I hope everyone has enjoyed a refreshing summer in some manner. Elvira and I spent most of the month at the cottage relaxing and de-compressing from a very active year. We are grateful that we are able to spend an extended period of time re-calibrating our lives a little.
It has certainly been a summer of unusual heat and sunshine which has been enjoyable for those of us who like to spend time out of doors. However, it has been as very challenging year for those who make their living off of the land. The farmers have suffered in the east because of this extended drought but in the west, their challenge has been too much rain and flooding which has also disrupted the growing cycle. Global warming? Climate change? It’s hard to say but regardless, we all have to be conscious of the changes happening all around us and do our part to be good stewards of mother earth.
Most often, life at Incarnation is relatively quiet through the summer months. However, this year having hired Victoria Stelmacovich with the support of the Canada Summer Grants Program, it has been anything but quiet around Inca. Victoria has worked hard at engaging with the local neighbourhood to create community and build new relationships and bridges between local groups, agencies and residents of the Dorval apartment complex. There have been outdoor yoga classes offered each week with 10 to 15 people participating regularly, outdoor movie evenings for families, story time events for youngsters and a pilot project of a community kitchen that has been extraordinarily well received. Many people have been introduced to Incarnation who had no idea that we were here.
Also this summer, with the support of our R4R (Resiliency 4 Recovery) group under the guidance of Tracy Stark, a new community garden and ‘serenity garden’ has been developed on our property. Victoria, Tracy and a host of volunteers have nurtured, watered, weeded through this heat to produce a great harvest of a wide array of vegetables. The harvest from the garden has been utilised in the community kitchen program and has also been distributed to grateful members of the low income housing co-op in our area. One of the R4R participants has been baking zucchini bread from the harvested zucchini from our garden, packaged it and labelled it “With compliments of Inca/R4R”. Victoria has then distributed it to people in the area randomly as a neighbourly gift. In spite of the odd look now and again, people have been deeply appreciative......and it is delicious!
Also soon to be officially ‘opened’ on our property is the Little Lending Library where you can ‘take a book/bring a book’ to enjoy for yourself or for others to enjoy. You can come and sit in the serenity garden for a peaceful few moments and read until your hearts’ content. Come and try it for yourself.
Our worship has resumed at 8:30 and 10 am on Sundays with our friends from St. Aidan’s joining us for the month. I want to thank Barry Randle for handling things through the month of July and the for the hospitality extended by the St. Aidan’s community.
Hope to see you Sunday and enjoy the Olympics! Go Canada!