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Autumn 2019

 

CREATION CARE RECAP

  • MennoCon19 included creation care conversations. check out these reports from Kansas City by MCCN.
  • The blower retest was done on August 28th now that the building insulation/building wrap project is complete and the results were a considerable improvement over the pre-insulation energy audit. Official report hasn't been received yet, but should result in an Efficiency VT rebate of a couple thousand dollars. Also estimated fuel bill will be reduced by at least 1/3.
  • Groton:. Annual outdoor worship was held at BBC in July and in August at Owl's Head pavilion in Groton State Park.
  • Gardens!  Church permaculture gardens blessed us with blooms, buzzes, birds, and bounty! Kids enjoyed picking strawberries and blueberries to snack on and share with others during fellowship time. A robin hatched her brood nearby and a monarch caterpillar metamorphisized in the Tulsi.
  • Garden tea was served at coffee time. Tulsi (holy basil) was blended with lemon balm, spearmint, and anise hyssop for a refreshing, restorative tea. All these herbs can be gathered from our church gardens. The tea recipe will be included in Jaynie and Heather's forth-coming cookbook (currently in design phase). 
  • Harvest table. Thanks to everyone who has brought in surplus  summer produce to share on Sundays. Cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, and gladiolus have been appreciated. Our own church garden provided garlic scapes earlier this summer and recently huge cloves of garlic were harvested and shared. Please continue to bring in any extra harvest from home to share!
  • World Day of Prayer for Creation (Sunday Sept. 1st)- Joining churches and people around the world in prayer for creation, Steve read Psalm 65 as a call to worship. Within this song of David verse 8 says, "The whole earth is filed with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy." As we lift up our prayers of confession and intercession for creation, let us also shout for joy and sing!
  • Intergenerational Climate Change Conversation (Sunday 9/15): In response to MCCN’s invitation for congregations to engage in discussion around the issue of climate change, we met outdoors during adult second hour using MCCN’s discussion guide to hear concerns and hopes from both younger and older adults.
LOOKING AHEAD
  • MCCN Shared Practices (July-Dec 2019): MCCN is calling congregations to hold a potluck of sustainable foods.  The hospitality committee is planning a fall potluck, probably early October, where we can share in the seasonal harvest together.
  • Season of Creation (Sept 1-Oct 4). Celebrated by all major Christian traditions, the theme for this year's celebration is ‘The Web of Life: Biodiversity as God’s blessing’ 
  • Global Climate Strikes (Sept 20-27) On Friday Sept 20th, 3 days  before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Events will be planned during the week as well. See more at https://vermontclimatestrike.org/
  • UN Climate Action Summit (Sept 23-39). Pray for world leaders as they gather to discuss policies that address the climate crisis.
  • It's back to school season. Teachers and students, check out this tip sheet from Blessed Earth's suggestions for honoring God's creation at school. 
  • Winter is Coming! Darker, cooler days making this the perfect time to prepare for winter months ahead. Check out these energy saving tips from Efficiency Vermont: Lighting, Heating, and Winter.
  • Holidays are coming too... There are many eco-friendly tips online for going green this holiday season. Here are just a few: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 
FACT:

Unplugging unused electronics -- otherwise known as "energy vampires" -- can save you as much as 10 percent on your electricity bill. For more energy saving tips, visit the Energy Saver website.
Meet a Permaculture Plant
Lavender Mist Meadow Rue (Thalictrum rochebrunianum)
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Many of you have inquired about this easy to grow, tall, airy plant with lavender flowers that bloom July-August. At a show stopping 6 to 8 feet tall, it is adorned with lavender violet flowers (no true petals, only petal-like sepals) with many primrose yellow stamens, and its foliage can be described as lacy. In addition to its beauty, this plant is loved by pollinators. Ours was a buzz with bees and butterflies all summer long. A hummingbird was also spotted enjoying its nectar.

SOLAR BY THE NUMBERS

This Quarter:

Generated: 4172kWh
Used: 1503kWh
Donated: 2669kWh
Estimated Value to BBC: $638
Estimated Value to TCMF: $276
Total Value for Quarter: $914


Grand Totals
Generated: 29,998kWh
Used: 13,056kWh (12,354kWh from Solar, 702kWh from the grid)
Donated: 17,644kWh
Estimated Value to BBC: $4,302
Estimated Value to TCMF: $2,265
Total Value: $6,567
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - THE HACKMAN'S

Q: What is something you love about creation?
A:
From seeing the beautiful earth around us which we have seen on our travels......from Hawaii, South Africa, Caribbean Islands,  Alps in Europe, beautiful England, Scotland, Ireland, Nova Scotia, Canadian Rockies, and West coast states; Oregon,Washington and California each one had their own beauty.
Then there is the fall in VERMONT too!! God is good to put us on such a beautiful planet and we need to do our part to keep it looking nice.  Thankful for each season and that He gets us through from winter to fall

Q: What is something you do to care for creation?
A:
Doing our part not to pollute it.
KID'S  CARE CORNER
Be a Power Ranger! Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Even better, unplug them too. Why? Ask a grown-up to tell you about phantom (also known as vampire) power. Halloween is coming soon...
A NOTE FROM STEVE

On August 18 we held our worship service at Owl's Head pavilion at Groton State Park.

The scenery provided a nice context for thinking about the topic "God's Perfect Creation". We looked at Psalm 19 as a guide for thinking about the relationship between God's revelation, the created world, and scripture itself.

Christianity has a long tradition of what is called “natural theology”; recognizing that Nature can speak to us about God. There is an old Christian phrase that goes back for centuries that God has spoken to us in “two books”: the book of Scripture and the Book of Nature. 

Galileo used the phrase, quoting Tertullian, when he wrote of how ... “We conclude that God is known first through Nature, and then again, more particularly, by doctrine; by Nature in His works, and by doctrine in His revealed word.”

 


Psalm 19 says that Creation is speaking to us about our Creator; we can learn about God in Creation: the heavens, the stars in the sky, are telling us of the glory of God; the sky above proclaims God’s handiwork. But the psalm emphasizes that it is the Law of God that is perfect, the ordinances of God that are true, the precepts of God that are right. In other words: it is what God has spoken directly that the Bible emphasizes is perfect.

I invite you during your times outdoors, or in your everyday life, to look at nature through the lens of scripture: if it is true that the invisible attributes of God are on display in Creation, and that the heavens are telling us of the glory of God, what are they saying to us about God? What relationship between the “two books of God” (the book of Nature and the book of Scripture) can you find?
EXPLORE MORE 

Mennonite Creation Care Network 
https://mennocreationcare.org/


Season of Creation 
http://seasonofcreation.org/


 

CONTACT US

Have ideas, stories, resources you'd like to share related to creation care?

Contact Heather Wolfe,
Taftsville Chapel's creation care liaison

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