Bring your own shopping bags. Plastic bags are the second most prevalent form of litter after cigarette butts, and over 4 billion bags get caught by the wind and end up clogging storm drains and littering our forests, rivers, lakes, beaches and oceans every year. Plastic bags are also known to kill over a million birds and hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, seals, and other marine mammals every year. The bags are made of petroleum-based polyethylene and require 12 million barrels of oilto produce each year—a nonrenewable resource that creates more greenhouse gases and increases our dependency on foreign oil. That’s over $500,000,000that we’re spending on oil, just to throw it away.
Cook from scratch. From farm to factory to store to table, processed, packaged convenience foods are dripping in wasted energy, oil, water and trees. This is especially tragic, since processed foods contain little to no nutrition, and usually have to be sweetened, fortified, preserved and to be edible. Batch cooking on weekends, meal planning, and cookbooks specializing in easy, fast preparation can make cooking from scratch much easier. Having something home-cooked in the freezer is invaluable for those nights when you are just too tired or too harried to cook. Take the opportunity this spring to slow down, spend time with family or friends, and enjoy taking care of yourself and your family.
Eat better meat, and eat a lot less of it. Whether you feed the grain to livestock or people doesn’t matter.An industrially farmed corn or soybean monoculture is a major source of greenhouse gases, air, water and GMO pollution either way. But a permanent grassland ecosystem is a biodiverse, ever-cycling pump that continuously pushes carbon back into the soil where it increases fertility and builds topsoil. The irony of all of this is that the very prairie we destroyed to grow grains to feed livestock not only released most of the carbon dioxide that harms our climate today, but was already the perfect, natural habitat for raising healthy, happy cows, sheep, chickens and pigs virtually for free.
According to a Scientific American article “Future Farming: A Return to Roots?”, healthy grassland can sequester substantially more carbon dioxide from the air than even rainforests can. Because of this, scientists and sustainable ranchers alike see managed holistic grazing on restored, permanent prairie as the very best solution to desertification, air and water pollution, and even climate change. So this spring, resolve to eat clean, grass-fed, pasture-raised meat, dairy and eggs whenever possible, and make a big difference for small farmers and the environment by supporting pasture restoration with your wallet.
At this time, masks are not required at worship services. However, we welcome and encourage mask wearing.
We have a special section of the church designated for those who want to remain masked and surrounded by those who are masked. Please ask an usher when you arrive if you’d like to sit in the “mask required” section of church.
All members of the St. Peter’s choir, clergy, and church staff are fully vaccinated.
The church is cleaned regularly, windows are open (weather permitting), and hand sanitizer is provided.