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The good news is that spring has finally decided to arrive.  Daffodils are poking out of the ground and the robins are busy gathering dried grass for their nests.  The trees are alive with bird song and the spring peepers have started their nightly concert.  Regeneration and rebirth are all around us.

And there is more good news; I received word this morning that we now have at least one Presbytery representative to sit on our Joint Search Committee.  We can now ‘officially’ begin that process.  The Search Committee is meeting after church on Sunday to elect a Chairperson and to map out next steps.  We will keep you posted as this process unfolds.

Yesterday I took the proceeds of our March outreach over to the YWCA.  We collected $364 to provide subsidies for vulnerable girls to attend day camp this summer.  They were very appreciative of our support.  You can still donate to this worthy cause by simply walking across the road to their office on Dickson Street.  But fair warning; you will have to pass through the Women’s International Gift and Gallery to get to the staff and it’s really hard to get out of there without buying somethingJ  They have an awesome variety of beautiful jewellery, clothing, and other items, all hand crafted by women.

April’s community outreach is the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  We will be supporting their Easter food drive.  It is unfortunate that in this wealthy country there is a need for agencies like the Food Bank, but ours uses a self-help model and over 20,000 volunteer hours are logged annually by members of its food co-op.  Most needed items are:

·         Apple juice

·         Small jars of peanut butter

·         Canned fruit and vegetables

·         Canned meat and fish

·         Cereal

·         Dry pasta and pasta sauce

·         School snacks (nut free)

·         Tetra juice packages

As we approach the summer season, we will be hosting weddings in our sanctuary.  We are looking for a volunteer to act as a kind of ‘Wedding Convener’.  This would entail greeting the wedding party when they arrive at the church, showing them to the Parlour or the renovated choir room (when we get some furniture), directing them to washrooms, and just generally being available to answer questions.  A custodian is always present, but their duties really don’t allow for this personal touch.  If you have an interest in this, please let me know.  We don’t have many weddings at Wesley (we didn’t have any last year) but it would be nice to be welcoming and helpful for those that we do have.  It is all part of being the ‘Church in the Marketplace’, and we want everyone who enters our building to have a positive experience.

I attended the Finance Committee meeting yesterday, and one of the topics of discussion was planned giving.  Planned giving is the act of making a donation over time, or at death, as part of the donor’s overall financial and estate planning.  In the past, planned gifts have generally come to Wesley as bequests left to our Trustees.  However, in recent years, planned gifts have also included annuities and life insurance policies with the charity as the beneficiary.  Wesley is important to all of us, and if you are considering including Wesley as part of your own planned giving gifts, it is advisable to ensure that your family and legal advisors know that.  We have been blessed in the past with some planned gifts that are still ‘giving’ to us years later.

On Saturday April 8, we will be providing an opportunity to make and decorate birdhouses.  From 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Ainslie Hall, we invite any children ages 5 and older to come on down, make a birdhouse, decorate it, and enjoy a bird seed cookie.  Cost is $5 per child, and everything will be provided.  We have materials ready for 24 birdhouses.  It should be a chirping good time!

Peace,

Anne Tinker “Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you.  Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.”

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About Us

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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