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.

* Trail Steps to Outdoor Chapel

We are finally replacing the steps and need lots of help.  We will be building them like we have done with the Washington Trails Association work parties.  Steps will be 4 feet wide, using landscape 6×6’s.  Steps will be in frames filled with gravel.  Jim Truitt will be rounding off the 6×6’s with a router on July 5.  We will be working on steps July 5- July 11, with the hope of having them done for the Outdoor Chapel Service of July 12.
Work we need help with includes:
– Cutting
– Painting areas cut or drilled with preservative
– Digging and leveling the dirt for each step, using level to place side and front
– Drilling wood, sawing rebar, hammering in rebar
– Filling in frames with gravel and compacting it
– Landscaping by steps and trail afterwards

Let Sharon (kenyonjs@comcast.net) know how and when you can help on the work party.

* HIKE, BIKE, HYBRID SUNDAY-
to and from 9:30am Service on August 13

Our Goals:
A more “car-free parking lot” with a full church
– Enjoying nature, fresh air, and exercise
-Counting miles saved this day or another day
-Reducing your footprint on God’s Creation
Drivers who live a long distance from church drive part way and walk the rest.  Some people choose to walk or bike a different Sunday and we count those miles saved.

Our church, along with many others will be sending our miles save to Earth Ministry.  Note that 1 mile driven = 1 lb. of CO2 and toxic pollution.
“God is Green” Bags, our Methodist reusable shopping bags are available in the parlor 1 bag for $2.00 or 2 bags for $3.00

* Wednesday Walks

Join the Walkers in July and August!
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.

* 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.
Volunteers are always needed & appreciated.  Call Sharon Kenyon 425-271-2080 to help.

  * Hiking

Hikers

Individual Hikes To be announced.  To be on the hikers’ email for planning and announcements, contact Sharon Kenyon by email.

Saturday July 22 (Snoqualmie area) and August 26.
We will be carpooling from the church at 9am.  Bring sack lunch, water, and all weather clothing.  Hikes will have a variety of choices for different abilities.  Wildflower hike will hopefully be available in July, if snow level is high enough.  We had a wonderful June hike to Skookum Falls.  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.

*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.

July / August jobs include:
– Sprucing up the playground area by weeding and clipping horsetails.
– Restoration of Forest / wetland area by clearing invasive plants, salvaging and propagating native plants.
Wanted:  100 ferns:  Sword, deer, wood, oak, maidenhair, licorice to plant in several places, including along the creek.

*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)