Many thanks to Sierra Pacific Synod Coordinators, Edie and Denny Lott, for sharing this story and these photos with us.
At Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church we are deeply involved in the ELCA Malaria Campaign in a unique way. We are using the California Redemption Value (CRV) buyback program to raise funds. We are a small ELCA-PC(USA) congregation of the Sierra Pacific Synod, located in Truckee about 13 miles north of Lake Tahoe. We are in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We have no building or office and a ½ time pastor. About 11 years ago we began recycling for the ELCA program “Stand with Africa.” By the time that program ended our recycling had gained momentum. As a congregation, we continued to “Stand with Africa” using the funds each year for various programs that benefit Africa.
For 2013-2015 our recycling proceeds will go to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, along with matching funds from our local chapter of Thrivent Financial. Each year we dedicate the recycling funds during a July worship service. Our goal this year is $800. We are almost there! In our synod we have a goal of $10 per member. We should do double that in our congregation by 2015! It is exciting to see that what might have been garbage can bring life and health. Through our recycling we are becoming “the hands and feet of Christ” to our brothers and sisters in Africa.
If you have questions about our recycling program, please contact Edie or Denny Lott at email@example.com.