Green Team Committee
“FORUM FOR ALL” held on September 20, 2020 with Amanda Haffele from Portage County Materials Recovery Facility.
Recognizing that the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church declared “Restoring Creation as a central concern of the church to be incorporated into its life and mission at every level,”
- To inspire members to respond as humble stewards of God’s gift of Creation, protecting and restoring it for its own sake and for the future use and enjoyment of all creatures
- To provide members with information and educational resources to preserve God’s Creation
- To network with neighboring congregations and community organizations to promote stewardship of God’s Creation.
- To incorporate tender care for God’s Creation throughout the FPC community, including our worship services, educational programs, outreach and service to the community and the buildings and grounds
Green Team: Darlene Berry, Patty Faber, Barb Gillespie, Sarah Hanson, Sue Nelson, Jamie Siorek, Jan Taylor, Janet Wolfe.
The green team was established at FPC on April 24, 2007. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a cake and planted a tree on the FPC grounds.
An Unforgettable Event – Two Worlds Come Together
On Monday, July 10, 2017, a memorable event took place in our Fellowship Hall when sixty members of several First Nation tribes from the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin came for a meal which was organized by the Green Team, supported by Outreach, individuals of the congregation and the Marshfield area. They were on a journey for “Honor the Earth” and “Oil and Water Don’t Mix” – following the Enbridge Oil Pipelines which stretch across Wisconsin – to bring attention to the risks inherent in such lines – leaks, erosion of land rights, disrespect for the Earth. Some of them traveled on horseback while others provided support by driving trucks pulling horse trailers. They were men, women, grandparents, kids. They were hot, tired, hungry. The food was abundant, delicious – Jimmie and Joy’s Pulled Pork Sandwiches, donated salads and desserts of every kind which took up several tables. A program of prayer and personal stories gave understanding and meaning to the riders’ mission and reinforced our common ground – the love and protection of Mother Earth.
Marchers gather outside the Marshfield Public Library prior to the March for Science, held April 22, 2017.
Local Food Expo
On March 14, 2017 FPC hosted a Local Food Expo in the church Gym which was sponsored and coordinated by the Marshfield Clinic’s Healthy Lifestyles Program. 28 Central Wisconsin farmers displayed their products, offered samples, answered questions. The Wisconsin Spudmobile from the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association offered tours. Dinner was available from Chef C’s Munchie Mobile featuring local food products. FPC is looking forward to another successful expo in 2018!
FPC has had rummage sales (not rummages) every year since 2006 Much gently used material is repurposed and reused, keeping tons of waste out of our landfill. Our rummage sale is primarily organized by many dedicated people from the Green Team, Christian Education and others. Sometimes we get unusual items and surprises like this year’s dead mouse. Everyone finds great bargains and the community knows we’re the best deal in town as they line up at our doors even before our 6 am opening. Our prices are LOW and our two hour Buck-a-Bag Sale on Saturday morning cleans out most of our left-overs delighting the organizers as well as the shoppers.
In the past 12 years the rummage sales have earned over $42,000 for our Christian Education programs, Green Team activities, Outreach Ministry as well as purchases made for the church over-all. It’s a very fun and productive week of time spent in church fellowship.
Our Sunday School children helped the Green Team plant a butterfly garden around the Little Free Library today. It will be great to see it grow over the coming years. A big Thank You to all involved!
The Migration of America
First Presbyterian Church has a Little Free Library!
Tell your friends! It belongs to everybody – church family, neighbors, friends, and people we don’t even know yet. Anyone can use it. Here’s how:
- Take a book. If you see something you’d like to read, take it. Look inside and see who may have donated it and who may have read it.
- Share it. Return it to any Little Library or pass it on to a friend.
- Donate a book or two of your own. Leave notes in them. Pay it Forward!
- No record keeping, no charge!
The average LFL gets 20-100 books donated per month. The Green Team members will check our library regularly, but we invite each of you to do so too, as it belongs to YOU. Enjoy sharing books with everyone!
