I’m getting a head
start early today because I know it will be a bit zooy around here later on as I set up for the Epiphany Team Gathering happening this evening.
 Actually the whole week has been pretty manic
with a number of (very welcome!) visitors followed by several chaotic days of
“Changing the Decorations”.
Interspersed with all of these activities
has been an exciting trickle of interest from Churches hoping to book a 2017
Day Camp. WOO HOO!!! Thus, every time mail comes in on the subject I’ve
been hopping to it and answering straight away.
 We
now have 4 Day Camps booked, an enquiry for 2 churches in Calgary, one in Ontario, and one  from a church in Montreal who did not host a camp last summer but are anxious to get on board for this year. YAY!! I shall have some good news to
share with the Team Members!
 
Steven Craig will be our Speaker and Jillian is organising the Worship
Music so as long as I produce a large crockpot of cocoa,  put out a bunch of
boot trays, lay a fire in the fireplace and generally batten down the hatches,
I think we are good to go!
 Watch for an extra post tomorrow as I’m hoping to publish a bunch
of photos after the Gathering.
 Other than all of the above, there has been
very little time for much else this week, except, of course, for the almost
daily stint of shovelling. I’m sure those who ski are ecstatic but snow in
the city just means a ton of hard work for everyone and treacherous sidewalks
that make dog-walking quite the challenge!
 It
has been really good to host a couple of Day Camps families and their
“littles”  to morning coffee and to share some afternoon visits with several good friends, as it
means there hasn’t been a ton of time to dwell on the closing of St.
Stephen’s. Pippa and I still need to face the final clearing out of the children’s ministry supply cupboard and the under-fives room, we hope to
accomplish the task one evening next week. That will be our last task and after
that we must move on.  Every so often I
find myself feeling totally bereft as I realise that I have no children’s
activities to plan for Sunday nor do I have to consider what I should pack for lunch or what to wear to church. Sigh! It sure is hard to be “churchless”
all over again.
 
Well before I descend into gloom, I had better get that crockpot fired
up and since Steven is joining me for an early supper prior to the Team
Gathering I need to prepare a casserole of Haloumi Bake, the quintessential
Winter “comfort food” dish!
Although we are going to have all sorts of
snacks during the evening, I still thought I should make a batch of my
Nana’s “porcupines” for dessert.

Since the recipe can be found here, I’m not
including a fresh recipe today😊

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