Churches in the Orlando area will begin the new year with a special "green" cleaning day when congregants can get rid of their unwanted belongings in an environmentally friendly way.
Congregants of the megachurch Northland, a Church Distributed and other churches in the area will join together on Jan. 11 for a "great day of recycling." Church members are asked to bring old items with them to church, where they will be donated to charity or properly recycled.
"This is an opportunity for congregants to clean out their closets and bless others in the community at the same time," says Raymond Randall, the volunteer leader of Northland Church's Creation Care Task Force, and a consultant for R.W. Beck, Inc. who has problem solved in the area of waste management for Wal-Mart.
Randall added, "It will also provide opportunities to educate people on proper disposal methods for various items."
The green cleaning event will target three categories for donated items: computers and accessories such as keyboards, mouse, monitors, power strips, printer cartridges, and speakers; handheld electronics and accessories including cell phones, PDAs, blackberries, rechargeable batteries, chargers, handheld game devices; and clothing.
Northland's senior pastor, Dr. Joel C. Hunter, highlighted that a growing number of evangelical Christians are working to address creation care issues using diverse methods.
"All of us are just following God's first command to man when He said to take care of the earth [Genesis 2:15]," Hunter said in a statement. "Ultimately, it's our spiritual responsibility."
Northland Church is no stranger to environmental protection activities. It hosted the first-ever Creation Care Conference earlier this year. The event had drawn more than 100 people, evangelical pastors and lay leaders, to the Florida church to learn the biblical importance of environmental stewardship and how to care for God's creation.
During the summit, Pastor Hunter said although evangelicals are latecomers to the green movement, they are determined to make up for the lost time and rise up as a strong voice for environmental protection.