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Experiencing Life is the theme of the spring 2021 edition of The Anchor newsletter of All Saints by the Lake Anglican Parish Church in Dorval, Québec. Read about the ways in which families are living through the pandemic, with gratitude and thanksgiving for the blessings, in spite of the harsh reality of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Experiencing Life is the theme of the spring 2021 edition of The Anchor newsletter of All Saints by the Lake Anglican Parish Church in Dorval, Québec. Read about the ways in which families are living through the pandemic, with gratitude and thanksgiving for the blessings, in spite of the harsh reality of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Anchor spring 2021 final

  1. 1. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com THE ANCHOR Spring 2021 Anglican Church of All Saints by the Lake Reconciling, Affirming, Rejoicing In Focus Experiencing life • Transitions in life • Science in life – anti-Covid-19 vaccine • Bringing plants to life • Art in life • Life when life is your sentence: Thoughts on Parole In this issue Parish noticeboard ……2 Easter Services …3 Rev.’s writings…….4 In Focus – Experiencing life……5 What’s happening in your parish….18 Anglicans in Canada & worldwide……27 In my opinion…..32 The last word…34
  2. 2. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com PARISH NOTICE BOARD FOR YOUR CALENDAR WORSHIP SERVICES All in-person church services and events are cancelled until further notice but read more below about our online Morning and Evening Prayer services. Stay in touch during the COVID-19 Crisis Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anglican-Church- of-All-Saints-by-the-Lake-Dorval- 375181346541233 Morning Prayer at 10am on Sundays Zoom link will be sent in advance by email every week Evening Prayer at 5pm, Mon-Sat: https://zoom.us/j/258384963?pwd=TTJuSm80 QVhFMmhpaS9iUFc2L0ZEdz09 Meeting id number: 258384963 or by telephone: 438 809 7799 Password: 497227 Link for Messy Church at 5:30pm on Fridays: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83290107067?pw d=YlNlT1RoN0Q2Mno4eXQ3L3VsL1pFdz09 Meeting ID: 832 9010 7067 Password: 497227 or by telephone: 438 809 7799 Do you need help with technology? Dave Hill: 514-694-6255 David Tomsons: 514-694-3794 Ross Hamilton: 514-240-2004 PRAYER CARE June; Janie and John; Eileen; Gordona and Leonard; Brenda; Michael; Gary; June; Judy; Nancy; Clara; Dani; Maureen and Mervyn: Renée; Marlene; Heather and Ture; Veta; Betty; Michael; Robert; Don; George; Louise; Miriam; Sylvia; Alice; Myrna; Thomas; Margaret; Patricia; Susan; Andra and Beth. A BIG shout out! A BIG shout out to Margaret Beattie for keeping up with the times. Margaret has been responsible for changing the paraments, decorating the church for Christmas and Easter and organizing the palms for distribution for Palm Sunday.
  3. 3. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com Click on the links to join Maundy Thursday, April 1 – Dinner and Worship, 2 options: 1. Together on Zoom, 6 PM 2. At your convenience (materials will be provided) Homily and Stripping of the Altars on Zoom at 8 PM (There will be no overnight vigil from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday this year, because we will have no Communion elements to keep vigil with.) Good Friday, April 2 – Passion and Solemn Collects, 2 options: 1. Together on Zoom, 12 noon (Sung Passion according to St. John) 2. At your convenience (materials will be provided) Tenebrae and Homily on Zoom at 7 PM Holy Saturday, April 3 – All Saints’ will participate in the Great Vigil of Easter broadcast from the Cathedral beginning at 7 PM. Following this service, we will celebrate our own First Eucharist of Easter on Zoom at a time dependent on when the Cathedral Vigil wraps up. The bread and wine will be consecrated in my home, with only myself and Peter physically present, since the timing is such that even with the later curfew, we would probably not be able to finish the service and get everyone home in time if we had it in the church building. Easter Sunday, April 4 – Distribution of consecrated communion bread from the church, 7:30-9:30 AM. Festive Easter service at 10 AM, broadcast from the chapel, during which we will partake together of the communion elements consecrated the previous night. If you do not have email or access to a computer, please contact the church office (514) 631-3601 for information on how to join these services by telephone. EASTER SERVICES
  4. 4. Rev.’s writings 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, By the time you read this, it will be Holy Week or possibly even Easter. As I write, it is sunny and unseasonably warm. Spring is on the way, vaccinations are increasing, and after a year of pandemic, we have real hope that soon, things will be different. Many people have, only somewhat jokingly, begun to refer to anything before March of 2020 as “the Before Times.” Soon, God willing, we will begin to figure out what life is like in “the After Times.” One of my hopes, for myself, for the world, and for All Saints’, is that we don’t simply rush to “get back to normal”. There was a lot about “normal” in the Before Times that wasn’t particularly healthy or life-giving. We have learned a lot about the way our society depends on chronic busy-ness, on the exploitation of workers, and on fossil fuels. We have come to understand how much energy we spend pretending everything is fine when it’s not, and to realize the crucial importance of human connection. We have learned much about how to hope when everything looks hopeless, to trust that we will get through things together, and