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Vol.2 Issue #2         
   A newsletter from North American Division Stewardship Ministries
Guest Editorial

This is Our Earth to Take Care of

Karee-Anne Rogers
Summer Intern

"Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it"
(Genesis 2:15, NKJV).

When I was a child, I participated in a beach clean-up with other adolescents from my church. We spent three hours combing the edge of the water, plants, and fringes near the road for plastic and debris. At the end of our three hours, we'd amassed 10 trash bags full of tire pieces, plastic bags and cans, carryout containers, dead roots or animals caught in the mush, and other debris. It was tiring peering into bushes with the sun on my neck and weird gloves on my hands, but the end result made it worthwhile. The sand looked clean again and the trees and bushes looked buoyant. That day I decided that I would always try to do my part to conserve the beauty of natural creation. It's not only aesthetically pleasing and full of natural goodness for our bodies, but we are told to tend to our home.

I own a rose plant named Angus Persephone (I chuckle, too), a philodendron named Matilda, and an orchid named Van der Pol. Not only do these plants brighten my spirits as they grow, they provide me with oxygen and a cleaner living space. 

I'm no environmental superstar, but having these plants and learning different ways to do my part is good for me and better for the world. Growing some of your own herbs in a windowsill can save you money and help combat mass erosion on farmlands. My family owns mint and thyme and we make mint tea and season with thyme often. A reusable water bottle will save you money, though the bottle may cost more initially. Taking your own plastic bag to the grocery store will surely save the oceans and landfills from plastic that won't decompose and saveyour wallet in the long run. I know it has definitely helped me in college.

We are charged to "keep and tend" to our earth. Make it a goal to make a few environmentally conscious changes this month!
                                                                                   
PRACTICAL STEWARDSHIP

Environmental Stewardship Practices: REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE

by Karee-Anne Rogers

In this issue of Heart & Treasure, our summer intern, Karee-Anne Rogers, has compiled useful tips for "tending and keeping" our home, as she mentioned in her guest editorial. She has given us a variety of ways--big and small--to care for God's creation. We encourage you to read through them and forward them to your churches. They are hands-on, practical, and purposeful ways to respect our environment and save money--signs of being good stewards!


REDUCE
  • Use recycled paper, be purposeful in printing, and use water or vegetable-based inks and solvent-free printing processes, when available.  
  • Use bulk liquid castile soap. It has several uses from laundry to shampoo, and there are many varieties. 
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85% of the energy used to machine wash clothes goes to heating the water.
  • Invest in solar panel roofing.
REUSE
  • Purchase refillable items.
  • Use refillable pens, piston fountain pens, mechanical pencils, and refillable white board markers. Donate extra office material (paper, pencils) to a school's art program.
  • Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Let dishes air-dry to save even more!
  • Before replacing a computer that no longer fits your needs, consider enhancing the computer's capacity by upgrading the hard drive or memory.
RECYCLE
  • Use recycled paper.
  • Provide receptacles for glass and plastic recycling in dining areas.
  • Make recycling bins readily available in public spaces.
  • Recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges. Call your local Best Buy or recycling center for details.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD

South Central Conference
E lder Michael Harpe (left) and graduates.
 
Shirley Fox, treasurer and stewardship ministries leader, Word of Life Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in Memphis, Tennessee, with Ruby Moffitt, assistant treasurer, and Carolyn Gause-Davis, stewardship ministries leader, New Covenant SDA church in Memphis, Tennessee, were the first recipients of South Central Conference (SCC) stewardship ministries' Generosity-Stewardship Certification-Didactic Award. 
 
This initiative was launched in October, 2015, at the Generosity Symposium in Jackson, Mississippi, by SCC stewardship ministries director and associate, Elders Michael Harpe and James Lewis. Part two of the training was held in February, 2016, at South Park SDA church in Birmingham, Alabama, and at the Huntsville, Alabama, Camp Meeting. In addition to these live training venues, students also participated in the third part with online training at SCC's stewardship ministries web page.  Individuals, upon completion, become assistants and extensions of the SCC stewardship ministries team and will participate in stewardship trainings.

To read the full article, go to



South Atlantic Conference 


Pastor Shields spent time teaching the children about  stewardship.

If you would like to invite Pastors John Mathews or Bonita Shields to your 
conference or church for presentations on stewardship, please email us at  StewardshipMinistries@nadadventist.org

INFORMATION & EVENTS






2017 STEWARDSHIP CALENDAR

April  
Stewardship Month

April 8  Stewardship Sabbath

May 8-18 Planned Giving & Trust Services Certification Training (Berrien Springs, MI)

September 13   Stewardship Planning Committee (new date)

November 4   Stewardship Sabbath


Stewardship Jack ' s Corner
Keep Your Eyes Open
by John Mathews  

Grandma always said, "Johnny, keep your eyes open for Gervin's Doberman." I didn't know if he was gentle or vicious, and from the stories Grandma told, she wasn't sure, either. Many times, the Doberman would run out to meet Grandma as she walked the two miles to work or to the mail box. Grandma was only 5'2" tall, yet to my knowledge, she was never bitten by the dog. She was mountain tough. 

One day I went with Grandma to the mail box.  As we went down the driveway and across the bridge, Grandma warned me, "If the dog is outside, he will come out on the road. As soon as we see him we will stop and stand still.  If he has his muzzle on we will be OK. If not, we will let him sniff and smell, but stand still until he goes away." As we got to Mrs. Gervin's house I saw the Doberman running toward us without his muzzle.  "Stand still," Grandma said.  "Do what I do, don't move a muscle."

The Doberman circled us, sniffing, smelling, growling, and looking at us with a menacing curiosity. Grandma had talked about the Doberman many times, but this was the first time I had seen him that close. His hair was black with brown markings down his legs. He was big and came up to my chest. Grandma said softly, "Dear Lord, thank you for protecting us from the dog." I didn't close my eyes during that prayer, and I noticed Grandma didn't, either.  The Doberman circled us a couple of times, sniffed, then took off toward home.

Grandma believed in prayer and, as a little boy, I saw the Lord answer her prayer that day.  On the way home, we passed Mrs. Gervin's house again, but we didn't see the dog. Grandma said, "Johnny, Jesus hears your prayers and is ready to help you. You can trust Him and talk to Him like He is right beside you." I may have gray hair in my beard now, but the little boy in me still says, "I know Grandma was right."

 " This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him." (1 John 5: 14-15, NIV).

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