On May 10, 2008 Church of the New Covenant hosted an event dedicated to green and sustainable living called, "Love Your Mother Earth Day." Suzanne Mikalsen, who helped coordinate the event said, "I joined the team to help spread the eco-word: about water conservation, responsible stewardship, wildlife importance, etc. The event started as an outreach effort. I believe we went much farther, sponsoring and lifting up this message for children and adults and sharing Christ in this way with our neighbors."
It is great to see churches putting together events highlighting numerous ways in which local communities may be involved in living green and caring for creation as a witness to God in the world. Included below is the write up of this event as it appeared in the Church of the New Covenant newsletter and a schedule of presenters for the event:
Love Your Mother Earth
A Green Awareness Event
A Spectacular Success!
Love Your Mother Earth Day-What a terrific day Saturday May 10th was! What a great turnout! Great food, interesting talks, informative displays, activities and demonstrations, and lots of fun! Most impressive of all, however, were the effort so many people gave to make this event a success and the excitement you generated in doing so. Curt S. & Suzanne H. are co-chairs of the Witness Committee, which sponsored the day; Curt and Suzanne did lots of the planning and structuring of the event. Suzanne M. met with tons of local merchants and obtained gift certificates, give-aways and the like – in addition to putting in hours of planning. Nancy M. obtained and prepared the food. Ann G. and James J. cooked tirelessly. Jeff D. did a heroic job of setting up and helping organize the church grounds – and he did some of the cooking, too. Richard R. helped out with setup. George T. lined up several presenters. Milly B. was very active in preparation activities. Bennie and Lucy, Kaitlyn and Jared J. were involved all day in setup and takedown. All our youth helped with flyer distribution on May 4, and Jared went out the day before with Suzanne H. Scott H. obtained canopies from several folks. Jason C. created the banner for the yard. Donna A. and Marty R. helped inflate 100 balloons and then greet everyone cheerfully. Many others gave presentations and demonstrations or led activities for children and adults.
Lots of neighbors from surrounding streets stopped by to enjoy a chicken leg, learn about composting or eco-friendly products, and to get to know some of our members. Everyone – participants, presenters, visitors – commented on how good it was to have an event like this out on our front lawn. Being visible in this way showed our neighborhood the wonderful spirit that makes Church of the New Covenant who we are: a congregation whose lives are anchored in prayer and praise, who practice God’s love in everything we do.
Many, many thanks to all of you.
--Rick Neale. Pastor
Included below is a list of presenters and events for "Love Your Mother Earth Day." Of special note on that list are the Earth Covenant Ministry (a new ministry of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta), and the Imam and the Columbia Seminary Professor, who participated in an interfaith dialogue on how our religious traditions inform our relationship with Creation.:Download lyme_presenters.doc
I want to extend a special thanks to Pastor Rick Neale and Suzanne Mikalsen for all their efforts in putting this event together. Also thanks to everyone at Church of the New Covenant for sharing your ministry with the world!