to love no matter what. Our church community has been extraordinary throughout this crisis, but I still think we need to carefully consider what parish life will look like as we move into the After Times. Sometimes, when people have behaved heroically for a long time, they need some time to fall apart once the crisis is over. I suspect that we will be processing this experience and our feelings about it for some time to come. In Evening Prayer last night, we were talking about this and how we don’t feel like we need to rush back into all our usual programs right away. “We’ll need at least a month,” I said, “to just worship, and maybe have a parish supper, and re-learn how to be together.” Bill Wilson suggested a series of outdoor barbecues, which sounds like a great idea to me! What do you think? What does your heart tell you when you think about being able to gather with your church family again? How have your priorities changed since the end of 2019? I’d love to hear your ideas as we figure this out, and let’s continue to practice gentleness and radical kindness, and to listen to the ways God is speaking to us in these strange and unsettling times. With every prayer for a blessed Holy Week and joyful Easter, Grace+
  5. 5. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 5 EXPERIENCING LIFE Transitions in life And then there were five!! We are so happy to welcome Pippa to our family Philippa Joan Lekx, born a whopping 9lb12oz just after noon on 18 February at the Pointe Claire Maison de Naissance, after a delightful, speedy, and empowering labour and delivery. We are healthy and thankful and entirely in love! Welcome to the world Phillipa! It's a great time to be a girl. There are no limits to what you can become! Rebecca and Peter, what a blessing...three lovely, beautiful children.
  6. 6. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 6 Transitions in life From time to eternity The Venerable Gordon Guy 1934-2021 The Venerable Gordon Guy died peacefully at home on February 2, 2021, surrounded by his wife Myrna and his children Corinne, David and Michael. Gordon studied at McGill University and the Montreal Diocesan Theological College and was ordained Deacon by Bishop Maguire in 1965 and Priest on March 26,1966. He served in the Parishes of Mascouche, St. Martin’s Otterburn Park, and was rector of St. Andrew & St. Mark in Dorval from 1976 until retirement in 2003. He became Archdeacon of St. Lawrence in 1997. The Rev. Canon Dr. Lettie James recalls that Gordon was a courageous supporter during the early discussions over the ordination of women and was the first priest to openly accept women priests. For many years, Gordon was instrumental in leading Marriage Preparation courses throughout the diocese. After retirement he continued to lend his wisdom and experience and to fill in where needed. We give thanks to God for the many ways Gordon supported and contributed to ministry in Christ’s Church. A celebration of his life and witness will take place when it is possible to organize such an event. Rest eternal grant unto Gordon O Lord and let light perpetual shine on him. May he Rest in Peace and rise in glory. Amen. Article published in the Montreal Anglican newspaper, March 2021 edition. Photo by Greg Rajewski Venerable Gordon Guy at All Saints by the Lake with Bishop Mary Irwin Gibson and the Rev’d Dr. Hilary Bogert Winkler, January 2020
  7. 7. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 7 Science in life – anti-Covid-19 vaccine We got jabbed! Marsha and Gordon Hunter Gordon and I were delighted to hear the radio announcement that anyone over 85 would be eligible for a Covid 19 vaccine starting on March 1. That meant Gordon was eligible! By the next day we heard that caregivers over the age of 70 could too be eligible for “The Jab”. We were happy that we could get vaccinated on the same day. We were instructed to register for the vaccine on the next Thursday at 8am if using the internet. You can be sure that I was up and sitting in front of my computer at 7:59am with my finger ready to open the site at 8am. As a result, we got two appointments in a row for the opening day Monday at the Bob Birnie Hockey Arena in Pointe Claire. We arrived five minutes before our first appointment as instructed. There were volunteers everywhere. The first line was long and that one was to register both of us, give a short medical history and list of medications. The next booth was to book a return appointment for our second shot. The ‘shot’ was given by a nurse. We were then instructed to stay seated for the next 15 minutes in case of a reaction. Throughout, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and efficient. At the Bob Birnie Arena there are stairs which you need to go down. If you are unable to do stairs, there is a place on the main floor where you will be looked after. For us, the whole procedure took exactly one hour. My only advice is to relax and not worry. The time you are given is the time you get there to line up. So yes, arrive five minutes before. If you have mobility issues and have a walker bring it. Although, the first line we were in which lasted approximately 30 minutes there were places to sit and wait for your turn in the line. The important thing is to know that vaccine is our best defence against Covid. Even if you have the vaccine, it takes two weeks to have some immunity. After your first dose continue to wear your mask in public places. Wash your hands frequently and maintain 6 feet distance. You will get a reminder email prior to your second dose of vaccine. To sum it up, it was easy! Plenty of parking and friendly staff. - Submitted by Marsha Hunter. Marsha is a Registered Nurse.
