May 28th Sunday Service at the Shaw House confirmed.
On Sunday we will gather for worship at the Shaw House. The Reverend Mary Louise Meadow will be with us.
The water continues to be high and the decision to have the service at the Shaw House may be repeated for at least another week. I hope you will be able to come. We are very close to deciding to postpone the Blessing of the Fleet service but will need a moment to discuss alternatives.
If there are ways we can help in the community on the island, it would be good to know what might be helpful to do as a congregation.
See you on Sunday.
Directions to Shaw House:
Take ferry to Ward's - leave city 8:45 am or 9:45 am (van will meet you at Ward's at 10:00
Shaw House is on the main road towards the Church but you turn left at the Algonquin Island Bridge. Rectory Cafe is on your left and Shaw House is on your right. Our service will be on the lake side or rear of the Shaw House. A 5 minute walk from the ferry dock.
Waterproof shoes/boots are very strongly suggested. The road is often submerged.
Rain gear, too. It may rain.
Update from last week:
The water levels continue to make the use of the van down the main road dangerous to the van's engine and those in it, should the van stop running midstream. My "Moses" staff had little effect in parting the stream and so I decided to ask the Wardens to support this decision. The situation is not likely to change a lot for at least two weeks and perhaps longer but we'll go week by week. For May 28th I am looking at trying to use the Shaw House or the WIA for our service. More on that to come. The Reverend Mary Louise Meadow is joining us for worship next Sunday and will preach.
We have cancelled three weddings at the church that would have taken place in June. The decision to do this was not about the availability for the use of the church's building but about being able to get guests to and from the island, to and from the church, the availability of the places for a reception, and the need to get the word out to guests about changes for each of the weddings. The couples have expressed their disappointment but also their resolve to move forward to have a great celebration. One of these three may take place entirely at the WIA.
DoorsOpen have cancelled all the sites on the island and so we will not be participating this year. Of course 2018 is a good possibility.
June Edwards' memorial will be taking place as part her wake at the QCYC.
We continue to have Benjamin Hackman and his composing happening but he will face some challenges in the coming weeks as the scoring of his work is underway and he will need to move his musicians and their instruments in about mid-June for rehearsals. We are negotiating the possibility of being able to sit in on one of their later rehearsals or arranging a concert. Stay tuned.
The final concern is for the date of the Blessing of the Fleet and the Strawberry Social. We will watch and see what happens between now and the first week of June or the second before deciding. We will apply for the Special Occasions permit in anticipation that June 25th will be blue skies and high and dry!
I will miss seeing you on Sunday and having the experience of great fellowship but look forward to seeing you soon.
St. Andrew by-the-Lake Church