Season of Creation

Every year in April our communities celebrate Earth Day, which began in 1970 to mobilize people to protect the planet. Caring for creation is integral to being good stewards of all that God has made and entrusted to us, and throughout April at Grace, we will be celebrating God’s good creation in worship, fellowship and service.

On Sunday, April 7, you are invited to Lutheridge in Arden (2511 Hendersonville Road) for 10 AM ONE worship and our congregation picnic at Lakeside Lodge. Lutheridge is a beautiful venue which includes walking trails, inside restrooms and plenty of fresh air and opportunities to visit with each other. The menu includes pulled pork and smoked brisket from Ben's Backdraft Barbeque, corn bread, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, iced tea, lemonade, water and cookies for dessert. Outdoor games like corn hole and frisbee will be available as well as a door prize drawing for 2 free tickets to the Asheville Tourists game on July 9. All we ask is for you to bring a chair or blanket and yourselves.

On Sunday, April 14, we will return to regular worship times, and at the 9 AM worship, we will celebrate First Communion milestone with children who have met this past month with Ms. Jill and Pr. Jonathan to learn about the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.

From April 19-28, you are invited to join Interfaith Power and Light/NC Council of Churches’ Faith Climate Action Week –#FaithClimateActionWeek. This year’s theme is “Common Ground: Cultivating Connections between our Faith, our Food, and our Climate.” We’ll examine our responsibility to use agricultural practices that safeguard our Sacred Earth and how our faiths call us to respond with just solutions for all.

On Saturday, April 20, we will gather as a community of servant leaders on Servant Saturday. Join us for breakfast in Stull Hall at 8:30 AM and then go out into the community to serve on one of the dozens of projects that are happening that day. Sign-ups begin March 31 in the lobby.

On Sunday, April 21, we will celebrate a baptism at the 9 AM worship service, rejoicing in the waters of baptism and welcoming a new child of God into our family.

And finally on Sunday, April 28, worship will include the dedication of the solar panels that were installed late last fall. The panels have been active since early December and we have already saved 52,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of planting 386 trees. The panels have also saved us approximately $800 each month in energy costs. When the church is open and the sun is out, we are completely solar-powered.

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