  8. 8. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 8 Roger and Myra Carter With the announcement that the vaccine would be available for our age group I planned to fumble my way through registration as soon as it opened. However, Paul the computer “expert” in the family called to say he’d be quicker off the mark than I and he’d do it for us. Sure enough he got our appointment for 9:10 am on March 1 at the arena in Pointe Claire. When arriving at the appointed time we were instructed to dispose of our mask and replace it with one that was supplied and to disinfect our hands. We were than directed downstairs to the rink level which had been set up to eventually give 1,000 shots a day. If one could not negotiate stairs, there was a separate area on ground level to accommodate them. It turned out to be a three-prong process. 1. Where you provided your health card and ID and were than provided with the date of your next appointment. 2. You moved to the next post where your health and meds were verified. 3. Next you were directed to the injection site for your shot after which you were provided with information as to which vaccine was used and directed to keep the information with your medical card. You were then sent to an area where you were required to stay for 15 minutes before leaving. At all stages you were required to disinfect your hands and always there was a person reminding you to self distance. We found the process to be extremely well organized and all those working there very professional and friendly. As the whole process is computerized, and being the first day, there were some minor hiccups but certainly nothing major. In fact, I have spent more time in a doctor’s office waiting to see them than the time it took to get our shots. I would certainly give this site an A. - Submitted by Roger Carter “with the best of health!”
  9. 9. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 9 Chris and Helen Haslam We waited fairly patiently for availability in Montérégie, while also saying that perhaps grocery workers and teachers were in greater need - and then signed up as soon as we were allowed, me skating in on Chris' coat-tails. The on-line registration was clear, and easy to complete. Friday March 19 arrived, sunny, but a bit crispy for a 30-minute wait outside the Community Centre in Rigaud. (Found out later that they were one staff-member short, which caused the delay). To our surprise, this building is not only not handicapped-accessible, it is downright hostile, the only access being a steep flight of steps. Not good marks for Rigaud, but there was absolutely no mention of this in the confirmation emails. We saw one couple we knew who are in fairly rocky shape. Once they had made it inside, we eventually saw the lady had been provided with a wheelchair. Inside, however, it was extremely smooth and well organized: once you were logged in, you were shown a seat, and stayed there for the duration, while the various personnel came to you. My time- and-motion-study brain really enjoyed this! We found out later that this is a Montérégie special. The record-keeping should also let them do any follow- ups/studies necessary. The Pfizer vaccine was on the menu that day, and we received our next appointments for July 9. No side effects except for a slightly sore arm. How do we feel? A little liberated, but we are not rushing "back to normal" - in fact, just back to last summer, when we could sit outside with family and friends, and occasionally visit the shops, seems like a real blessing. - Submitted by Helen Haslam
  10. 10. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 10 Art in Life: Enriching life through recreation Sticking to the knitting Morning prayer knitters Marie-Claude Martz-Jacobs I have a thing for headbands this year! This one was such a quick knit! The beauty with knitting is that there is a little bit of love that goes in every stitch so that the recipient is always wrapped in love. Myra Carter Knitting for St. Michael’s Mission and Dorval Community Aid has been a pastime for me for many years. During the pandemic it has been a godsend. Not only does it help my arthritic hands and fingers, it keeps me busy during the depressing days and nights of confinement. Roger calls me Madame Defarge (of the guillotine fame) as I settle down with my needles before the TV. Knowing that the various items go to persons in great need makes my effort all the more worthwhile.
  11. 11. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 11 A stitch in time…. Marie-Claude Martz-Jacobs When I stress, I sew!! I made myself another hoodie:) just love the colours. This year (my children) all got handmade shirts (well technically Maelle got a tunic) for Valentines Day! Longer but their faces are worth it!!! Helen Haslam Being forced to live more closely with our immediate surroundings - which to an extent are our own creation - was beneficial - we often said how lucky we were to live as we do. There is a small pile of Christmas Bazaar items, finishing up odd, incomplete projects, and the most relaxing time of day came when watching TV in good company. Suki is not only very photogenic, but a natural burrower - we think her mum perhaps called her gray baby "my little mole" in an earlier life. Photos: left Chiaroscuro; right Wrapping Shawl
  12. 12. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 12 A work of art is worth 1,000 words Janet Callary Creativity during this pandemic year has not really been a great challenge for me. As a matter of fact, it has been a wonderfully rewarding experience. I have everything that I need in my “crap” room as Andrew calls my stash in the basement, and better still had the time to peruse through all the many plastic storage bins. One of the many projects and perhaps the most rewarding was my Spirit Ladder (photo at left), starting with felled branches after an unusually windy day last summer. It was very therapeutic putting together the components, as the saved and treasured remnants reminded me of a time before Covid; the shells collected from a beach in Maui, the fabric leftover after altering a dress for a bridesmaid, the angel sporting an outfit made from a dress I wore when I was pregnant with my daughter, and, of course, yarn that went into one of the wisemen knitted as part of a crèche scene raffled off at one of the Christmas Bazaars. There was much to learn... the readiness to give oneself over to the process, creating along the way without expectation, to be willing to change and revise without hesitation and to make do with what was available, scraps to some, treasured memories to me. Helen Haslam I am afraid I will look back on Covid Year and regret not having made better use of all the "spare" time it afforded - probably glossing over the lethargy that came along with it - but I would have been much worse off without the visual stimuli that I played with and collected on my computer. Autumn Inspiration
  13. 13. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 13 Camille Isaacs-Morell This heron is very special to me. He showed up last summer in the midst of the pandemic. I was impressed by his poised stance and serene, courageous demeanor. This is the only painting I did in 2020. Good-bye winter…. I finished the painting below on the last day of winter! It's still on the easel with the sticks of pastel on the table. I'm not ruling out a few finishing touches as I sit and enjoy the tranquil beauty of my artistic impression of this beautiful scene photographed by Jane Evans in Tadoussac, Quebec. Hello spring… The final touches were put on this painting that was done many years ago. The tulips, the clock and the books remind us that spring has sprung and Easter is on its way. Enjoy daylight savings time, read a good book on warmed up balconies and watch flowers begin to bloom!
