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The good news is that over 60 people attended the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper last night and were treated to delicious pancakes, sausages, and Randy’s special cinnamon apples (which also taste really good with whip cream instead of pancakesJ).  Ainslie Hall is receiving a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the generosity of our Apple Corps, and it set a bright and cheery mood for the evening.

Today is the first day of Lent.  A couple of years ago we were introduced to ’40 Acts’, a Lenten stewardship program that sets out simple, generous actions for each day.  Here is the link to the program, which started today.

http://stewardship-news.org/P3Z-4S9CG-70MANG11CD/cr.aspx

I would encourage you to join up and to share your acts of generosity on our good news board in Ainslie Hall. 

A reminder that we will NOT be worshipping at Wesley on Sunday, March 5.  It is a joint service at St. Luke’s United Church in Hespeler.  If you need transportation, please contact Trevor Subhani at 519-621-0347.

We held our Annual General Meeting two weeks ago on February 19, and two things of note came out of that.  The first thing was that we are considering replacing the pews in the centre section of the sanctuary with chairs.  This would allow us to use that space in multiple ways.  In doing some preliminary research, it would appear that it will cost between $60 and $100 per chair, and we will probably need 100 of them.  Stay tuned for more information on this project.

Part of our AGM was chaired by Greg Case from Waterloo Presbytery.  Several motions were made, including;

· Receiving our Joint Needs Assessment Report

· Declaring a vacancy at Wesley

· Disbanding the Needs Assessment process

· Striking a Joint Search Committee to look for a part-time (20 hours per week) minister, tentatively to start July 1, 2017

·         Members of the Joint Search Committee are, Marilyn Allen, Robb Bendus, Doug Coghlin, Mark Miyasaki, Anne Tinker, Laura Wilson.  The Executive of the Board was given the authority to add members if/as necessary.

All of this information, including the minutes of that meeting, has been forwarded to Waterloo Presbytery and we are waiting for them to appoint two representatives to sit on our Joint Search Committee.  They will call the first meeting.  Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM to help get the wheels in motion for the next leg of our journey.

Thank you also for your generous contributions to the Cambridge and District Humane Society.  I am working on something a bit different for our March outreach.  I have been in contact with one of our supported agencies about the possibility of subsidizing a camp experience for a child/youth who might otherwise not be able to attend.  Thanks to Mary Jane Novak for the great idea.  I will provide further details as I get them.

With this spring-like weather, many birds have returned earlier than usual.  My red-winged blackbirds and grackles are back, and the Canada geese are honking on the pond waiting for it to open up completely.  We have seen bluebirds out in our back field.  I fear the winter is not over yet, and I hope that they will all survive.  Climate change is a reality that affects all of God’s creatures.

Lent is a season that seems to encourage reflection and introspection.  Whether you choose to give something up or not, please consider spending a few moments each day thinking about where generosity fits into your life and your faith.  There are many ways to give that do not have anything to do with money.  Try taking the ’40 Acts’ challenge.  It can be a life-changing experience.

Peace, 

Anne Tinker “Freely you have received; freely give.”

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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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