Climate change: ‘What Would Jesus Do?’

On June 16, Riverside Church invites community members to join in an important and timely exploration of the realities of the climate crisis.

At Riverside’s June 16 worship service Rev. John Boonstra will ask, “What would Jesus do about climate change (WWJD)?”

Boonstra will explore questions such as “what is it about Jesus’ teachings and the way his lived his life, that invites us to be ‘first responders’ to the climate emergency?”

Rev. Boonstra, a United Church of Christ minister and the former director of the Washington Association of Churches, has recently left his pastoral position to devote himself on a full time basis to respond to the climate crisis.

“It is a big and frightening topic,” Boonstra explains, “and it is an emergency that summons our immediate response ... if communities of faith are to be of any consequence at this point in human history, we must engage the spiritual crisis behind climate change, and we must do it now — there is no time to waste.”

The Riverside service will begin at 10 a.m. on June 16h. All are invited. The church is located at 4th and State streets in downtown Hood River. For more information call 541-386-1412.

St. Mark’s hosts benefit luau June 15

On June 15, Chef Mark Whitehead and the St. Marks Episcopal Church Pastoral Care and Outreach team will host a traditional luau at the church, 11th and Eugene streets, 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $12 a person or $40 for a family of four.

Activities include a limbo contest for the kids and a “Best Hawaiian Shirt” contest for the adults.

Proceeds will go to support Athletes for Cancer and Free Clothes for Kids.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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