  14. 14. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 14 Bringing plants to life April showers bring May flowers Church garden Mother Nature is a wonderful metaphor for the magical asexual reproduction of a blade of grass, the awakening of tulip and daffodil bulbs and even the beauty of a dandelion. This is the season when gardeners begin humming ¨April Showers¨ and ¨Singing in the Rain¨. After a year of COVID 19 let's enjoy God's seasonal gift of ¨Bringing Plants to Life¨. It's a new beginning. Let's take a moment to give kudos to Mother Nature's guardian angels that are the certified professional gardeners: Flowers depend on butterflies and bees for pollination. Therefore, All Saints by the Lake will not only provide an array of Spring/ Summer/ Fall floral arrangements via its flowerbeds, potted plants and hanging baskets it will enthusiastically support the City of Dorval in its efforts to guarantee the survival of precious pollinating insects. Hopefully the choice of our plants will attract birds, moths, beetles and especially the champion pollinators: the bees and butterflies. - Submitted by Campbell Taylor
  15. 15. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 15 Kitchen garden The little garden that could... That was...But…unfortunately…can do and will be no longer! It produced beautifully for 5 years, providing those to whom Dorval Community Aid offers assistance, with fresh veggies between June and October – veggies such as spinach, various lettuces, bok choy, peas, carrots, cucumbers, beans, garlic, tomatoes, (the beets and bell peppers were a disappointment). Initially, we engaged Urban Seedlings, a company which constructed the garden and came 3 times during the growing season, each time giving a workshop to the children of the Dorval Day Care. The project forged a closer connection on a personal level with the Day Care. It linked all of us (Church and Day Care) with local outreach; and it taught the children about how to grow food, about the care needed to ensure that the plants survive and thrive, and to experience the surprise and joy of watching it all unfold. It was a project, on behalf of the church, that was dear to my heart and in which I invested many hours of time, energy and more (all really worth it), not the least of which was my love of interacting with the kids who were always curious about what I was up to as I weeded, or staked or harvested . . . “Whatcha doin’, Margaret? Can I help?” And of course, “help” they did . . . for as long as their 2-minute-attention-span lasted! A few of them (and some parents as well) had more than a passing interest, helped for longer periods of time, and even recalled the names of what was coming up so quickly!
  16. 16. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 16 Urban Seedlings was involved for the first 2 years only. It was expensive (Day Care and Church donations shared the cost) and so, after that, I chose to do the planting and the workshops myself which, to my surprise, worked out extremely well. The project was a wonderful experiment! During the 5 years of its life, it benefitted a great many people (the recipients, the providers and the learners) but, I regret to say, that the vegetable garden is no more. The wooden structure which contained the raised beds began to deteriorate. Last Fall the staff of the Day Care deemed it unsafe (as it was in the children’s play area), and so the garden was dismantled and put to bed for the last time. All that rich garden soil was spread in the area near the shed on the east side of the church. Amen! - Submitted by Margaret Beattie
  17. 17. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com IN 17 Thoughts on Parole Life When Life is Your Sentence It wasn't as if I was doing nothing for 29 years. There were prison schools where I taught and was taught. There were the endless cups of coffee I would have consumed anyway. And there were days of tennis, nights of asking "what if", and years of abstaining from alcohol that were overall a plus to my well-being and mental rehabilitation... There were good people and bad people, just like in civil society. We had TV and radio, so nobody felt completely cut off. One channel started their morning programming with a stand-up report from right in front of my old office building, which didn't change a stone in 29 years. Friends with TV jobs aged before my eyes, even as in my mind I remained the same age I was that horrible day of my arrest… Many of our prison visitors were religious, as a prison chapel is a hotbed of activity, a safe place in the midst of turmoil. Being exposed to kind hearts and open niceness helps condition one to understand that the whole of society isn't your enemy, that there will be helping hands when you leave. And in my case, there have been many of those hands. Grace is unmerited favor from above... But nothing prepares one for how the outside world has moved along in your absence. Mind-boggling bits of code to memorize. Everyone, me included now, with a black piece of reflective plastic five inches from their nose. And then there's Covid... Prison is frozen, no going in or out, because of the pandemic. But life drags itself along on the outside. Half-empty buses, restaurants closed, masks for all, hugs for none... Everyone in a testy mood on the street... You can fool yourself into thinking you didn't miss much on the inside until you reflect upon how life must have been like pre-virus. A Christian friend drives me past the home I grew up in. At least that street hasn't changed, with its turreted roofs clinging to a steep incline. Outside my old school children play, as they always have. There's one thing I missed. Jail has no children. God has a plan for all of us, jailed or free. Maybe mine was to help people on the inside. Maybe my mission is complete, and this is the reward. But really, the mission never ever ends now, does it? You're the same person wherever you are. There is no "geographic cure" to your regrets, to your problems. Only a determination to do the right thing wherever you find yourself... Did I miss a bunch? Perhaps. Definitely. But life goes on even when life is a sentence... This article was written by a parolee who is in the Anglican Church’s prison ministry
