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What a wonderful service we had on Sunday to celebrate our seventeen years as an Affirming congregation.  It was a reflective and powerful service, enhanced by the music of the Rainbow Chorus and David Devine on the drums.  The presentation and meaning of the rainbow colours, reflections from Marion Logan, Rev. Roy Holton and Trevor Subhani, the audio visuals, and the Affirming covenant stood out for me.  My sincere thanks to the small committee that put this service together.  It is important to remember who we are, and to re-affirm our values and beliefs.

Hard to believe, but it is Thanksgiving weekend.  Jim and I have just returned to the cottage from two days of hiking in Algonquin Park.  The colours were spectacular.  At every turn there was another gorgeous vista.  It is a reminder that nature is full of beauty if we want to see it.

It is hard to believe that September is nearly over.  Where does the time go?  Our summer birds have left for warmer climates, and the nights are starting to get chilly.  Fall is a beautiful season though.  There is something magical about swishing through fallen leaves and biting into a crisp, local apple.  The fall smells of ragweed and goldenrod, and the beautiful purple asters make it a wonderful time to be outside.

Thank you to our Membership Committee for organizing the ‘Welcome Back’ Sunday on September 16.  The hot dogs and ice cream were enjoyed by young and old alike.  This past Sunday, Reverend Keith challenged us to seek to make a difference in the lives around us, to imagine what we could do, and to reach out and connect our lives to others.  How can we expand what we have to give to the community and the world around us?  We are uniquely positioned to make a difference.  I would challenge us to think about how we might do that.  There are many vulnerable individuals in our community that could benefit from some kind of relationship with our congregation.  Social isolation is on the rise.  We have a very large building with lots of empty space.  What are we being called to do?

Kudos to everyone who participated in our summer pasta challenge.  With the help of the community, we collected 840 packages of pasta for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  Our Food Bank supports hundreds of individuals, families and non-profit agencies.  This donation, along with the pasta sauce and the baked beans, will go a long way to help those in need.  Good job everyone!

Normally, our outreach for October is the Food Bank in support of their Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Since we have just made a large donation to them, I thought that we might collect supplies for Trinity Community Table, another food-related service organization.  Launched in 1992, Trinity Community Table is a community outreach program that provides nourishing noon meals in a hospitable environment to all who have need.  They serve approximately 175 guests for a hot lunch every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the parish hall at Trinity Anglican Church.  Last year, over 19,000 meals were served.  Over 100 volunteers administer the program, donating over 10,000 hours of voluntary service annually.  What they need:

· Canned vegetables

· Canned fruit

· Canned fish or meat

· Coffee

· Tea

· Sugar

· Juice or juice powder

· Spices

· Condiments

Our hardworking Finance Committee met this week and reviewed the year-to-date financial statements.  We are behind in our givings by $8,000 and some of our utility bills are up considerably.  Rental income has increased marginally and other expenses have been kept down as much as possible.  We are at -$2,400 to the end of August.  Presbytery dues will soon be payable as well.  For members of Wesley, dues are $76 each.  I know that seems like a lot, on top of our regular givings.  I would encourage you to donate what you can.  There are small brown envelopes for this purpose at both the back of the church and at the Cambridge Street entrance to the sanctuary.  There will soon also be envelopes in the pews.  Any amount donated will be credited to your givings. 

We were very happy to have Rick McFadden back on the organ bench last Sunday after his recent tonsil surgery.  Rick and his committee are gearing up for our annual silent movie dinner and presentation with Ian Sadler on Friday October 26.  This year’s movie is ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’.  Tickets are available from the office.  The cost is $35 for dinner and the movie, or $15 for the movie alone.  Please come if you can.  It is a treat to hear Ian play our beautiful organ.  Many thanks to Michele Braniff for once again designing the posters and the tickets.  Randy and I promise that the dinner will be delicious.

