Although the weather certainly does not indicate that Summer is over,
the lines of school buses and children on foot trudging past the house make it
clear that holiday time is gone for this year!

      
This week a concerted effort was made to send out ALL the church
Feedback Forms along with 2015 Church Applications and a letter of thanks to
the 2014 churches and communities. So the slate is almost clear, except for a
few churches, which might need reminding about a final invoice payment (ahem!)

      Thus all attention is now turned towards
the 2015 schedule and the PROGRAM.

       
Already the first Team Gathering is less than a month away, it will take
place on Saturday October 4th and we are pleased that Steven Craig (of the McGill
Christian Fellowship) will be coming to tell us about the Mission Trip to
China, which he helped to lead this Summer. Team Gatherings are such a great
way to reconnect with all the Team Members. They are times of good fellowship,
worship and super food and they somehow are able to recreate the special times
of community we experienced at evening worship during the Training Retreat
Week. I am really looking forward to October 4th!

        Last
Monday I met with Angela, who has graciously agreed to take on the organization
of the Fall Coffee House. We had a good meeting and I sent her a bunch of contact
info for the various people who have expressed interest in helping, so
hopefully planning for that event is now up and running.

      
Some work has also begun on the new “Parents/Family” Tab, which will be
soon added to this blog. I have decided to launch it in place of the September
Wednesday Words Post, giving us a bit of time at our next committee
meeting to compile a list of guest bloggers and to approach the first person
for the October slot!

      I
have also been wrestling with the Facebook presence of Day Camps. We do have a
Facebook page for the organization but it is currently extremely factual and
dull so I am hoping to add a few items of interest. Since I do not have a
personal account I cannot link Day Camp Blog posts to the Page so yesterday
afternoon I met with a committee member to discuss possibly (just possibly!)
opening an account. Being extremely leery of Social Media, I’m still not
convinced I wish to get embroiled in this. She wisely pointed out -“I think
you would be more comfortable joining an anti-Social network” This is perfectly
correct, as I have no desire to “friend” anybody!!!!

       
Today’s post needs to be a bit short since at 11am a friend is picking
me up to give me a ride to a funeral. I have never met the lady who died but
her son has been an integral part of CTM for many years, principally with
Senior Youth Camp and Crossroads, so I feel it is important to go and support
him as a member of this community. Then at 545 this evening the Huyer’s flight
arrives from Nova Scotia. As mentioned last week, I have been “watching” their
car outside my house while they were on holiday in Nova Scotia so
tonight I shall drive out to the airport, meet them and then they are coming
home to have a quick supper with me before they drive back to Ottawa.

        I
puzzled over what sort of meal I could prepare while simultaneously driving to
the airport and have decided on this Chicken Gyros recipe, which I have used
successfully a couple of times this Summer. The slow cooker can be plugged in
before I leave the house and when we all return it will not take long to get
supper on the table. Yesterday, in preparation for this meal, I prepped the
chicken mixture, made a batch of Tzatziki, iced mint tea, cut up tomatoes,
washed lettuce and even set the table. Today I just need to get some cookies
out of the freezer and prepare a platter of fresh fruit and dinner will be
ready to roll!

     
Next week’s calendar further reflects the reality of a return to the
season of meetings! Almost every day on my iCal, there is at least one event
scheduled. Still no sign of the plumbers for the furnace and now their coming
will be further complicated as I really need to be at home while they are
working, both to wrangle my “furries” out of harm’s way, and to cook meals for
the workers.

   
Tomorrow evening also marks the first SYC Bible Study, here @ 7pm, and for Children@ St. Stephen’s in the morning, I
have discovered that we have not yet escaped the clutches of the minor Prophets since, in August, one was skipped over so I’m now off to complete plans around the
Prophet Zephaniah. AGH!

  Was
there space for anything else this week? YES! I made 3 pairs of Booties as
gifts to have on hand for some new (or soon to be born) little ones, worked in
the garden, baked Pita Bread (for the Gyros) and have begun some serious work
on my Christmas gift list, more on this as projects are completed!!


  For
a recipe –Apple Snow, which I made for dessert on Wednesday evening when one of
the Team Leaders came for dinner and discussed possible pattern choices as she
is about to take up knitting. We decided on this shawl, which I have made
several times and just love!

 Now,
before my ride arrives, here is:-

           
                                    Apple
Snow

Applesauce-

  8
medium apples, peeled, cored and cut in wedges

Place apples in a heavy casserole, cover
and bake ay 350F, until apples “fall”, approx. 30-45mins. Cool slightly then
mash with a potato masher, until fairly smooth. Set aside to cool.

 
“Snow”-

   2
egg whites, at room temperature  

  1/8
tsp. lemon juice

  1/3-cup
sugar

Place egg whites and lemon juice in a mixer
bowl and beat until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar until a glossy, stiff
meringue forms. Gently fold applesauce into the meringue and either spoon into
individual dessert dishes or place in a serving bowl.

Serves 4-6.