The History of Little Free Library
In the beginning—2009–Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Rick Brooks of Madison, whom he met at a seminar on promoting green practices and a vibrant local economy for Hudson, entered the picture as a colleague exploring potential social enterprises. The two saw opportunities to achieve a wide variety of goals for the common good. They were inspired by many different ideas:
- Andrew Carnegie’s support of 2,509 free public libraries around the turn of the 19th to 20th century.
- The heroic achievements of Miss Lutie Stearns, a librarian who brought books to nearly 1400 locations in Wisconsin through “traveling little libraries” between 1895 and 1914.
- “Take a book, leave a book” collections in coffee shops and public spaces.
- Neighborhood kiosks, TimeBanking and community gift-sharing networks
All Little Free Libraries are registered. By January of 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world is conservatively estimated to be between 10,000 and 12,000, with thousands more being built.
April 24, 2016 Green Team Event
On Sunday April 24, 2016 the Green Team of FPC and 80 Feet Is Enough! (a local organization) sponsored a Community Forum to honor Earth Day and to raise awareness about the proposed Expansion of the Enbridge pipelines located just a few miles outside Marshfield and which carry more than 2 million barrels of oil a day.
These YouTube videos are of that event. They were recorded and prepared by Liz Feil, There are five separate videos – one for each of the speakers and one of the question and answer period.
The Green Team believes that God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of all creatures.
Members of 80 Feet Is Enough www.80feetisenough.org are united in the view that Wisconsin property owners have carried their fair share of the oil economy burden, all to the financial benefit of Enbridge. Members share the goal of stopping the next pipeline expansion using civil discourse and American principles of land ownership.
Recycling Opportunities Grow
Have you seen the recycling center tucked under the coat rack in the narthex? You may bring ALL brands of CFL light bulbs, ALL brands of ink and toner cartridges, ALL brands of cell phones and rechargers and ALL brands and sizes of batteries, clean prescription bottles, Christmas string lights, clean plastic caps and lids. Advanced Disposal is now accepting plastics stamped No. 1 through No. 7 on the bottom. This includes all food and beverage containers, ice cream pails, OTC medicine bottles, yogurt, cottage cheese and deli containers, plastic and paper milk cartons and juice boxes. Plastic bags and plastic wraps can be recycled at Festival Foods, Pick-N-Save, Target, and Wal-Mart.
Growing Together Gardens a Community Success
2017 launches the ninth season for Marshfield area residents to share community garden space at various locations around town. The Healthy Lifestyles Marshfield Area Coalition garden committee is pleased to once again offer 80 raised beds for gardeners who may not have sufficient space, sunshine or ways to deter critters at home to grow their own healthy food. The gardens are located at three church sites on the west, north and east sides of Marshfield. First Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Lincoln Avenue was the first to offer a portion of its land to community gardens in 2009, where 36 beds were constructed. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church shared growing space the very next year when 20 beds were built behind their church facility at 502 W. McMillan. Four of those beds are elevated for gardeners with physical challenges. By 2011, our third year, we added 24 more beds on the east side at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1413 S. Felker Avenue. All three locations have sturdy fences surrounding the gardens, which have been successful in keeping out rabbits, deer and any other hungry interlopers. Inviting children to garden with us has been an exciting component of Growing Together for several years. The two fourth grade classes at Lincoln School have learned about fresh vegetables and tended plots for the past three years at St. Albans and fourth graders at Washington School joined in the fun in 2013 planning and managing their own two plots at First Presbyterian Church’s location. Parents and families volunteer to share the care of the beds on a weekly rotating schedule during summer months with those who weed and water the gardens being eligible to harvest the yummy produce. In addition, the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Summer Camp samples vegetable growing at the nearby Good Shepherd site. “Children who would normally not experience gardening, had a chance to see where their food comes from, not just a grocery store. Weeding and watering a garden encouraged physical activity, and taught the kids responsibility and the power of working together. When the fruits and vegetables were ready to be harvested, the children were involved in washing and preparing fresh veggies to eat as a snack. This encouraged children to eat and enjoy foods they would have normally not chosen!” Gardeners are asked to complete a short annual survey at the end of the growing season to help the organizing committee improve this community experience. Year after year, the participants report improved healthy lifestyle changes, sharing that they are more physically active, spend less money on processed foods and consume more fresh fruits and vegetables than they normally would. Respondents also express that they feel good about knowing they are consuming organic vegetables without concerns over pesticides. Our work days for all gardeners or anyone interested in helping are May 17 from 9-11 at all three sites with orientation from 11-12 at Good Shepherd and May 20th from 4-6 at FPC with orientation from 6-7 pm also at FPC.
