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
Recycling provides important environmen-tal benefits. Most of us participate and do our best to ‘do it right.’ but aren’t always sure what that means. Here are a few clarifications:
- Glass should not be placed in curbside recycling bins in Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Counties, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church. This policy was established in recent years in response to shifts in recycling markets and problems with broken glass contaminating other materials collected during single stream recycling.
- Residents are encouraged to take glass (bottles and jars only) to one of the 35 Purple Bins located throughout the region. Glass collected in the Purple Bins is either crushed for local construction projects or transported to a glass processing plant where it is turned into new glass products. Learn about this voluntary program and view Purple Bin locations HERE: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/glass
- Recyclables should be placed loose into your curbside bin. Do not bundle them in plastic bags; plastic bags cause problems for Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Bags of recyclables are not emptied during the sorting process – the filled bags are sent to landfill.
- What is acceptable for your recycling bin depends on who picks up your recycling. Some areas are served by county or city collection, others by privately-owned companies. Rules vary according to the capabilities of the MRF used by the service provider. All accept mixed paper, cardboard, metal food/beverage containers, and plastic bottles/jugs and some accept additional materials. Check with your service provider for specifics. Some operate nationally, so be sure to ascertain the rules for your locality.
In addition to proper recycling, you can support the recycling loop through buying products made from recycled materials and products that can be recycled (including their packaging). Most importantly, consider ways to REDUCE your consumption or REUSE items before turning to recycling.
EARTH CARE from the PULPIT
April 25, 2021: Full Service of Worship from our Faith & Climate Sunday –
Holy Ground, Good Soil – Rev. Dr. Scott Ramsey, preaching.
Note: Sermon begins at 22:18
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.
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Header Photo on this page by Nature Walk participant, Lewinsville