Lenten Devotional Booklet – Praying together in Lent

free indeedLet us engage together in praying Luther’s Small Catechism for this year’s Lenten devotions. In the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation we will re-learn and deepen many aspects of our Lutheran heritage. Publishing house Augsburg Fortress has put together a delightful little book Free Indeed with daily devotions which take us through Lent with readings from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Each reading is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, reflection, and prayer. Free Indeed invites you to reflect on Martin Luther’s guide to the basics of Christian faith during the Lenten season, and within the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The devotional books will be offered in the narthex on Sundays in Lent, as long as supplies last. An ebook version is available at Augsburg Fortress.

 

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation

The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an educational web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.

March 26, 6:00 p.m.: Connections between People and Nature – Plastic Pollution
hwangPlastic products provide lots of benefits to humans but also create harmful effects on humans and life- threatening problems for avian and marine species. Chemicals added to plastic products can cause many health problems, especially for babies and children. Plastic products are also killing birds, fish, and even whales. At the March 2017 web meeting, we welcome Professor Hyun-Min Hwang from Texas Southern University, Environmental Sciences, who will speak on Plastic Pollution. He will address plastic pollution’s environmental impacts and what we can do to protect human health and save wildlife and the natural environment. Professor Hwang holds a PhD in Environmental Chemistry/Oceanography. His research interests include sediment & water quality, pollutants in air, water, & soil, risk assessment & risk reduction, as well as stormwater runoff management. Professor Hwang will address Connections between People and Nature from the perspective of environmental sciences on Sunday, Mar. 26 at 6 p.m. After his talk, there will be time for Q&A. If you would like to join this online conversation, please register at www.eventbrite.com (search under “Connections between People” in Houston, TX) and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting.
Other upcoming speakers include:
Sunday, April 23, 6:00 p.m., Professor Cymene Howe, Rice University, Anthropology
Sunday, May 21, 6:00 p.m., Sr. Damien Marie Savino, Dean of Sciences & Sustainability, Aquinas College, MI
Sunday, June 25, 6:00 p.m., Greg Biddinger, PhD in Ecology, Founder, Natural Land Management, now residing in Maine
Sunday, July 30, 6:00 p.m., Andy Gerhart, PhD in Environmental History, now seminarian at Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
Past speakers in this series included:
January: Professor Melissa Anne Suter of Baylor College of Medicine spoke on The Human Microbiome
February: Professor Scott Solomon of Rice University, Biosciences spoke on Invasive Species
Contact Lisa Brenskelle for recordings of these talks.

An Outing to Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden

mercerThe Health Ministry and the Creation Care Team invite members of all ages to a free outing to Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Humble on Sunday, March 26. We will depart from CTK at 1:00 p.m., carpooling to the garden. At the 20-acre garden, we will have fun exploring using a self-guided botanical scavenger hunt. Or, you can enjoy the serenity of nature at the nearby arboretum, which offers picnic grounds and play areas, as well as quiet woodland walks. The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in nature for both adults & children are well documented. We invite you to experience these as you enjoy God’s good creation on this outing. Contact Steve Long  to sign up or for more information

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation

The Ctk Creation Care Team invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an educational web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.

March 26, 6:00 p.m.: Connections between People and Nature – Plastic Pollution
hwangPlastic products provide lots of benefits to humans but also create harmful effects on humans and life- threatening problems for avian and marine species. Chemicals added to plastic products can cause many health problems, especially for babies and children. Plastic products are also killing birds, fish, and even whales. Continue reading

Faith, Sexism, Justice:

Sunday Forum, February 26, 9:45 a.m. basement classroom
Conversations toward a Social Statement
faith-sexism-justice

Pastor Karin Liebster will lead a three week series reading and discussing the study Faith, Sexism, Justice. The study is a work by the ELCA Taskforce Women and Justice: One in Christ, put forth to all congregations of the ELCA as an invitation to engage in conversation on the topic. The task force writes, “countless people are suffering under the weight on injustice. … Many individuals and their families struggle emotionally, physically and economically because of the effects of sexism and patriarchy. These forces are personal, religious, social and economic. As member of the body of Christ … we are called to help all people live abundant lives that are just and sufficient – lives in which every individual and community is committed to the mutual values of respect, dignity, interdependence and equity.” Continue reading