Creation Caretakers

At C2UMC we strive to make the connection between our study of the Bible, the practice of our faith, and our responsibility to the environment. As part of the Green Church Initiative we equip individuals and our worshipping community to live out our faith as caretakers of God’s natural world. Look for our educational and service opportunities that take place throughout the year.

Giving Tuesday, December 2

Make a difference! On December 2, Giving Tuesday (after Black Friday, Cyber Monday), we can join together and make a difference for the world. Last year, we, along with many others, gave $6.5 million to projects all over the world. This year, United Methodist Global Ministries has matching funds for the first $1,000,000 given*. Any gift of any size is important.

Here are a few options we suggest:

Combating Hunger by Rebuilding Rural Haitian Families

Support ICT4D (Information & Communications Technology for Development)

Imagine No Malaria

For more projects, see UMCOR.

 

*Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2 between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds. – See more at: http://www.umcmission.org/giving-tuesday/Giving-Tuesday-Resources#sthash.pcr4Fhpm.dpuf

Great Haul from CCUMC for FCS Stuff-the-Truck Food Drive

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Falls Church Community Service Council’s (FCS) Stuff-the-Truck Food Drive! We were able to contribute about 200 lbs. of non-perishable food items along with around 30 lbs. of fresh produce straight from our Gardening 4 Others front garden. Your contribution goes to help stock the shelves of the FCS-maintained Falls Church area food pantry. CCUMC is a supporting partner congregation of FCS.StufftheTruckpic

Our Life Together–Exploring this summer

believe, pray, question, serve

In our life together as a community of faith, we believe—but not all in exactly the same way; we pray—in different styles; we question—always open to God’s leading; and we serve—in many arenas. So this summer we will explore some of the ways we believe—taking a look at the Apostles’ Creed; pray—about prayer and how we pray; question—about what we believe and anything; and serve—where we are called as a community and as individuals.  These explorations will take place during worship at 10 a.m. all throughout the summer.

 

DATE THEME:
6/1/2014 Apostles’ Creed: God
6/8/2014  To be Church Together–Pentecost
6/15/2014 Praying the Trinity
6/22/2014  Being Present & Connected–Nina
6/29/2014 Apostles’ Creed: Jesus
7/6/2014  –Brian
7/13/2014 Apostles’ Creed: the Holy Spirit
7/20/2014 Apostles’ Creed:
The Church
7/27/2014 Praying like the Celts–every act is a prayer
8/3/2014 Praying by making, acting, doing
8/10/2014 Apostles’ Creed: Forgiveness of Sins
8/17/2014  –Jen
8/24/2014 Q&A Panel??
8/31/2014 Apostles’ Creed: Resurrection & Life Everlasting

Compost Bin

Last weekend, the Youth built a compost bin for our garden!  It will take a little time, but soon we will be making rich soil for our community garden.  Stick this list on your fridge, then stop by and contribute your compostables – just open the top of the bin and drop them in on Sunday morning!

What to Compost

  • Coffee grounds and used filters
  • Tea leaves and bags
  • Old herbs
  • Eggshells
  • Grass clippings
  • Fall leaves
  • Shredded paper – newspaper, office paper, bills, etc. (not glossy or colored)
  • Shredded brown paper bags
  • Used napkins, paper towels, tissues
  • Wine corks
  • Paper egg cartons (not styrofoam or plastic)
  • Dryer lint
  • Vacuum bag contents (not the bag)
  • Cotton balls
  • Pet fur
  • Hair!

What Not to Compost

  • Diseased plants
  • Weeds
  • Pet waste
  • Glossy or colored paper
  • Styrofoam or plastic egg cartons (paper cartons are ok)
  • Charcoal ashes (wood ashes are ok)
  • Meat, Dairy
  • Bread products
  • Basically, don’t compost anything cooked!

*Did you know that you can reduce your trash by 30% by putting refuse in the compost bin?

Successful Watershed Clean-up

CCUMC family members and friends came out on Saturday, April 5 to enjoy the great outdoors together and clean-up the areas around the Holmes Run Stream that runs through Roundtree Park in Falls Church (Fairfax County). A mix of 26 adults, youth and children in rubber boots, old tennis shoes, and work clothes braved thorny bushes, slippery, leaf-strewn rocks, and even poison ivy to collect water bottles, cans, glass bottles, and rubbish abandoned in the park and in the watershed. Over 15 lawn-size bags were filled with the recyclables and collected debris.

THANK YOU to all who came out. The clean-up is just one way we express our joy and care for God’s creation. Interested in CCUMC’s Outreach Ministry’s efforts in Creation Care? Please contact Cathy Tong (tong316@yahoo.com).

Potomac Watershed Cleanup

Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 5, 9:30-11:30 AM

Join Outreach as we participate in a FC watershed clean-up!  We will help clean a section of Holmes Run, located in Roundtree Park at 3411 Casilear Rd in Falls Church.  The park entrance is off Annandale Rd, and we will meet in the park parking lot at 9:30 AM.  This promises to be a sloppy and fun event, so please bring work gloves, and wear old clothes and waterproof boots.  Adults and kids (over 7) are welcome.

Please RSVP Cathy by Sunday, March 30.

 

Season of Creation: update

September 15: Storm

Bring items for UMCOR Flood Buckets

ITEMS MOST NEEDED: (see list for quantities) liquid laundry detergent, liquid household cleaner, liquid dish soap, can air freshener, insect repellant spray, scrub brush, cleaning wipes, clothespins, clothesline

September 22: Universe

Come dressed as astronauts or rocket engineers

We are stardust…

September 29: St. Francis of Assisi

Support Energy Efficient Non-Profits & Cool Congregations

The Senate is considering a bill that could lower energy costs, reduce emissions, and provide grants that give non-profits and congregations the opportunity to take advantage of energy efficient technology.  This bill would help congregations model stewardship of Creation by making their sanctuaries and buildings more energy efficient.  As members of the faith community, we have a moral obligation to be stewards of Creation and provide a healthy environment for future generations.

Click here to learn more about the proposed legislation and to urge our Senators to vote yes.

Love the Earth — Earth Day Sunday 4/21/2013

Join in celebrating our beautiful home tucked in as the third planet in this solar system:

  • at 10 a.m., our worship will lift up our world and our responsibility as stewards called by God. Our intern, Jeremy Koontz, will preach.
  • at 6 p.m., we will view a 2011 award-winning documentary The Hungry Tide, the story of the central Pacific nation of Kiribati. An average two metres above sea level, Kiribati is one of the countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change. The viewing and discussion will take place in the Chapel.

Evolving Universe/Evolving Faith

We will continue the discussion begun on February 10, as we use the remaining guided episodes from Darkwood Brew’s Evolving Universe/Evolving Faith series. We will meet on 1, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays from April 17 to June 5, at 7 p.m.

4/17          The Probability of Life on Other Planets

5/1            The New Theists

5/15         Love and Suffering

5/29         Is There Evidence for God?

6/5           Ethics and Evolution & Our Evolving Faith