earth "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it."
Psalm 24: 1
Earth Care Seal

RCLPC is an Earth Care Congregation
and members of

Presbyterians for Earth Care

Earth Care Team: Environmental Ministries

Celebrate Creation - Earth Care Classes at RCLPC
Faith in Place
Green Living Tips
Green Drinks Networking
News from Board of Pensions
Recycling Opportunities

Pictures from Green Living Fair 2015
Pictures from Green Living Fair 2014
2016 McHenry County Green Guide

Faith in Place: Faithful People Caring for the Earth

Faith in PlaceOn Sunday, May 7, Please Welcome Rev. Brian Sauder

In conjunction with RCLPC's Green Living Fair on Sunday, May 7, Rev. Brian Sauder, President and Executive Director of Faith in Place, will deliver the sermon at both services.

Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities. Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, air, and water. With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through four program areas: Energy and Climate Change, Sustainable Food and Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy. To learn more about Faith in Place, do visit their table at the Green Living Fair or the Faith in Place website.

Rev. Sauder grew up in Illinois in rural Tazewell County and received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, M.A. in Religion from Urbana Theological Seminary, and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. He is also an Adjunct Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary and serves on the Board of the Illinois Environmental Council.

Celebrate Creation! - Earth Care Classes
Sundays: April 30 - May 14, 10AM Education Hour
God saw everything God had made, and indeed, it was very good. Genesis 1:31A

The earth and all creation are God's. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect it and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. We celebrate the marvels of God's creation -- right here, close to home. Several classes have been planned. Please join us if you are free at that time. You are welcome to come to whichever topics interest you -- come to one or all! ~ Earth Care Team

Monarch Butterflies - April 30, 10-11am
Please join us for a presentation by Debbie Groat, an expert on monarch butterflies and a member of the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee, on Sunday, April 30, during the education hour at 10:00 a.m. Monarch butterflies are in danger of extinction because of the destruction of their habitat. Come learn what you can do at home to save the monarchs and to learn about the monarch garden the Earth Care Team at RCLPC has planted. ~ Earth Care Team

Green Living Fair - May 7, 10-11am
The RCLPC Earth Care Team is looking forward to our fourth annual Green Living Fair on Sunday, May 7 10am-11am. We will have eleven displays on a variety of eco-topics! Learn more about: Monarch butterflies, opportunities for RCLPC thru Faith in Place (plus LED bulb give-away!), natural lawn care, baby chicks, vegetarian cooking (always good!), canning & using a pressure cooker, recently passed Illinois Future Energy Jobs legislation, copies of 2017 Green Guide, opportunity to vote for Your Favorite Eco-Project for this year, sample Equal Exchange chocolate and find out more about Eco-Justice. Plus much more! ~ Earth Care Team

Smart Energy Workshop - May 14, 10-11am
Understanding incentives, rebates, hourly pricing, and alternative suppliers can be confusing. Come clear the fog with Faith in Place staff as we learn how to take advantage of these programs to save money and maximize energy efficiency. ~ Earth Care Team

Community Recycling Opportunities

Defenders' Recycling Drive Info
In 2017, Defenders will again be moving around the county for their Recycling Drives. Dates and locations vary, and can be found on their Facebook page.

April 22, 11:00am - 4:00pm
at the annual Earth Day celebration, MCCD's Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan, Road, Crystal Lake

April 29, 9:00am - 12noon
Resurrection Parish, 2918 South Country Club Rd, Woodstock

May 20, 9:00am - 12noon
Lake in the Hills public works department, 9010 Haligus Road

Tentative future locations for 2017:
June 10 - Richmond Village Hall, 5600 Hunter Drive
July 8 - Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie Street
August 12 - Crystal Lake, McHenry County College, 8900 US Highway 14

DefendersWhat Defenders accepts:
-Fluorescent tubes (50¢ to $1 each; compact fluorescent bulbs--CFLs--can be recycled for no fee at many Home Depot or Ace Hardware stores)
-Batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button; 50¢ per pound of household batteries)
-Cloth items - clothing, linens, or just plain rags, clean and in a bag. You can also bring shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.
-Packing peanuts
-Clean Styrofoam
-Re-usable bubble wrap
-Electronics - televisions, computers, phones, printers, electronic toys, microwaves, etc. (most anything that plugs in or runs on batteries).
We ask 50¢ per pound (up to maximum of $40) per set to recycle TVs and computer monitors.
-VHS & cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, computer discs, etc.
-Aluminum cans

Donations offset the costs of transportation and proper recycling. EDMC is a local non-profit, and receives no government funding to offer this service to the community.

