Creation Care Opportunities

 

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Upcoming Opportunities
Reflections

More about our Creation Care Team Activities 

How Well Do You Know What Goes In The Green Bin?
After each service on Sunday, December 17, test your knowledge of what goes, or does not go, in the green curbside recycling bin. Prizes for correct answers! Join the Creation Care Team for this fun, and educational recycling activity.

 

Ideas for a Green Christmas
The Creation Care Team offers the following ideas for an ecologically green Christmas that is kind to God’s creation.

 

  1. Shop locally to avoid the extra carbon footprint associated with the time products spend on trucks and planes. For out of town gift recipients, shop online and have gifts shipped directly to recipients.
  2. Utilize reusable gift bags or re-usable fabric gift wrap and reuse last year’s Christmas cards to make gift tags. Let your children decorate brown paper shopping bags with their art work or hand prints and use them as wrapping paper.
  3. Choose gifts that have minimal packaging.
  4. Minimize the number of hours that holiday lights are left on. Consider use of LED Christmas tree lights which are very low power consumers and very long-lasting.
  5. Purchase sustainable gifts like fair trade coffee or handicrafts, animals from The Heifer Project, gifts from the ELCA Good Gifts catalog or from Lutheran World Relief.
  6. Shop from your favorite charity. Your purchase not only provides a gift, but also uses part of the purchase price toward support of the charitable cause.
  7. Give the gift of your time or talent: Free babysitting, special baked goods, jams, relish or yummy casseroles, or a holiday dinner at your home.

Other gift suggestions are tickets to performances or movies, and cooking or art classes.

 

Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston 2018 Kick-Off Event
Sunday, January 7, 2:00 p.m.
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to their 2018 Kick-Off Event at the University of St. Thomas. We will hear from faith leaders of a variety of faiths on the relationship between their faith and the natural world. There will be a presentation on the top ten free environmental resources for houses of worship. We will recap activities from 2017, and discuss plans for 2018. You’ll get an opportunity to provide your input into 2018 planning via a survey. And, we ask those who can do so to bring some snacks to share for our break-out sessions, during which we’ll get to know each other better. We’ll provide beverages to accompany the snacks. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend, as are representatives of local environmental non-profits that would like to work with people of faith on environmental issues. Please join us! This event will take place at the University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd. Metro buses lines 82, 56 and 25 stop nearby. Please register for this event for planning purposes. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston seeks to empower the faith community in Houston to advocate and act collectively as stewards of the environment by (a) fostering a strong connection between the rich faith community of greater Houston and Houston-area environmental organizations in order to reach shared goals and by (b) empowering their members to advocate and take action on behalf of the environment. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at  for more information.