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October 2018



  • MCCN Photo Contest Results: We won! With the wackiest waste found during our Rivers cleanup event- a pink flamingo bottle that we have since re-purposed as a vase to hold flowers from our church gardens. the $100 cash prize is in our creation care fund. Feel free to submit ideas for how to use the winnings
  • (Season of) Creation Care SundaySeptember 23rd we united with Christians around the world to pray and care for creation. As we considered this year's theme "Walking Together" we looked back at the past year and the many ways we have walked together as a congregation in our intentional creation care. Year-in-review photo recaps for our past 2 years since starting our creation care journey have been posted on the creation care bulletin board. The kids went outside for a "walking together" activity, noticing and praising God for His creation surrounding them.
  • THE NATURE OF GOD part IIWe hope you are enjoying the latest installment of art made by members, inspired by God's creation.
  • Share the Harvest Table: We have been sharing surplus garden produce with each other on Sunday mornings. Please continue to bring in any extra harvest you have throughout the fall season. The church gardens are open all the time for pick-your-own herbs (culinary, tea & medicinal) and flowers. Please help yourselves. There are maps posted on the creation care bulletin board if you are not sure what certain plants are or where to find things.

  • MCCN's Next Challenge to Congregations: Energy Upgrade Fall 2018: Mennonite Creation Care Network is inviting congregations to think about reduction in fossil fuel consumption this fall.  In the most recent Church Council minutes, you may have noted that Steve and Laura will be collaborating on a grant through Interfaith Power & Light that would help with costs of insulation
The liturgical Season of Creation concludes on October 4 (the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology in many traditions). St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) extended to God's creation the titles of Brothers and Sisters.  You can read his Canticle of Brother Moon and Sister Sun here.
Tulsi. This unique herb can be found in our apple guild. Tulsi is thought to be a sacred herb in India, and is referred to as Holy Basil. There are several varieties, and ours is a special one - Amrita Tulsi, with seeds generously shared with us from North Chapel, that they acquired directly from India. Tulsi is flavorful and medicinal, and makes an excellent addition to tea blends. You can read more about its amazing properties here. 


This Month
Generated: 1214 kWh
Used: 502 kWh
Donated: 712 kWh
Estimated Value to BBC: $176
Estimated Value to TCMF: $92
Total: $268

Grand Totals
Estimated Value to BBC: $2900
Estimated Value to TCMF: $1231
Total: $4131

St. Francis of Assisi believed that actions were the best example, telling his followers to "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."


Q: What is something you love about creation?
I like the wonderful variety of all the landscapes, plants, animals, and people. I LOVE His Creation because it allows me a place to commune with Him and escape all the distractions that keep us apart.  
Q: What is something you do to care for creation?
A: As I build and maintain trails for hiking , biking, and skiing I am able to educate people on the benefits of healthy ecosystems. This gives them an understanding and respect for the world around them. 

Look for signs of fall... changing leaves, cooler air, apples, pumpkins, geese flying south. With each changing season, God provides new things to look forward to.  What is something you love about this season?

During the Season of Creation our sanctuary has displayed several beautiful pieces for the "Nature of God (Part II)". This exhibit--and even what I wrote in last month's newsletter--draw attention to ways in which the character of the Creator is displayed in Creation. There are biblical reasons for thinking in these terms (for details, refer to the previous four editions of this newsletter), and the practice of using Nature as a reference point for insight about God has a long history in the Judeo-Christian tradition. 

At the same time, even as we can identify "invisible attributes of God made visible in Creation" (cf. Romans 1), Nature alone does not give us the whole story. On Creation Care Sunday--commenting on Acts 19-- I considered how the worship of Artemis, the "wild hunter-goddess of the woodlands" might be contrasted with the worship of one transcendent God who is the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of all things. In this context I suggested that Nature-alone and even the deification of facets of Nature are insufficient to have an enduring vision for Creation-Care:

"The trouble with locating all of these things--the woodlands and cute woodland


animals (like skunks) and even Nature itself--as your center of orbit, is that Nature has a tendency to be capricious and cruel. Nature can bring us hurricanes, and bee-stings, and ferocious beasts; Nature is not only unstable but a morally ambiguous point of reference. We have plenty of opportunity to interact with Nature (and the serenity of Nature can be restorative) but where do we find our 'center' in the midst of all the storms that Nature provides us with? Where do you find your 'peace' that empowers you to flourish in the midst of Nature; when Nature itself may be harsh?"

The implication is that in order to have a moral compass and an enduring sense of purpose for why Creation-Care matters, we can--thankfully--look beyond Nature as to how we can best care for her. The Christian faith argues that the same God who is the Creator of our world has also spoken to us a Word about how we can best "live and move and have our being" within this world; that Creation (what God has created) is best understood through the lens of Revelation (what God has spoken).

Mennonite Creation Care Network

Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

Blessed Earth



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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