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It is hard to believe that today is the last day of November, and that Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent.  Such balmy weather doesn’t seem to put you in the right frame of mind to celebrate the Christmas season and the anticipation of all that it brings.  Many of our winter birds have not made it here yet.

But we are busy at Wesley with seasonal events.  Our 18th (!) Choirs and Carols was held on Sunday evening, and was once again a huge success.  Proceeds from the free will offering will be split between two very worthy community agencies; Haven House and Lisaard House.  Our children and youth will also be collecting for Haven House this coming Sunday, which is our annual White Gift service.  They will be looking for donations to purchase bus tickets for residents to access the supports and services they need to move forward with their lives.  A $10 or $15 donation would go a long way to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children fleeing domestic violence.

We will give the shopping cart a breather this month.  There are many charities that we individually support, and Christmas often puts a strain on personal budgets.  I would encourage you, as you are able, to help those in need in our community, and to remember Wesley in your donations.  As a congregation, we have worked very hard this year to stay in the black and it would be fantastic to end the year the same way.

Tickets are going fast for our Wesley family Christmas dinner on Sunday December 18.  Cost is $10 for adults, with children 12 and under, free.  Stephanie has tickets in the office and she can be reached at 519-621-6060 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Carols and punch at 4:00 p.m. in Ballantyne Hall with dinner to follow at 5:00, and a special visitor afterwards.  This is a family event that we hope will set the tone for the countdown to Christmas Day.

And speaking of singing Christmas carols, Rick will be leading a carol sing before church each Sunday.  Plan to come a bit earlier than usual to belt out your favourites.  It doesn’t seem like we get that many opportunities to sing carols anymore, so please take advantage of this opportunity.

One of the single most significant changes that we have made to our worship experience over the past few years has been the addition of the screens in the sanctuary and the visual presentation of the service.  I love it!  I can’t tell you the last time I actually had a paper bulletin.  We owe a huge thank you to the few, dedicated members who put the presentations together and who sit at the back of the church each Sunday to ensure that it flows in sync with the worship leader’s order of service.  This is not always an easy task.  The visuals are stunning, and greatly enhance the service. We are looking for three or four people who would be willing to join this group and help out.  You do not need to be a computer expert.  Training will be provided, and you would probably only be needed about every six weeks.  Please consider this.  If you have an interest, please let Stephanie know, or speak to Rev. John Anderson. 

Thank you to everyone who has completed the Evaluation Survey.  There are many thoughtful comments that will help us model our future as we move forward.  I will collate all of the responses into a summary and have it available for distribution next Sunday, December 11, so that you may have some time to consider it.  We expect to hold our first Joint Needs Assessment congregational meeting at the end of January 2017.

We all have our own Christmas traditions.  It might be a certain cookie that we always bake, treasured decorations that we hang on our tree, or a particular carol or reading that has special meaning for us.  At this holy time of the year, let us also remember that not everyone has happy Christmas memories or a home to go to.  As a community of faith that reaches out to those around us, please keep all of those who are vulnerable in your thoughts and prayers as you go about the busyness that is the Christmas season. 

With hope, peace, joy and love,

Anne Tinker

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”   - Hamilton Wright Mable

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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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