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Dear Parish Family,
I hope you are well and appreciating the Spring rains that have made everything "shout out green".  When I lived in Alberta and would return to the coast for a visit in June, I would get to Hope and drive down into the Valley and feel like Dorothy entering the Emerald City - the green was so intense I would call it "shout out green".  We are so blessed to live where we are surrounded by verdant growth.  It is sad, though, that we aren't able yet to visit gardens.  I've been itching to go to see the Dart's Hill Garden on 168th Street and 16th Avenue - I get glimpses of rhododendrons through the fence as I drive by - but will have to wait a bit longer, I guess.  But Redwood Park and Campbell Valley and every local park is worth a visit right now. At Kuomais Point the grass is thick with tiny English daisies - the kind you make daisy chains with.
There was some excitement yesterday as a young man from Iconix was send by the City to dig out the water main meter and replace it.  It was quite the operation but now our water main access is no longer buried under 3 feet of dirt.  I took some photos with Dan's permission.  I'm glad I wasn't the one in the hole!
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The old meter.
The new meter.
I apologize for missing a shout out to Joe and Annette who have been working with Jacquie and David to do gardening at the Church. Thank you! The flowers above are our irises against the wall of the church.
Please take note that there will be a Special Vestry Meeting in the near future for parishoners to have input into decisions that need to be made about our future with demolishing Bell Hall and moving forward in discerning our ministry here at CTR.  Parish Council is working towards this now and will let us know when the meeting can be held.
In reading the May Anglican Journal I was impressed by the letter from Archbishop Mark MacDonald.  He encourages us to follow our calling as Christians in the following ways: Seek and Trust God; Protect Life; Be Disciples; Pray for Creation and Humanity.  These are profound steps to follow and should keep us busy!  There is quite a lot of talk in this Journal about evangelism - sharing good news - which is counter to what we are hearing so much in the media.  But we have the good news of love and forgiveness and blessing that we can share with everyone; even if we are housebound we can share this through our thoughts and prayers and phone calls and emails.
Please remember that there are many resources available to us through the diocesan website -  Please also reach out to me and each other with prayer requests and items to share.  Our prayer list for this week is attached.  Also attached is a letter that was included in the DNW Newsletter last week.  If you don't get the newsletter you can sign up for it on the Diocesan website.  There is usually something of interest there.
Blessings to all as our lives continue to unfold in God's praise.  I leave you with an image of the first peony to bloom here at CTR.
Annie Smith
Parish Administrator
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
16613 Bell Road, Surrey, BC V3S 1H7
We are grateful to worship and celebrate our Creator in the traditional, unceded territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations of the Coast Salish Peoples.