Neighborly hospitality: Share the bee balm!

This is slightly exaggerated: my house isn't quite this bad.
This is slightly exaggerated: my house isn’t quite this bad.

With chagrin, I stared at the giant weed patch that was thriving in the front lawn of my rented house.  Last year an enormous, unsightly evergreen bush was removed, and with the sun finally reaching the soil, the weeds proliferated.  Care to guess how many hours I’ve spent landscaping?  The two-foot tall dandelions, rampant thistles and thorns, and chaotic wanna-be shrubs practically shout the answer: zero!  However, I would like to spruce it up and make it beautiful.  As I stood in front of this daunting project, I noticed a treasure: a bee balm plant!  I didn’t put it there (and the previous tenant surely didn’t, either). Continue reading

Just water.

Photo credit: Erik NessFreshwater can cause entire nations to celebrate or mourn; water can transform a desert overnight into a cacophonous shout of color and life; a steady stream of water can become the anchor of commerce and community for centuries.  Water isn’t just the rain that falls or the lakes, marshes and rivers that define our geographical regions; but the groundwater, the aquifers, the glaciers, and polar ice caps.  Water means life.

Freshwater, though a seemingly abundant resource for those of us in the Midwestern United States, is quite precious and rare.  Do you know how much of the world’s water is freshwater? Less than 4%! Of that tiny bit, over 65% is trapped in glaciers and snow caps.  That leaves only 0.76% of the world’s water available to humans in rivers, lakes and underground aquifers. Think of the world’s total water (fresh and salty) as a gallon jug.  About ⅔  cup of it would be all the freshwater, but people can only drink, irrigate crops, and manufacture with ⅛ cup. Continue reading

What’s in a logo?

A new logo and a new look!

Care of Creation is 11 years old now, and we’ve been using the same logo for about the last 8 years, I think.

CCLogo_clear 2015 - mobilize the church

Before that, we didn’t really have a logo – hey, we were still trying to
figure out what this new organization was going to be. We’ve grown up a lot since then; logo and website fashions change, and we thought it was time for a new look…Main-Logo-Transparent

We were looking for a simple, memorable and symbolic graphic to accompany our name: Continue reading