Easter 1

Already a week has passed since Easter!
Little crocuses are now blooming in my garden, along with hellebore and iris reticulata and the robins are certainly back in fill force. Maybe Spring is finally
here? Hmm tomorrow the high is only -7C!!
  After postponing it from Holy Week, last
Tuesday we were able to hold our March Day Camp committee meeting. There was
such a long agenda it seemed we would never be able to cover everything but by
diligently slogging away at it we made good progress and I was personally so
grateful to be able discuss a number of issues with a wider audience.
now actually have our first Team Member Application and next Saturday evening
our Spring Team Gathering will be happening. Alter that there is a Day Camps
related event or activity practically every weekend, Crafts Day, Liturgical
Dance recording session, Spring Coffeehouse… Summer is definitely around the
Church Schedule is also coming together quite nicely. We still need more Maritime
Province locations and could do with a few more host communities in Eastern
Ontario and Quebec but it is exciting to add fresh post-it notes to the Bristol
board chart as more forms arrive in the mail.
next Monday the Program Manual is set to be sent out to all the registered
communities. Everyone has worked so hard to pull it together; it certainly is a
communal effort.
  This week I purchased the Liturgical Dance
song on iTunes and every spare moment I play it again since the choreography
must be completed in the next couple of weeks, prior to our recording of the
instructional video. If s is ready in time we might even present a “sneak peek”
version at the Aril Crossroads Service.
Monday evening we have also been invited to
make a presentation on Day Camps at a meeting of several Filipino congregations.
Two committee members have agreed to do this and will be taking along a freshly
refurbished version of our promotional slideshow as well as our promo bookmarks
to hand out.
Afternoons this week have been given over to squeezing in sewing work
and the last of the clergy shirts for our Bishop has successfully been
completed. Now I’m making some boxed seat cushions for the sunroom at a
friend’s house and after they are done might actually sew my own Spring
dresses. Yahoo!!
Tomorrow is my turn on lunch duty at church. I had originally planned to
make the soup today but Thursday evening discovered that Nick would be away from
St. Stephen’s this Sunday so if the soup was to be transported to church it had
to go on Friday. Much rushing around ensued, but I got it done in time and so
today focused on baking Syrian Flatbread to go with it, along with a big
container of orange hummus. The flatbreads are big and round and will not fit
into any of my baskets but I’ve wrapped then in tea towels and then in a
plastic bag and will just have to manage the parcel on the bus tomorrow, along with
supplies for the children to make “Empty Tomb” collages.
guess I’ll just never be a person who goes to church simply carrying a purse!
soup is a very tasty puréed carrot one so I thought the recipe would be good to
share. Here goes…
Carrot Soup

2 lbs. carrots, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, sliced
2 tsps. Thyme
2 oz. butter
6 cups chicken stock
In a large pot melt the butter and cook the
onions slowly for 10 minutes, being careful they do not brown. Add the carrots
and thyme and stir well. Cook for anther 5 minutes then add the stock. Bring to
the boil then simmer for 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
Allow to cool slightly, then purée in
batches in a food processor. Reheat gently and serve with Middle Eastern

Serves 4-6.
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