Stewards of Care and Hope @ Blue Water

Event details

  • Saturday | May 20, 2017
  • 9:30 am - 2:15 pm
  • Blue Water Campground, 7291 County Farm Rd. Lexington, MI 48450

“Stewards of Care and Hope”
Spring Mission Training

Community of Christ upholds the Sacredness of Creation as an enduring principle expressed in the following statements. In the beginning, God created and called it all good. Spirit and material, seen and unseen, are related. Creation’s power to create or destroy reminds us of our vulnerability in this life.
God is still creating to fulfill divine purpose. We join with God as stewards of care and hope for all creation.

The Earth Stewardship Team created by action of the mission center conference has planned this spring mission training. Join us for a day of learning, networking, and reflection to develop more fully as disciples who practice stewardship for creation in all we do.  Child care will be available for youth up to fifth grade.  Please register each child so we have adequate youth workers on site.  Youth in grade six and above are encouraged to participate in the training sessions. There is no cost to attend the training, but donations will be appreciated to cover the costs of the lunch meal.

Saturday Training Schedule (Revised on 5/17/2017)
9:30am                 Welcome & Centering
9:45am                 Keynote: Bob Chapman, Executive Director of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
10:45am               Break
11:10am               Keynote: Concepts of Permaculture – Lucas and Genevieve
12:00pm               Lunch
12:30pm               Lobbying for policy change – Terry Brown
1:30pm                 Q&A Session
2:00pm                 Prayer for Peace & Blessing
Please register each individual (including children) who will attending by completing the form below.

Guest Presenters

Bob Chapman is executive director of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and equip people of faith to exercise stewardship of and love for all Creation.   Michigan IPL was one of the early affiliates of the national IPL movement.  Bob is a Detroit native and lifelong Michigan resident.  His 30 plus years of sustainability work includes training residential energy auditors and creating green living workshops.  From 1996 to 2014 Bob was the executive director of Detroit based EcoWorks, a leader in promoting green practices in community development for all income groups. Bob’s faith pushes him to work for a better, more just world for his children and grandchildren.

Lucas and Genevieve Harrison-Zdenek are members of the Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association and Ferndale Permaculture. Lucas started studying Permaculture in 2012 and took a Permaculture Design Certification Course in the summer of 2013. Lucas has experience with building rain barrels, hugelkulture beds, raised garden beds, chicken coops and beehive boxes. Genevieve is a Montessori teacher by profession, which is also helpful in Permaculture life because children have a much stronger connection with nature due to their lack of experience in the greater society. The Harrison-Zdeneks have increased their food independence and biodiversity in their space significantly every year since purchasing their house in 2010.

Terry Brown is a former school administrator and three term state representative for Huron and Tuscola Counties. Terry serves on the mission center council and is a high priest in Community of Christ.

Housing Options and Additional Weekend Events

Lodging is available at Blue Water Campground for the evening of Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20.  Campsites for RVs and tents and rooms in the lodge can be reserved by contacting Kurt Stanbridge at (810) 359-7760 or

On Friday, May 19 there will be an evening campfire to gather around and fellowship. On Saturday, May 20 there will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner available. A game night will be held in the lodge on Saturday with snacks available.  Bring your own board or card game or electronic game.  On Sunday morning a continental breakfast will be offered and all are invited to join in worship at the Croswell congregation.  Donations to benefit Blue Water Campground will be appreciated for lodging, meals, and activities throughout the weekend.

Volunteers are encouraged to stay at Blue Water Campground for the week of May 21-27 to help with work week projects.  Lodging is free for volunteers during work week and some meals are provided.  A variety of projects for all skill levels need to be completed to improve the facilities and prepare the buildings for the upcoming camping season.

The Mission Center President Team has discerned the need to focus mission center trainings and conferences throughout 2017 on the call in Doctrine and Covenants 163:4b, “The earth, lovingly created as an environment for life to flourish, shud­ders in distress because creation’s nat­ural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of human greed and conflict. Humankind must awaken from its illusion of inde­pendence and unrestrained consump­tion without lasting consequences.”