April 19th, 2017

Over the 3 years since BPC’s Creation Care Team was formed, we have been working to encourage our congregation toward ever more earth-friendly actions and practices.  We also seek to provide information and education to help individuals and families adopt habits and make changes toward increased appreciation and protection of earth’s resources.  

In the process, we have found that the more we learn, the more there is to learn!  The more we work together on making changes, the more we discover that there are yet bigger changes we should be seeking to make!  It is challenging and frustrating, but we are grateful that we live in a time in which we can know how our planet is interconnected and how much difference individual action can make! We know that our faith in God as creator, savior and daily maintainer of the entire earth gives us hope and certainty that the earth is worthy of our care.

This Saturday is Earth Day. The first earth day was held in 1970! It has been observed worldwide since 1990.  In honor of that day in 2017, the Creation Care Team is offering an Earth Day Fair in the church’s fellowship hall after worship this Sunday, April 23.  Each of us from the Creation Care Team, with the help of the youth group and some others, will be leading an interactive booth about one of our areas of expertise, passion, or interest, something we would like to share with the rest of you. We are excited about this chance to share some really good ideas about little and big things you can do to improve your positive connection with the earth and all of creation.  

I hope you have seen the publicity.  Most of our booths will be family-friendly, with activities and information suited for children, youth, and adults, and they will all be hands-on to some degree.  A guide to the booths and their age appropriateness will be available at the door, as will snacks of protein and fruit to tide you over til lunch. In addition, child care for infants and toddlers will be available. If you have children who will need to use this, please take them down immediately after worship so the childcare providers will know of the need.

This Sunday is also the first Sunday of our annual Season of Creation in worship.  This Sunday our theme is Oceans.  If there is any “landform” that typifies best the understanding of the earth as a whole, it is probably ocean.  Whatever affects oceans, affects us all.  I hope you will join us this Sunday!

-- Sarah Windes for the Creation Care Team

Scripture Readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31.

Prayer List can be found here.