Green Team


Butterfly Garden

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!

lfl1First 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 lfl2In 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 Green Team Event

On Sunday April 24, 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 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.

> Click here to view videos

The Weekly Weeder 2012 Click here to download

Recycling Opportunities Grow

Have you seen the new recycling center tucked under the coat rack in the narthex? The Green Team replaced the cardboard containers with a sturdier receptacle due to the wonderful increase we’ve seen in recycling at church. You may bring ALL brands of CFL light bulbs (incandescent bulbs will soon be fazed out in the stores), ALL brands of ink and toner cartridges, ALL brands of cell phones and rechargers and ALL brands and sizes of batteries. Please be sure to tape the battery terminals at home or use the masking tape in the drawer. Veolia Environmental Services 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. Brown prescription medication bottles, and plastic wraps are not accepted.

Growing Together Gardens a Community Success

2014 launches the sixth 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.


May 2015—Momma killdeer makes a nest in one of our boxes



Recycling Reminders Revised

Banned From Landfill Waste


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.  Veolia Environmental Services is now accepting all batteries for proper recycling.  Green Team members will empty the recycling box regularly and take batteries out to Veolia as a service to you.  Please remember that all batteries left for recycling need to have a small piece of tape placed over the positive terminals, to avoid sparking.  Masking tape is located on the recycling box.

Recycling Updates

The FPC Green Team continues to promote Marshfield’s recycling opportunities: We accept intact compact florescent light bulbs, cell phones, and printer ink cartridges in the kiosk located in the FPC church narthex.  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 Veolia Environmental Services 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. Veolia recently implemented a free battery drop-off at the Marshfield transfer station on South Hume.    Accepted batteries: AAA Batteries, AA Batteries, C Size batteries, D Size batteries, 9 Volt Batteries, Lantern Batteries, Mercury Batteries, and Ni-Cad Batteries. The only thing that needs to be done is the terminals needs to be taped to prevent fires. 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.

Recycle your discarded electronics at Marshfield’s ODC:

2406 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, Desk Top Copiers, Cables, External Drives, Flat Panels, Keyboards, TV’s and Monitors that are LCD/LED, Laptops, Mice, Modems, Desk Top Printers, Scanners, Splitters $10.00 each: Televisions or Monitors – CRT/tube type – 27” or smaller $30.00 each: Televisions or Monitors – CRT/tube type – Larger than 27” $55.00 each: Full Size Copiers/Printers ODC Will Also Accept at No Cost: • Phones (including cell) • Pagers • Fax machines • Small/Medium Servers Questions – Contact:          Download ODC Brochure Chuck Summers ODC – Marshfield 2406 East 21st Street Marshfield, WI 54449 Phone: 715-387-4682 ext 234 Email:

Green Team:  Darlene Berry, Barb Gillespie, Sarah Hanson, Kristi Huebschen, Sue Nelson, Jan Taylor, Dot Shields.