December 10, 2018

Go Green for Winter

1. Close the vents in rooms you don’t use Closing the vents in less utilized rooms such as guest rooms or storage rooms is an easy way to go green at home during the chillier months. This small adjustment helps efficiently redirect air (and heat) to the rooms where you spend most of your time, keeping you warm, and your heating bill low. Best of all, it only takes a second and doesn’t cost a dime!  

2. Wrap windows and look for air leaks It’s common for cold drafts of air to make their way inside during the colder months, especially in older homes with single pane windows. A good solution is covering your windows with a layer of film – it adds insulation and minimizes the amount of cold air that can get in. You can buy a winter insulation kit at your local hardware store, or better yet, use that leftover bubble wrap from the holidays to cover your windows. Don’t forget to look for leaks in other parts of your home like floors, doors, recessed lighting, and unfinished cabinets. Anywhere you can block cold air from entering, the better chance you have of reducing your winter energy bill.

3. Use a space heater Smaller, single floor homes can save energy by using a space heater instead of a central heating system. A space heater is a portable heating unit that generally runs on electricity and serves as an instant source of heat. Similar to closing vents in rooms you don’t utilize, using a space heater is a great way to go green at home during the winter as it lets you heat only the rooms you spend time in. Do make sure to buy a space heater with the proper safety features, including auto-shutoff when it is tipped over or when the unit overheats. And, of course, never leave it on while unattended.  

4. Pull out that humidifier As you think about how to go green at home, a humidifier may not be something that initially comes to mind. However, humidifiers are key to keeping the air in your home comfortable while the heater is running. Additionally, the moist air created by a humidifier holds heat in better – allowing you to turn your thermostat down to a lower setting. So if you want to alleviate your home’s dry air, and save energy, a humidifier may be the perfect solution to help you go green at home this season!GG

Christmas Memory Tree

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You are invited to fill an ornament with a note or a small significant item in honor of a loved one to be remembered during this season. Ornaments are in a basket beneath the tree in the Gathering Space.

Celebrate Christmas Eve

Angels at Parkway Artist Solo Art Show 12/6

Thu, Dec 6 | 5:00-7:00pm | Longview Farm Park Art Gallery

Come see all of Angela Chostner’s paintings at one time! Courage, Unity and many other paintings will be on display. The opening reception is on Thursday, December 6th from 5 to 7pm just down the road at Longview Farm Park Art Gallery, 13525 Clayton Road, Town & Country,

MO 63131 This is a free event, children are welcome.

Christmas Caroling Oppotunities

Join Us for Christmas Caroling!

Sat Dec 8 | 12:30 – 3:30pm | Mon Dec 17 | 9:00am – noon

All ages, all singing abilities invited! We will run through a couple of songs and head out. We will be visiting special friends of Parkway to usher in the season with songs and fellowship. Contact Kevin: kevin@parkwayucc.org

 

More Caroling! We have packaged 97 bags of candy for the children who live in a complex of immigrant families off Hodiamont. On Dec 16 we will leave the church at 3:00pm—along with Santa—to deliver the candy you so generously supplied. If you wish to join us we will be singing Santa songs. If anyone has a Guitar that would be great. 

Go Green for Thanksgiving

Go Green for Thanksgiving

How about having a green, eco-friendly Thanksgiving celebration this year, and doing your small bit to help Mother Nature in the process. Here are some easy tips to have a green Thanksgiving, and to vindicate that you care. Remember to share this page in your social site networks.

1. Plant a tree:

It may seem very trivial at first, but it is one of the best you can do to help nature. If you do not have your own garden, organize a tree planting festival at a public garden taking the required permissions, or at an interested friend’s garden. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, about 26 pounds a year, and gives enough oxygen a family of four may need in an year to survive.

 

2. Shop for locally grown items

Try to shop for food items that are packed within 100 miles of your place of consumption. This is will ensure lesser traveling of the ingredients, and hence less carbon print.

 

3. Go Organic

Organic is the way to grow. Shop for organic food (the package should announce it), or organically fed turkeys, or both. They are a tad expensive, but you are making a big difference and are also buying healthier food.

 

4. Celebrate at home

This will ensure less traveling and hence less pollution. Also invite your neighbors for a joint celebration and multiply the good effect.

 

5. Cook as per requirement

Remember what happened last year. You had a host of leftovers. Use that experience, and cook judicious amounts, so that there is less waste. Do not store the leftovers; instead feed them to people and animals who needs them. You will have the double benefit: the pleasure of feeding the hungry and not using the refrigerator and saving on electricity consumption.

 

6. Vegetarian Thanksgiving:

If you can withstand the lure of roasted turkey, then this is a very good option, both for your health and for nature.

 

7. Reuse, Recycle

Recycle as if there is no tomorrow, and reuse as much as possible.

DON’T BLOW IT – RAKE IT! 

DON’T BLOW IT – RAKE IT!    

Although leaf blowers may seem cool and convenient, they are extremely polluting, and much less green than simply raking fallen leaves the old-fashioned way.

In one year’s time, that little leaf blower engine you hear buzzing up the street pumps out as much smog-forming pollution as 80 cars, each driven 12,500 miles, according to a California air quality agency. Fortunately, regulators have taken notice, and are encouraging manufacturers and the buying public to upgrade to newer, cleaner (as well as quieter) models. But it is still cleanest of all to hand out the rakes.

Raking leaves is a simple task that can be shared by the whole family, and it’s a good way to get some exercise while enjoying the crisp autumn air. Why not reward your helpers with a steaming cup of fair trade cocoa or mulled local cider?

Stewardship Notes

Stewardship Notes: The 2019 Pledge Campaign is centered on “Gratitude” with a quote from Albert Schweitzer: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us” and the beautiful painting “Gratitude” by Angela Chostner.

The 2019 Pledge Campaign was blessed on Consecration Sunday, November 11 at the 10:00 Service! Pledge letters and cards were mailed the end of October! However, if you didn’t receive a letter, pledge cards are available on the center table in the Gathering Place. Should you have any questions please contact any member of the Stewardship Commission – Harold Cobb, Linda Tossing, Amy Yakel, Ross Livengood, Tom Maxeiner or Rich Race (Council Liaison)

A Christmas Memory 11/27 & 12/11

Tuesday Evening Dialogue

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) has two sessions remaining before Christmas: Nov. 27 and Dec. 11. On the Nov 27 we will be sharing responses to Truman Capote’s beloved holiday story drawn from his childhood titled A Christmas Memory. On the Dec 11 we will be examining one of scriptures’ most praised passages, Mary’s Magnificat, (“The Song of Mary” recorded in the Gospel of Luke 1:46 – 55) and other Christmas poems. Free copies of the readings will be available in the church office.

Sugar Plum Bazaar Nov 10

Sugar Plum Bazaar
Saturday, November 10 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Get some of your Christmas shopping done early! Come out to the 5th Annual Sugar Plum Bazaar! We’ll have over 25 vendors ready to provide you with unique handcrafted gift ideas and the delicious cookie walk!

Vendor book

 

More info: sugarplumbazaar@parkwayucc.org

We are no longer accepting vendor applications for the 2018 bazaar.