January 15, 2020
Last weekend, our General Minister and President of the UCC, Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, shared the imperative that we take seriously the existential threat of climate change, not some day down the road, but today. While it may not seem like there are many things we can do, Plymouth Church has both the vision and commitment to take steps to reduce our use of paper, energy and look at better cost efficient ways of being church and modeling the change we hope others will take on with us. One of those ways of reducing and being more ecologically minded and earth-friendly is to do what we can to reduce paper use, copying/printing, and use of recyclable/compostable materials when possible.
Last November, when the 2020 budget was approved, you approved reducing office and building expenditures with suggested plans of working towards utilizing the screens in worship rather than printed bulletins which are mostly disposed of after worship; and online versions of both the Sunday worship bulletin and the Herald, where congregants can view the items at home on computers, tablets and smart phones. This will allow for congregants with personal tablets to bring them to worship if they choose to view their worship bulletin, or to simply follow on the screens. It will also allow you to print them from your home if you prefer a paper version to read. Implementing these changes will made a difference for us financially, of course. Most importantly, it will move us closer in our efforts to be a more “green” congregation, reducing paper use.
We hope to begin these new methods of publications and communication in February. Of course, we will still have some paper copies for the outdoor signs as well as at our welcome center, and for members at Horizon House who have had worship bulletins brought to them through our Congregational Care volunteers. Otherwise, we invite you to try out this new approach by “going green” in 2020!
Plymouth Church UCC Worship is an online webinar through Zoom, and shared on our Plymouth YouTube Channel and Facebook pages each Sunday. Please join us for Worship, then for Virtual Coffee Hour following on Zoom.
We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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