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
Avoid Unnecessary Idling
Vehicle emissions release significant amounts of harmful substances into our air, including greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change, and smog (ground-level ozone) which can damage lungs. Reducing passenger vehicle idling, estimated to waste about 3 billion gallons of fuel annually, is an immediate and easy thing we can do to lower emissions. Here are some strategies:
- Avoid lengthy idling when you first start your car. Technological advances since about 1990 have eliminated the need for this, though many people have retained the old habit. Experts recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds as the best way to warm the engine and all other components, even on cold days.
- Avoid using a remote starter, which encourages unnecessary idling.
- Turn off the engine when stopped even for a short time except in traffic situations where it may be unsafe. Examples: waiting to pick up a passenger, stopping to chat with a friend or use your phone, waiting in line for access to a gas pump and waiting at railway crossings. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that idling longer than 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting.
- Many newer vehicles have automatic stop-start technology to reduce engine idling time. Take advantage of this feature if you have it.
- Rather than idling to de-ice or defrost your windows, spray them with a solution of 1 part water to 3 parts rubbing alcohol to quickly melt the ice before starting your car. Keep a sock filled with kitty litter on your dashboard to absorb moisture and reduce fogging.
- Avoid using drive-throughs (e.g., banks, pharmacies, fast food outlets). Park and walk inside instead. If COVID-19 concerns discourage indoor visits, bypass busy times and shut off the engine during lengthy transactions.
- Obey signs in existing no-idle zones and encourage adoption of no-idle policies in places without controls where idling is common.
- When purchasing a vehicle, choose an electric or hybrid model.
For fuel economy information go to: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/
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.
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Header Photo on this page by Nature Walk participant, Lewinsville