Yesterday we celebrated the 71st anniversary of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Christopher's Parish with Evensong. It was a pleasant service, and Lic. Patricia Young's talk on the importance of evangelism and a plan for evangelism was excellent. Mavis Evans led the Roll Call. This is something I enjoy: A roll of the various churches is called, beginning with the Episcopal churches and including the local Methodist, Baptist, and Seventh Day Adventist churches, and when a church is called, its representatives stand up and either quote a verse from the Bible or sing a song. Of course, everyone joins in on the song, so its a lot of fun! After Evensong we adjourned to the patio for a brindis (this IS St. Christopher's!). We had tiny empanadas, grapes, and a piece of yellow cake, along with some kind of sweet chicha which I don't drink as I am avoiding refined sugar (yeah, just empanadas and grapes for me).
This morning we had a celebration for Marie Clark's 70th birthday. The Rev. Canon Dennis Josiah, la Muy Reverenda Maize Lennan, Reverend Nelson Edwards and yours truly participated in a Eucharist giving thanks for Marie and her contributions to the Episcopal Church of Panamá. I didn't take any photos 'cuz I was busy with priesty stuff.
Carnaval has started, and I figure we won't get much sleep for the next few days as the neighbors party all night and the neighborhood boys blow off firecrackers constantly until early Wednesday morning. Panamanian parties last until 6:00a.m. or so, and during Carnaval they take place every night! And, as far as I can tell, no pancakes are consumed on Tuesday or any other evening. I like to watch the broadcast from Samba Stadium in Rio de Janero every evening with all the Brasilian Carnaval stuff.
Oh, photos from last night:
Lic. Patricia Young exhorts the faithful
Mrs. Cora Gill, head of the UTO for the Diocese of Panamá, presents Patricia with a corsage
Las Damas Episcopales de Parroquia San Cristóbal