Recycling Event and more Recycling Resources

Hey church family!

The Creation Justice team just wants to remind church members that we will be parking a large recycling truck outside the friendship hall this coming Thursday, September 21, from 4 to 6pm. This is a Metal Recycling Event, and the truck will take metal posts, exercise equipment, garage door springs, old grills, vacuum cleaners, filing cabinets, broken appliances, pumps, electrical cords and wires, old Christmas lights, motors, brass and copper, aluminum screens and siding, metal shelving, computers, printers, batteries, and much more! If it’s METAL and has a cord, we will take it.

BUT we cannot take old-style tube televisions or CRT monitors.

Many of you have asked where you can take other items you need to recycle, things like batteries and plastic printers and old style monitors, etc.

The best local resource for finding other recycling opportunities is on our friend Ken Freestone’s Green Michigan website at this link.

Another great place to search is at Earth911, at this link.

We have added a permanent link to these resources on this blog site in the navigation bar, above, for future reference!

Namaste, and happy recycling!

 

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Volunteers Needed: Adopt-A-Beach Douglas Beach Cleanup

Saturday, September  16th

9am  to  approximately 1pm

Please contact Sarah Morgan if you can join us: 512-422-7597

  • Volunteers will meet at Douglas UCC for instructions and then and carpool to Douglas Beach
  • Volunteers will be assigned in teams of 3
    • 1 in charge of categorizing/ tracking what is collected
    • 2 to pick up everything that doesn’t belong on the beach!
  • Teams will be assigned to sections between Douglas Beach and Oval Beach
  • Dress for comfort and function! Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Plan is to convene at a local restaurant afterwards.
  • Our group is open to the public so non-church members welcome
  • We will be emailing all volunteers with more details.

Join the hundreds of volunteers from 6 states who will be cleaning the shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie!

To learn more about the Adopt-a-Beach effort visit the website of the Great Lakes Alliance

https://greatlakes.org/get-involved/

 

Making Our Lakes Great Again

On September 14, as part of Douglas UCC’s month-long Creation Justice Season, we will hear from former state senator and former director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, Patty Birkholz. Ms. Birkholz is a Saugatuck native who continues in her role as protector of Michigan’s waterways by serving on the boards of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), and NOAA, among her many points of service and leadership.

Ms. Birkholz remains very active in the work of protecting and preserving the Great Lakes, and will talk to us about the recent challenges to the GLRI (Spoiler! It is not all bad news!), and will steer us through the various groups contributing to these efforts, so we can each decide where and how we can help this work along.

This event is free and open to the West Michigan community.

The details:

September 14, Making Our Lakes Great Again

DUCC Friendship Hall, 56 Wall St., Douglas, MI

6:30pm, social time, dessert, coffee and tea

7:00pm, program begins

Please sign up for this event in the Friendship Hall at Douglas UCC or by writing to julie@ridl.com. We would like to have your RSVPs so we can plan for our table of desserts and light snacks, coffee and tea service. This is not a potluck, but if you feel inclined to share something, sharing is always nice.

All Hands on Deck, Monday, July 3

Hey friends! Here’s a great way to gather friends, celebrate the waters we love, and provide very visual representation of our concern and willingness to do what it takes to protect our waters, even as national funding drains away.

All Hands on Deck is happening Monday, July 3, in coastal cities all around the Great Lakes, including six states, Canada, and members of Tribal Nations. Close to home, the event is being held right in South Haven, Michigan, July 3, 10-10:30am, at South Beach.

Link a hand, hoist a flag, and trade a marble for the Great Lakes to raise awareness for the need for our water to be: non politicized, non monetized, non polluted, protected from invasive species, and for our watersheds and lake feeders to be free from contamination of all forms.

Check out the movement at www.allhandsondeckgreatlakes.org

And if you’re interested in joining DUCC members, comment below, please! Perhaps we can carpool to South Haven’s lovely shore!

Greening Gardening is FUN

Also, it was delicious. Also inspiring. And sweet. And funny. Our May 11 evening presentation-and-dessert Green Gardens event drew a huge and good-looking crowd!

We used the cool new tech (hello big presentation screen!) and old tech (that one coffee pot? Not happy.) Such big thanks to our presenters, Avril Freeman, the agricultural educator, her daughter Hazel, who brought comic breaks to the evening:

And Ken Freestone, master-composter-among-other-green-roles, who made dirt-making sound fun and important. (So many ways composting helps the environment!)

I don’t want to make a long post about it, but do want to share resources along with the slides, to help us all get started. If you have more resources, farms, seed sources, plant swaps, composting supplies, farms, markets to share, please post them in the comments!

Here goes:

Were you inspired to start growing food in your flowerpots, on your borders, in a straight-up veggie plot? Here’s a helpful planting calendar.

