The Green Team wishes you a very Happy New Year!  Hopefully many of you had the opportunity to participate in the Wednesday evening adult education series where, along with Pastor Eric, we were pleased to help lead a set of four discussions on the ELCA’s social statement “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice.”  These interactive sessions on the Social Statement provided theological perspectives on each section of the Social Statement, followed by discussion questions led by Green Team members. Please share your feedback with us!

As Christians and Lutherans, we are called to bear witness to God in creation, and our responsibilities as “servant kings” in stewardship of God’s blessings in our environment. The Social Statement, which was adopted by resolution by the St. Matthew congregation in September, serves as a calling and guide for this ministry.  

Join us for the next Green Team Adult Forum on February 12, when we will have a special guest speakers from the Plastics Working Group of the GreenFaith Circle of Southern NJ (including our very own Barbara Duffy and Carla Elbseron)! The group will give a presentation on the impacts of plastic pollution and steps we can all take to reduce our use of plastics. 

Also please mark your calendars for Sunday April 23, where we will host a special event in celebration of Earth Day 2023.

Finally, we hope to schedule another late-spring/early-summer service event with our local mission partner NJ Farmers Against Hunger. Stay tuned for further details.

To learn more, join the Green Team, or sign up for upcoming events, please contact Brian Lestini: Also check out our website:, and follow the SMLC Facebook page:

We hope you’ll consider joining us at one of our virtual monthly meetings, held the first Monday of the month (Ministry night)! 

Our mission: “To reveal the connection of our congregation and community to God’s presence in the natural world, by fostering a culture of environmental reflection, engagement and stewardship.”