In January of this year, we started an outreach/social enterprise program with the residents of Saginaw House and Ancora House; two programs of Cambridge Shelter Corporation.  These houses, one for men and one for women, are for individuals who have successfully completed an addiction treatment program and are re-learning how to live independently without drugs or alcohol.  They are wonderful programs with an over 70% success rate.  Residents are able to live in the houses for up to one year, and have a detailed case plan which includes lots of meetings, attending school, and reconnecting with their families, if that is appropriate.  It has been difficult for them to find places where they can volunteer.  They have been volunteering here at Wesley at our seniors lunches and we have been making turkey and beef pies and butter and pecan tarts to sell at the market.  The women also make a variety of jams.  They are incredibly thankful for this opportunity.  They are very hard workers and it is a delight to listen to them as we work away in the kitchen.  Many of them attend the AA meetings that we host here as well.  They are already asking about helping with our big concert on October 26.

It is hard to describe what a huge difference this has made in their lives.  One of the women commented that everyone here greets her as a friend and accepts her for what she is trying to become.  We can never really know what another person’s journey is like.  We can only meet them where they are and walk along with them.  It has been a humbling experience to walk along with these men and women.  Thanks for providing a safe place for them to continue their journey.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“It is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining who we are.” - Max Depree

I hope that everyone enjoys the blast of summer weather that is predicted for this weekend.  Temperatures are once again forecast to be in the high 20’s.  Hard to believe that the first day of fall is next week.  The birds are getting ready for their annual southern migration though.  We have had lots of turkey vultures and hawks kettling over the house as they prepare for their long journeys to spend the winter in warmer climates.

Greetings from the north!  It is hard to believe that we are in the last week of summer.  Jim and I have been very fortunate to have spent July and August at our cottage, with only a couple of flying visits home to check on things.  And while it has been ideal cottage weather, it has been very dry.  We had absolutely no rain for the whole month of July.  A large forest fire is about an hour away from us and has just recently been brought under control.  The trees are very stressed and many of the cedars, pines and hemlocks have not set seeds this year.  This does not bode well for all of the birds and animals that depend on them for their nourishment over the long winter months.  Living with respect in creation has never been more important.   

Hard to believe that Thursday is the longest day of the year, and that the school year is nearly over.  Where have the first six months of 2018 gone?  We have loads of baby grackles, red winged blackbirds, bluejays, Baltimore orioles, robins and mourning doves showing up at our feeders every day.  The trumpeter swans on the pond have one signet, and today on my drive home I saw two sandhill cranes in a corn field with their baby.  The circle of life continues.

Wow!  I think that spring passed us by, and we have jumped right into July weather.  The flowering shrubs and bushes have been incredible this year.  I love the smell of lilacs and lily of the valley.  Our spirea and tree peony are gorgeous in their splendour.  We have three birds on nests – two robins and a mourning dove – and we have had an eruption of baby chipmunks!  They are everywhere.  Nature is truly remarkable.

Wow!  I think that spring passed us by, and we have jumped right into July weather.  The flowering shrubs and bushes have been incredible this year.  I love the smell of lilacs and lily of the valley.  Our spirea and tree peony are gorgeous in their splendour.  We have three birds on nests – two robins and a mourning dove – and we have had an eruption of baby chipmunks!  They are everywhere.  Nature is truly remarkable.

I hope that everyone had an opportunity to get out and enjoy the weather on the long weekend.  Jim and I were fortunate to spend several days at our cottage switching from winter to summer mode.  And although the black flies were beginning to get friendly, the rock and the water are incredibly restorative to the spirit.  There is something magical about hearing the call of the loon across the lake.

I hope that each of you has had an opportunity to enjoy this summer-like weather.  Our birds are coming back in bunches.  I heard a Baltimore Oriole calling this morning, so hurried to make some sugar water for the hummingbird feeder and got it hung out back for them.  Two male Rose Breasted grosbeaks were at one of our feeders, and a Great Crested Flycatcher was sitting in one of our maple trees, calling.  I also saw my first Bobolink of the season on one of the side roads, and a huge snapping turtle came out of the pond to lay her eggs.  Nature is once again in renewal.

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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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