Mission and Outreach
Bravo Trinity! Bravo Deerfield!
Members of Trinity and other neighbors, guided by the Love of Creation mission group, spearheaded efforts to educate and petition the Deerfield Village Board to ban the use of coal tar sealants in Deerfield starting this Spring. The Village Board voted to enact this ban at its February 20th meeting. To learn more about this and other Love of Creation mission work, please see Camilla Dadey.
Love of Neighbor. Whether near or far, we look for ways to love and help our neighbors. Current and past mission work includes:
- weekly gleaning at the Deerfield Farmers' Market (seasonal)
- preparing and serving PADS dinners
- stocking the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry
- filling cleaning buckets for UCC Disaster Relief
- weekly AA meetings at Trinity
Love of Children. We are called to help children everywhere.
- quarterly trips to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children
- Sunday school sponsorship of a student in Sri Lanka
- Sunday school fundraising for the gift of a goat to Heifer International
- seasonal diaper drive for YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Love of Creation. The Bible reminds us that we are stewards. We seek to achieve global impact through local action. Current work includes:
- sustainable eating seminar
- "Sustaining Creation" seminar with Rev. Dr. Terry Gallagher
- petition to ban coal tar sealants in Deerfield (followed by Lake County and statewide)
Coal tar sealant is toxic, yet it is used on residential driveways, playgrounds, and parking lots associated with commercial businesses, apartment and condominium complexes, churches, schools, and business parks, around the nation and in Deerfield. The risks to human (particularly children's) health and water quality are real and significant. There are safer, alternative products available to use for driveway sealing but, at present, companies are generally only offering this product to communities that have a coal tar ban. Therefore, bans are imperative to safeguard public health.
Earth Month 2019
Trinity is engaging in a month of prayer, education and activism guided by our Love of Creation team. Special speakers during worship include Karen Lewis of Faith in Practice among others. This year we are partnering with Friends of the Chicago River for a clean-up day on May 11th right on our own banks!