“For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

Isaiah 65:17

Welcome all to 2021! With the challenges of 2020 behind us, and despite currently being in the grips of both the polar vertex as well as the ongoing pandemic, we look to the spring months to come with a sense of renewed hope and wonder in all God has given us through creation.

The Green Team is looking forward as well, actively planning out activities and service projects to fulfill our mission in creative ways. In February, we are asking our congregation to be mindful of plastics use, an easy way for us all to reduce our footprint while sheltered in our homes. The fewer plastics each of us use today, the less plastic will find its way into our drinking water, food sources and even our atmosphere. The Green Team, as well as the GreenFaith Circle of Southern New Jersey, have assembled these tips to help reduce the amount of single-use plastics we consume in our daily lives. And remember, by washing out your reusable grocery bags, they are just as sanitary as single-use bags, even during COVID!

Speaking of the GreenFaith Circle, check out the new Facebook page, where you can find lots of great info, including new Meatless Monday recipes (note: you do NOT have to be on Facebook to be able to view the page). Be sure to “Like” and “Follow” the page, and check back often, to get updated info on upcoming events.

Stay tuned for the next Green Team Adult Forum on March 21, when we will have a special guest speaker. And mark your calendars for Sunday April 25, when Barbara and Lorraine will be leading a special virtual Sunday School Forum on “Environmental Superheroes” for grades pre-K through 6th grade, in honor of Earth Day 2021.

We hope you’ll consider joining us at one of our virtual monthly meetings, held the first Monday of the month (Ministry night). To learn more, join the Green Team, or sign up for upcoming events, please check the bulletin board or contact Brian Lestini. Also check out our website, and follow the SMLC Facebook page.

—Brian Lestini, chair