Church Moves on Water and Energy Efficiency
Over the last year the Church has implemented several measures to reduce the amount of water and energy used. We recently have installed an irrigation controller on the Buscher campus that will help us adjust the amount of water that is applied to the lawn. The controller adjusts the run time for the sprinklers based on the daily temperature and the amount of sunlight. We have also cut back on the baseline watering time so you may see the lawn a little less green than you have seen it in past years. This is being done to reflect the drought conditions that we are all experiencing.
The Community Garden has also made some changes to conserve water. We have added additional piping and faucets so that everyone that wants to can install drip irrigation. Currently all of the common area and several of the individual plots have installed drip systems.
In addition, you may have noticed two fancy new thermostats in the front of the great room. Russ King, the Trustee Chair, installed WiFi based “Nest” thermostats so that they can be monitored and controlled remotely. Prior to that Russ did a review of the church’s energy bills and found that our energy rates were set unusually high due to the one week per year that we use a lot of electricity, VBS week. Commercial rates are set based on peak energy use. Since then, SMUD has mysteriously changed its billing policy and our rates have gone down by about $300 per month! Even so, greater awareness of thermostat operation is always a good way to save energy. If you see Russ doing something on his smart phone during the 9:00 or 6:00 service, he’s probably adjusting the thermostat or turning on the fan to improve circulation! We are also experimenting with another kind of WiFi based thermostat in HEIN Rm1.
There is a desire by some at the church to start a small group that will work on exploring and implementing other improvements to reduce our water and power usage. One of those measures that has been proposed is terracing some of the sloped areas of the lawn with native vegetation which will help cut back on the amount of water that is running off the grass. If you are interested in participating in this process or have your own ideas on ways to increase efficiency and reduce waste around the church, please contact Tracy at
Rummage Sale in August!!!
It is rummage sale time again. It is an opportunity to clean out those closets so the treasures can be repurposed. You can bring items to church on Sunday August 2nd before and after each service. If you have a lot of items or large items please contact Linda Harrell @ 685-6714 to arrange pick up. We will be sorting rummage on Thursday the 6th of August and selling the items on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th at Elk Grove UMC. We would love help sorting the rummage on Thursday the 6th. We will be starting at 8:30am.
Community Garden Open House
By Linda Floyd
The Community Gardeners will be hosting Fellowship following the 9am, 11am and 6pm services out in the garden, on Sunday, August 2nd. The Cambodian congregation is invited to attend Fellowship with the 11am group at 12:30pm, before heading to the Hall for their worship service. There will be grilled goodies and sample dishes from family gardeners, plus hot dogs for the 11 and 6pm services.
In addition to the family plots where families design, plant and maintain their own plots, there are separate squash, cucumber and melon areas; a variety of peppers, eggplants, many varieties of tomatoes, standard and heirloom; and the orchard yielded plums, apricots and a few cherries this year. The produce grown in these areas are for the Elk Grove Food Bank and anyone hungry for fresh, organically grown produce.
Come take a stroll through the PPUMC Garden, it is guaranteed to improve your outlook.
SSP Leads Worship at Single Service
On Sunday August 9th the youth and adults who attended SSP invite you to come enjoy an SSP breakfast and worship with us as we share our story at a single service in the Ministry Center. Breakfast will be served in and outside the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 to 10am with worship following at 10:30 in the Ministry Center’s Great Room. We are trying to gather as many former SSP participants as we can so if you are in contact with someone who went to SSP with PPUMC please spread the word. Looking forward to seeing you.
Women’s Book Club List
The Pleasant Women Book Club has chosen the books they will read and discuss for the rest of the year. If you are a woman who wants to read then talk about the book selection listed below, find your way to Starbucks on Bruceville and Whitelock on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 1:30pm.
The book being discussed for August is “The Women Jefferson Loved” by Virginia Scharff; September is “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai and Christine Lamb; October is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; November’s book is “Mama Maggie” by Marty Mackery and Ellen Vaughn, and December is “Into Thin Air” by John Krakauer.
School Kit Building Brunch
By Jan Stendahl
The Missions Committee has set aside Saturday, August 29th for the UMCOR School Kit Building Brunch, starting with a hosted brunch at 10am. Once everyone has eaten, the school kit supplies will be set out, and the fun begins! This is an activity that brings together the church family from all four services. You will find people of all ages and abilities working together with a common goal – to provide the basic needs for a child to be equipped to attend school in all parts of the world.
Between now and August 29th the Mission Committee asks the congregation’s help in collecting items that go in the school kits. See the Wish List posters in the Fellowship Hall and Ministry Center for the items needed. Take the “Wish List” shopping with you. Now is the time to get back to school supplies.
Once you have the school kit items purchased, put them in the marked boxes in the Fellowship Hall and the Ministry Center lobby. The donations will be inventoried weekly to keep an accurate list of needs for our kit project.
Our initial goal is 100 UMCOR School Kits. How many kits do you think we can put together beyond that? Join us Saturday, August 29 at 10am in the Hall to find out.