New Life Presbyterian holding belated Earth Day Sunday Event

Previous Earth Day Sunday Events at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville have featured displays on being environmentally friendly. This year’s event on May 7 will feature displays, as well as a ride and drive demonstration of the new Chevrolet Bolt electric car.

Even though Earth Day was last month, that’s not stopping New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville from marking the environmentally aware day in its own way.

Following the 10 a.m. May 7 service at the church is New Life’s Earth Day Sunday Event. It runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Congregant Carole Rust said the day will be packed with activities, snacks and displays, with things to do for both kids and adults.

The big draw of the day, Rust said, is a ride and drive demonstration put on by Rosedale Chevrolet featuring the new battery-powered Chevy Bolt, which doesn’t go on sale until September. Rust said a car club will be bringing out other electric cars, like Teslas and Nissan Leafs. For kids there will be solar cars.

“This year we’re opening [the event] to the public because we have the ride and drive, and God willing we’ll have some sun,” Rust said of the Earth Day event, which in some years is only open to New Life members.

According to Rust, in 2009 New Life became an Earth Care Congregation in the Presbyterian Church.

“We were one of the first Earth Care Congregations in Minnesota ... and one of the first in the nation, as well,” she said, explaining the idea behind the designation is “celebrating and caring for God’s good creation.”

New Life, according to Rust, does what it can to be environmentally minded. The church switched all its light bulbs to LEDs, began utilizing wind power and despite a few “near misses” continues to work on getting solar panels.

As for the goals of the Earth Day Sunday Event, Rust said between the demos and displays, the aim is education.

“We hope that people will come and learn there is stuff going on and stuff they can do to take care of our Earth and reduce climate change,” she said.

Attendees can bring their unwanted small electronics to the event, including phones, phone cords, iPods and iPads to be recycled for free. The recycling program benefits primates at the Como Zoo and Conservatory.

 New Life Presbyterian Church is located at 965 Larpenteur Ave. W. in Roseville.


- Mike Munzenrider 



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