Green Chalice News

RECYCLE items from us go to others for continued use.

REDUCE the extras in our closets and storage areas; "Do you need it?"

REUSE items in good condition can go to a new home or for a new use for artwork, etc.

REJOICE in participating in the MCC Rummage Sale which supports the missions of our church.

 

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The Midway Green Chalice group meets each month at Midway Christian Church. We continue working on ways to be more responsible in the use of the earth's resources, and educating others about this responsibility as Christians. Anyone interested in caring for God's creation in our community (and beyond) is welcome! For more information, contact Adele Dickerson.


Blessed Tomorrow logoGreen Chalice is proud to partner with Blessed Tomorrow, religious communities called to bring leadership to a new moral challenge - climate change. Blessed Tomorrow is a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation. Together, we inspire our communities to take action today on one of the greatest moral challenges of our era - protecting our shared home.(from blessedtomorrow.org)


Social Opportunities for Intentional Listening (S.O.I.L)
Youth/Adult Summer Eco-Justice Camp
July 24-28, 2017 (Register by Feb. 1 for $275, Cost is $325 after Feb. 1)
Christmount Christian Assembly, Black Mountain, NC

Christmount logoGreen Chalice and Christmount are partnering for this pilot intergenerational project. This camp/mission experience explores the landscape of our faith as you've never seen it before- through the lens of sustainability, justice, service and action. On this week-long journey situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, groups will learn about some of the most challenging environmental issues impacting our world today. Participants will explore complex sustainability challenges and meet churches engaged in environmental/social justice in their own communities. This trip is about listening to stories, seeing impacts firsthand, and reflecting on how you can champion causes important to you: food & faith, climate, pollution, health, poetry, and race and reconciliation.

This will be a service-learning/mission-trip experience that is rooted in your community and culminates in a camp that includes spiritual formation, social justice, creation care and community building. Something like summer camp, mission trip, model UN and a Ted Talks Conference combined.

Experience a rich eco-system of worship, learning, work, and play. Teams of 6-11 people (with at least
half of whom are youth ages 12-18), from churches engaged in creation care and/or social justice work in their community.


Generation Green on Social Media is a collaborative endeavor of youth from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to raise awareness of climate change. As part of this endeavor, youth groups from across the country will adopt a specific month during which they will create social media posts to help raise awareness about climate change and to encourage action.


Community Carbon Trees logoSponsor a Tree! Planting trees near the Equator provides greater results for carbon offsets because the trees far exceed growth rates of trees grown in North America and Europe. This helps poor communities stop deforestation and keeps rain forests standing while regenerating dead soils, rebuilding habitats and protecting water sources. ACCT (Association Community Carbon Trees) is committed to planting a broadly diverse selection of trees, designed to provide food and homes for animals and birds, protect water sources and river borders, control erosion, enrich soils with nitrogen and other nutrients, and produce medicine and forest products, including rare hardwood and softwood lumber.

To sponsor the planting and care of a tree, visit www.communitycarbontrees.org. (from Disciples Home Missions - Green Chalice News).


Kentucky Proud logoGreen Chalice encourages everyone to shop for Kentucky Proud and locally-grown foods when buying groceries. Midway Corner Grocery carries local products such as lettuce from Bluegrass Aquaponics, Brown's Beer Cheese made in Versailles, and a wide selection of Midway honey from the two honey companies in Midway. Area Kroger stores have a section of Kentucky Proud products, and we should encourage the store managers to keep adding other items to it. Also, be aware of how products are packaged to avoid over-packaging, and always recycle cans, jars, cardboard, etc.

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Check out our list of Midway Area Locally Sourced Foods. This listing was last updated in April 2016. As you shop, travel, and talk with others about the availability of Kentucky Proud and local foods, please let us know so we can keep this list up to date. Just send an email to the webmaster.


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Shop Locally, Eat Locally, Vacation Locally = Live Locally

 

Our communities and our bodies and spirits are healthier when we support local businesses, know the people where we live, and eat foods grown by local farmers.

