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Waves of Faith-December 1, 2017

For the month of December our worship theme will be Hope. In worship this week our confirmation class will light the first candle of our Advent wreath this week, the candle of hope. As the days get darker and evening comes sooner each afternoon we prepare for Christmas. All this preparation is a good distraction from the fact that dark sets in around 4:30 or 5 p.m. every afternoon. The story of faith is all about lighting a candle and keeping our hope alive. 

This week I want to share a terrific story of great hope. It comes from the Cape Cod Times. Sunday’s paper ran a front page story about a senior at Barnstable High School, Alison Carter. Passionate about recycling and concerned about the waste at her school’s lunchroom, Carter takes 65 lbs of food waste from the cafeteria and small stainless steel composting machine to reduce the waste to 7 lbs of dry nutrient rich mulch. She also adds the remains from breakfast and lunch from Cape Cod’s Head Start and adds it to the mix. 

For her AP class on Environmental Science Carter found an industrial composter  called Eco Vim, distributed in Orleans. New in the US, this technology has been used in Japan and South Korea for 30 years. This young woman raised money from donors in a presentation at the Chatham Bars Inn and now the program is a model for other schools throughout New England. 

I highlight this story because in so many ways the Christmas story is about children bring us hope in times of confusion or despair. Their curiosity is a gift from God. Their determination is a blessing. Their perseverance is hopeful for our world today. Each week I will try to share another story of hope. You can read about ALison Cart for yourself at this link. 



Advent blessings,

Rev. Susan

Posted: Friday December 1, 2017