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Second Congo Church goes green

GREENFIELD — The Second Congregational Church on Court Square has gone “green.”

Rev. Corey Sanderson said his congregation has decided to focus on the environment as part of its mission and faith.

Sanderson said it doesn’t begin and end inside the church itself, but instead, the good habits members are learning and practicing are being taken into their homes and being shared with the larger community.

“We aren’t trying to convert anyone,” said Sanderson. “We just want to do outreach and teach others about loving our environment as part of everyday life.”

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon on the church lawn, Second Congregational Church will hand out free tree saplings to people so they can plant them.

Sanderson said people don’t need to be a member of Second Congregational to ask for a tree.

“We’ll be handing out 100 of them,” said Sandy Thomas, a member of the church, who is helping organize several “green” events it will be holding.

“As people of faith, we believe we have a responsibility to care for God’s creations,” said Sanderson. “We care about the earth and want to encourage others to do so, as well.”

While saplings are being handed out on Saturday, children will have the opportunity to make leaf cards and tree costumes and participate in other tree-based activities, said Thomas, who said the tree event is not the only one planned.

Thomas said on June 1, the church will hold a bee festival to celebrate its former pastor, Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth, who invented a movable beehive frame and became known as the “Father of American Beekeeping.”

Thomas and Sanderson say people should “buzz on over to a honey of a party” that day from 10 a.m. to noon at the church, where there will be a honeybee tea party, a dance performance by Karen’s Dance Studio, and a bee parade through the Greenfield Farmers Market.

Thomas said the events are meant to make people aware of what’s going on in the environment around them, so that they have the opportunity to do something to save it for the next generation.

Sanderson said the church has reduced its paper use, upgraded its heating and cooling systems, recycled everything that it can, and has started installing LED lights throughout the building.

“We want the model of what we do in the church to be incorporated into people’s lives,” said Sanderson. “This doesn’t have to be about religion. We can all get behind saving the environment. Besides, it gives us one more reason to celebrate.”

Email Sanderson at: corey@greenfieldsecondchurch.com.

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