Lent & Care for Creation
In Lent, we reflect on Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. We slow down and examine our internal spiritual lives, as well as the way we live out our Christian faith in the world. Our faith teaches us that humans were put on this earth with the responsibility to be stewards. We also know our individual as well as collective U.S. lifestyles have led to serious harm to God’s good creation. The Creation Care Team will publish a daily Lenten reflection/action on their Facebook page (look for Christ-the-King-Creation-Care) which will help individuals take time to learn, reflect, repent, ask God for forgiveness, and take concrete steps to change course. For those who prefer a devotion you can hold your hands, check out the weekly devotional book For the Beauty of the Earth, which focuses on a different aspect of the splendor of nature, how God nurtures our spirit through creation, and how we must protect our precious home.
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…
The CTK Creation Care team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2020 is the wonders of nature.
Professor Hyun-Min Hwang, Texas Southern University
The Wonders of the Deep Sea Sunday, March 29, at 6 p.m., online
Approximately two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans with an average depth of about 2.65 miles. Below 0.62 miles, the water is completely dark, temperatures plummet to 39 °F, and the pressure is about 40 times the pressure of earth’s atmosphere. Nonetheless, many creatures can live in this extreme place having no light. Deep sea explorations have found shrimp, fish, coral, tube worms, mussels, starfish, and many other creatures even below 2 miles. About 95% of the ocean remains unexplored, and marine scientists continuously find new species in this unusual place. In addition to creatures, huge quantities of methane gas hydrates and billions of tons of manganese nodules are found in deep ocean floors (2-4 miles deep). Manganese nodules grow only 10-100 millimeters per million years. Gas hydrates may contain roughly twice the carbon contained in all reserves of coal, oil, and conventional natural gas combined. Join Professor Hyun-Min Hwang of Texas Southern University to be awestruck by these, and other, wonders of the deep sea. To join the conversation, please register for this talk. contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
Native Plant Pollinator Garden Party
Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m.
Get out of the house and help beautify the Native Plant Pollinator Garden at CTK! Join the Creation Care Team in getting your hands dirty weeding & adding some plants to the garden. Bring your gardening gloves & tools to weed and plant native pollinator plants in the garden. Participation will be limited to 5 people maximum, to maintain social distancing. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions or to volunteer
April 1 – April 30, online
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by participating in the Earth Month EcoChallenge. This online event challenges us to grow in our stewardship of God’s good creation. Select a challenge in one or more of: resilience, fresh water, wildlife, food, people, forests, oceans, and climate. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast team & we’ll support each other along the journey. To sign up or to learn more, go to https://earthday.ecochallenge.org/. Questions? – Contact Lisa Brenskelle
Spring 2020 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event
Sunday, April 26, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to join with people of all faiths in hands-on care for our shared environment at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve in Houston. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels, so bring the whole family, your neighbors and your friends. Meet at 11350 Ricecrest under the giant Live Oak to sign in. Metro bus line 7 stops nearby and line 49 is not far. Tools/supplies will be provided. This event is organized by Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Congregation Brith Shalom, and the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston, in partnership with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy. The conservancy requires signing of a waiver to participate. Please register for planning purposes on www.eventbrite.com. Contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information.
Spring Outing in Nature –
Silent Hike & Nature Journaling at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 am.
The synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team invites you to take a walk in the woods at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. We’ll start early before the birds are replaced by humans on the trails. Let’s gather at the entrance to the Nature Center for an hour long walk as silently as possible absorbing our environment on a multi-sensory level. Stay for journaling time afterward by the pond. The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is located at 4501 Woodway Dr. in Houston. This event is limited to a small group of 9 people, to maintain social distancing. Contact Lisa Brenskelle to register.
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2020 is the wonders of nature.
The Wonders of Coastal Wetlands
Sunday, April 19, at 6 p.m., online
Professor Steven Pennings, University of Houston
Historically, wetlands were considered useless land, and we filled them in to make farmland and housing. Today, we realize that wetlands provide numerous valuable services to humanity, and we seek to protect and restore them. Coastal wetlands are threatened by a number of factors, but can be remarkably resilient to moderate rates of sea level rise. This talk will review some of the benefits we derive from coastal wetlands, discuss the threats facing them, and explain why we have reason to expect that wetlands will survive despite ongoing global change. Join this conversation with Professor Steven Pennings of the University of Houston as we wonder at coastal wetlands! Please register for this talk on www.eventbrite.com. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
Socially/Environmentally Responsible Investing
for Houses of Worship & Their Members
Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m., online
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites people of all faiths to consider living their values through the investments they make. As individuals and houses of worship move forward in stewarding their finances, at some point, it brings them to the crossroads of sustainable investing. They ask, “What is it? How can I access it?” It’s exciting to note that people all around the globe have taken the call to action to include sustainable investing in their portfolios in an effort to align values with financial decisions. During this webinar you will learn about sustainable investing, its history, and steps on how you can begin connecting your faith with finances. Join Chandel Strickland & Kellan Caldwell, financial associates with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit insurance & financial services company, to learn about this important topic for people of faith. Please register for this online event in order to receive an invitation to the web meeting. For more information about this event, please contact Lisa Brenskelle
GreenFaith Certification Achieved!!
In 2017, the Creation Care Team received GreenFaith certification for CTK. To achieve certification, the team had to fulfill requirements for creation-focused worship services, religious education on creation for all ages, interfaith & multi-generational creation-focused activities, environmental justice education & interactions with local environmental justice leaders, and communications about our activities. In addition to these requirements, we also had to complete 25 actions or awareness building activities in the areas of energy, transportation, food, water, waste, toxins and grounds. Work to achieve GreenFaith certification began in 2013, two years after CTK entered into covenant with Lutherans Restoring Creation and the Creation Care Team was formed. Participation in GreenFaith built the foundation for a number of creation-focused activities now routinely offered by the CTK Creation Care Team for the congregation, in all areas originally required for GreenFaith certification. We continue to use what we learned during the certification process to guide our ongoing efforts to incorporate care for creation into the full life and mission of CTK, in worship, education, discipleship, advocacy/public ministry, and stewardship of building & ground