From the Creation Care Team

Let’s think back on this year’s developments in caring for God’s Creation. 2022 brought some good news about climate restoration—three highlights: 1) recent scientific studies suggest that climate action—countries’ reducing use of chlorofluorocarbons in manufacturing...

Associate Pastor Call Committee Begins Interview Stage

This month the Call Committee will begin interviewing associate pastor candidates. While the Call Committee will respond immediately to candidates recommended by the synod, this may be a long stage of the process. We are open to already ordained pastors as well as to...

Construction Bids Are Coming

The For Generations to Come construction bids are due December 15. The architects will review the bids and meet with campaign leaders on Sunday, December 18, 2:00 p.m. to give us their analysis. The congregation has until February 15 to make a contract. We have...

Creation Care Team Green Tip #9: Plan an ENVIRONMENTAL CHRISTMAS

Suggestions for being an environmental shopper:  As a consumer gift-buyer, buy fewer and better quality products that will last longer (some may even be repairable).  Shop at local stores that sell used, recycled, or upcycled products (The Depot, Goodwill, The...

GREEN TIP #3 CONTINUED: CONSERVE WATER: SHOWERHEADS AND FAUCETS

Our last Green Tip on conserving water talked about WaterSense toilets. This week we focus on WaterSense showerheads and faucets. When you are buying new fixtures, select those that use less water, certified as WaterSense, which means they “meet the EPA’s...

Update: Associate Pastor Call Committee

Pastor Steve Brackett, assistant to the bishop, met with the committee on November 15 to prepare them for the interview phase. They expect a first round of interviews to begin in December. This is now the time to nominate clergy and seminarians to the synod office....

Update: For Generations to Come Building Campaign

On November 9, eight Iowa-based contractors were invited to submit bids for the building addition and renovation. The bids are due December 15. Then FLC has 60 days to negotiate and select a contractor. The Council will meet January 17 to make a recommendation for...

Care for Creation Team: Green Tip #2 (continued) Limit Food Waste

It seems to us an appropriate time to talk about food waste again the week before Thanksgiving. We earlier focused on how to prepare meals and to conserve and serve leftover food. This week we focus on how to reduce food waste at celebratory times when having a large...

Care for Creation: Green Tip Conserve Water: Toilets

When you are purchasing appliances and devices that use water, such as shower heads and toilets, choose those that use less water, usually listed as certified WaterSense products. This means they “meet the EPA's specifications for water efficiency and performance....