Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

Dear friends, 

Something serious and something light, both very important topics as we move ahead on the journey. Something a little light, but important first!

I realize there is a split decision if climate change is real or not, but I came across some of these ideas in an article I recently read and I thought they were worth thinking about as you live summer.

  1. Use reusable or biodegradable plates and utensils.  If you can't find those, at least go for products made from 100 percent recycled materials.  Remember that your biodegradable plates will need to be cleaned before going in the compost bin.
  2.  Fill up pitchers of water, homemade lemonade and iced tea instead of buying huge quantities of personal-sized beverage containers.
  3. If you take heed of tip #2, you'll need to provide cups.  If you use plastic or paper cups, provide markers at the drink counter so people can write their names on their cups so they only need one.
  4. Encourage recycling of individual-sized beverages by putting out easily identifiable bins.
  5. Use gas, propane or electric grills, which aren't perfect but burn more efficiently and cleaner than charcoal or wood.  If you have a charcoal grill, make sure you burn natural lumps, not briquettes, and don't use more than you need.
  6. Grill locally grown veggies!  Going vegetarian has been shown to be much better for the planet than eating meat.  But if you eat meat, spend a bit more to invest in organic, sustainably raised hamburgers and hots.

These are just some suggestions how we can enjoy God’s gift of creation and how we can save it for future generations. 

Now to something serious! 

As I announced last week and further described in last’s week’s Bulletin we have a serious problem of ground water on our property and the resulting damage it has caused to the HVAC ducting system in the church building.  Because of the seriousness of the problem we want to keep you informed along the way.  At the present time our Buildings and Grounds Committee is awaiting reports from both our Civil Engineer who is addressing the water problem and our Mechanical Engineer who is developing proposals on how we address the ducting system problem.  Last week a contractor cleaned all the storm sewers and down spouts, but this is only a small step toward resolving the ground water problem.  We will keep you informed as we move ahead to resolve the problem and repair or replaced the damaged duct system.

Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world! 

In peace and courage, 

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