Greening

NOTE: If you would like to be on our “Green Team”, call Sharon Kenyon. No meetings required, just lots of hands-on activities caring for & enjoying God’s Creation.

* Wednesday Walks

FamilyWalkJoin the Walkers in June!
Everyone is invited to join us as we walk, make new friends and renew old friendships and enjoy the Beauty of the PNW.  We walk on local trails which are primarily flat with an occasional rolling hill.  We walk for approximately an hour starting out from the trail gathering spot.
For more complete information contact Irene Monson by email or 206-387-6882. A complete trail schedule will be posted on the church bulletin board and the weekly walks will be in the Sunday Epistle.  We would love to have you join us for a time of exercise and great fellowship.  Who knows, you might even hear a joke or two.
June 7th –
we meet behind the Renton Community Center and walk East along the Cedar River.  Walk starts at 10am, steady rain cancels.  Contact Irene if questions.
June 14th – we meet at the Kubota Gardens to enjoy the blooming trees and flowers.  Gardens are located at 9817 55th Ave S, Seattle WA 98118.  Walk starts at 10am, steady rain cancels.  Contact Irene if questions.
June 21st – we walk Soos Creek Trail South; meet in parking area at SE 192nd St & 124th Ave SE.  Walk starts at 10am, steady rain cancels.  Call Irene if questions.
June 28th – we meet at Clark Lake Park in the parking lot off SE 240th St at 127th Ave SE.  Lot is on Southeast corner.  Come join us as we look for ducks, snakes, birds and maybe a frog or two.  Walk starts at 10am, steady rain cancels. Contact Irene if questions.

* Children’s Creation Care

Fun outdoor activities with nature on 4th Sundays of summer after the children’s message during the 9:30 service.  For 4 years old (with individual supervision) through 6th graders.
Mark your calendars, and children wear “all weather – OK to get dirty” clothes & shoes for June 25, July 23, and August 27.
On June 25, we will be planting a butterfly garden and going on our annual horsetail hunt.
Volunteers are always needed & appreciated.  Call Sharon Kenyon 425-271-2080 to help.

  * Hiking

Hikers

Individual Hikes To be announced
Usually hikers meet  9am of 3rd Saturday of the summer months at church to carpool to location.
To be on the hikers’ email for planning and announcements, contact Sharon Kenyon by email.

Saturday June 17.  We wil be hiking along the White River to Skooum Falls.  This is a mainly easy hike, with some moderate areas, for 2.1 miles, with beautiful views of the river, forest, and the falls from a distance.  An optional hike some may want to do is to hike to the base of the falls for an amazing view.  It takes about 15 minutes to scramble up 400 feet and requires good arm strength and good balance.  Another option is to continue hiking to Buck Creek and car back.  The through hike is 5.1 miles.  The easiest return hike is 4.1 miles (with half downhill).
Meet at 9am at church to carpool.  It is 1 1/4 hours drive to trailhead on FR73 which is a little past Greenwater.  Let Sharon Kenyon (425-271-2080 or 425-306-7089) know if you are going, what options you choose, and if you can drive.  We will need two cars for through hikers.

ON-GOING GREENING ACTIVITY 

*Guide for  Keeping Green in Our Lives

earthdaycouple A handy set of guidance in this prepared handout.

*Church Forest/Wetlands

autumn treeWe work outside year round and always need help. Call Sharon Kenyon 425-271-2080 (H), 425-306-7089 (C) or email.

Have you explored our forest / wetlands?
After church, on our beautiful summer days, take a walk along the grass and on trails to enjoy our 2 1/2 acres of native plant forest.  See the outdoor chapel, the creek, and over 200 types of native plants.  Each year we plant over 100 native plants, and each year we add new species.

We nee your help this summer!
There is something for all ages and abilities.  To get on the landscaping list, call or email Sharon Kenyon.

June / July jobs include:
– Sprucing up the playground area by weeding and clipping horsetails.
– Putting in new steps for trail to outdoor sanctuary.  We hope to get this done for the outdoor chapel services.
– Restoration of Forest / wetland area by clearing invasive plants, salvaging and propagating native plants.

*GOD IS GREEN AND SO ARE WE! The People of United Methodist Church 
god is green shoppingbag We and many Methodist Congregations in the great Northwest are toting our “God is Green” Bags to stores!  We have already sold over 100 of 300 bags!  Thank you to all who are using their bags and showing United Methodists care about the planet.  Bags are available for one for $2 or two for $3. Profits will go toward church greening projects.
*Kill-a-Watt & Gaussmeter
killawattezPeople are finding informative to learn how many watts their electrical appliances use, thus helping us to conserve energy. It is easy and fun to use; just put the Kill-a-Watt into the outlet and plug an appliance into it. As a bonus, a Gaussmeter is included with the Kill-a-Watt permitting you to detect and measure EMFs (electromagnetic fields) produced by electrical currents found in and around the home, at school, in the workplace and other electrical transmission areas. The sign-up sheet and Kill-a-Watt are in the Greening Mail Box, in the office. We are presently checking it out for a week, Sunday to Sunday. Please check off when you check it out and bring it back.   If you have any questions, call Sharon Kenyon at 425-271-2080.
Other Information on Caring for God’s Creation:
pnwumc_logotSee the Creation-Care, 365 archive info to keep up to date with position of the Pacific Northwest Conference of UMC

Greening Task Force Committee Chairperson:  Sharon Kenyon (kenyonjs@comcast.net) Web postings: Donna Worden (drworden2@earthlink.net)