Save Those Batteries – Protect This Planet
Americans go through over three billion batteries a year, powering up hand-held games and books, toys, watches, flashlights, clocks, computers, etc. Unfortunately, each of those batteries contain many hazardous materials which leak into landfills when batteries are discarded. Many of these dangerous chemicals get into community water supplies. There are now two ways to avoid throwing away batteries and protecting God’s creation. One is by using batteries which are rechargeable and can be used over and over again. They cost a bit more than disposable batteries, but if you use a lot of batteries, they pay for themselves quickly. The other is to recycle your batteries in the kiosk in the narthex. Hillers True Value accepts all batteries for proper recycling. Green Team members will empty the recycling kiosk regularly and take the batteries to Hillers as a service to you.
The FPC Green Team continues to promote Marshfield’s recycling opportunities: We accept intact compact florescent light bulbs, cell phones, batteries, Christmas string lights, printer ink cartridges, clean prescription bottles, and clean plastic lids and caps. These are recycled on your behalf by members of the green team. Please be aware that most PLASTICS numbered 1-7 are now accepted by Advanced Disposal in their curbside recycling program. Plastics which can be recycled include cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese type containers. Not accepted are #1 browns (prescription bottles), styrofoam, polystyrene, plastic wrap and plastic bags. An extensive recycling program for electronics is now available through Marshfield’s Opportunity Development Center. See the link below for ODC. This service not only protects the earth from the toxins used in construction of electronic equipment, but also provides employment opportunities for a special segment of our population – a win win result. The Marshfield Police Department has a secure Pharmaceutical Take-Back program available seven days per week, allowing prescription and over the counter medications to be safely discarded. We thank you for actively using all possible ways to reduce your landfill contributions. Plastic bags and wraps can be recycled at Festival Foods, Pick-N-Save, Target, and Wal-Mart.
Recycling Update July 2020
The Green Team has decided to take a pause in collecting recycling at church. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues and our church hours remain minimal, we have decided to reduce our points of contact by not entering the church to collect items and taking them to various stores for recycling. The recycling collection will resume in the future. In the meantime, please consider taking your items for recycling to the locations listed below. A special note: The Opportunity Development Center (ODC) has changed its electronic recycling drop off hours to Wednesdays only, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. A reminder that there may be a charge for some items. Please call ODC with any questions at 715-387-1161.
ODC- electronics, Christmas string lights, cell phone charging cords
Hillers True Value- Light bulbs and all batteries
* A reminder that there is a fee to recycle both items.
Target- Ink Cartridges and cell phones- free of charge
Plastic Caps- Store your plastic caps at home. We may consider having a collection for caps in the future.
We thank you for your continued commitment to keep these items out of the landfill and your tender care of our planet.
The FPC Green Team
Recycle your discarded electronics at Marshfield’s ODC:
R2406 East 21st Street Items can be dropped at the Main Entrance of ODC’s facilities Monday through Friday 8am to 3pm Fees are payable at time of drop off Make checks payable to ODC. No Charge: Computer towers*, electrical cords/cables/wires, Christmas string lights, keyboards, cables, laptops*, tablets, video game consoles, cable /satellite TV devices, radio/stereo equipment, speakers, DVR, VCR, DVD, mice, modems, scanners, fax machines*, pagers and cell* phones. Charge to recycle: Printers, Desktop Copiers, and Scanners $5,TV and monitors <27” $25, TV and monitors >27” $40, All console (not flat screen) TV’s $55, Full-size copiers/printers $65, Projection TV – $55
*It is the responsibility of the consumer to remove data from electronics. For a fee of $10, ODC will provide a certificate of data destruction. Questions? Contact ODC at 715-387-1161 – Click here to download brochure
Have questions about recycling?
Please visit Advanced Disposal’s website to learn more recycling and the current list of accepted items: www.advanceddisposal.com