Creation Care Team

Creation Care Team

"The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it;  for God has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers."

 

Creation Care Team Update: Since April 2017, the Creation Care Team members have been pondering, studying, and considering ways for House of Prayer to actively carry out God’s call to us to care for creation. Caring for creation involves many aspects of our lives on this planet, from climate, energy, environment, fossil fuels, food, natural gas, oil, population growth, soil, technology, transportation, toxics, waste, water, wood – all having consequences whether we act or do not act.

The team’s efforts to date include the six-part video series “Earthbound” that was part of Bible Study Wednesday evenings in September and October and focused on dominion, stewardship, and taking care of our earthly home.

The Creation Care Team Display November 19th in the Narthex included information on various issues such as non-toxic cleaning products, energy-saving tips, and ideas for a “greener” holiday season. Nathan Bauer won the drawing at that event for the birdhouse made and donated by Gil Frosig.

Coming in January, the Creation Care team will show Al Gore’s new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” a dramatic view of what is happening around the world. Plan to join us Wednesday, January 3, at 6:30 pm, following Simple Supper, and again Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 pm.

 

We are excited to announce that Twin Cities meteorologist, Paul Douglas, has agreed to present his topic “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend” at House of Prayer Tuesday evening, February 20th. Paul Douglas will also bring copies of his book, co-authored with the Rev. Mitch Hescox, entitled “Caring for Creation: An Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment.” Mark this date: February 20, 7:00 pm at House of Prayer, on your calendar now.

 

Current Creation Care Team members are Karen Steenson, chairperson, Darlene Clauson, Mary Markes, Myrt Thom, Sandy Williams, Pastor Ben Sandin. Let us know if you have questions, ideas, concerns, topics of special interest, or anything you’d like to discuss. And we welcome new members. We’d be pleased to hear from you.


Shut off your computer -- 75% of all the electricity used in the house is standby power to keep electronics running. Shut down your computer when not in use and you can save about $70 a year.

Change your lightbulbs. --  CFLs use 1/4 of the electricity and last years longer.  LED bulbs are even more efficient.

Say NO to plastic bags -- They are typically made of polyethylene and can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.  Reduce plastic-bag pollution by  using a reusable cloth bag instead of wasting plastic ones.

Check the label -  Look for the Energy Star label when purchasing new appliances and products.


 

Read here the 2017 ELCA Statement on Environment -  Caring for Creation: Hope, Vision, Justice


Some Web Links for More Information!

Blessed Earth 

Earth Care Online

Evangelical Environmental Network

Lutheran Creation Care

Lutherans Restoring Creation

 

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