Blessed Earth has created a checklist and challenge to encourage us to Live Locally:

  • Walk or ride my bike more often
  • Cook more meals at home
  • Patronize local businesses and restaurants
  • Visit a farmer's market
  • Get to know my neighbors
  • Spend one hour less in front of the TV
  • Hang clothes out to dry
  • Pick up liter in my neighborhood
  • Start a garden
  • Camp out or have a "stay-cation"

Did you know? You can Walk in Nature for Mental Health.

A 2015 study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

nature scene clipartMore than half of the world's population lives in urban settings, and that is forecast to rise to 70 percent within a few decades. Just as urbanization and disconnection from nature have grown dramatically, so have mental disorders such as depression. In fact, city dwellers have a 20 percent higher risk of anxiety disorders and a 40 percent higher risk of mood disorders as compared to people in rural areas. People born and raised in cities are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia.

The researchers found little difference in physiological conditions, but marked changes in the brain. Neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, a brain region active during rumination - repetitive thought focused on negative emotions - decreased among participants who walked in nature versus those who walked in an urban environment.

It is essential for urban planners and other policymakers to understand the relationship between exposure to nature and mental health, the study's authors write. (From woods.stanford.edu/news-events/news/mental-health-rx-nature)


household cleaner imageEco Tip: Make Your Own All-Purpose Green Cleaner

4 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons of natural liquid soap
10 drops of essential oil (Lavender, Pine or Tea Tree).

Mix water, vinegar and baking soda first, then add the soap and essential oil.


rummage sale imageThe annual Midway Christian Church Rummage Sale is an excellent example for recycling, reducing, reusing and rejoicing!! In cleaning our closets, garages, attics, basements and barns, we can support the church while sharing our clean clothes, household items, yard tools, etc., which are in good condition. The space that all these items occupied can now be reclaimed for a play area, work space, garden shed, display area, reading nook, etc.


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Midway Christian Church's Rain Garden was featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader as one of the stops on a three day eco-friendly tour in July 2015.

Read the Lexington-Herald Leader article on our Rain Garden!

Learn more about Rain Gardens at Bluegrass Greensource.


Top 10 Tips from GreenFaith.org for Water Conservation in the HomeGreen Faith logo

  1. Calculate your water footprint.
  2. Replace shower heads. Install low-flow shower heads, rated 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less.
  3. Install aerators. Screw aerators rated at 1.5 gpm onto your faucets.
  4. Use toilet tank banks. Reduce water used per flush with these flexible inserts placed in the tank.
  5. Go WaterSense. This certification ensures your appliances are the most water efficient in their class.
  6. Turn it off! Shut off water when soaping up, shaving, washing dishes or brushing teeth. If you let it run to warm up/cool down, collect it for other uses.
  7. Wash dishes wisely. Scrape, don't rinse, dishes before using the dishwasher. Plug up the sink/basin if washing dishes by hand.
  8. Wash clothes with less. Do only full loads of laundry, or lower the water setting to match the size of the load.
  9. Check for leaks. Each month check all appliances for leaks.
  10. Avoid the garbage disposal! Collect food waste in a drain trap.

composting imageOne Solution to Food Waste: Over 133 billion pounds of food are thrown out each year in the U.S. Did you know that San Francisco is the first US city to mandate composting, with a goal of zero landfill waste by 2020? Technology is available to convert organic material (compost) into bio-gas - a renewable energy source. (From Disciples Home Missions Green Chalice News)

In 2010, Midway Christian Church became a Green Chalice congregation by entering into the Alverna Covenant. In 2015, the Certified Green Chalice congregation level was attained by meeting all necessary requirements including the adoption of the Green Chalice Covenant.

"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to God. For God laid the earth's foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.   -Psalm 24:1-2

We didn't inherit the earth from our parents. We're borrowing it from our children."
-Chief Seattle (1788-1866) Suquamish/Duwamish Chief


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Green Chalice Congregation since 2010
Certified Green Chalice Congregation since 2015
Midway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
123 East Bruen Street
P.O. Box 4548
Midway, KY 40347
(859) 846-4102