During the Christmas season, we celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Light of the world. What a wonderful time to be able to celebrate, as well, our recognition by Interfaith Power and Light for our conservation efforts--an opportunity to share with others His light--and how he calls on us to live differently. Today we are being recognized as the "Sustainable Grounds and Water Conservation" winner for the nation--with national recognition and $1,000 prize! Please take time to read our "Cool Congregations Essay" to see how the many efforts we've made to conserve-- through the garden and otherwise-- have brought us this recognition. Then read the press release about the other congregations who won, each in a different category, and how we're being recognized nationally. As well, we can also be inspired by what other faith groups have done--perhaps ideas for the new year!
As you read the essay, you'll see that the work of so many--leaders, the congregation, and community--came together to create a holistic approach which, I believe, gave us the "winning edge." Langston Denny was at the heart of the garden--our key initiative-- and we all know that his heart, spirit and hard work made it happen. Still, he is the first to credit of each of you--and so many more--whose leadership, hard work, financial contributions and prayers have made it possible. Please read the essay, written primarily by Jeanie Welch and Karen Carpenter, and think about and appreciate what other members have done, and what you have done, to help care for God's creation through His church--Central United Methodist. We have quite a legacy to build on. And this all happened by following Christ's lead in little ways that came together to make an impact in our community and now, nationally.
May we praise God for the opportunity to participate in His work--and for the joy it brings to us and to others! And may the true joys of Christmas remain with us all year, as we continue to work to do His will.
Love in his name.