  18. 18. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 18 18 THE ELEVATOR PROJECT IS ON TRACK! In the December issue of The Anchor, we had mentioned that a contract has been signed with a contractor to install the elevator and that work was expected to start early in the new year and be completed for Easter. We are pleased to be able to reports on significant progress, the most obvious sign being a hole in the floor. Not just any old hole but one about six feet by six feet (or to be more modern about two metres by two metres. Here are some more details: • The more correct name is “vertical lift platform” called that for technical reasons which don’t have any impact on what we are doing • Hoarding has been put up to keep dust inside and the little fingers of sidewalk superintendents (otherwise known as day care children) outside • The hole in the floor was cut on March 17. To keep the dust down, the contractor kept the floor wet to trap most of the dust and had two fans going to collect the airborne dust and blow it outside • For any dust that escapes the enclosure, we have covered the organ console, organ pipes altar and any other surface that we felt needed protection. • We have received a grant from the Anglican Foundation of Canada to help with the financing • The remainder of the cost will be covered by a loan from the proceeds of the sale of the Church of the Resurrection (fair warning: after we have recovered from our COVID-19 situation, we will have a capital fund-raising campaign to replace those funds!) • The completion date is now expected to be in early May - Submitted by Raymond Noël
  19. 19. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 19 19 OUR GOOD FINANCIAL HEALTH As of the end of February, we continue to be in good health financially. We were led to believe that the Government Subsidies Program would conclude at the end of March. We have now been informed that it has been extended until the end of May. We will begin to pay our regular expenses including the Diocesan Assessment, beginning in June. The Diocesan assessment was not charged from January to May of 2021. We have paid our insurance premium of $10,248. As of February 28th , we had $306,971.79 in the 2 bank accounts. This includes $135,000 which was removed from the Anglican Fund and $15,000 which was a gift in 2020 from the Anglican Foundation. These amounts are reserved for the Elevator Project. It does not include Diocesan expenses for February because the invoice did not arrive until the middle of March. Thank you for your continuing support of All Saints by the Lake. - Submitted by Trevor Smith, Treasurer MEET YOUR NEW CORPORATION 2021 Rector's Warden: Raymond Noël Peoples Warden: Yvonne Bayne Treasurer: Trevor Smith Deputy Rector’s Warden: Serena Caplette Deputy People's Warden: Eileen Hussey The Rev’d Grace Prichard Burson, Incumbent
  20. 20. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 20 20 Dion Lewis appointed Cantor at All Saints by the Lake Over the past year Dion has had an essential role in the music of this congregation. We would like to formally recognize the vital role that Dion has played this past year and continues to play this year. Rev. Grace thanked Dion for sharing his talent, time, and energy. Welcome Iylah-Anne! On March 6th , Iylah-Anne Serenity Gordon was baptised at our Church. Iylah-Anne is the daughter of Melanie Cajolais and Stephan Gordon. Iylah-Anne’s family was in a bubble during spring break. Her parents made the decision to have the baptism as soon as possible. In the words of mom Melanie Cajolais: “1 year into this pandemic I believe we need to stop postponing life. We all need to know that its ok to do things different from the way we are used to. Baptism, wedding, baby showers and birthdays. We would have loved a church full of people and a party afterwards with music, cake, and fellowship. However this was also great. Albeit I wish my parents had been able to attend. But Iylah-Anne has been baptized and for that I am thankful.”
  21. 21. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 21 21 COMMEMORATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC At 1:00 p.m. on Thursday 11 March, 2021, the church bell at the Parish of All Saints by the Lake was rung to mark the first anniversary of the declaration of the pandemic. The tolling bell was a call to prayer and solemn remembrance of those whose lives were disrupted by Covid-19. For those who died, who lost loved ones. For those who put their lives on the front lines to alleviate suffering. For those whose jobs, livelihoods and investments were lost. For those who lead, who make decisions, who protect the public. Jennifer Gibb rang the bell. A PRAYER God of infinite compassion and mercy, Our hearts are overflowing with a flood of emotions from the past year, Fear and sorrow and grief — endurance, relief, and hope, For the families of all who have died, who have been unable yet to mourn, we ask your comfort For health care workers persevering in the battle with the disease we ask your strength and courage, For government and public health leaders we ask your wisdom For all facing the relentless uncertainties that continue we ask your endurance and peace, We give thanks for the resilience discovered within us, We give thanks for all who continue to work to protect and care for us We give thanks for your unending love and compassion in our midst at all times. As we face the year ahead fill our hearts with that same love and compassion for our world and its needs For in you we find all that is needed — for whatever lies ahead. Amen.
