In the beginning God created Heaven and earth. He then put MAN in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it.The word for "keep" used in Genesis is the Hebrew word SHAMAR. This is the same word used in the Aaronic blessing: "May the Lord bless you and keep you."This sacred privilege and responsibility, to SHAMAR our natural environment, is the heart of the Earth Care Team. From being mindful of our personal "ecosystems" all the way to a broad global awareness, our mission is to be loving stewards of God's gifts of Creation.
Please use our recycling bins "religiously"!Recycling Locations: BLUE BINS - both wings of the Narthex hallways & CE wing (under the coat rack.)BLACK "PIGGYBACK" BINS - hanging on the trash containers in the Social Hall, Fireplace Room & Library
Fellowship Hall - REGULAR trash containers are now labeled for recycling. Please be aware when disposing of your trash.Both kitchens & the Offices have large standard recycling bins.
Clean out your mailbox Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive. Reduce the amount of unsolicited mail in your mailbox, while helping to preserve the environment.
The Earth Care Team purchased a dishwasher for the Social Hall kitchen. This makes it easier to avoid using "disposables" during the Social Hour on Sunday (or during any events taking place in Social Hall.) It also helps us to use our "Sunday Best" in God's House. If you are able to join "Helping Hands" (assist with set up or clean up for Social hour, or any other event where dishes are used) please contact the Church Office (847) 362-2174. Thank you!
Did you know?If a 100-watt bulb is on for half a day, every day for a year, it can use enough electricity to burn almost 400 pounds of coal? What can you do?Turn off the lights! Flick the switch when you leave the room.Switch to energy saving fluorescent bulbs.
Biblical"In the beginning, God created heaven and the earth, and God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:1 and 32.
"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." Psalm 24:1
"Then Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, He told His disciples, 'Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be wasted.' So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets." John 6:11-13.
1990 Presbyterian resolution Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice "...Therefore, God calls the Presbyterian Church (USA) to response to the cry of creation, not only for reasons of prudence or survival, but because the endangered planet is God's creation."
Book of Order, G-3.0101 "God created the heavens and the earth and made human beings in God's image, charging them to care for all that lives."
Book of Confessions - A Brief Statement of Faith - PC (USA)
We "exploit neighbors and nature, and threaten death of the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God's condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation."
In January of 2005, our church conducted a L.I.F.T. program focusing on the interconnection between theology and ecology. At the conclusion of this program, one of our Associate Pastors was inspired to form a task force entitled Caring for Creation. This group continues to explore the ways each one of us, individually, and all of us together, can SHAMAR our earthly home.
Some of the interconnected branches that have grown from our Committee are:
Service projects with Liberty Prairie Conservancy
Service projects with our Church sponsored Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops.
Working in conjunction with Waste Management on recycling.