Library, Service, Crafts Fair, Lessons and Carols, Christmas Tea

Yesterday was back-to-back events and activities:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Library. Worked with my daughter on the book
    catalogue data entry at the
    All Saints’ Episcopal Church
    Library. We spent most of the
    $1000- we earned during our annual used book sale on buying 32
    more Anchor Bibles from
    Christian Book Distributors
    . Before we unpack all the new
    books, we have been putting the rest of the almost-2000 book collection in order.
    This includes shifting books around to make room and getting
    lots of books off the book cart and back onto the shelves.
    Jessica is our fastest at data entry so she is working on that
    while I go through adding spine tags, re-attaching card pockets,
    putting the fiction collection back in alphabetical order, etc.
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. Church service. We sadly said goodbye
    to Rev. Kathy McAdams who has been with us for four years as
    both Assisting and then Acting Rector. We are very pleased to
    have Rev. Ian Montgomery is our new Rector.
  • 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Hospitality. It was my family’s turn
    to provide drinks and snacks after church. John baked two
    cakes (one in the shape of a rose and the other a Gothic cathedral)
    and we also provided carrots, cookies, and other munchies along
    with coffee, tea, and pink lemonade.
  • 1-4: p.m. Crafts Fair. While John stayed at church to
    help our friend Laura Biche (the Hospitality Diva) prepare for the
    afternoon Christmas Tea, the kids and I went to the
    annual Peninsula School
    Craft Fair. My daughter and son both attended the school and Jessica
    has sold her beadwork at the Craft Fair in prior years. We saw lots
    of old friends, had homemade soup for lunch, and did some shopping.
  • 4-6 p.m. Lessons and Carols, then Christmas Tea. We attended
    the afternoon Lessons and Carols service with amazing music by the
    Al Campbell and the choir plus Bible readings. Afterwards, everyone
    went into the parish hall for Christmas Tea. John and Laura had baked
    scones and everyone had brought cookies and little sandwiches and an
    amazing Princess Cake (green marzipan with a lovely pink frosting rose
    on top).
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Cleanup. John and Laura and her son J.R. and I
    washed and polished and scoured and swept and folded until everything was
    tidy and sweet. Laura took home two huge armfulls of table linens and
    kitchen towels and stuff to wash. J.R. put away all the chairs and tables
    and swept the hall. John was, as usual, master of the commercial dishwasher
    which is so big it has its own room off the kitchen. When All Saints’ rebuilt
    its parish hall ten years ago, we put in a huge industrial kitchen. This
    is used partly to support the
    Urban Ministry’s Downtown Food Closet
    and partly to serve the parish

I washed and cleaned so much yesterday that my hands sting today. But I am
wearing my new labradorite ear rings and pendant from the Crafts Fair and
yesterday was a lovely day all in all.

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