With about 3 billion batteries dumped each year in the US, the lead, cadmium, mercury, and other heavy metals in household batteries can really pollute God’s creation. More cadmium in landfills comes from batteries than any other source. The solution:  buy rechargeable batteries!   Rechargeable batteries (e.g. nickel-cadmium and lithium-ion) can be recharged hundreds of times. …

The next time you go out for a walk in the park or on a local trail, bring a bag.  Make it a point to pick up a few cans or bottles as you walk along the park.  You’re not only doing a good deed but you’re setting a highly visible example to others on…

There are a number of holidays but especially Christmas where we put up lights.  Try going with LED lights—they burn bright, last longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent lights.  For instance, 100 5-watt LED holiday lights burning 10 hours a day for a month will cost about .15 in 2009 calculations while 100…

When shopping for wrapping paper, look for recycled paper.  And then look for opportunities to recycle wrapping paper (or re-use gift bags).  Or create your own personalized wrapping paper using newspapers or the Sunday comics.  Kids can dip hands in paint and plaster them all over the paper (or make a stamp out of a…

Try using a live tree this year for Christmas.  Or plant the tree ahead of time in your yard and use it for future Christmases.  Decorate it outside with strands of popcorn (which will provide food for the birds) and this will be a living memory for you and your family.  For all holidays, try…

There are so many holidays and special events when candles are appropriate. If you use candles, use soy or beeswax candles. Avoid paraffin candles as they are made from petroleum and when burns produce toxic fumes.

For Christmas, make your own ornaments.  This can become a wonderful family tradition.  Using natural items (like pine cones or leaves) or origami (to form stars or animals) or recycled items (like bottles), you can create unique and creative ornaments.

Thinking of heading to the beach for vacation or taking that cruise to the Bahamas?  When you pick a sunscreen, it’s important to choose one that is biodegradable or “reef-friendly”.  The 78 million tourists who visit areas with coral reefs leave behind 4,000-6,000 tons of sunscreen annually (because about 25% of it washes off).  Sunscreens…

The Lord’s Day “Connect 3” -Pastor Jeff John 20:19-31 (NIV) Jesus Appears to His Disciples 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he…

Trinity Sunday “3-Fold Grace” -Pastor Jeff John 16:12-15 (NIV) 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and…

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Pentecost “Live Red” -Pastor Melissa Acts 2:1-4 (NIV) The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what…

Children’s Sunday | Mother’s Day “Think Orange” -Pastor Jeff Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV) 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be…

2nd Sunday of Easter From Heartache to Heart-“Burn” – Pastor Melissa Porter-Miller Luke 24:13-35 New International Version (NIV) On the Road to Emmaus 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened….

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