Church Sunday was held at Sandford with Rick McKinley once more in the pulpit and Nancy Wolfe at the organ. There is a change this week as the service is at Zephyr with Phil Mannell in the pulpit. Nancy will once more bring special music.
Following service last week a short meeting of the search committee was held, and following that, secretary Joan Sine sent in the requested papers that spurred us on our way towards a new supply minister.
You may wonder why I may sound a little vague about some things, but that is because this is being written from Dawson City, Yukon where I'm enjoying a tour with Conrad and Lisa Boyce and 20 others, among whom are Grant and Rosemary Mustard. We will be home soon after you read this. We have visited many historic sites in Whitehorse; travelled the Yukon highway to Dawson and the Dempster, to a minute service centre called Eagle Plain; driven another 50 miles or so, to pop champagne in the Arctic Circle, under the midnight sun.
All of us would tell you that the most exciting thing was driving 2 hours along the Dempster through a forest fire that in many places was rushing towards the edge of the highway, sometimes on both sides of us. Fortunately we had a highly competent driver. At time it was impossible to see the road because of the smoke. We feared we might be stranded in Eagle Plain, but overnight it rained. This was the first time it rained since the snow melted! A definite blessing for the firefighters. The whole area is owned by the Gwich'en First Nations, but there is hardly a sign of habitation.