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My faith in humanity was restored this week.  Last Sunday evening, just after dark, it started to rain.  I watched a truck stop on the road in front of our neighbour’s house and the driver got out and was doing something.  Then he moved a few feet ahead, and got out again.  This continued along the front of our house.  Every few feet, he would get out and was doing something.  Jim had to investigate, so went down to the road.  It was a young man and he was stopping to pick up frogs that had come onto the road because of the rain and he was putting them back into the pond, which is directly across from our house.  He said that he just couldn’t run over them all and kill them.  He carried on like this down the road, and I’m sure that he was quite soaked by the time he was finished.  I went out the next morning and went down to the road.  There were a few dead frogs, but there would surely have been dozens more except for this young man’s initiative.  What a wonderful example of respecting creation.

My faith in humanity was restored this week.  Last Sunday evening, just after dark, it started to rain.  I watched a truck stop on the road in front of our neighbour’s house and the driver got out and was doing something.  Then he moved a few feet ahead, and got out again.  This continued along the front of our house.  Every few feet, he would get out and was doing something.  Jim had to investigate, so went down to the road.  It was a young man and he was stopping to pick up frogs that had come onto the road because of the rain and he was putting them back into the pond, which is directly across from our house.  He said that he just couldn’t run over them all and kill them.  He carried on like this down the road, and I’m sure that he was quite soaked by the time he was finished.  I went out the next morning and went down to the road.  There were a few dead frogs, but there would surely have been dozens more except for this young man’s initiative.  What a wonderful example of respecting creation.

What an inspiring service last Sunday, highlighting the work that is being done around addictions in our own church building.  Chris Side’s testimonial about his journey as an alcohol and drug addict was powerful.  Kudos to him for having the courage to share his story and his struggles.  Randy and I feel incredibly blessed to work each week with the men and women of Saginaw and Ancora Houses as they each struggle with their own journeys towards sobriety.  It takes a lifetime of determination.

Next week is Holy Week, and Rev. Keith has sent out a list of activities for nearly every day.  Lent is a time of self-reflection and looking inward.  Not a bad thing to do from time to time.  The Good Friday service will be at Cedar Hill at 10:30 a.m. if you wish to attend, and our own Easter Sunday service starts with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. lovingly prepared by our own UCM with Randy at the helm.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  A great way to start a morning of joyful worship.

Our seniors lunch is next week as well on Thursday April 18 at noon in Ainslie Hall.  We are serving pulled pork on a bun, potato salad, coleslaw and rice pudding.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  Cost is $10, and there are always goodies to purchase and take home.

And next Saturday is the Easter market with cookie decorating in Ainslie Hall, along with our artisan market.  This is a great event for any children or grandchildren in your family, so plan to come down from 9:00 – 11:30 to participate.  There promises to be all kinds of wonderful hand-made items to purchase.  I have it on good authority, that Shirley Beechey will have some of her yummy caramel corn for sale, and apple dumplings are always on offer at the café.

Our outreach this month is in support of the Spring Food Drive of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  Our food bank distributed over 14,000 food hampers last year to individuals and families in need.  Let’s fill their Easter basket with:

  • Canned fish or meat
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Brown beans in sauce
  • Individual packages of oatmeal

This is National Volunteer Week, a time set aside each year to honour the countless hours that volunteers contribute to their communities.  I would like to personally thank each of you for the time and energy that you give to Wesley.  We literally could not do anything without your voluntary commitment to the life and work of our church; in our congregation, in our community, in our country, and in the world.  And while only one week a year is set aside to formally recognize volunteers, I appreciate what you do every week of the year.  Together, we have made this church a leader in our community as we continue to  welcome the stranger and support those on the margins.  We are apple dumplings and so much more!

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“There are many things to be grateful “for”.  But as I ripen with the seasons of life, the many reasons blend into a sacred mystery.  And, most deeply, I realize that living gratefully is its own blessing.”

- Michael Mahoney

Jim and I made a flying visit to our cottage last weekend, and there was still over three feet of snow!  And stupidly, we left our snow shoes sitting in the garage at home.  It was a challenge to mush down from the road and to get the door open.  But once we were actually able to get inside and start to get the place warmed up, we were able to appreciate the incredible beauty of the winter landscape.  The ice on the lake was ‘groaning’ and it was not long before the chickadees started showing up.  We had two very clear nights with a full moon and billions of stars.  We really do live in a wondrous world.

Just when you think that it’s safe to start thinking about spring, winter smacks us with another reminder that it’s not over yet.  I hope that everyone stayed warm and dry yesterday.  I’m about sick of winter at this point, and can’t wait to shed my boots and parka.  I had two red winged blackbirds at the bird feeder yesterday.  They were probably wondering why they bothered to come back so early.  And our deer are coming earlier and earlier to the trough to get their dinner.  It’s too hard to get to the grass with all this snow.

We certainly got a blast of winter this week.  I guess that Wiarton Willie’s prediction of an early spring may not be true after all.  It is a good month to be away for those enjoying the sunny south.

We are plunged into the deep freeze again!  I hope that everyone is staying warm, and not venturing outside unless absolutely necessary.  I can’t help but think about all of those in our country who are living on the streets, with few options to keep warm.  It is a tragedy of epic proportion.

A very Happy New Year to each of you.  We have passed the winter solstice, and it would seem that the days are really starting to get longer.  Jim and I spent New Year’s at our cottage.  It is totally different in the winter.  The ice on the lake was groaning and there was two feet of snow on the ground.  It was incredibly peaceful.  The day we left to come home, we woke up to -25 temperatures, decided to pack up and leave, and made a mad dash for the car.  On our way home, we always take back roads, we saw five snowy owls on a concession just outside of Stayner.  They are breathtakingly beautiful creatures and we figured that was our reward for the extremely cold start to the day?

It would appear that we will probably be having a green Christmas this year.  And while it will certainly make travelling to visit family and friends much easier, it is just not as nice as waking up to sparkling snow on Christmas morning.  And it is hard to believe that there are less than two weeks left in 2018.  Where did the year go?  I can remember my Mother saying that the years seemed to fly by faster as she got older, and I used to think ‘ya, sure they do’.  But now that I am ‘older’, I might have to agree with her?

The weather does not seem to be able to decide whether we are in winter or spring.  After the balmy temperatures of last Sunday, we are once again plunged into the reality of sub-zero, snowy December days.  Climate change is a reality.  The birds are all mixed up as well.  There are many reports of summer species that should have been long gone to sunnier places, but are still lingering in southern Ontario.  Meanwhile, our winter birds are here in record numbers as the seed crop in the north was devestated by the summer drought and the forest fires.  We all need to look carefully at how we live with respect in creation.

Not sure if I’m ready for this wintry weather yet.  The geese are not happy either, as the pond across the road keeps freezing over on them.  While I love the changing seasons, winter seems to have come a bit too early this year.

What a powerful and moving service we had on Sunday commemorating Remembrance Day and the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War.  The first person readings from actual soldiers and their wives and loved ones, really hit home and gave you a different perspective of how awful it really was for those at the front and those waiting at home.  Kudos to Rev. Keith for getting us out on time to walk over to the Cenotaph.  That service was not nearly as inspiring.

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Wesley is situated in the historic civic square in downtown Galt, adjacent to the Cambridge Farmer’s Market, the historic City Hall, and the new City Administration building.
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Wesley United Church

6 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, ON
N1R 3R6

Office Hours
Tuesday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Phone

519-621-6060

Sunday Services

Beginning at 10:30am

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