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/

 

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!

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…

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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.

 

Saving Your Energy: the Notes

 

So many thanks to Chuck Otto and CJT team lead Eric LeJeune for interesting and action-provoking presentations at our latest CJT potluck, February 9. Here are their presentation slides with contact names and numbers for home energy audits and information on switching your energy plan to one that invests fully in green energy development. It just takes minutes to do that, folks, and virtually wipes out your carbon footprint while you are at it.

Chuck Otto’s presentation:

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Eric Lejeune’s presentation:

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