A Greener Stewardship
A Greener Stewardship
By Fran Lewis-Steiner
10:00 a.m. Worship Service at Shiloh Baptist Church
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Good Morning Shiloh, Rev. Smith, pulpit ministry, all Shiloh ministries, and all of our Shiloh’s listening congregation. Let us all be thankful for God’s blessings of this new day. I am Fran Lewis-Steiner, and our pastor, Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, has asked me to take the lead in a new ministry, that I named ‘The Greener Stewardship Ministry’. Greener as it relates to our awareness, care, and responsibilities to our physical environment, our one and only earthly home. Stewardship, Christian Stewardship, because it is inclusive of caring for and resourcefully managing the abundance of resources God has given to us here on earth. Water, air, flowers, sunshine, rain, trees, fertile soils from which our life sustaining foods grow, and the list continues.
I invite all of Shiloh to join me in this ministry. Let us start with recycling. God through nature has given us many models. Nature recycles – Let’s look at a tree for example – it geminates, grows up, produces fruit & shade, it ages, it dies, decays, serves as food for fungus, bacteria and other microbes, it becomes part of the soil, serving as fertilizer, enabling other trees to germinate, grow and continue
Another example – all of us appreciate a clean refreshing drink of water but there is no new water. God gave our earth all the water it needed at the beginning and a recycling model to copy. In God’s model, he sends the rain, – precipitation, it’s absorbed by trees and grass and soaks into the ground – percolation, it’s cleaned through infiltration, moves to the ground water giving us springs, wells, etc.; simultaneously, water moves to the sky from the oceans, rivers and lakes by evaporation, from the trees and grasses by transpiration and evapotranspiration; in the sky, water cools – condensation – making clouds; the clouds experience saturation which leads again to precipitation. Today using wastewater treatment plants God has allowed us to create this recycling technology to precipitate, percolate, evaporate and infiltrate our water and make it clean again and again for our daily use.
Through our Greener Stewardship Ministry, we hope to provide throughout Shiloh designated containers and informative signs encouraging each of us to always recycle. Until this is formally established here at Shiloh, I encourage all of us to start at home. Most of the things we use can be recycled – paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, the many plastics – on used containers look for the number inside the recycle symbol. If it is 1 through 6, recycle. It’s less expensive and less of an abuse to our nature resources to develop new products from recycled materials, fewer landfills (one of the greatest air, water, and soil pollutants) will need to be built. If more landfills are built, whose neighborhood will the policy makers decide to use?
Remember, if someone says to you, “Don’t recycle, just throw it away,” remind them that there is no AWAY! Everything we trash has to go somewhere on this one earth God gave us.
Let’s start today – join with me and become a member of this ministry. Use the few recycling containers Shiloh has already. At home, adopt the habit of recycling whenever possible. Let us all use God’s models and become Greener Christian Stewards wherever we are, in our homes or Shiloh, here at
9th & P.
For more information on the Greener Stewardship Ministry, please contact Fran Lewis-Steiner at
301-483-8741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.