Please continue to drop off food every Saturday and Sunday at the Chapel from 1-3pm. Our neighbors need us.
Good morning Walker Chapel,
As we continue to learn and grow through our weekly on-line worship, we are excited that our worshipping community is growing every single week! Last week, the students of Walker Chapel led us in a beautiful service of worship celebrating our Earth. This week we received some pictures from one of our NEW families who live in Lexington, South Carolina. Inspired by the students' message, Toni White and Joe Alley created Monarch Butterfly Seed. Here’s the recipe they used. We LOVE hearing from you!
Thank you again to everyone who participated in our food drive this past weekend. We will be at the church again today (Saturday) and tomorrow after worship from 1-3pm collecting food donations.
Now here are a few updates from Sandra, Director of Spiritual Practices and liaison to our student group,
Every Day is Earth Day!!
Congratulations to Hands of God: Students for Environmental Justice, our newly formed Walker Chapel Student group, for their dedicated work and contributions to the Earth Day service on April 26th! At Pastor Lynne’s invitation, the Students developed a video presentation outlining their Close to Home Green Initiative proposal for Walker Chapel, which includes using recycled paper, ceasing use of plastic and paper utensils & dish ware, full building recycling, composting, energy conservation and other practices that will reduce the Chapel’s carbon footprint. The Students await the Chapel Council’s approval to begin launching the initiative.
The Students also created a video of themselves singing the Native American chant The Earth is Our Mother, which included original artwork created by Lia Musser for this project (it can also be viewed at the end of this email message). Both videos were compiled and edited by Erin Kilkenny. Their videos on the Walker Chapel website's new students' page, along with their Close to Home Green Initiative proposal, chant lyrics, and a short list of environmental organizations for congregants who would like to learn more about actively supporting environmental causes.
Meeting regularly after the Sunday morning services by ZOOM, the Students continue to develop and implement ideas to ensure that Every Day is Earth Day! Once we are back in the Fellowship Hall,they plan to share research from their school science projects with the congregation at a Students for Environmental Justice presentation & display table :-)
Although Walker Chapel’s creation of a migration route garden to support the endangered Monarch Butterfly has been delayed for now, plans are ongoing. Our Monarch Meadowfest! shall proceed once families can gather in the Meadow to plant, sing and celebrate. Please enjoy this short PBS video clip that captures the immense beauty of their migration.
The Chapel is happy to be in partnership with Earth Sangha Organic Nursery (Springfield, VA) for both garden design guidance and discounted access to organically grown milkweed and indigenous pollinator plants. Our newly formed partnership with the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia will allow us to tap their expertise as well as welcome their guest speakers and affiliated organizations to Walker Chapel in a shared mission of Earth Stewardship.
If you have ideas or resources to share, please contact Sandra Kammann, Director of Spiritual Practices a Students for Environmental Justice Liaison. firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-758-5606
We will be together tomorrow for worship at 10:30am on Facebook Live at facebook.com/walkerchapel.org/live. Sunday's Cool! (print: 3+, 7+ children's bulletins) will be at 10am immediately before the service, also on Facebook Live.
I know learning this technology can be tiring and that many of you feel like you are hitting a wall. Know that you are not alone. I have talked to many of you and heard how exhausted you are feeling despite not leaving our homes. We may be apart, this time may be destabilizing, and difficult, but know that God will stay with us.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Please take care,
An original acrylic by Lia Musser, a member of WC’s Hands of God Students for Environmental Justice
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