MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS SPRING'S CREATION CARE EVENTS
Earth Day 2018: Sunday April 22 - The Lent plastic challenge leads us nicely right into getting ready for Earth Day 2018, which also challenges us to End Plastic Pollution.https://www.earthday.org/yourjourney2018/
Arbor Day 2018: Friday April 27th . Plant, Nurture and Celebrate trees! "They clean air and water, slow climate change, ease poverty and hunger, prevent species loss, and feed the human soul." -Arbor Day Foundation
Green Up Day Vermont: Saturday May 5th.
NATURE OF GOD ART EXHIBIT Thank you to all the contributing artists and special thanks to Lynda for curating the beautiful display of art in our sanctuary that has been inspired by creation.
SOLAR BY THE NUMBERS
Generated: 910 kWh
Used: 456 kWh
Donated: 454 kWh
Estimated Value to BBC: $116
Estimated Value to TCMF: $86
Estimated Value to BBC: $1499
Estimated Value to TCMF: $739
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - SARAH ALLEN
Q: What is something you love about creation?
A: Its so fascinating to me how many plants that we usually think of as weeds actually have nutritional, medicinal, or some other value. I am always in awe of the beneficial things right under our feet. Q: What is something you do to care for creation?
A: I am learning to care for the little plot of land that we have, and how to use it responsibly and with its long term health in mind. We have been reusing our cardboard and composting our food scraps to help create a new garden we can plant this spring, with many seeds that we have saved ourselves.
KID'S CARE CORNER
Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day!
Plant a new tree. Hug an old tree. Pick up trash when you see it, especially plastic.
A NOTE FROM STEVE
The Nature of God exhibit decorating our church sanctuary gives us a foretaste of Spring--photographs, paintings, quilts all display a wide array of colors found in creation. But the current landscape, as I write these words, does not reveal the same array of color; instead we find trees without leaves and a blanket of snow covering the ground--no flowers have blossomed and grass is veiled underneath the frosty white coating. Like the artwork in our sanctuary, the Resurrection of Christ gives us a glimpse of things that are yet to come; it alludes to future beauty that surpasses what we currently experience or imagine (as Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 15). The hope of Resurrection--trust
that the Resurrection of Jesus is a "firstfruit" of things to come--can also fuel our hope that God's restorative power is at work in our world; power that goes beyond the natural patterns of seasonal change, but power that can heal, revive, resurrect the brokenness in creation itself to a future glory. Just as Jesus' body was broken by men and raised again to new life, the gospel also brings hope of God's restorative power over the damage done to creation itself, as Paul writes "creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). And this hope, in our present season, gives us a reason to celebrate what is yet to come.