Caring for God's Creation Through Environmental Stewardship
2021: Restoring God's Earth
When we think about the plant, the solar system, the world as we know it, and as we
learn more, and learn how much we don't know, it is easy to feel incredibly small.
When we hear of our world changing, climate changing, biosystems changing, animal
species becoming extinct, it is hard to imagine how one person's action, one person's
act of faith could possibly make a difference.
Mother Teresa said once, "There are no great things; only small things with great love."
She also said of herself, I'm but a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is
sending a love letter to the world."
What if there was something we could do? What if there were a series of small acts
of faith, small practices, new habits we could start that did make a difference in care
and concern for God's creation? Would you do it?
Each month we will focus on one theme with several small actions and habits you can
introduce into your life. These themes have been shown, and we have faith, that they
will indeed make a change to the ways we treat creation and the effects of human
behavior on creation. We are calling this process:
Restoring God's Earth
A Year of Personal Action
Each month we will focus on a new theme, and each week we will offer several
practical suggestions for you to try out. We invite you to be God's pencil in the world.
Click on the month to view the theme page. Be sure to check back each month.
Crown of Glory Creation Care Team Recent Accomplishments:
Sponsored the ELCA traveling murals during December 2021. Read more about them here.
See the ways our Church Council is "Restoring God's Earth."
Sponsored and led CoG's inaugural Blessing of the Animals service in October 2020.
Sponsored and led the 2020 Rally Day Children's Scavenger Hunt in September. Kids were encouraged to find nature-related items around the property and then received a Creation Care-themed prize bag.
Launched a recycling composting program - Recycling bins can be found around the church building.
Assessed options and changed sanitation services to facilitate recycling and composting. This change will be cost neutral compared to previous services.
Submitted and received a grant from Carver County Environmental Services for recycle/compost bins and compost-able supplies.
Conducted Eco-faith training “Connect the Drops” for Connect and Confirmation students.
Conducted a comprehensive (ASHREA* Level 1) Energy Audit and shared audit results and recommendations with Creation Care Team, staff and key volunteers.
*American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Implemented recommendations from the Energy Audit to continue building on energy efficient technologies and practices at Crown of Glory. 2020 Update: During the pandemic, the refrigerators and freezer have been emptied and turned off to save energy.
100% Renewable Energy
Crown of Glory is enrolled in a 100% renewable energy program. Clean Energy Choice is offered by the City of Chaska Electric Utility and is an important part of caring for God’s creation. If you are a Chaska resident, check out the program for your home. https://www.cleanenergychoice.com/chaska/
Want to Learn More or Need Resources?
Check out these resources to learn more about the recycling and organics program at Crown of Glory:
Carver County offers great information on how you can implement reduce, reuse, and recycle practices.
Click the link to see what the Minneapolis Synod is doing with the “Faith and Clean Energy Campaign.
November 2019 - Watch Our Video!
In November, Creation Care Team Members presented in front of our Connect
and Confirmation classes. They shared with our young adults how Crown of Glory
is caring for God's creation by implementing recycling strategies which reduces
garbage that ends up in landfills. They talked about clean water and the small
things we can all do to that make a big difference in helping keep lakes and
streams cleaner. Click the arrow to watch Creation Care Team Members at work.
Want to get involved?
The more help we have, the bigger impact we can have.
To join the Creation Care Team, help out with a project or just come to see what we are working on,
please contact Pastor Laura.
The earth is the Lord's, and all that is in it; the world and all who dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1)
Creation care with Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership™ is FUN! By understanding the common ground on which faith, science, and the Lutheran traditions stand, kids work to make this world a more trustworthy place. Laughing, teamwork, vocation, Bible studies, ecology, and climate science all wade together in the subject of water.
Responding to God’s call in Genesis 2 to “till (Heb: serve) the earth and keep (Heb: care for/protect) it,” the EcoFaith Network (EFN), an initiative of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA, exists to call and equip individuals and faith communities in becoming “watershed disciples” through Connection, Awareness and Action.