United Methodist Green Fair
Saturday, March 11th
9 am-12 noon
Suburban West Chicago at First UMC (643 E. Washington Street, West Chicago Il 60185)
The Northern Illinois Conference’s Task Force on Sustainability/Ecojustice is hosting a series of FREE Green Fairs. The first will take place in the Chicago Metro Regional area on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 am- 12 noon at Grace of Logan Square UMC, 3325 W. Wrightwood Av., Chicago, 60647. The second will be held Saturday, March 11th from 9 am- 12 noon at Suburban West Chicago at First UMC, 643 E. Washington Street, West Chicago IL 60185.
The purpose of these two events is to resource your church’s next steps in Growing Green, to network for a stronger ministry impact in the Northern Illinois Conference, and to inspire our Conference leadership to be active in creation care.
Come join us for the resources and stories to allow your congregation to grow green!
Bring a Green Team – 2-5 people is perfect!
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Schedule for March 11th Green Fair
9 am Resource Fair – Open all morning
Congregations will be invited to visit booths to sign-up for free energy audits, gain solar estimates, learn about Green Faith certification, hear about the new Global Ministries Earthkeepers program and be inspired by other congregations who are caring for God’s creation.
9:30 am Words from our Bishop Sally Dyck
9:45 am Coaching & Networking
10:15 am Earth Keeper Rev. Harriet Cross
11:15 am Workshops (choose one)
- Renewable Energy
- Recycling, Reusing & Reducing
- Spirituality of the Earth
- Enviromental Landscaping
11:50 am Words from District Superintendent Wisdom
Event/Workshops- Richard Alton firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration – Laura Lopez email@example.com
Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Episcopal Area:
“Care for creation is more important than ever and it may be that people of faith are the best ones to remind our country to care for the home that has been given to us by God. None of us would think to trash or pollute or make inhabitable, unclean or unsafe the house we live in. Yet in many ways, as citizens of this earth we are trashing, polluting and making uninhabitable, unclean and unsafe the earth on which we depend.
I believe each one of us needs to assess where we are in our practices to care for the earth. Likewise in our churches, we can choose more ecological, economic, and more sustainable methods to heat, light, use our property inside and out, etc.
I hope that you will attend a Green Fair and that you and your team go home with new inspiration and ideas to take one more step toward “a hopeful earth.”
Rev. Marti Scott, Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church:
“In 2009 we were paying $13,000 for gas and $7,000 for electricity. We made the decision to go to geo-thermal heating and cooling. By 2014 we were budgeting just $1,500 for gas, but $10,000 for electricity (the electric cost went up to accommodate the extra electricity needed for the geothermal unit and for the installation of air conditioning throughout the building). Yet still we were able to reduce our combined gas and electric costs from $20,000 to just $11,500. But we weren’t done. To offset the cost of the added electricity for the geothermal conversion, we added 99 new solar panels on our newly replaced flat roof in the late summer of 2014, more than half way through that budget year. The result of the solar installation: this year our electrical bill will come in at $5,300—for heating and cooling and lights. Now, we stand to reduce that cost by another $3,000 or more with new LED lights. This work is and continues to be a real time Epiphany!
So what does this mean: A lower carbon footprint, a warm and safe space for program and outreach and more money for mission and ministry. Since all of these improvements are already paid for with grants, your generous gifts and those of the Invested Funds, there is no payback time. This is 100% savings! Our utility costs have gone from $20,000 to a little over $4,000 a year! Through hard work, tough decision making and generous hearts we have extended the life of this congregation way into the future… and grow and multiply the mission of this congregation—to Love God, Live Green and Liberate ALL!
Well done, Church! Well done! Happy New Year! Happy Creation! Happy God!”