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How incredibly blessed we are!  I hope that you had a chance to attend the dinner and concert last Friday night with Ian Sadler accompanying the silent movie ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on our organ.  It was incredible.  What an amazing instrument our pipe organ is.  Many volunteers prepared and served a delicious chicken dinner, and many more had planned and worked at the concert.  The very next morning, Apple Corps was in the kitchen as usual serving their delicious wares, while the Hospitality Committee was helping 70 children decorate cupcakes.

Whew!  We are busy.   The common threads running through all of those events, are the volunteers who  gave their time and talents for the life and work of our church.  My sincere thanks to all of them.  Volunteers are our life blood, and we would be greatly diminished without them.

While the final tally is not in yet for the concert, we will realize upwards of $5,000 thanks to the generosity of Doug Coghlin, who underwrote many of the expenses.  We truly appreciate Doug’s contribution to help make this event such a success. 

This Sunday, November 6, our UCM will be serving brunch once again.  Cost is $6 for ‘Randy’s Choice’, which is always delicious.  Please plan to stay.  Coffee will not be served in the sanctuary after church, but you will find it downstairs in Ainslie Hall, even if you can’t stay for brunch.

Our trees for your Christmas knitting will be going up this week.  Hats, scarves, mittens and head bands would be greatly appreciated.  Donations will be divided between the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and The Bridges and will be delivered the first week of December.  You are welcome to drop them off at the church at any time.

We are reviving a popular Christmas tradition at Wesley.  On Sunday December 18 we will be hosting a family Christmas dinner for Wesley members and their families.  This is not a community dinner, but you are welcome to bring grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other relatives.  Tickets are $10 each for adults, with children 12 and under, free.  This is not a fundraiser.  We are trying to keep the cost as low as possible, yet still break even on the dinner.  Gathering and carols will begin with punch in Ballantyne Hall at 4:00 p.m. with dinner to follow in Ainslie Hall at 5:00.  This will be a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and there will be a visit from a very special guest.  Tickets are available at the office only, as we need to keep track of the number of children and their ages.  Please call Stephanie at 519-621-6060 or email her at:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We are also soliciting small donations to cover the cost of the gifts for the children.  Please let Stephanie know if you can help out.  This is a perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas week, and to share some fun and fellowship with your Wesley family.  If you would like to help serve at the dinner, please speak to Randy or myself.

On Tuesday, David Pyper, Marilyn Allen and I met with Paul Miller, Waterloo Presbytery Congregational Support person, to discuss how to proceed with a Joint Needs Assessment at Wesley.  Rev. John Anderson has asked that this be his last year as our Pastoral Support Minister.  It is a requirement of the United Church of Canada that we do a joint needs assessment to determine our needs going forward.  The process has been greatly streamlined in recent years to be less onerous for congregations.  It will involve two congregational meetings of three hours each.

As a prelude to the needs assessment, we think that it would be advantageous to evaluate our last seven years without a settled minister.  Hard to believe that it has been that long.  To that end, we will be developing an evaluation template to look at all aspects of our church life; worship, outreach, administration and governance, pastoral care, Christian education etc., so that we will know what we are looking for going forward.  More details to follow on this, but we will probably host a luncheon after church in the next few weeks where you will be asked for your input.  An evaluation report will be drafted afterwards and distributed to everyone.  This would begin the conversation for our needs assessment, which we hope will begin at the end of January.  So please start thinking about what you feel has worked, and what perhaps could have been done better and jot it down.  We need, and want, everyone’s input.

Did you know that Wesley has a library?  In our chapel is a bookcase full of topical and spiritual books that you may sign out and read.  Several years ago, Mary Jane Novak spent a great deal of time organizing and cataloguing the books.  So please feel free to browse in our library and take a few books home to read.  There is a selection for every age.

Our community outreach for November is The Bridges.  For those who are not as familiar with The Bridges as I amJ, it is a shelter for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.  The building also houses a daily drop-in centre and twenty bachelor apartments.  The organization has three other program sites that deal with individuals with addictions, two of which are abstinence-based housing for males and females with supporting programming.  Many programs and services are offered on site to help clients move forward with their lives.  The shelter opened in 2005, with a 40-bed capacity.  Currently, 80 people are staying there; many of them seniors and people with physical and mental disabilities – all of them looking for housing that is affordable.  These are the most-needed items:

· Toilet paper

· Toothbrushes

· Shampoo

· Razors – male and female

· Combs/brushes

· Deodorant – male and female · White sugar · Coffee mugs (do not need to be new)

· Towels, single bed sheets, pillow cases (clean out your linen closet)

· Jam

· Cereal

· Socks – male and female

Many of these items can be picked up at Dollarama.  Wesley has a special connection to The Bridges, as it grew out of the Out of the Cold program in Cambridge, which started at Wesley.  We are truly blessed to have been a part of such a respected, and very much needed,  facility in our community.

Hope to see you Sunday for our Remembrance service; a time to pause and reflect on all of our many blessings.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

‘Lest we forget’

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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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