  22. 22. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 22 22 SHARING LOVE AND JOY BEYOND OUR PARISH St. Michael’s Missions donation program on hold…for now With the closing of the church, it has not been possible for parishioners to leave clothing and food items at the church for pick up and transfer to St. Michael’s Mission. Furthermore, the person responsible at the Mission was off due to Covid since Christmas and recently returned. However, Bob Morell has been in contact with the Mission and has made a few trips downtown with clothing that he collected from two persons whose husbands recently passed away and other items including Kraft Dinner received from the Lachine Curling Club. Hopefully, things will improve soon. We will restart the program as soon as the church is open to receive donations. We will make a request for clothing and food of the month. Look what we got! The City of Dorval sent us a lovely hydrangea plant and a message with best wishes. We thank our Mayor Edgar Rouleau and all the councillors for their Easter wishes and for all the work they are doing to ensure that we stay safe and healthy throughout the pandemic. We are truly blessed to live and enjoy life in our beautiful city.
  23. 23. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 23 23 Spring is here and so is a new improved line of face masks created by our dynamic duo: Laura and Marie Claude!! We received a lot of compliments on the 3-D nonmedical masks that several volunteers made for the mini virtual Christmas bazaar. With the arrival of Easter, spring and the nicer weather, Marie-Claude Martz and I decided to offer new bright coloured custom-made spring masks. These 3-D nonmedical masks are lined with a layer of polypropylene for extra protection. And even if you are now wearing the procedural masks, these material masks can be worn over them for even more protection, while maintaining your sense of fashion and fun ☺ My hubby, Dave, has agreed to deliver the mask (within reasonable distance of the West Island), and all proceeds for the sale of the masks are going to the church. If you (or a friend or neighbour) would like to order a mask, please visit our church website (https://www.pramchurch.org/spring-face-masks-2021) where you can find samples of the available material and an easy to fill order form. You may also send an email to allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com. Just be sure to include your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached, the number and description of the fabric and the size you want. Payment may be made by cheque or cash upon delivery. - Submitted by Laura Hill Register for your Covid-19 vaccination As of mid-March, all Montrealers 60 years and over can get their anti-Covid-19 vaccination. For online registration go to: https://portal3.clicsante.ca or phone: 1-877-644-4545. There are several West Island locations. When registering, have your Medicare card handy. For those under 60 years old, keep visiting the Clicsante.ca website to find out when registrations for your age group will begin. Send us a photo of you getting your vaccine. Thanks, Barbara, for sharing this photo of Russ getting his vaccination.
  24. 24. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 24 24 Kids say the darndest things! Reported by Rev. Grace. Things Messy Church on Zoom featured this evening (25 March): • A 2.5-year-old telling us all about his "pee pee pop" (the lollipop he was bribed with to use the potty) • A 3-year-old informing us that when he closes his eyes, he can see Jesus • Kids hypothesizing about how Jesus went to heaven between his death and resurrection (among other insights) • SURPRISE KITTENS Oh, and the felt Jesus figure doing an unplanned faceplant off the felt cross at precisely the moment when the story called for him to die anyway. Sometimes my job is awesome. Even in lockdown. I can't wait to be back with this gang in the church building (and to meet the ones I haven't actually met in person yet!). Though that will, presumably, not involve kittens! For your calendar Upcoming Parish Meetings • April 25 • May 30 Feast of the Ascension • Thursday May 13 - Evening Prayer Digital Conference Synod • May 14-15th
  25. 25. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 25 25 PHOTO GALLERY Our masks have been delivered as far as BC! Here is Rosanne modelling her latest in spring wear. The blue gnome floral is our most popular print. Passersby and parishioners were invited to place a flower in memory of those who lost their lives to COVID on our temporary memorial. You can always count on Chef Serge for festive decorations outside his kitchen. Hoppy Easter everyone! Bob Morell is seen here in the office picking up mail from the prison. Letter writing has ramped up during the pandemic as prison visits have been suspended. Visitors are not allowed to disclose their home addresses and so mail is sent to the church for distribution.
  26. 26. What’s happening in our parish 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 26 26 Palm leaves were distributed last Friday. Gladys delivered a bunch to her friends and fellow parishioners in her building and she even showed them how to make a palm cross. Above are some made by one of her students. Peter and Grace on Palm Sunday. → Dave, Laura and Sylvia recently joined the ranks of the vaccinated, congratulations and thanks be to God! This just in! The Easter bunny and his family came for their annual visit to the daycare. Unfortunately due to COVID, the Easter bunny is not allowed in the building, just like the daycare parents. Looks like they decided to explore the playground instead.