Electronic Waste and Brush Recycling Programs
McHenry Township Road District Recycling Center
in the township employee parking lot at 3703 N. Richmond Road
2017 RECYCLING DATES (on the third Saturday of the month April through November) from
8:00am to 12:00noon
May 20   June 17   July 15   August 19   October 21   November 18

Green Living Tips

These tips brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. Find them at www.MCDEF.ORG.

Renewable Energy
All the energy we use comes from the earth. Electricity is made using the earth's resources like coal, oil or natural gas, which we know are finite and cause pollution. But some energy comes from wind and solar. Renewable energy doesn't pollute the air or the water and is a super choice for homes and offices. However, unlike natural gas and coal, we can't store up wind and sunshine to use whenever we need to make more electricity. What we can do is create the demand for more renewable energy when possible. In Illinois choose an energy supplier that produces wind power, or install solar panels on your home. It costs more, but if we increase the demand, eventually the costs will come down. Pair that with strong conservation habits, and consumer costs can be managed. Like everything in life, all the pieces working together can make a beautiful picture and a positive impact.

Nature Is for Refuge and Retreat
Or so preached Theodore Roosevelt, famous for his conservation efforts as president. Under his authority, five national parks were created, as well as 51 wildlife refuges, 18 national monuments and 150 new national forests. Go, Teddy! On a smaller scale, we can regularly recharge by immersing ourselves in nature. Studies show that disconnecting from electronic devices - even for a short time - can boost our creativity and improve well-being. Kids especially reap physical, mental and emotional rewards from spending free time outdoors. So thank Teddy Roosevelt for preserving our country's wide-open green spaces ... then get out with your family and enjoy it!

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Former President Obama's $80 million stimulus earmarked for clean and green energy solutions was unprecedented. And while it hasn't worked out perfectly, the action underscored the goal of moving the country toward renewable resources. We can show our kids where our values lie by taking action in any number of ways. Giving money to church and charities we support. Buying locally made or nontoxic products. Not buying products. Investing in socially conscious companies. Voting for leaders who focus on education or the environment. Participating in neighborhood clean-ups. The list is endless.

Green Wednesdays

McHenry County Green Drinks Networking
Green Wednesdays

In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday! Time to gather to discuss environmental topics, plus reconnect with eco-friends and make new ones. Join us at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. The event is upstairs at Duke's from 5-7pm. Head upstairs for info and inspiration, business and pleasure.

Come talk about "greening" the future with others. Additional parking is available at the train station.

2017 SCHEDULE - Tentative

May 3rd, 2017 - Brad Woodson, Natural Resource Manager at the McHenry County Conservation District will speak about the agricultural programs at the District that use best management practices and encourage the protection of the flora, fauna and soils of the publicly held lands.

June 7, 2017 - David Christensen, Director of MC Emergency Management Agency, will be speaking on Climate Disruption Preparedness based on the brand-new McHenry County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. He'll focus on such things as protection of our watersheds in order to mitigate problems associated with droughts and flooding.

Upcoming Green Drinks Topics:

Check the weblink at for additional information about upcoming green topics.

The McHenry County Green Drinks is apart of an international network of over 600 Green Drinks groups throughout the world.These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, and had moments of serendipity.

News from the Board of Pensions of the PC(USA)

In March 2017 the Board of Pensions announced that $100 million in investments would go into environmentally responsible markets. Rev. Frank Spencer, President of the Board, noted that this direction supports church investment in companies that are responding to climate change by averting 13,400 tons of CO2 emissions each year, all while generating positive investment returns.

Rev. Spencer stated the importance of this action: "It is urgent that we collectively address climate change, which has already brought great suffering to the world's less fortunate. We do that through engagement, advocacy, and supporting innovation. We cannot shy away from this challenge. It is a matter of social justice."

Prayer for the Earth
God, we thank you that in the vastness of your creation, there is something special about the beauty of this earth. Breathe your Holy Spirit into us so that we may grow in a sense of wonder and proclaim to be good all that you have made. Amen.
~ source unknown