have you taken a walk in your neighborhood and noticed the trash that lines the street and gutters? Were you mad? Did you pick it up? Or did you think “My neighbor will take care of it.” If it’s in front of your house did you get mad at whoever did it? What impact will it have if it’s not picked up?
Do you recycle because you want to or your local jurisdiction makes you? How much more effort did it take you to separate? Did it cost you any more?
We must become more aware of how we live and work. Everywhere you look now a days – TV commercials, radio, magazines, and newspapers– people are doing, saying or talking about recycling and doing something GREEN. It’s not a “feeling good thing” but being aware of our impact. If you want to see how much impact you have check out this web site: Low Impact Living Calculator. Just by entering some data on cars, power, and size of your house, etc. it will show the impact you have and this site will make suggestions on how to save energy and save you money at the same time.
If you are ready to say “IT’S GOD’S CREATION AND I WANT TO HELP” then step up to the plate and start thinking on ways to be a good steward in God’s World.
Contact Tom Morgan for additional information
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Climate Change and Economics – An Action
Small changes in the way we manage our homes, our congregations and our communities can both reduce our contribution to climate change and save us money. These small changes, when taken collectively, can make a huge difference. Over time, they will also help us live in right relationships with God’s Creation.
Studies have shown that the 300,000 houses of worship in the U.S. spend more than $2 billion on energy each year and consume 2 percent of all energy used in the United States.
This year for Earth Day, the National Council of Churches focused on honoring our sacred worship spaces with practical solutions that will make congregations better stewards and more faithful and sustainable examples in our walk with God.
Here are some ways that you can reduce your congregation’s greenhouse gas emissions, save money and live out God’s call to be stewards of Creation and seek justice for all.
* Install programmable thermostats
* Weatherize church buildings to limit the loss of heat in the winter and cool air in the summer
* Lower the temperature of your hot water heater
* Replace broken and old appliances with energy efficient models
These simple changes will help save money while reducing carbon dioxide emissions, helping your congregation to live out God’s call to be good stewards of all Creation and our obligation to be good stewards of our financial resources.
The CreationCare Committee is looking for people with fresh new ideas to join our group of good stewards. For more information, please contact Tom Morgan (775-5681) or speak to Pastor.
Green Tip: The Creation Care Committee recommends the following site (green traveling tips) for you to visit to both save money and become better stewards of God’s Earth: