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Church promotes car free Sunday

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YAKIMA, Wash -- The parking lot was half empty today at Wesley United Methodist Church in Yakima. Not because fewer people were attending its services, but because many of them walked or biked.

For the next six weeks the church is encouraging its members to find alternatives to cars in hopes of helping the environment. Today, many did. Organizers say members saved over 130 miles of gas.

This type of environmental activism isn't new for the church. Since the 1970s, it has run a recycling program members and non-members alike.

Pastor terry hall says protecting the environment is a natural goal for religious groups.

"We're the group that has the book that begins "God created", said Hall. "Were called in the book to take care of the creation. We have a natural connection with this."

Organizers hope that after six weeks walking or biking to church will be a habit.