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This Saturday “What’s Working in Wisconsin”

Did you know you can receive up to $10,000 in a rebate for solar panels for churches anywhere in Wisconsin? Come learn more about that along with what else is working in caring for God’s creation in Wisconsin this Saturday!

Even though you can register at the event, if you are sure you are coming, it would be very helpful for the planners if you would register by this Thursday, Oct. 4.
Register here or call 608/270-0201

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Mission Moment: Care for God’s Creation/ELCA World Hunger Team 

We See God at Work In and Through this MInistry Team:

We are called to environmental stewardship and to care for the creation that God has given us. Climate change is impacting God’s creation. Humanity has an ongoing responsibility for restoration and stewarding all that God has given us. This journey of care can start with your church. The ELCA strongly supports actions to reduce climate change and calls congregations and individuals to environmental stewardship. The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Care for God’s Creation Team works with congregations to raise awareness and recommend actions that you can take to help us be better stewards of all that God has created.

Who is on the team?

In December of 2015 this team met for the first time. Care for God’s Creation is part of the World Hunger effort of our church. At this time we have Pastor Mae Jean Zelle, Jane Harrison, Pastor Cindy Crane, Pastor Nick Utphall, Bob Lindmeier, Eleanor Siebert, and at our last meeting we were joined by a new member, Debbie Nelson.

Where is God at work in and through us?

Our emphasis is education and advocacy in the area of the environment.  We had a successful workshop and information table at both LEAD and synod assembly. We continue to educate about the Carbon Fee and Dividend issue.

This year we are prioritizing the formation of Green Committees in churches.  Bob Lindmeier continues to be available for speaking engagements and others of the team are also willing as time permits.  To schedule Bob, see the Speaker’s Bureau: https://scsw-elca.org/resources/speakers-bureau/

On October 6th in the morning at Good Shepherd, Raymond Road, the team will be presenting a time of information and learning about the good things that are happening in our area related to the environment.  More information will soon be available about this event.

What Can Your Congregation Do?  Visit our page on the synod website for First Steps Your Congregation Can Take:  https://scsw-elca.org/2018/04/elca-care-for-creation/

Eleanor Siebert, Coordinator of the Care for God’s Creation Team


WHAT MATTERS INTRODUCES MISSION MOMENTS!

We know how much you appreciate hearing Mission Moments at synod events, so we thought we would share these in writing in between our events. Each week, What Matters will lift stories and updates from our ministry partners and synod ministry teams.  Together we are doing What Matters in God’s kingdom!  Please visit the synod website if you are interested in learning more.  https://scsw-elca.org and click on “Ministries and Partners.”

ELCA Care for Creation

FIRST STEPS FOR YOUR CONGREGATION
We are called to environmental stewardship and to care for the creation the God has given us. Climate change is impacting God’s creation. Humanity has played a part in destruction so we have a responsibility for restoration. This journey of care can start with your church. The ELCA strongly supports actions to reduce climate change and calls congregations and individuals to environmental stewardship. Some first steps to get your congregation started:

 read the ELCA Social Statement 
 form a Care for Creation/Green Team in your congregation
 complete a building energy use checklist with your building team, maintenance manager, and/or pastor
 conduct an energy audit of your church facilities to reduce the carbon footprint of your church
 use ELCA World Hunger Resources for Bible study
 plant a church garden
 invite a speaker from the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wis. (LOPPW) to talk to your church about Care for Creation
 connect with the South Central Synod/LOPPW Care for Creation Team for more tips.

The Care of Creation Team  has resources to help you find Lutheran connections for faithful action!

 

 

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