~God’s Handiwork~

I learned about the Red-Lipped Batfish by reading the blog “Strange Animals”  I could hardly stop reading too- there are so many interesting creatures that showcase ~God’s Handiwork~!








How special is this fish?! They are found off of the Galapagos Islands and apparently do not swim very well….they use the pectoral fins to “walk” or scoot along the ocean floor.  In the picture to the right, you can see the illicium on the top of the head.  Similar to the angler fish, this appendage is used to attract prey.  The batfish is not one you would encounter while snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands– they prefer depths of around 100 feet.

Here is a link to a video: LINK    If it doesn’t work, just search for “Red-Lipped Batfish video” and several come up.

Thanks God! These fish are a trip! 🙂 Keep your eyes open for wonder all around you~


Image 1: http://fliiby.com  Image 2: thewondrous.com


Mark Burnham to speak at Blueridge Sustainability Initiative

Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute

From the advertisement:

The Bible does not use the term sustainability, but it contains many references to the concepts of environmental protection and social justice that are core to achieving sustainability. Churches, synagogues and other religious institution have long recognized this and have undertaken a wide range of initiatives to improve both their own and community sustainability. On October 17, representatives of local churches, synagogues and faith-based institutions will discuss these initiatives. Our speakers will include:

  • Mark Burnham, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
  • Richard Fireman, Public Policy Coordinator, North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches;
  • Susan Garrett, Green Jobs Director for Asheville-Buncombe Christian Community Ministry (ABCCM); and
  • Howard Jaslow, Past President of Congregation Beth HaTephila.

Join us for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion.

The October 17th Green Monday will be held in the Board Room of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Building, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Green Mondays are funded by a grant from Progress Energy, with support from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Purplecat Networks.


First Presbyterian Church Earth Care Process

With great thanks to Jane Laping for creating this easy to use document!  This summary is a quick and easy way to understand the Earth Care process implemented here at FPC-A.

Thanks to everyone who worked to pull this information together, your tireless efforts are keeping us safe, healthy, and forward-thinking! Hooray 🙂

1st Asheville Earth Care by J Laping-Seaman edits