Environmental Stewardship

The Environmental Stewardship Work Area helps us become responsible stewards of God's creation, and care for humankind. We

  • Provide environmental education
  • Encourage individual and corporate green living habits
  • Help the church take steps to make our facilities more energy efficient and earth friendly
  • Provide avenues for environmental social action

Recycling Event: #6 Foam Products September 22

The "Green Team" will host a recycling event for foam #6 products on Sunday, September 22. Bring your recycling to the Parlor before or after worship services on this date and our wonderful Green Team members will take it to the recycling facility for you! It couldn't be easier.

Please place #6 foam cups, plates, take-out containers, and egg  cartons together in a bag. Be sure to rinse all items. Do not include straws or lids, foam insulation, or packaging peanuts.

In a separate bag, you may include molded foam that is used to package electronics. It's important it be in a separate bag because it is dropped off at a different location.

Thank you for helping us to keep #6 foam products out of our landfills.

Adopt-a-Stream Annual River Clean-up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 18, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 18 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep.

All you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves, if you have them. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the parlor, or you can email Vera Miller at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to RSVP.

See attached flyer for more information.

Date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Solar Energy 101: Powering Your Home with the Sun

solar panelsThe Environmental Stewardship Work Area will host Jeff Gahris, an ambassador from the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Sunday, February 3 at noon in Fellowship Hall. Learn the basics of solar energy and how your home and our church can be powered by the sun. Jeff, a semi-retired environmental engineer, lives in Wheaton and has a photovoltaic system on his home. He will also explain rebates that are currently available, Solar Renewable Energy Credits, and tell us about community solar programs in our area. All are invited to join us! 

Location: 
Fellowship Hall
Date: 
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

Recycling Event: #6 Foam Products January 13

The "Green Team" will host a recycling event for foam #6 products on Sunday, January 13. Bring your recycling to the Parlor before or after church services on this date in clear plastic bags and our wonderful Green Team members will take it to the recycling facility for you! It couldn't be easier.

Please place #6 foam cups, plates, take-out containers, and egg  cartons in a clear plastic bag. Be sure to rinse all items. Do not include straws or lids, foam insulation, or packaging peanuts.

In a separate bag you may include molded foam that is used to package electronics. It's important it be in a separate bag because it is dropped off at a different location.

Thank you for helping us to keep #6 foam products out of our landfills.

Clean Energy Petition

Concerned about our changing climate? Interested in clean energy to benefit our local communities? Stop by the Environmental Stewardship Work Area table in the parlor after services on Sunday, November 25, to sign a "clean energy petition postcard" to be submitted to your village leadership.

A new group, the DuPage Clean Energy Coalition, is collecting these postcards throughout DuPage County to let towns' leaders know that residents want to see more renewable energy like solar power. Together, we can act locally on climate change, help improve quality of life in our community, and make a big difference for our amazing planet.

Adopt-a-Stream Annual River Clean-up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 19, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 19 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep.

All you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves, if you have them. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the parlor, or you can email Vera Miller at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to RSVP.

See attached flyer for more information.

Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Adopt-a-Stream Annual River Clean-up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 20, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 20 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep.

The only things you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves if you have them. Tools, water and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets will be available prior to the event, or you can email Vera Miller at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to RSVP.

Date: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Prayer Garden Clean-up

This Spring all are invited to join the Environmental Stewardship Work Group in cleaning out the Prayer Garden. Invasive plants have laid claim to this space and we will work together to clean out the old to prepare for the new. For more details, please contact Sandy Parks at sparks999@att.net.

Location: 
Prayer Garden
Date: 
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Adopt-a-Stream Volunteer Event

Our first Adopt-a-Stream event on May 21 was a great success with 20 volunteers from the congregation helping to clean up a section of St. Joseph Creek.

Sign-up for our second event on October 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. is now underway and we hope that you will join us. Kids age 7 and up can participate with a guardian.

Email Vera at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to sign-up.

Location: 
St. Joseph Creek
Date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

S.O.S. - Share Our Skills Goes Green

This Saturday, June 11

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The yard waste dumpster has arrived and so have the weeds! The Board of Trustees and the Environmental Stewardship work area invite you to help clean up the church grounds this Saturday morning for the June Share Our Skills (S.O.S.) event. Bring your favorite garden and lawn tools and join with other church members for a time of fellowship and outdoor work. 

We'll gather in the parlor between 8:30-9:00 and then divide into teams to spruce up the church and parsonage grounds.

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