By Pastor Peter Hanson
The above meme showed up (again) on my social media feed just this past week, perfectly timed for us to consider the solar energy proposal that comes before Christ the King in a Special Congregational Meeting later this morning. The CtK Property Committee has been hard at work researching information about solar energy, seeking feedback from other churches and non-profits about how their experiences, and soliciting bids from a number of highly recommended companies who deal in the sale, installation, and upkeep of solar panels. I hope that you can be with us for this meeting, either in the sanctuary immediately following 9:30 am worship (around 10:30 or so), or via Zoom (the link can be found at the top of today’s blogpost).
All joking aside, solar energy presents us with an opportunity to accomplish many different things at once. By going solar, we can be good stewards of God’s creation, doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. By going solar, we can be good stewards of the financial resources available to us as a congregation, cutting our annual expenses for electricity by about 45%. By going solar, we can make an investment in the future of the ministry of Christ the King, providing a bright future (pun intended) for generations to come!
The more we give up front, of course, the less we’ll need to secure with a loan. My household will be giving over and above our regular pledged offering to support this new solar initiative, and we challenge others at CtK to do the same. We plan to give at least $1,000; if 150 or so of our 400+ active CtK households were to make a similar gift (and I understand that some will need to give less while others can certainly give more) we won’t need a loan at all. Stewards of creation, stewards of the abundance that has come our way, and investors in the future of ministry beyond the here and now—that sounds like the CtK whose light has been shining brightly for the past 60 years!
Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, …showing us the way, one step at a time, down the path of peace. -- Luke 1:78,79; The Message