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Hello everyone,

The past week was Earth Week, and during this week we prepared our SHARING GARDEN for planting. We had compost and soil donated and delivered by SEA to Sky SOILS. Four of the staff from Loutet Farm came and helped Margaret and I spread it on the whole garden which was greatly appreciated!   We did the work while maintaining social distancing.  When we were  done we had garden with very rich soil all ready to grow sumptuous produce. We planted romaine lettuce seedlings in the front garden.   So we are all ready to go!   On Monday we seeded bush peas, carrots and beets. In the middle of May we will be planting bush beans, tomatoes, cucumber, leeks, zucchini, basil and cilantro. (Note: Margaret is our new volunteer). (Note 2: you can view more pictures by clicking on the file link below). 

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What are your favorite pastimes to chase away the COVID-19 blues?

Here are a couple from Pastor Vida:   "My g-kids have been baking up some yummy treats.

Have you got a fav dish or treat to chase away those COVID-19 blues?                                        

“I haven't got much time to bake but here are some flowers I clipped this morning. What's growing in your garden?"    (Pictures not available).

SEND US YOUR PICS to cheer us up. What you have been doing while social distancing. Have you been gardening, jigsaw puzzling, knitting, napping?

Pr. Vida will put together a collage of your pictures that we can share.                     ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++  

Next Zoom Coffee Time: Next Sunday, May 3 at 11am.

 The link and instructions:

Here is the Zoom invitation for this Sunday's Coffee time at 11am. Community is built around meeting and gathering, and in this time of separation meeting online is the only way available to us at this time.  So we hope many of you will be willing to try something new to maintain a sense of connection to our community by meeting online. Pastor Vida looks forward to seeing as many of you as are able on Sunday morning!
If this is your first time using Zoom:
 
1. Download the app to whichever computer, smart phone or tablet that you will be using well in advance of the service.
2. Click on the link https://zoom.us/download  to get started.  This will take you to the zoom download centre. 
3. Click the blue box under Zoom Client for Meetings that says download. This will load the installation program.
4. Open the downloader,  let it install and you will be ready to try out the program.
5. Then, 10 or so minutes before the service starts you can click the link below. It should load automatically. If it doesn't, you can open the Zoom app and click "join."
6. Then type in the meeting ID going at the bottom of the link. This should take you directly into the gathering.
7. If you have trouble with the process, please contact  Pastor Vida on her cell listed in the church phone directory. There is also a "chat box" in the app that may be monitored.
 
Pastor Vida Jaugelis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Gloria Dei Coffee Time
Time: May 3, 2020 11:00 AM Vancouver
If you haven't yet received the invitation by email from the office, phone Pastor Vida - her number is listed in the phone directory. 
We know that some of you do not feel comfortable with either downloading the technology or using it, but it is not as complicated as it seems at first. If you would like to try it out, but just need a little help, Pastor Vida and others can provide some tips or coaching over the phone, so do not hesitate to reach out and call the office or Pastor Vida on her cell.
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Book Study on Prayer via Zoom

Pastor Vida is leading a Book Study on Prayer in the Post Easter Season. The good news is that the book study can still go ahead with the help of digital technology. There are still spots available so if you have been thinking about joining in on this, please let Pr. Vida know as soon as possible. We will meet online via the Zoom app for 3 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays at 1:30PM 

Proposed dates: May 12, 19 and 26. 

The Book: Prayer for People Who Don't Believe in God, by Vance Morgan. More info by searching for the Title at www.woodlakebooks.com

Hard copy about $16.00; Kindle or e-book about $10.00

If you are interested please let Pastor Vida know by phoning the office or sending her a short email at [email protected]   If you don't have the Zoom app, it is very simple to download, and Pastor Vida will send you instructions after you indicate your interest. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

New this Week:

Faith Formation Resource for the Home

[email protected] -  https://www.dofaithathome.org  grounded in the Episcopal tradition, offers daily and weekly readings and reflections based on the Lectionary for home use.  The Reflections are organized according to age group: Pre-school, elementary, youth and adult - so there is something for everyone. Check it out!     

Arts and Culture in a Time of Home Isolation

Are you missing music, dance and the arts? Every weekday at Noon, The National Arts Centre Orchestra musician offers a unique musical experience. NACO Lunch Break  

Wishing you all peace, and sending you all a virtual hug!

Lin

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One of St.Teresa of Avila’s most famous teachings is a poem known as “Teresa’s Bookmark” that was found in her own prayer book after her death:

Let nothing disturb you.

Let nothing upset you.

Everything changes.

God alone is unchanging.

Whoever has God lacks nothing.

God alone is enough.