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August 2018



  • Outdoor Worship at Bethany Birches Camp: happened Sunday July 29th
  • July Heat WaveWe weren't the only ones. Unprecedented heat records were set all over the world in July including on Mt. Washington and Burlington. Even in Siberia it hit 90 degrees where melting permafrost has serious implications, as it releases stored carbon and methane. The Washington Post reported heat records have been set all over the globe. 

    In a 2017 Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS) survey, more than 60% of 7,000 Mennonite respondents  (19% response rate) expressed alarm or concern about climate change. CSCS is a collaborative initiative of EMU, Goshen and MCC.

  • Rivers! Summer 2018Rain Date: Sunday August 5th.  We have answered Mennonite Creation Care Network call for churches across the continent to apply tender loving care to their local rivers during the summer of 2018. Join us at Hartland Dam for an after church picnic followed by paddle up the Ottauquechee to harvest trash by canoe and kayak.
  • Outdoor Worship at Owl's Head pavilion:Sunday August 19th at 10am. At New Discovery State Park inside Groton State Forest. Not camping? Consider traveling up for the day and packing a picnic lunch to enjoy.

There are over 20,000 species of flowering plants in North America, belonging to about 300 different families. Those that grow in the wild or on their own, without cultivation, are called wildflowers.
Calendula. This sunny, self seeding annual can be found in our herbal tea/medicinal garden. Calendula has a long history as a healing plant and has been used for centuries to season and color food. Its bright petals are a lovely addition to salads and teas, and can be used to created soothing salves and tinctures. The best time to harvest flowers is  in the heat of the day when the resins are high and the dew has evaporated. Carefully dry flowers at low temperature in order to keep their vibrant color. Our calendula was divided from North Chapel's edible forest garden. 

Gold Star! What a month!  Our best ever so far!
This Month
Generated: 1796 kWh
Used: 488 kWh
Donated: 1308 kWh
Estimated Value to BBC: $300
Estimated Value to TCMF: $89
Total: $389

Grand Totals
Estimated Value to BBC: $2546
Estimated Value to TCMF: $1042
Total: $3588

Q: What is something you love about creation?
I absolutely love the seasons in New England. It amazes me how each one fits into the puzzle to make up the year that provides for us all that we need. Each season plays an integral role in the life of every organism that resides in New England. On a personal level, I feel each season is the perfect length! I am excited about the arrival of each new season and feel ready to move on from it 4 months later. I truly enjoy river and lake swimming in the summer, picking & eating apples in the fall, snowboarding in the winter, and my first outdoor runs of the spring season. I am super grateful for the excitement and consistency that each season provides for me. Lastly, the seasonal change proves very helpful for helping me to remember past events! 

Q: What is something you do to care for creation?
This past spring, Jenn and I invested in solar panels. During the summer months our panels generate more than twice as much energy as we consume. We are confident that the creation of our own electrical power through our panels will reduce our carbon footprint, save us money in the long run, and create awareness for our daughter regarding Creation Care. One future goal we have is to one day purchase an electric car.

Go treasure hunting for flowers. See how many different wildflowers you can find this month. There are lots of ways to keep track of what you've found such as take pictures, pick and press them, check off in a guide book, or make a list.

August--the last full month of summer--is upon us. As a church family, we have opportunities during the summer to experience the outdoors together unlike any other season: the BBC joint-service on July 29, worshipping together at Groton State Park, and paddling together while we clean the Ottauquechee River.
The apostle Paul wrote that God's "invisible qualities" and "eternal power and divine nature" have been displayed in creation since the beginning of time (Romans 1:20).


Since we have these seasonal opportunities to be in the outdoors--both together and as individuals-- think about what Paul was referring to. How does creation itself reveal attributes of God? What (of these attributes) can be put into words? Are there experiences and senses that we can have in nature that convey something to us about God but can't be expressed with language? This month I invite you to pay attention to this--Creation speaking to us about our Creator--and share what you notice with someone else--even if you can't perfectly express this with language.

Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions

Wildflower Facts (American Meadows, a Vermont company)


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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