We are part of God’s beautiful creation and Family of Christ is intentional about finding ways to be good stewards of all that God provides. Creation Care is a group of people who seek out ways to encourage an eco-friendly culture in and around our building as well as at the homes of our members. Some of the recent things we’ve done as a community are:
– In 2015, planted a 4,700 sq. foot rain garden
– Purchased a solar panel to power our outdoor sign
– Continue to work with the U of MN Bee Squad to care for 2 bee colonies
– Given out seedles and milkweed seeds for planting at home to help create places for butterflies and pollinators to work
– Installed new composting, recycling and waste stations throughout the building
– Continue to collect compostables through our waste carrier to reduce the amount of trash we are sending to the landfill
– Stopped using Styrofoam products and are using mostly compostable products for our food and beverage needs
Your ideas and participation are welcome! Please contact Jeff Stuhr or Pastor Josh to find out when we next meet or to share information.
RAIN GARDEN: Watch it Grow!
In the spring of 2015, FoC members (in large part due to a grant from the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District and the city of Chanhassen) excavated and installed a rain garden at the back of our parking lot. What is a rain garden, you ask? A rain garden is a naturally-made area that captures rain water and pollutants before they enter local water bodies. The native plants used in the rain garden absorb nutrients and water, filter off sediment, and help create food sources for songbirds and pollinators. Before the rain garden, the runoff from our parking lot went untreated into the Bluff Creek waterway. Now, our impact has been greatly reduced. God calls us to be good stewards of His creation, and this is just one way we have been able to make a difference.