Going to grow from seed? You might want to wander up to Zeeland to visit this place.

Want to learn more about trading plants you’ve started? Connect with Avril.

No thanks, you’d rather save your manicure, support a farmer, and buy a local share of a farm’s fresh produce? Shop local community-supported Ag here.

And of course, there is our own, local and lovely Saugatuck Farmers’ Market at the SCA. Fridays from 9am to 3pm, starting on the 26th!

Want to get started composting? Want one of the cool compost bins Ken designed? He’ll make and deliver them, or he will put together a kit you can assemble yourself. And the basics, hand-out-forms and how-tos are all right here.

Want to reach Ken directly, to talk about putting a Green Michigan bin at your home or business? Write to him here.

Want to donate to Greenmichigan.org to thank Ken and his team for all the love and time he’s given DUCC? There’s a handy donate button right here.

Download Avril’s Green Gardening Preso

Ken’s Compost Presentation

Our Covenant Sunday

 

This past Sunday, we officially became a Creation Justice Church by formally adopting our Creation Justice Covenant. Here is Eric LeJeune, leading the congregation in the ceremony. A lovely way to observe Earth Day.

We also welcomed our friend Ken Freestone, one of the presenters for our upcoming Green Gardens gathering. If you would like to join us that evening, sign up in our Friendship Hall or write to julie@ridl.com. Ken is sort of the Pied Piper of composting in West Michigan, which will be obvious from his comments on Sunday…

. . . . . . . . . . . . .

My name is Ken Freestone and I am a Master Composter. No I don’t write music and I haven’t composed any songs.

I am proud to be certified through MSU Extension to demonstrate composting techniques, tools and details about how to compost. I have actually been composting since I was 10 years old in my Grandmother’s Garden, and been teaching passionately for the past 20 years.

Composting is the original recycling and incredibly simple to do as humans, and also part of an incredibly complex system that nature does all of the time, with little or no help needed from us humans.

Finding God in the Compost Pile
http://www.naturalnews.com/024580_compost_organic_nature.html
From Natural News
The compost pile is a paragon of death and renewal. Mixing organic waste and manure in a mound large enough to retain heat promotes decomposition and disinfection. The pile is turned early and often for uniformity and to avoid foul-smelling fermentation. In aerated piles, good organisms dominate and the smelly ones die. In large-scale commercial composting the heated pile also becomes inhospitable for Salmonella, E. coli and other manure pathogens. The recent infestations of spinach, onions, peanut butter and hamburger do not arise from organic farms where good compost is used, but rather from factory farms with filthy runoff problems that use sewer sludge or synthetic chemicals as fertilizer. Good compost promotes food quality. In a well-made compost pile, good bacteria defeat the bad ones, just like it should be. An abundance of friendly microbes defines the quality of finished compost, and the power of those microbes depends on their mineral content.

Compost is not just the key to sustainable agriculture, but also God’s will. It is the renewal of things, and the only tangible form of reincarnation. It is life’s resolve and death’s acceptance. What transpires in a compost pile is as awesome as in any religion, and its miracles are accessible. The God in the compost pile is worth dirtying one’s fingernails for. The fruit of its faith is in the fertility of the land, the salubrity and appeal of its produce, and ultimately in the balance of things. Eating fresh, hardy, local organic produce is spiritually gratifying, like returning to Eden. Understanding the wisdom of nature and respecting its mystery, through compost, brings us closer to the Oneness: Nature’s unifying principle.

I love how that encapsulates the beauty, the systemic approach and the complexity of compost.

I will share fun stories, simple techniques (even a 30 second composting lesson) and the beauty and complexity of dirt/soil/microorganisms and bugs.

 

Green Gardens

On May 11, the Douglas UCC Creation Justice Team brings you “Green Gardens,” a really fun evening event designed to help us manage our patches of Earth and support green growers, to keep her healthy and the plants and foods we raise happy and flourishing, all while feeding a shared table and a shared water table safe enough for everyone downstream of us. Our teachers will be Ken Freestone, Master Composter (yes, that’s a thing), returning to us from GreenMichigan.org, and Avril Freeman, an Agriculture Educator (definitely a thing, too).

Thing 1 and Thing 2 will race us through all of the possibilities for growing our own or working with our landscape maintenance folks and local farmers to reduce our impact, improve our yields, recycle our garbage into gold.

The details:

May 11, Green Gardens

DUCC Friendship Hall

6:30pm, social time

7:00pm, program begins

Please sign up for this event in the Friendship Hall at Douglas UCC or by writing to julie@ridl.com. We will have desserts and light snacks, coffee and tea service to share. This is not a potluck, but if you feel inclined to share something, sharing is always nice.