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Mother Nature firmly put us in our place this week and let us know just who is in charge.  We had been lulled into thinking that spring had arrived early, only to be rudely jolted back to the reality of winter.  But the good news is that the sun was shining today and that spring officially arrives next week.  The birds believed that spring was here.  We literally have hundreds of red winged blackbirds, grackles and brown headed cowbirds at our bird feeders.  It is quite spectacular to watch.  They all fly in, in a frenzy searching for food and then fly off en masse when something startles them.  Having a morning coffee while watching the birds and listening to their songs has become my daily meditation.

If you have been following the 40 Acts Lenten study, there has been some really great stuff.  Each day offers three levels of suggested actions to live out that particular day’s topic.  You can still get involved by following this link and signing up to receive a daily meditation.

https://40acts.org.uk/signup/#

For our outreach for March I thought that we might try something different.  We celebrated International Women’s Day last week, and we have a connection with the YWCA, so we are going to raise funds to send a girl or two to camp in the summer who otherwise might not be able to attend.  Cost is $120 per girl.  I have attached the flyer so that you can see how amazing it looks.  There will be a jar in the sanctuary on Sunday for your change, or folding moneyJ.  Let’s see how many girls we can help.  A big thank you to Mary Jane Novak for the great idea.

We have had a lot happening in the past few weeks.  We celebrated Shrove Tuesday with our usual pancake supper, hosted the annual World Day of Prayer on March 3, had three unique choirs here for an incredible ‘Bridging Communities’ concert on March 4, and are anticipating a record turnout for our monthly seniors lunch on March 16. 

And there are lots of events coming up.  Wesley will be the host for the other United Churches for the Good Friday service this year.  Judy Taylor is looking for help for people to act as ushers and greeters.  If you are able to fill one of these roles, please speak to Judy or send her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following our Annual Meeting and the striking of a Joint Search Committee, we are still waiting for Waterloo Presbytery to designate two representatives to sit on our committee.  They are supposed to call the first meeting of the Search Committee, so we are in limbo at the moment.  However, I have been in touch with Rev. Paul Miller, Pastoral Charge Support Minister for Waterloo Presbytery, and there are a couple of things that we are able to do on our own.  Our Joint Search Committee will hold its own meeting and try to get this ball rolling.

If you missed church last Sunday, and quite a few of you did miss itJ, you missed a great service and a powerful message by Rev. Dr. Jenny Stephens about being born again, or reborn.  One of the readings she used challenged us to, instead of giving up something for Lent that was important to us (like chocolate or coffee), give up ourselves; to look outward instead of inward.  To not ask God to make us a better person, but to ask God to use us and show us how to be useful.  I have most likely massacred the reading, but that was the gist of it.  I have thought about it all week. 

I believe that we are in the process of being ‘reborn’ at Wesley, and in the most positive and wonderful sense of that word.  I am hopeful that we are asking God how to use us, and to show us how to be useful; to each other, to our community, and to the world.  I think that it would be a great compliment to have us called ‘the useful church’, for you have to be alive and caring to be useful.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”   - Rachel Carson

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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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