Spring 2015 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event
On Mar. 22, World Water Day and a sunny Sunday afternoon, about 2 dozen volunteers of several faiths and quite a span of ages gathered to plant more than 100 native plants, shrubs, and trees in a wetlands area of the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. The Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Events are organized by the Creation Care Team each spring and fall and offer an opportunity to engage in hands-on care for creation. In addition to planting, previous events have included cleaning trash from a park and performing trail maintenance. Keep an eye out for the Fall 2015 event, and plan to join in.
Photo at left: Volunteers get ready to begin planting at Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve.
Last Blast Before Lent TX Food Event
On Friday, Feb. 13, over two dozen lucky attendees enjoyed the bounty of TX in a local food event sociable sponsored by the Creation Care Team, with musical entertainment by Veronique Eberhart & Friends. The menu included TX wines, cheeses, bread, charcuterie, crudites, eggs, fruit, chocolate, and relishes/dressing/condiments. If you would like to try some for yourself, you can either sign up for this sociable next year, or see the list of menu items and where they were sourced below:
2012 Malbec Haak Vineyards & Winery, Santa Fe, TX
2012 Red Table Wine Tranquilo Cellars, Lubbock, TX
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon-Iconoclast Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg, TX
2012 Claret Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg, TX
2012 Tempranillo Haak Vineyards & Winery, Santa Fe, TX
2010 Syrah Kiepersol Estates Vineyards & Winery, Tyler, TX
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Kiepersol Estates Vineyards & Winery, Tyler, TX
2012 Red Table wine Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
Comal Red XII Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
White-Black Spanish V Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
2012 French Colombard Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
2013 Blanc du Bois Haak Vineyards & Winery, Santa Fe, TX
All wines purchased at Whole Food Market – Kirby.
Dos Manadas, Caprino Royale, Waco, TX
Granbury Gold Eagle Mountain Cheese Co, Granbury, TX
Cheddar Veldhuizen Family Farm, Dublin, TX
Cotswald Latte Da Dairy, Flower Mound, TX
Raclette Eagle Mountain Cheese Co, Granbury, TX,
Scamorza The Mozarella Co., Dallas, TX
Above purchased at Houston Dairy Maids
Green Goddess Goat cheese Blue Heron Farm, Field Store, TX
Pimiento Words and Foods, Houston, TX
Above purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Above purchased at Revival Market, made from beef & pork raised at their Revival Farm, Yoakum, TX
Above from The Grateful Bread, Houston, TX, made with TX pork, purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Chardonnay whole grain mustard
Tart cherry mustard
Above from The Grateful Bread, Houston, TX, purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Buttermilk Herb Dressing, purchased at Revival Market
Relish, made by a friend of Cindi Scruggs (not available for purchase)
Hummus, from Words & Food, Houston, TX purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Above from Animal Farm, Cat Springs, TX, certified organic, purchased through Farm to Work program at the TX Medical Center, but also available at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Cauliflower Animal Farm, Cat Springs, TX, certified organic, purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Brussel sprouts & cherry tomatoes, Atkinson Farm, Spring, TX, purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Strawberries, Gundermann Farm, Wharton, TX, certified organic, purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Dried persimmon, Houston Regional Market Growers, Houston area, purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Rosemary Caramel Chocolate
Texas 5 Spice Chocolate
Above from Chocolate Makers Studio, Austin, TX, purchased at Revival Market
Other locally-produced food
Baguette, Slow Dough Bakery, Houston, TX purchased at Revival Market, but available from their bakery inside Weights & Measures
Deviled eggs, Hatterman Poultry Farm, Weimar, TX, eggs purchased at Eastside Farmers’ Market
Eastside Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon, Eastside between Richmond & Alabama. See www.urbanharvest.org
Whole Foods Market – Kirby, Kirby & Alabama. See www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Weights & Measures, 2808 Caroline. http://weights-measures.com/
Houston Dairy Maids, 2201 Airline Dr. See www.houstondairymaids.com
Revival Market, 550 Heights Blvd, See www.revivalmarket.com
Lenten Discipline Opportunities Offered by the Creation Care Team
Lenten disciplines traditionally comprise repentance, prayer, fasting, and works of love. The Creation Care Team is offering opportunities during Lent to engage in Lenten disciplines with a creation-care focus.
