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We are at our cottage.  There is much more snow here than there is at home, but it is incredibly quiet and still.  The only sounds are the occasional groaning of the ice on the lake and the songs of the birds.  On our way up here Tuesday morning, we saw a snowy owl.  It was beautiful.  It reminds me how truly awesome and magnificent nature is.

We are in Holy Week.  We are nearly at the end of the forty days of Lent, and are preparing for the dark journey of Good Friday to the light-filled celebration of Easter Sunday.  It is perhaps a metaphor that we can relate to, although I don’t believe that Wesley’s journey has been quite that dark.  The Three Church Task Group held their final meeting last week and, although Wesley and First did not support entering the process of amalgamation, we have agreed to continue worshipping together and to intentionally look at ways of sharing resources, and supporting each other’s events.  A ‘sustainable presence of the United Church in Galt’ may not be one single congregation in one building.  We have all learned a great deal from this experience, and have a much better understanding of each other.  We also have a better understanding of ourselves and what is important to us.  We have begun to build on that.

It will be a busy Easter weekend.  The joint Good Friday service will be held at St.   John’s this year, at 10:30 a.m.  On Saturday morning in conjunction with the Apple Corps Café, our Hospitality Committee will be inviting children to come in and decorate Easter cookies.  There will also be an Easter egg hunt at the Farmer’s Market.  On Sunday morning, our United Church Men are once again preparing a delicious Easter breakfast, so head down to Ainslie Hall at 9:00 a.m.  Cost is $6 for adults.  Following breakfast is our Easter communion service with Rev. John Anderson and with lots of special music.

Two other events are on our calendar.  On Saturday April 9, we will be holding a chicken dinner and concert.  Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained from Joan Montague.  Dinner is at 6:00 p.m., with the concert to follow.  On Sunday April 17, we are hosting the Waterloo Regional Police Choir at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family.  Prior to the concert, you may enjoy apple crisp and a beverage for $5.00.  The

Concert Committee has put a lot of work into this event, so please plan to come out and support them.  The Police Choir is world renowned and you will not be disappointed.

On consecutive Saturdays, April 9, 16 and 23, from 10:00 – noon, Michele Braniff will be leading a SoulScribing workshop on journaling as a spiritual activity.  Please call the office if you would like to sign up.  $20 covers the cost of supplies.  This is the first of several initiatives planned to take advantage of our Saturday morning presence at the market.

This will be the last Sunday to support the Easter food drive for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  Many thanks to those who have already contributed to the shopping cart.  The Food Bank is most in need of:

  • Small jars of peanut butter
  • Canned fruit and canned vegetables
  • Large cans of apple juice
  • Cereal
  • Canned meat or fish
  • Dry pasta or rice

Our Property Committee and a few other helpers have been hard at work refurbishing the choir room.  It already looks a thousand times better than it did, but some serious floor issues will have to be addressed before it can be used.  Thanks to everyone who helped remove the contents of the room, and who found other homes for some of the larger items.  When it is completed, it will be a bright, usable space once again.

I have been following, and participating in, the 40acts over this Lenten season.  It has sometimes taken me outside of my comfort zone, but it has certainly underlined for me the power of doing something, however small and insignificant it may seem.  It has been a wonderful experience.  If you are participating as well, I hope that it has been the same for you. 

Happy Easter!

Peace,

Anne Tinker   

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”                 —Leo Buscaglia

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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.
Wesley is part of the United Church of Canada, the largest Protestant denomination in our country. The United Church of Canada prides itself on welcoming everyone the way Jesus did, regardless of age, race, class, gender, orientation, or physical ability.

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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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