As we near the end of the Easter Season it is
rapidly becoming warmer around here, leading me to enter panic mode regarding the
need to see more activity around TEAM MEMBER APPLICATIONS!!
  As ever, I am trying to remain calm and
upbeat (fat chance).
A
number of years ago I painted  Psalm 5 v.3 on the wall above my bed and
pray this verse every morning. Sadly, like many other people I have a habit of
laying my “pieces” on the Altar and then picking them up again and attempting
to deal with them myself. A sad failing!
  But on a brighter note, we are still
receiving bookings from host churches (some NEW churches!) so the Lord must
have people all picked out to serve in them, but WHY doesn’t He tell me who
they are????
  So my days at the computer this week started
off with a huge Firefox problem, an anxious call to our Tech wizard Wentworth and
an evening of his sitting at the laptop trying to fix things. I am now using
“Chrome”. He says it is a temporary fix, we’ll see.
 After that glitch I booted up again and have
been dealing with various enquiries, general Office work, acceptance packages
to churches etc.
  Tomorrow is “Crafts Day/Liturgical Dance Recording”
and Sunday is a restart of the SYC Bible Study, beginning with a supper so my
weekend is looking, shall we say, “intense”. That does not include making
prints off a real (dead!) fish at church (more on this Sunday!!!)
   And
just one week from today we will be holding our Spring Coffeehouse, everything
is certainly ratchet ting up for Summer Ministry Season. Angela is a very
capable Coffeehouse coordinator but I should check in with her later today to
see if there is anything extra to be prepared.
  This week also saw the printing of the
Program Manual!! This involved 2 trips to the copy centre and back with a heavy
pack basket full. But there is always a thrill seeing the paper version of this
core document for our Program actually in my hands.
 It seemed like a good idea to write the bulk
of my “Saturday” post today since tomorrow I will only have a few hours at home
before heading over to set out all the crafts materials at Isaiah 40. Two afternoons
this week Wil and I have spent time in the Supply Room hauling out stuff in
order to make the Crafts Samples-everything from giant Puppet People to painted
rocks and this afternoon I rifled through my home supplies in order to find
other bits and pieces necessary for creating the samples.
 At noon today I received a call from the
Coordinator from one of those new host churches who was feeling a bit out of
her depth with the “information overload” she had received from us! I hope I
was able to clarify things just a bit for her as she was meeting at 2pm with a
group to begin their local planning.
  With the improved weather there has been
exterior “home improvements” going on around here as I retouched the paint on
the deck railing, stained the front stairs and porch floor and scraped and
painted a section of the garage door and flashing.
Gardening
is also taking off with seeding of dead spots on the lawns and general cleaning
and trimming in the flowerbeds and herb garden.

And there has been time for a bit of sewing
too. I made another summer dress from fabric given to me last Christmas and
earlier this afternoon I put together a gift bag for the “Thank you” present I
have bought for Arnee Holloway our longsuffering Manual typist! I always try to
find something special for her since she labours so long and hard for Day
Camps. This year I found a super handmade birdhouse at the CO-OP, which I hope
will be a happy addition for her home in the country.

 

 So this evening I’m packing up my basket with
everything from an iced cake (food bribery is important) to some rocks to paint
and generally preparing for a day of crafts followed by the teaching and
filming of this year’s Day Camp Liturgical Dance.
 Today I also baked some fish-shaped cookies
for the children’s snack at church on Sunday. They turned out well so here is
the recipe: –
                                     Orange and
Currant Butter Cookies
1 cup butter,
softened

2 cups
sugar
1/3 cup
orange juice
3 cups
flour
2 large
eggs
½ cup
currants
1 Tbsp.
heavy cream
In a
large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light. Stir in 1 egg, the orange
juice, flour and currants. Combine well then turn out onto a lightly floured
surface and roll out to ¼ “ thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place
cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Combine the other egg with the cream
and brush over the top of each cookie.
Bake in
a preheated 350°F oven for approx. 15 mins. or until golden.

Makes
3-4 dozen.