Regular Worship Times

Fall Sunday Worship begins Aug 27
8:30 a.m. - Communion Service
10:45 a.m. - Communion Service
Education Hour at 9:40 a.m. beginning Sept 10

Church Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Address and Contact

Saint Peter Lutheran Church
9300 E Belleview Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

phone: 303.770.9300
fax: 303.770.9301

From I-225: Take exit 2B for Yosemite. Turn left at Yosemite, then turn left at Belleview.

From I-25: Take exit 199 for Belleview, then turn right at Belleview.

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Stewards of the Earth

Zero-waste lifestyles are becoming more common and more necessary as we continue to pollute our Earth.  A zero-waste home often means no trash.  But, often, those embarking on a lifestyle without trash find themselves reducing and decluttering in many other ways as the actions and results become so freeing.

A zero waste lifestyle focuses on a new set of guidelines that expands the traditional “Three R’s”.  The NEW R’s, in order of importance, are Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rot, and Recycle (as a last resort).
Here are some ideas for you and your family to celebrate Earth Day (and beyond!) this year:

Refuse
Refuse products with excessive packaging (or any packaging, for that matter)
• Shopping in the bulk bins at your local grocery store cuts down on excessive packaging and also lets you buy just the quantity you need.  Bonus – The whole foods available in the bulk bins are much healthier than packaged alternatives which are loaded with sodium.
• Buy yogurt, applesauce, and snack foods in bulk and separate into small, reusable containers for lunches rather than buying the food in single-serve containers and packaging.  Bonus – buying in bulk is cheaper than buying single-serve packages.
Refuse disposable products
• Paper napkins - Replace with cloth napkins.  Use napkin rings with each family members’ initials on it so you know whose napkin is whose.
• Paper towels – Microfiber towels work much better anyway.  For messes that cannot be laundered, try cotton rags made from old clothing.
• Disposable plates, cups, and utensils – You already have reusable dishes in your home, so use those when entertaining.  Make finger foods for large parties.
• Plastic sandwich bags – Use reusable containers
• Brown paper lunch bags – Use a reusable cloth bag in which you can keep your reusable containers, utensils, and cloth napkin
• To-go containers & coffee cups – Bring your own reusable containers when dining out or getting coffee and avoid the disposable to-go containers.  Bonus – some coffee shops offer discounts for using your own mug!

Reduce
• Junk mail – Visit http://www.dmachoice.org/ (direct mail) and http://www.optoutprescreen.com/ (credit and insurance offers) to have your name and address removed from mailing lists.  Also visit http://www.catalogchoice.org/; they will cancel catalogs for you. You can also call the catalogs directly.
• Other mail – sign up for e-statements for your banking and investing, as well as your utility and credit card bills.

Reuse
• Use reusable shopping and produce bags, not just at the grocery store, but everywhere!  Get into the habit of taking the reusable bags back to your car after you have unloaded groceries and they will always be there for the next trip to the store.  Bonus - Most stores now offer discounts for bringing your own bags (produce bags also; just ask!).
• Use reusable jars and bottles to eliminate plastic bag use when shopping the bulk food bins.  When using your own jars and bottles at the grocery store, have the empty container weighed at the customer service desk.  This way you won’t be paying for the weight of your container.
• Buy each family member a reusable, stainless steel beverage container and carry it with you when you are out and about to avoid the temptation to buy water in plastic bottles

Rot
• Start a compost with fruit, vegetable, and other food scraps, dryer lint, dust bunnies, hair, nail clippings, etc.  Most items in your household trash are either food scraps or packaging, and by composting food scraps and refusing packaging, your household trash will be nearly eliminated.  No more weekly (or daily?) trips to the trash can outside!

Recycle
• Recycling is really the very last step in the process.  We have been bombarded with messages about recycling over the years.  While this is great and we have (hopefully) all made strides in being conscious of recycling, it’s now time to look beyond recycling.  Recycling is really just delaying the inevitable trip to the landfill.

Does the thought of any of this overwhelm you?
• Make it a game and get your kids involved.  You may be amazed at the ways your kids will think of reducing or eliminating waste. 
• Commit to one change each week or even each month; before you know it, you’ll be on your way!

For more information and inspiration, please visit http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/.