The UMCG Stewardship Committee’s current focus is on Generosity of Spirit, Service, and Support. In accordance with United Methodist guidelines for stewardship, we are also emphasizing earth advocacy through “The Green Diary: Tips on Caring for God’s Earth.” You’ll find The Green Diary in our Messenger newsletter, on our website at www.genevaumc.org and on the United Methodist Church of Geneva Facebook page.
Getting Rid of that Pesky Junk Mail
We all face the same problem: lots of advertising mail delivered to our home that we don’t need or want. It counts for untold tons of paper and energy wasted every delivery day. We may not be able to stop all of it, but there are ways to significantly reduce the amount.
The key to stopping unwanted advertising mail is to get your name off of mailing lists. Here are some suggestions from Kane County Recycling of things you can do:
With just a few simple steps, you can reduce the junk mail deluge and make your mailbox visits far more pleasant!
Can We “Go Greener” on UMCG’s Electricity Use?
Did you know that UMCG spends more than $2,500 each month on electricity? Since none of us live at UMCG, we may not pay as close attention to the church’s electricity use as we do to our home’s use, but that bill comes to $30,000 every year. If we all think about saving electricity at church in the same way we think about saving it at home, we can help trim that bill.
The two areas that will make the largest impact are lighting and air conditioning.
Thanks for helping us keep our electricity use as low as possible as we go about our many programs and ministries!
We’ve all faced this problem: After repainting a room, we have extra, unneeded paint. What can we do with extra LATEX PAINT? Here are some options:
Did you know you can recycle empty paint cans? Empty paint cans and lids can be placed in your household recycling bin. (A thin coat of dried paint on the inside walls and bottom is OK.)
And what can you do with old OIL BASED paint?
First check to make sure it is oil based. (If the instructions say to clean up with soap and water, it is latex, not oil based.) Oil based paint and stain are classified as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and should not be thrown in your garbage. If the paint is still in good condition, consider finding a neighbor or friend who might need it – or offer it on Freecycle.org or on Craigslist for free. Otherwise, take it to a Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site (such as the site at 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville).