Takoma Park Presbyterian celebrating Earth Month through “Christ, Creation and Community”
Supporting local businesses in tough times
Why not spend your tax refund in Takoma Park
Takoma Park resident T.J. Mathews has a suggestion for what to do with your hotly anticipated tax rebate checks: spend them in Old Takoma. “Part of my concern is that I see some empty shop windows and I would be sad to see more. I don’t think I’m alone in that.” Mathews is quick to understand that refunds are often already earmarked to pay student loans, credit card balances and the like. However, for those who might be able to use their refund as discretionary income, he encourages using some or all of it locally. “When the check comes, why not ride your bike or go for a walk to these local businesses? Maybe it’s time to get that haircut or a chocolate croissant or antique furniture, new sunglasses, or get 10 pizzas and have a party.” When pressed about how he personally will spend his rebate check, Mathews said, “I’ll give some of it to local non-profits, like Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Center for the New American Dream. We have over two dozen non-profits in town. I might go buy a drum at the House of Musical Traditions, a bottle of shampoo at Salon Jam where John let me hang my art, and maybe a new ceramic bowl or earrings for my girlfriend. I would also go to the Culture Shop to look for gifts. That’s already more than my check will cover!” Elizabeth Brinkama, chair of the Main Street Takoma Promotions Committee, liked the idea. “It contributes to the whole idea of how spending locally improves your own community. You buy your house here, send your children to school here, perhaps even work here. Therefore, when you get your refund, you should really think about supporting the businesses here and in so doing keep Takoma Park, and all the wonderful services it has to offer, the idyllic community we know it to be.” Main Street Takoma is promoting a campaign to support local businesses through a Coupon Book of Savings now available at local merchants.
Congregation sees stewardship of Earth as central to faith mission
Pastor Mark Greiner announces the new energy policy at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church.
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church will spend the month of April exploring, sharing and encouraging action around Earth Day as an event rooted as deeply in spirituality as in public policy with its “Christ, Creation and Community” series of events. “Takoma Park is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. So we at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church are living our faith tradition by caring for the earth and engaging in the vital environmental conversations of our day,” said TPPC Pastor Mark Greiner. “For Earth Day this year, we are taking the whole month of April to explore the theme ‘Christ, Creation and Community.’” Greiner stressed that stewardship of God’s creation is something the church supports throughout the year, as evidenced by the congregation’s decision to purchase all the church’s electricity from wind power. Activities taking place during the “Christ, Creation and Community” series
include special worship services, an adult education series, a fundraiser for the local farmers’ market and Sunday School lessons for children. Among those sharing the pulpit during the month will be Takoma Park resident Mike Tidwell, a longtime environmental activist and author of the book Ravaging Tide. “Somewhere in the recent past it somehow became the conventional wisdom that a strong faith and a deep commitment for environmental issues were mutually exclusive – that one was the domain of ‘conservatives’ and the other of ‘liberals,’” said Tidwell, who will be guest preaching on Sunday, April 27, and discussing his book earlier that day. “That has never actually been true, and faith-based events like this just go to prove it.” For complete information on Earth Month activities at Takoma Park Presbyterian, please visit www.takomaparkpc.org, or call 301-270-5550.
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sparkle. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April19, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and will include picking up litter, mulching tree boxes, and planting flowers. Gathering points are at Laurel Avenue by the clock tower, Morris Park at Takoma Junction, and Triangle Park, at 4th Street NW in the District. Members of Main Street Takoma will be on hand at each location to provide gloves and bags for trash removal, and mulch and plantings for the gardening work. Those who want to help are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves and tools. Main Street Takoma is a community-based initiative of the Old Takoma Business Association. For more up-to-the-minute information about Clean Up Day, please visit www.MainStreetTakoma.org.
ain Street Takoma’s annual spring Clean-Up Day is on again this month and organizers are calling for volunteers to help make the city