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It is hard to believe that the summer is over and that we are into September.  You could certainly not prove it by the temperatures outside!  I hope that everyone had some restorative vacation time and that you are ready for an exciting new church year.  We spent most of the summer at our cottage, and it was wonderful to be able to jump in the lake to beat the heat.  Last Thursday night we were treated to an incredible display of the northern lights amid a sky filled with billions of stars.  It was a reminder of how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of creation.

We are gearing up at Wesley.  The proposed film shoot will not be happening, as the production company has found another venue.  My sincere thanks to all of the groups who were so willing to meet in another location in the building, or to go on hiatus for that week.  The spirit of cooperation that was apparent as Stephanie was trying to coordinate everything was wonderful.

One of our outreach ministries, the Girls’ Centre at the YWCA, experienced devastating damage in the torrential downpour that Cambridge experienced a couple of weeks ago.  They were flooded out of their space in Petty Place and lost all of their supplies.  There is also a question about whether the walls of the space will have to come down because of water penetration.  I have attached a list of what they need.  They literally have nothing left.  Most of these items can be purchased at Dollarama or any other dollar store.  Let’s fill our shopping cart to help this worthwhile program for vulnerable girls get back on its feet.

Wesley will be participating in a program being offered by Waterloo Presbytery entitled, ‘Into the Promise’.  It is a learning community to help congregations discern what God is doing in our communities and neighborhoods, and to experiment with new ways of being the church.  Since Wesley has already been experimenting for the past few years, this is an ideal opportunity for us to continue our journey and to network with other congregations in our Presbytery.  My heartfelt thanks to the six individuals who have agreed to participate in this eighteen-month program.  The inaugural orientation session will be held at Wesley on September 17.

Our Wesley Seniors will be meeting on September 23 at 1:30 p.m. in Ballantyne Hall with Carol Weicker and her music ministry as the program.  Anyone is welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served.

And mark your calendars for our upcoming concert, “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925” with Ian Sadler, Concert Organist.  It will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 in the sanctuary.  Dinner will be offered before the concert at 6:00 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $35 for dinner and the concert, or $15 for the concert only.  Dinner tickets are limited, so please call the office to reserve at 519-621-6060.  The Concert Committee has been working very hard on this special program, so plan to come out and hear this unique performance.  You will not be disappointed.

We have been incredibly blessed these past few years to have had Rev. John Anderson, Rev. Mel Rose, Michele Braniff, Rev. Roy Holton, Trevor Subhani and other guest speakers providing enriching and exciting worship each week.  And while we lost Mel to a congregation in Mississauga, our other worship leaders have offered challenging and thought provoking experiences that have dared us to offer a more radical hospitality, and to examine our relationships with each other, with our community and the world, and with our faith.  John has also provided supervision to our staff, pastoral care, and governance oversight to our Executive Committee these last four years.  He would like this to be his last year in that role. 

A few years ago, we had struck a Joint Needs Assessment Committee to examine what our future needs might be.  That process was put on hold when we embarked on our current journey and then entered into discussion with the other two Galt United churches.  It is perhaps a good time to resume that evaluation and to plan for our future more intentionally.  I have been in contact with the Pastoral Relations Committee of Waterloo Presbytery, and we will be setting up a new Joint Needs Assessment Committee in the near future.  If you have a desire to be a part of that, please let me know.  The process has been greatly streamlined from what it was in the past to make it much less onerous for both the committee volunteers, the Presbytery volunteers and the congregations participating.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.  What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”                - Jane Goodall

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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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