ECO FAITH ADVOCATES
One of our most recent teams to form is the Eco Faith Advocates.  The purpose of this team is to both raise awareness of the importance of caring for the earth, as well as helping congregational ministries implement practices with the care of creation in mind If you have suggestions, questions or want to join the team (short term is an option) please contact Wanda Clark or Vicky Lorenz.  Messages can be sent through the church office.  
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MISSION STATEMENT
God entrusts us with His beautiful creation by calling us to build a life that honors and sustains our world. Our purpose focuses on education to create awareness for sustainability in our personal and congregational life. By gathering and sharing of information we celebrate what we are doing, and encourage and challenge others to respond through action.  

 

 
From the Green Blades Newsletter from the NE MN Synod’s EcoFaith Team:  This article was written by Jan Bilden, member of St. Andrew’s Eco Faith Advocates team.
 
The altar in the sanctuary at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids is in front of a two story window, with a cross embedded, and tall pines, maples, and forest floor as a background.  We are always reminded of God’s wonderful creation, be it when summer winds blow through the trees or in winter when the snows are heavy.  When floating the idea of a creation care, we knew there would be interest.
 
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GREEN TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS (from EcoFaith Advocate Team member, Nancy Raymond)

  1. SUSTAINABLE GIFTS
    1. THESE GIFTS CAN BE EXPERIENCE GIFTS LIKE TICKETS TO A CONCERT OR SPORTING EVENT. IT CAN BE MEMBERSHIP TO AN AQUARIUM OR MUSEUM.
    2. IT CAN BE A HOMEMADE GIFT OR COUPONS FOR HOUSEHOLD TASKS, A HOMEMADE DINNER OR BABYSITTING.
    3. I HAVE GIVEN GRANDKIDS A WEEK AT FAMILY CAMP AT CAMP HIAWATHA FOR OVER 20 YEARS.
    4. IT COULD BE PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS…EVEN FOR ADULTS
    5. ELCA GOOD GIFTS….I GIVE EACH OF MY ADULT FAMILIES A BARNYARD GIFT. THIS YEAR IT IS A GOAT AND CHICKS.
  2. AMAZON SMILE

   WHEN YOU ORDER FROM AMAZON USE AMAZON SMILE.  THERE IS NO CHANGE TO YOUR ORDER EXCEPT 0.5% WILL       BE GIVEN TO THE CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE.

  1. WRAPPING GIFTS…IF AT LEAST THREE GIFTS WERE WRAPPED NOT USING HOLIDAY PAPER WE WOULD COVER 45,000      FOOTBALL FIELDS.  THOSE PAPERS COULD BE REPLACED WITH RECYLED PAPERS.

   WRAP THEM WITH:  OLD MAPS, BROWN BAGS DECORATED AND TIED WITH TWINE, COMIC PAPERS, POSTERS,       USABLE GIFTS LIKE SCARVES, PILLOWCASES, BANDANAS, BASKETS OR COOKIE TINS.

OR…DON’T WRAP THEM…HIDE THEM IN THE HOUSE AND CREATE A SCAVENGER HUNT TO FIND THEM…COLOR CODED THEM FOR THE INDIVIDUAL.

  1. DECORATE WITH LED LIGHTS THAT USE 90% LESS ENERGY THAN CONVENTIONAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS.
  2. USE E CARDS FOR HOLIDAY WISHES
  3. DONATE TO SIERRA CLUB’S SPONSER A WILD PLACE
  4. I SPONSOR A CHILD IN AN ORPHANGE IN KENYA WITH HER SCHOOL FEES FOR A YEAR.