Earth Day | JOY for Today
Earth Day provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with our maker, simplify our life, and remind us of true beauty as we surround ourselves in the work of His hands.
|Earth Day is April 22nd Annually
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Five we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To God's work and your part in it.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About the Earth.
- Activity Suggestions Encouraging Earth's stewardship.
- Last Year's Posts: Honesty Day (April 30th Annually) and Star Wars Day (May 4th Annually)
- Anti-Vietnam protests inspired Earth Day? Wisconsin Senator Nelson, after watching the success of student-led anti-Vietnam protests, organized environmental awareness teach-ins that eventually became the now globally recognized Earth Day. (Earth.org)
- It falls on April 22nd to maximize student participation? Wisconsin Senator Nelson chose the day as it fell between spring break and final exams. It remains on this day to encourage college students to attend events. (Earth.org)
- Earth day was first celebrated in 1970? At that time, leaded petrol was the main concern. Today, it is no longer in use. (Earth.org)
- Several well-known and still existing environmental acts quickly followed the first Earth Day? Shortly after the first Earth Day, the United States birthed the Environmental Protection Agency and adopted the Clean Air, Clean Water, Endangered Species, Resource Conservation and Recovery, Federal Environmental Pesticide Control, and Federal Land Policy and Management Acts. (Earth.org)
- There is an official Earth Day flag? It features an image of the Earth as seen from space on a dark blue background. (Today.com)
We'd Love to Know:
Which fact was new to you?
God's work is the Earth, and we are all the work of His hands (Genesis 1:1 & Ephesians 2:10). Our work is to create and to steward His creation, so our lives bring glory to His name (Genesis 1:27-28 and Isaiah 43:7). We accomplish the work we were designed for by:
Let's not overcomplicate things. Find JOY as you surrender to your design.
- Identify the area you are fighting hardest against your maker: in serving, stewardship, or surrender. Confess it. Then, commit to return to your design.
- Join us as we grow to be hardworking by looking at Proverbs 31:19. Next week, we investigate the significance of hands, being held, and how it all relates to us as the Church. Take a peek at our Wolfe Notes to see what we covered last week. Or engage in last year's growth opportunity and learn to TRUST God's Promises.
- The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is his! Psalm 24:1 TLB
- Then he climbed up into the boat and the wind stopped! They just sat there, unable to take it in! Mark 6:51 TLB
- "And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers." Matthew 6:28-29 NOG
- You may say there are still four months until harvest time. But I tell you to look, and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready for the harvest. John 4:35 CEV
- For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12 KJV
- "Land really is the best art." Andy Warhol
- "Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." John Muir
- "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein
- "The earth is what we all have in common." Wendell Berry
- “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." Kahlil Gibran
We'd Love to Know:
Become Environmentally Aware
- Earth Day facts and activity suggestions from National Geographic
- Fact Sheets from Earth Day (Plastic Pollution, Conservation and Biodiversity, Food & Agriculture)
- Ways to Invest in Our Planet EarthDay.org offers 52 suggestions like cleaning up plastics on beaches, switching to reusable bags, and turning off lights.
- PreK-1st: The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers (YouTube read aloud by Steve)
- 2nd & 3rd: Follow the Moon Home by Phillipe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson (YouTube read aloud by Rachel Bates)
- 4th-6th: Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson; illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler
- Classrooms: Unearthing Garden Mysteries: Experiments for Kids by Ellen Talmage
- Families: The Truth About Nature: A Family's Guide to 144 Common Myths about the Great Outdoors by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer
Complete an Activity
Discuss "Would You Rather..." Questions
- Shop at a farmer's market or grow your own vegetables?
- Make an invention out of recyclable items or a nature collage out of things from nature?
- Learn about the wildflowers or trees that are native to where you live?
If you would like three "Would You Rather...?" questions for every April day, download this Wolfe Stew PowerPoint.
Take on the Family Challenge
Spend time together in nature.
We'd Love to Know:
What you do for Earth day.
We’re excited to share one more day with you and wish you JOY for Today and HOPE for Tomorrow.
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