Lewinsville Presbyterian Church became a PC(USA) certified Earth Care Congregation in 2019. Earth Care Congregations commit to the Earth Care Pledge (see below), and every year seek to accomplish a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth. Earth Care Congregations work to make their church buildings, operations, worship services, education and outreach respectful of the glory of God’s creation. This concern for preserving and sustaining what our Creator has made is intended to go beyond church operations and extend into the homes and family lives of congregation members. The ECC program helps churches plan their continued earth care ministry and encourages greater support for this ministry from the whole congregation.
EARTH CARE MONTHLY MESSAGE
Waste Watching During the Holidays (and Beyond!)
Reducing food waste is one of the most important things we can do to care for God’s creation. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans waste between 30 and 40 percent of our food each year, with the heaviest losses occurring during the winter holiday period. Throwing away food affects our ecosystem by wasting the water and energy it takes to grow, harvest and package it. Food that ends up in landfills produces methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
While food waste occurs throughout the entire food chain, consumers are responsible for the largest portion. Actions we can take include:
- Don’t overbuy. Plan and shop carefully for the number of people you will be feeding. Beware of recommendations from stores and packages for portion sizes far in excess of what people actually eat.
- ‘Shop’ your pantry before shopping at the store to be sure of what you already have on hand; use older items first if you do stock extra.
- Use leftovers. Share with guests or neighbors; warm them up or upcycle into something new; research what freezes well, and have a system for keeping track of what is in your freezer.
- Store leftovers and food that will spoil quickly in a prominent place in your refrigerator, in clear containers for easy identification.
- Compost what you don’t use: join a community compost program (advocate for one, if your community doesn’t offer service!) or use a home compost bin.
- Educate yourself and share knowledge with others. Check out:
EARTH CARE from the PULPIT
October 4, 2020: Sermon from the Climate in the Pulpit Sunday –
“The Groaning that Leads to New Creation” by Pastor Scott Ramsey and Pastor Jen Dunfee
Note: Sermon begins at 21:15
EARTH CARE PLEDGE
Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
- Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.
- In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.
- Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
- Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.
Join Lewinsville’s Earth Care steering committee
and help create a sustainable future at Lewinsville.
Click here to contact the Earth Care team!