I'm afraid our church has become terribly misguided. The original idea was of meetings of the believers to discuss their beliefs and enjoy quiet devotion.
Originally it was not a money-making operation that leaned on the poorer members. It had women who led congregations, and didn't have Priests. It wasn't a bureaucracy until 313 when Constantine required it be organized like his Legions so he could control it. This was his prerequisite to be the state religion. View Comment
We've had good results controlling running bamboo for 20 yrs. Here's how:
dig a trench around it about 1' wide and 18" deep.
come back to it in spring and fall to cut the root tips off that stick into the trench (bamboo only roots down for 3" or so. View Comment