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September 2018

 

CREATION CARE RECAP

  • Rivers! Summer 2018 brought us together twice to steward two different sections of the Ottauquechee River. On July 30th 11 of us cleaned up a 1.2 mile stretch along River Road. Then on August 5th 21 of us gathered to picnic and paddle (or play) at the Hartland Dam. In addition to harvesting lots of litter, we were blessed to meet a beaver, lots of painted turtles, and an immature bald eagle. It was a joy to be out in God's creation, restoring the waterways in small ways in order to return them to how God intended things to be- beautiful, healthy habitat and source of life to all his creation. As part of the Rivers challenge to apply tender loving care to a local waterway Lynda, with the help of Norah and Helen (and a frame Russell salvaged at the dump) created a congra-lage artwork piece of the Ottaquechee. The wackiest waste found- a pink flamingo bottle that we re-purposed as a vase to hold flowers from our church gardens. We submitted these 5 photos to MCCN's photo contest. Stay tuned for results!
  • Outdoor Worship at Owl's Head happened Sunday August 19th.
  • Bethany Mennonite joined Mennonite Creation Care Network in August and is now one of their Green Patchwork congregations. Their congregation has been interested and inspired by what we are doing.
  • East Chestnut Street was awarded a Pam DeYoung energy grant for a solar car charger. Two former interim pastors of ours, Samantha and Dorcas are currently part of this fellowship.
UPCOMING
  • Season of Creation September 1 (the Day of Prayer for Creation) through October 4 (the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology in many traditions). Christians around the world unite to pray and care for creation. The theme of this year's celebration, "walking together", invites us to journey as a community in care for our common home. 
FACT:
Origins of the Season of Creation: September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989 and was embraced by the other major Christian churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church.
NATURE OF GOD  - PART II
Lots of Taftsville folks shared photographs, paintings, tapestries, and mixed media artwork in March for the Spring Equinox, and we are at it again.
In September, our offerings celebrate a "Season of Creation" with churches around the world when Creation Care is a specific month long focus.

SOLAR BY THE NUMBERS

This Month

Generated: 1247 kWh
Used: 530 kWh
Donated: 717 kWh
Estimated Value to BBC: $178
Estimated Value to TCMF: $97
Total: $275


Grand Totals
Estimated Value to BBC: $2724
Estimated Value to TCMF: $1139
Total: $3863
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - MARY FULLERTON

Q: What is something you love about creation?
A:There is a lot I love about God's creation - a babbling brook, a bird singing, a hummingbird at a flower, a beautiful sunset, a wave breaking on a coastal rock, twin fawns frolicking on the grass across our pond, a soaring eagle.  I could go on and on; it's so difficult to choose just one.  One of my favorites though, is seeing a mother bird and her babies at our bird feeder, the mom teaching her little ones where they can find food.  The babies get all puffed up and shake until mom feeds them - then gradually they learn to forage on their own.


Q: What is something you do to care for creation?
A:
Bible passages that speak to me about caring for creation are:
   Genesis 1:31:  "God saw all that He had made, and it was very good." And,
   Psalms 8:5-9:  "You have made them (humans) a little lower than the angels, and crowned them with glory and honor.  You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:  all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
 
It seems to me that to honor God, I need to do what I can to care for his work. Some of the things we do are to feed the birds that come to our yard, recycle as much as we can, only drive our car when we have to, and then combine as many errands as possible in each trip, reuse when we can instead of purchasing new. We have recently started composting, and hope to have our own compost next spring! Basically, we do what we can, and try to keep learning new ways we can be better stewards of God's creation.
KID'S  CARE CORNER
Invite someone to go for a walk with you. Notice all the wonderful things God created all around you, from rocks & trees, to birds & bees, and your own hips & knees. Pray for the things you have noticed. Give God praise and thanksgiving.
A NOTE FROM STEVE

A few weeks ago Jacob and I took a walk not far from Lynda’s home in Quechee. We stepped into a nearby gazebo and looked West; I saw a view of the hills of Quechee with its verdant trees and fields, the river rolling alongside of us, and the weather was, what I might call, “perfect”; sunshine and blue skies, an optimal temperature in the 70s, low humidity. For a few brief moments as I looked West, I felt an uncommon serenity. I did not hear the sound of children crying, there were no urgent messes to clean-up, I was not--in that moment--attentive to news of some calamity somewhere else on our small, fragile planet, and I didn’t have a sense of urgency that I needed to be somewhere else, doing something else.
 
 
Of course there was calamity going on in our world and in that moment there were children crying somewhere. But this sense of serenity made me think of Jesus’ exhortation to “not be anxious” and to “consider the birds of the air...and the lilies of the field…” (Matthew 6:25-34). It provoked me to ponder what might be called a “heavenly state of mind”, in which the troubles of our present world are


outweighed by an overwhelming “peace that is not of this world” (John 14:27) or a “peace that surpasses understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Last month I invited us to recognize glimpses of the Creator found in Creation (via Romans 1). In this brief moment of tranquility--which was, at least partially, induced by my environmental context--I had a sense of the peace of God; you might call it a “shalomic sense of wonder”. How might God experience the temporal and transitory events that we encounter everyday, I wondered? Is it possible that despite the tragedies, disappointments, and horrors that we suffer, that God is able to be cognizant of such things and experience a sense of sorrow that we are subject to (mourning with those who mourn), while simultaneously experiencing an eternal peace that is not contingent on any event? I don’t presume to know exactly how the mind of God works, but I can admit that in a moment, as I “considered the lilies of the field” I felt I had a glimpse of “peace that surpasses understanding”; a glimpse of peace that is “not of this world” even while being, very much, in this world.
EXPLORE MORE 

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


Season of Creation 
http://seasonofcreation.org/


 

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