An Invitation to a Lenten Fast
The Creation Care Team invites the congregation to join Lutherans Restoring Creation in observing a Lenten fast by eating vegetarian one day/week during Lent. The importance of eating less animal products in care of creation has to do with the large environmental impact of raising animals for slaughter, and the often inhumane conditions in which those animals are kept. To assist you in this Lenten discipline, Lutherans Restoring Creation has supplied 6 vegetarian recipes for you to try. In addition, the Creation Care Team has a variety of vegetarian recipes.
If going vegetarian one day/week doesn’t appeal, another excellent Lenten fast option that cares for creation is a Lenten Carbon Fast. To receive a daily email with a carbon-reducing activity suggestion, sign up for the Ecumenical Carbon Fast.
An Invitation to a Lenten Work of Love
The Creation Care Team invites all members of Christ the King to a Lenten work of love and care for all creation. Join people of other faiths in observance of World Water Day, Sunday, March 22, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Spring 2015 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event. We will engage in hands-on care for creation by removing invasive species and planting native plants in wetlands areas at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels, so bring the whole family, your neighbors and your friends. Meet at The Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow Dr., Houston 77035 to sign in. Tools/supplies will be available, but participants are asked to bring empty milk jugs or soda bottles to use in watering the newly-planted plants. In addition, those who can do so are asked to bring wheelbarrows, rakes, and shovels to ensure sufficient quantities. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at for more information or to sign up to help.
An Invitation to Lenten Prayer/Repentance
Using a devotional aid as a guide for prayer/meditation is suggested when engaging in this Lenten discipline. The Creation Care Team will offer two opportunities to engage in prayer/repentance with a creation-care focus during Lent. In conjunction with our call to a Lenten fast, the Creation Care Team invites the congregation to a Lenten study that examines food choices through the lens of faith: Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread. The study will take place on Wednesday evenings in Lent at 6:15 p.m. The book, Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread, may be purchased from Amazon. Join the study for just one evening, or every Wednesday in Lent. If the study doesn’t work with your schedule, the Creation Care Team invites you to consider stewardship of water resources using weekly reflections in electronic form provided by the Ecumenical Water Network.
2014 Creation Care Retreat
A Creation Care Retreat, held Nov. 7 – 9, 2014 at Lutherhill, was attended by a group from CTK, including junior high school youth. This retreat is part of a three-year cycle of retreats offered at Lutherhill by the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation team. This year’s retreat was principally about practical care of creation. The other two retreats in the series focus on theology of creation care and environmental justice. The retreat included Bible study, brainstorming, presentations on the state of creation and the top actions to take to care for creation, a service project, and meditation/reflection, as well as plenty of free time to recreate/enjoy God’s good creation at Lutherhill. The Creation Care Retreat is offered free of charge.
The Creation Care Team invited all members of the congregation to challenge themselves to better care for creation during the annual EcoChallenge, which took place Oct. 15 – Oct. 29, 2014. A number of you took up the challenge and chose a variety of actions to reduce your environmental impact during the two week challenge period. Missed the Eco-Challenge this October? You’ll have another chance next year. Look for the announcement in October 2015. To learn more about the EcoChallenge, see www.ecochallenge.org.
Family Movie Night
On Friday evening, Oct. 10th, the Creation Care Team treated CTK families to a visit from animals of the Wildlife Center of Texas, followed by a screening of the film, The Lorax. A good time was had by all (including the animals, as far as we could tell). Not sure if the owl below is smiling or not though
Youth Going Green Garden, an after-school program of Almighty Ministries
On a pleasant Sunday afternoon in March, Christians, Jews and Muslims came together to perform hands-on service to care for God’s creation. More than two dozen volunteers of all ages worked at the Youth Going Green Garden, an after-school program of Almighty Ministries. This free program offers youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to develop leadership, social, and gardening skills, while also providing nourishing fresh vegetables. The volunteers sanded and painted a picnic table, laid out and framed several new garden beds, and topped off soil in the existing beds. Several of the youth who participate in the program dropped by to lend a hand as well. A good time was had by all, and much beneficial work accomplished. The event was organized by Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the support of Congregation Brith Shalom, the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and GYAN – a project of the Living Planet Foundation.
View of the existing garden beds and some stakes where we began laying out new beds.
Volunteers at work in the existing garden beds, with garden director (in red shirt) looking on.