Archive for July, 2010

25 days till Planting Day!

We are now only 25 days out from planting day!  In 25 days we, The Awaken Worship Community, will plant a tree together!  This exciting!  This is so exciting that it is worth telling a friend about.  We have been collecting money each week in order to buy a tree at the end of our series.  We are now 3 Awaken Worship Gatherings out from buying the tree.  Bring some money and give it to planting day.  The money that we have leftover from the tree will go towards caring for creation, so don’t worry if we go over, because it will all go to good use.  Mark your calendars and make sure you are here with us to plant this tree!

Do Your Part #6

Pray for communities affected by environmental degradation will receive assistance, justice, and renewal.  Especially keep those affected by the not so natural disaster in the Gulf.

Reduce the chemical load on the planet by using homemade cleansers at home.  For example, mix vinegar and water to make your own window cleanser.  Flush your drain by pouring baking soda followed by vinegar or lemon juice.  See http://www.earth-easy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm#substitutions for more.  Also switch to organic, non-toxic lawn and gardening treatments.  See http://www.dirtdoctor.com/ for tips.

Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transportation whenever possible, and combine errands to make on trip in the car rather than making multiple trips.

“Tithe” your carbon dioxide – give up 10 percent of your carbon dioxide usage through recycling, minimizing air conditioning, using less hot water, using a clothesline instead of a dryer, switching to fluorescent light, and eating locally grown food.

Use electricity produce by green power if it is available in your area.

Conduct a home energy audit.  See http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/energy_audits/index.cfm/mytopic=11170 for details.

Awaken: July 27th

Last night at Awaken we continued our series on Creation Care.  We began our worship with several songs and some prayer and then we jumped into our conversation about Creation Care.  Last night we looked at environmental degradation.  We began by talking about what environmental degradation is and how it affects us.  When we degrade the environment, God’s purpose for creation is affected.  We talked about how caring for creation is part of loving God and our neighbors.  Matthew 22:34:40, talks about loving God and our neighbor.  We discussed who our neighbor is, and does that include all of creation?  After some discussion we had a time of prayer and closed with a final song.  Come and join us next week at Awaken as we have our second Action Day!  Come to worship and we will be in action together!  See you soon!

Prayer Board for July 27th

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This is our prayer board.  We hope that you will be in prayer with us this week.  If you have any prayer concerns, joys, or celebrations to add to the board all you have to do is drop us a comment on this post.

On Earth… As It Is In Heaven

Come and join us tomorrow night as we continue our Creation Care series.  We will be talking a little about environmental degradation and how that affects people around us.  What does environmentalism have to do with loving your neighbor?  Come on out for worship tomorrow night and join the conversation.  Bring a friend, worship starts at 8:00pm, see you soon!

Community Life Center

Watch this video about the Community Life Center at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church.

Creation Care Photo Contest

The contest is still going, so submit those photos!  You still have 24 days until the deadline is here.  Take some pictures and submit them.  Go here for more information on how to be a a part of this competition!

Top Ten Rarest Animals

Here is a video of the top ten rarest animals on the planet.  Made by some person on youtube.  Check it out!

Do Your Part #5

Here are several links that you can go and check out.

Learn more about threatened animal species by taking at least fifteen minutes to pursue ARKive’s photographs and video images of threatened species.  Go to http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/ and the various animals you’d like to learn about.

Research endangered species that are native to your area.  Learn about their habitat and what specific causes are threatening their survival in your region.  You can find out more at http://www.fws/gov/Endangered/wildlife.html

Support organizations that seek to protect the plants and animals God created, such as the National Wildlife Federation.  Subscribe to a magazine or purchase a calendar or book.  (NWF creates children’s magazines, including Your Big Backyard and Ranger Rick.)  Go to www.nwf.org for more information.

One of the most significant causes of species endangerment and extinction right now is destruction of the rainforests.  Rainforests are cut down for a variety of reasons, including production of paper and wood and clearing of grazing land for beef cattle.  Do you part to lessen demands for such items by purchasing paper and toiletries made from recycled materials and eat less beef.

Contact a nearby botanical garden or horticulture group and learn about the plants, trees, and shrubs that are native to your area (http://www.fwbg.org/ or http://fwnc.org/); also find out which non-native plants are considered invasive and are threatening survival and flourishing of plants native to your region.  If you have non-native invasive plants in your yard, replace them with some native wildflowers or shrubs.  You can learn more at Websites like www.enature.com or www.plantnative.org

Awaken: July 20th

This was a night to look at our role as Creation’s Caretakers.  When stewardship is discussed in the church it usually is around the topic of money.  What does God expect of us as stewards of this world.  God cares for all living things.  God has charged us, as humans, with caring for creation.  We should live as trustworthy stewards.  Steward comes from the Old English “stigweard” which literally meant “hall guard.”  Are we being the stewards (administrators, caretakers, conservators, custodians, guards, managers, watchmen of creation?  Come and join us next week as we move on in our Creation Care series and look at what environmentalism has to do with loving your neighbor.  Bring a friend and we will see you soon!

Prayer Board from July 20th

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If you have any joys, concerns, celebrations, or request that you would like to add to our prayer board please do.  Leave us a comment on this post!

Creation’s Caretakers

Come on out tomorrow night for worship!  We will be continuing our summer series on creation care.  We will talk about the issues of stewardship and conservation and consider what it means to be the “rulers” God has place over the earth.  What does God expect of us as stewards of the world?  Come and enter into this conversation with us and bring a friend.  Worship starts at 8:00pm.  See you soon!


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