News From Around The Capital Area Region!
We give thanks for the mission and ministry of all of our congregations, clergy, and lay leaders from around the Capital Area Region. Here are just a few of the recent events, special occasions, and newsworthy items from our Region!
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Bethany Beach Christian Church Celebrates Designation As A "Green Chalice Ministry"
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it." Psalm 24:1-2
Bethany Beach Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ), in Bethany Beach, Delaware, has diligently been working on being more faithful in it's stewardship of God's earthly resources. Under the leadership of Glenn Chisholm and a team of volunteers, along with their previous pastor, the Rev. Dr. Chris Hobgood and their current pastor, the Rev. Dr. Rusty Hesse, significant strides have been made to be more environmentally sustainable as a congregation and as individual people of faith.
Some of the tangible efforts at sustainability and earth stewardship happened when the chapel of the Christian Church Conference Center, the grounds upon which the Church sits, was rebuilt in 1998 to be a year-round worshipping community. Improvements such as well insulated walls, double-paned windows, and programmable thermostats were made. Even then, however, a 2015 Energy Audit by the University of Delaware showed the leaders how they could do even better with the improvements they already had.
But this was not enough for this intrepid congregation! They wanted to do absolutely everything they could to save energy and preserve resources for future generations. Some of the steps the leaders took were:
Replaced their old unrepairable copier with a “green” copier that has large plastic ink bottles which are recyclable when they are empty.
Segregated recyclable trash from non-recyclable trash according to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) guidelines and properly dispose of each.
Essentially eliminated the use of non-recyclable coated paper/Styrofoam cups by encouraging congregants to keep personal washable coffee cups at church. Storage shelf installed for personal cups (pictured below).
Window candles were replaced. The old bulbs, 7W C7 bulbs (26) needed to be replaced since they are in photo-sensor fixtures, burn all night, and collectively use about $135 of electricity per year. Replacing them with LED bulbs will yield a 7-month payback.
And MANY other steps were taken!
A complete listing of all that Bethany Beach Christian Church did - and is still doing - to live into God's call to be faithful stewards of all God has give us is available on the Capital Area Region's website at: www.cccadisciples.org or by clicking on the button below.
For more information about Bethany Beach Christian Church, go to their website at http://www.bethanybeachchristianchurch.org/ For more information about the Disciples Green Chalice Ministry Program go online to: https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/missions-advocacy/green-chalice/
Adult Education Curriculum Explores Faith & Civil Rights
On April 4th, 2018, the nation will mark 50 years since the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In observance of the lasting impact of Dr. King’s ministry, Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City is offering a new video curriculum free of charge.
Martin Luther King Jr.: Epistles & Prophets brings together an interview with Civil Rights icon and theologian Ruby Sales and expert speakers exploring contemporary black/white relationships through writings by James Baldwin, Thomas Merton, and King that resonate powerfully today.
Use the segments in faith-formation educational settings large or small, or on your own. Each video comes with a set of questions to help facilitate further reflection.
The material can be viewed online or downloaded at www.trinitywallstreet.org/mlk.
(Thanks to Rev. Brenda Cardwell for making us aware of this exciting resource!)