Sunday, January 19, 2014

[Updated]Lenten Preparation Day

Saturday February 1 
Church activities start at 10am - 2pm
Food preparation activities start at 10:30 am - 2pm

Lent will soon be upon us. This event is put on the day before The Entrance of the Lord into the Temple, which is also Zacchaeus Sunday, already! The thought was to have a few things occur this day. 

First, I'll put together a kids craft, where they get to make a wall chart, Journey through lent, similar to an Advent type calendar. This is also a time for the kids to just get together and play.

Second, for the ladies, there will be a food preparation / tasting / recipe swap. This will start at 10:30 and will occur at the ***Gascoigne*** Friesen/Jordhal residence, just down the street from the church. This will give time for kids and dads to be dropped off, and then allow the ladies to escape.

Lastly for those men (or women), who may not want to do children crafts or food stuff, there will be plenty of opportunity to do work on the church grounds, help clean up around where the trailer once was.

For the events at church, please bring a potluck dish to share for lunch.

From Julia - Information for the food prep get-together:

Please bring one of your favorite or go-to lenten dishes to share, along with a print-out of the recipe (and any other recipes or cookbooks that you think people might find useful.) The hope is that everyone will go home with some new ideas and resources to help get us all through Lent. (We will provide a bit of non-lenten fare as well, since the fast will not yet be upon us!)

If you have a specific recipe binder or box that you use, please bring it along so you can add to it, or if you're in need of something like that, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

If anyone has thoughts of something that would be fun (and not TOO complicated) to prepare together on that day, that could go home and into the freezer, please share your ideas.

I will have some meal planning templates available for those who would find them useful. (I can't get through the rest of the year, let alone fasting periods, without planning out our dinners in advance.)

Take a little bit of time to think about what has or hasn't worked for your family in the past, or if there's anything you're struggling with or something you can give advice on, in regards to meal planning/prep, grocery shopping, finding things that kid will eat, etc.

It would be good to have a general idea of how many people to expect, so please let me know (on here or at church) if you are planning on coming, and please pass this information on to anyone who may like to attend. I'll try to get a sign-up sheet up at church this coming Sunday. I can be contacted at julia_ann_green[at]

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Steenburgh House Blessing/House Warming

Hello all. You are invited to an open house to help warm our new home in Chilliwack on Sat Jan 25 from 1:30 to 5:30(ish). There will be a house blessing first thing at 1:30 followed by festivities. We will be providing food and drinks, including haggis in honour of Robby Burns day.

An RSVP is appreciated so we have an idea of numbers (but we won't turn you away at the door if you don't). While we will be providing drinks, feel free to bring something along if you have particular taste.

For more details (e.g. address and phone number) please e-mail me at Daniel.Steenburgh[at]

Look forward to seeing you there!

Dan, Lisa, and Sammy.

Theophany Party 2014

Hey folks!

I know we should've had something up here earlier, but this is just a reminder that we will be hosting our second annual (and last before we move) Theophany open house after the blessing of the Fraser River this coming Sunday!  I've spoken with Father Lawrence, and barring disaster, the party will now include our house blessing.  All are welcome (though we do humbly remind parents that our apartment, sadly, lacks a space where kids can be left unsupervised) and everyone's invited to bring what food or drinks they can share.  If you need directions or haven't been to our home, don't hesitate to call or email either Andrew or me; all our information is up to date in the parish directory - but make sure you get the right Friesens!  Hope you all stop by!