Do you have an interest in issues of Social Justice? Check the church calendar for our next Sunday meeting. Bring your ideas and your energy!

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22!

10 Awesome Eco-Activities to do this Earth Day

1.    Take a Hike - There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth’s rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders!

2.    Get Involved in a Community Garden - Gardening is a wonderful way to reflect on how much we depend on the earth for our survival. If you don’t have your own garden, CUCC has gardening plots available for FREE! Contact the church office if you are interested.

3.    Do a Home Energy Audit - Nothing tells the planet “I love you” more than a home energy audit. Make a difference by calling up a certified auditing company to audit your home. They will tell you exactly what steps to take in order to tighten up your energy efficiency.

4.    Clean Out Your Closet and Donate to a Charity - Manufacturing new clothing requires both energy and water, and there are many people who don’t have money to buy their own. So why not clean out your overstuffed closet and donate to a local charity.

5.    Write a Letter to Your Government Representative - Whatever your environmental concern, make your voice heard! All the info you need to send a letter is posted on the Social Justice kiosk in the Narthex.

6.    Plant a Tree – Global warming is caused by a buildup of greenhouse gases (like carbon dioxide) in our atmosphere which traps heat on the planet. Trees serve as CO2 sponges, so planting one is a gift to the planet and ourselves!

7.    Volunteer for an Environmental Charity - There are charities all over the planet that are raising money, cleaning up rivers, and in general engaging in the kind of earth-friendly work that expresses our love for the planet! Visit www.earthday.org for how you can help!

8.    Watch Koyaanisqatsi - Named after a Hopi Indian word that means “life out of balance,” Koyaanisqatsi explores the relationship between technology and the environment in an apocalyptic film that doesn’t look so different from today’s reality.

9.    Go Vegan or Vegetarian for the Day - Both raising beef and the pesticides used are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. For one day, why not try eating a delicious vegan or vegetarian meal. Just for a day. You never know, it might become a habit!

10.  Throw a Green Party - We forget sometimes that life is something worth celebrating. The very fact that we exist is one of the greatest miracles imaginable, so why not use this day as the perfect opportunity to hang out with your favorite green mates. Pull out the biodegradable silverware, or buck up and use your own, brew some organic beer, cook some good wholesome food, and spend time with the ones you love. Being part of a community is one of the most important aspects of eco-conscious living that not only benefits the planet, but you as well.

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Interfaith Dialogue Opportunity in Arlington Heights - April 27


The Daughters of Abraham - an interfaith group of women seeking peace through understanding – will host an interfaith dialogue opportunity on April 27 at 7:00 pm at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. The evening will begin with small group discussions followed by a Q & A session. The hope of the evening is to learn from one another how our Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions have formed our beliefs about community, commitment, and connection. The evening is free and open to the public.

Chicago Climate March

April 29 at 12:00 Noon

James R. Thompson Center

100 West Randolph Street

Chicago

"Second Sundays"


Every second Sunday of the month, CUCC will be collecting non-perishable food donations to be brought to the Lutheran Church of the Cross Food Pantry here in Arlington Heights. A basket will be set at the altar, and donations may be brought up before, during or after the service. This is a small but important way we can support our neighbors in need. Thank you in advance!

Start your holiday shopping Saturday and Sunday November 25 and 26! Congregational UCC will host a Ten Thousand Villages fair trade marketplace in our Fellowship Hall.

Mark your calendars!