Stewards of God's Creation
Author: Marvin Lindsay
October 27, 2022
There is more to stewardship than donating to the church. This week, we are turning the roof of our education building into a power plant! Our partners at AllSeason Solar are installing solar panels on top of the church. We estimate the system will generate more than 63,000 kwh of electricity per year. That’s enough power to offset our church’s entire annual electricity usage. According to an EPA website, this renewable energy source will prevent 45.2 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. It takes 53 acres of trees to remove an equal amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
As I walk around town, I see our neighbors being good stewards in their own backyards. Solar panels adorn the roofs of homes. Some neighborhood gardens and public parks feature milkweed plants. Milkweed is a necessary way station for monarch butterflies as they make their annual flight from Mexico to Canada and back, a miraculous journey that unfolds over four generations in the their life cycle. On trash day, carts containing recycling wait patiently for pickup by hard working sanitation employees.
As you reflect on what it means to be a good steward, think not only about the amount you’re going to pledge to First Presbyterian in 2023. Think about the products that pass through your home, how you get around town, and if you own a home, how you maintain your property. What steps can you take to steward your time and possessions in a way that glorifies God and preserves God’s good creation for future generations? What are you already doing? Let me know! Email me at MLindsay@HaddonfieldPres.org.