  27. 27. Anglicans in Canada and worldwide 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 27 DIOCESE OF MONTREAL The Great Easter Vigil 7:00 pm / 19h – April 3, 2021 The evening will encapsulate our faith, as we remember the story of the people of God in scripture readings, songs and music. We will celebrate the presence of the risen Christ among us in the new fire of Easter, and renew the promises made at our baptism. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/96838353718?pwd=ZFFvT1krT3FveUJMMytiUENNRzNPQT09 Webinar ID: 968 3835 3718. You can also join in by telephone, call (438) 809 7799, enter the meeting ID number, and the password: 1857.
  28. 28. Anglicans in Canada and worldwide 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 28 DIOCESE OF MONTREAL
  29. 29. Anglicans in Canada and worldwide 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 29 ANGLICAN CHURCH IN CANADA A joint Easter message from the Primate and National Bishop In this message for our second Easter of the pandemic, National Bishop Susan Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (right, in the photo) and Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls, Anglican Church of Canada (left in the photo), speak to our collective experience of isolation and remind us of the continued signs of hope and resurrection around us. This is our second Easter in the midst of the pandemic. In many ways, it feels like we have been stuck in a very long Lent. We have been through lockdowns and restrictions. We have been isolated from our faith and personal families. We have worn masks, avoided contacts, washed our hands, and worked and schooled from home. We have lost loved ones to COVID, unable to be with them and unable to mourn with family and friends. We have been afraid. When Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples could not quite believe it. They locked themselves into rooms. They isolated themselves from others. They were afraid. But Jesus kept showing up in their midst, in the midst of where they were, proclaiming a word of peace and sharing the good news of the resurrection in both words and deeds. This Easter, there are signs of hope and resurrection around us. [Archbishop Linda] - Jesus is still showing up in our midst. In some places, restrictions are easing up. In some places, group sizes have increased. Vaccinations are being delivered to healthcare workers, the elderly, and to Indigenous communities. Healthcare workers continue to work selflessly. We met Jesus among us as we worshiped online, but now some churches are opening up with reduced capacity. Through this long Lent, and now in this joyous time of Easter, Jesus has been walking with us, and has been in our midst whether we have been isolated or gathered. This pandemic is not yet over, but it looks like the end is in sight. Jesus will see us safely through. For this Easter good news of hope and new life we say, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
  30. 30. Anglicans in Canada and worldwide 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 30 ANGLICAN CHURCH WORLDWIDE Anglican Communion News Service 24 March 2020 4:12PM The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, and the five primates elected to represent their regions on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion, write a joint letter to the Anglican Communion about the Covid-19 pandemic. A message to Anglicans around the world from the global leadership of the Anglican Communion As governments around the world react and respond to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, many people are finding themselves facing unprecedented restrictions on their day-to-day lives. Many of us will have lived with such restrictions on a temporary basis in our particular country or region over recent years in response to instability, wars, and natural disasters. But for many, such restrictions are new. In any event, the global nature of the restrictions put them on an entirely different scale not seen since the Second World War. Many provinces of the Anglican Communion have suspended public worship in response to local official advice. This, along with other restrictions people are being asked to face, may be daunting, confusing and upsetting. The first thing that we want to say is that the suspension of public corporate acts of worship does not mean that we stop worshipping God. We can worship Him and continue to pray both privately and within our families. We have a number of resources to help you pray, including the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, through which we can join together, around the world, to pray for specific dioceses and provinces of our Anglican Communion. You can find these at anglicancommunion.org/prayer.
  31. 31. Anglicans in Canada and worldwide 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 31 The second thing we want to say is a reminder to us all to continue to place our trust in God. In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul said: “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And Paul, with Timothy, in their letter to the Church at Philippi, said: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” In our prayers, in addition to praying for those who are ill, and for those who are lonely, we should pray for wisdom for those in authority and for strength to be given to medical workers. We should do more than pray. We should also act by heeding the advice of our respective national and regional authorities who are working to contain the virus; and we should care for those who are unable to care for themselves. We want you to know that we are all praying for you all at this time and we will continue to pray for the whole of God’s Church and God’s World. The Most Revd and Right Honourable Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury, President of the Anglican Consultative Council, Chair of the Primates’ Meeting The Most Revd Paul Kwong Archbishop of Hong Kong, Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon Secretary General of the Anglican Communion The Most Revd Jackson Ole Sapit Archbishop of Kenya, Standing Committee Primates’ Representative for the Africa region The Most Revd Julio Murray Thompson Archbishop of Central America, Standing Committee Primates’ Representative for the Americas region The Most Revd Humphrey Peters Moderator of the united Church of Pakistan, Standing Committee Primates’ Representative for the Asia Region The Most Revd John Davies Archbishop of Wales, Standing Committee Primates’ Representative for the Europe Region The Most Revd Philip Richardson Archbishop of New Zealand, Standing Committee Primates’ Representative for the Oceania Region
  32. 32. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 32 IN MY OPINION… My pandemic experience Nancy Hamilton The last year and a bit have been an experience that I never anticipated. One phrase that I strongly disliked at the beginning of the pandemic, based on my work experience, was the term ‘new normal’. Now after a year I would be ecstatic to be able to live a ‘new normal’. Working in youth protection has meant that throughout the pandemic I have been going to the office. While initially it was only briefly since June, I have been back to the office nearly everyday. Adapting to some aspects of the new way of working and living has been relatively easy; like wearing a mask almost everywhere, signing in and out, sanitizing hands constantly. Other aspects have been more difficult. When working with children and families it is more challenging not seeing their full facial expression. Everyone’s anxiety levels are higher: keep your distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, etc. The most difficult is the lack of social interactions such as shared meals, coffees, and hugs. Some advantages have emerged, less time spent travelling as meetings are online. Adapting to using technology that enables improved communication and efficacy. Less colds, flus, etc. as we are all wearing masks! I look forward to a time when I don’t have to constantly count how many people are in the elevator, where I can have an in-person meeting and drink a cup of coffee or tea! Spring this year has been about rebirth and hope. As the vaccine campaign advances it is bringing hope. This week saw youth protection employees getting their first vaccine shot. This was announced during a Monday morning mandatory meeting; the result being a lifting of spirits. At the time of vaccination people were happy and hopeful! Over the last couple of months, I have been thinking about what I have missed the most and look forward to in a ‘new normal’ world. Largely this centers around social activity. Being able to socialize with family and friends. While pre-pandemic this would probably include food or drink but, to be honest, at this point I would be happy if I could have a few friends over, wearing masks just to chat! Part of my new normal would include Ross and I being able to see our children and grandson and hopefully enjoy a meal with them. It also includes things that a year ago I would not have considered: social distancing and wearing a mask.
  33. 33. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 33 Our new normal will require even more adaptations. What is in person church going to look like? Just over a year ago I would have said it was important for me to have a communion service on most Sundays, with morning prayer occasionally. After a year of virtual morning prayer my new normal worship would be an evolving experience. I think our worship experience will be flexible to respond to the preventative measures required at any given time. I very much look forward to being able to have in person worship, even if it is morning prayer! While I am not very musical, I do enjoy singing at church but recognize that it will be one of our challenges moving forward. While the last year has been a year of lock downs and restricts which resulted in major adaptations the coming year will also be a year of adaptions. I am deeply appreciative of the leadership our Corporation has demonstrated over the last year and think both the leadership and congregation will moving into another period of adaptation. We are a caring and resilient group who have collectively navigated a number of years of change, and we will continue to do so.
  34. 34. 865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 • (514) 631-3601 • allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 34 A note from the editor My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, The evidence of life is growth. As we pass through the first full year of the pandemic, let us take some time to appreciate life. Our theme in the spring 2021 edition of The Anchor is ‘experiencing life.’ You have so generously shared your stories about various aspects of life during the pandemic. There is no better time than spring and Easter to celebrate life – whether through the joyful birth of a new family member, the relief of being immunized from the corona virus, or the satisfaction that comes from creating a work of art. A parolee in our prison ministry is experiencing new life ‘on the outside.’ We tolled our church bell and set up the cross on the lawn of our church to commemorate those whose lives were disrupted by death. All of us celebrate the life and ministry of Ven. Gordon Guy who transitioned from time to eternity in February. We are comforted by the truth that God, through Jesus Christ fully understands our life experiences, having himself lived and witnessed the human journey during his ministry here on earth. The dark days of Lent have summoned us to look inwardly, as did Jesus in the wilderness. But then, we, like Jesus’ entourage, work through our doubts and fears in faith. Then comes Easter. Just like the resurrected Jesus, nature bursts forth with life, resplendent with the beauty of God’s love. “What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding, the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That's how it is with God's love, once you've experienced it, you want to sing it's fresh like spring, you want to pass it on.” Have a blessedly happy Easter. Yours in His service, Camille Camille Isaacs-Morell cisaacsmorell@videotron.ca The Anglican Parish of All Saints by the Lake 865 Lakeshore Drive Dorval, QC H9S 2C7 (514) 631-3601 allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com www.pramchurch.org Facebook: Anglican Church of All Saints by the Lake Incumbent The Reverend Grace Burson gburson@montreal.anglican.ca 438-334-0610 Organist and Choir Director Chris Grocholski chris_grocholski@yahoo.ca Lay Readers Bob McLachlan, Yvonne Wakeland, Mark Weatherley Yvonne Bayne Rector’s Warden Raymond Noël newcons@sympatico.ca 514-697-7636 People’s Warden Yvonne Bayne ybayne84@gmail.com 438-969-2046 Parish Administrator Jennifer Gibb allsaintsbythelake@gmail.com 514-631-3601 The office is closed on Good Friday, 2 April 2021.

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