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We are at the cottage for Easter.  And, so far, we are the only people here on our cottage road.  Nearly all of the snow is gone, and the lake is starting to open up.  It looks like a grey map of squiggly lines where the water has started to show through.  The birds have found us, and there are the usual species that we see all year round, as well as some that we see at our home in the winter and who are now on their way north for their summer breeding.  And the landscape that is somewhat imposing and hostile in the winter, is now soft and pleasing as this northern world wakes up to the coming of spring and all that it brings with it.

And so it is with Easter; that time of renewal and rebirth.  I believe that we are at a time of Easter at Wesley.  We are renewing ourselves.  We are living in the spirit and waiting to be grabbed by God, as Christina so aptly put it a couple of Sundays ago, and we are escaping the ruts that might have trapped us as Michele commented on Sunday.  We don’t know yet where our journey might lead, but we are on the road and have faith in the Leader.

Part of that journey is finding a minister to go with us.  Our Joint Search Committee has met twice and has another meeting scheduled for April 19.  Doug Coghlin has been elected as Chairperson of the committee, and he will be providing regular updates on our progress.  The committee was covenanted in the service on Sunday.  So far, we have drafted a short description of who we are and what we are looking for.  This has gone out to Hamilton Conference, the United Church of Canada, and can also be found on our website.  Please have a look, or direct any interested parties there.

The Good Friday service this year will be held at Wesley at 10:30 a.m.  We will be worshiping with First, St. John’s-on-the-Hill, and Saint Luke’s.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

We are a busy and connected people as well.  Last Saturday, 23 children made and painted birdhouses.  It was lots of fun and every house was unique and beautiful.  This Saturday morning, April 15, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. children are invited to come in to Ainslie Hall to decorate Easter cookies.  This will be in partnership with the Farmer’s Market who will be holding an Easter egg hunt on our front lawn.

On Sunday, you are invited to enjoy our annual Easter breakfast courtesy of our United Church Men’s group.  The feast starts at 9:00 a.m.  Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 – 12, and free for those under 6.  It is always delicious.  If you can help with the preparation and/or clean-up, Randy would love to hear from you.  He can be reached at 519-622-0415 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Friday April 21, you have the opportunity to participate in ‘Soup and Share’ at the home of Randy and Mary Jane Novak.  If that date doesn’t work, there will be another one on Friday April 28 at the home of Doug Coghlin.  Please contact Mary Anderson at 519-622-6056 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Saturday April 22 at 9:30 a.m., we will again host a Blessing of the Animals.  If the weather cooperates, this will be held on our front lawn.  If it doesn’t, it will be in Ballantyne Hall.  This is an opportunity to bring your pet, or a picture of your pet (whether alive or deceased), to be blessed.  Spread the word to family and friends if this is something that will interest them.

And on Sunday May 7, we will have the opportunity to go on the annual wine tour.  The bus will leave the church at 12:30 p.m. – sharp.  There will be shopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake and tastings at two wineries, followed by dinner at Taps on Queen Brew Pub.  This is always a fun event.  Cost is $65, all inclusive. Please let Randy know if you plan to attend.  Contact info above.

There is an urgent appeal for funds for the African Famine Relief.  Parts of Africa are experiencing the worst drought in fifty years, and there is widespread famine already.  You may make a donation through your envelopes, or envelope number, and it will be credited to your annual givings.  Or, there are special envelopes available.  We will be collecting donations until the end of April.

Closer to home, this month’s outreach is for the Easter food drive of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  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) and Tetra juice packages.

A bit of a long message, but I will end on a humourous note.  One of my Easter traditions is to listen to the music from Jesus Christ Superstar on Good Friday.  It speaks to me somehow.  My most memorable occasion of listening to it, happened in the late 1990’s.  We used to take orders for lemon pie to sell at the market on Easter Saturday, and on Good Friday afternoon I was down in Ainslie kitchen busy putting them together.  Thinking that I was alone in the church, I had my CD cranked up as loud as it would go, and was belting out ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’ at the top of my lungs, when someone tapped me on the shoulder.  I nearly hit our organist, Douglas Brownlee, in the head with the meringue from the beaters.  As it was, we both ended up wearing some of it.  I don’t know who was more startled; him or me!  Poor Douglas had come in to practice for Easter Sunday, and couldn’t hear the organJ

Whatever your Easter tradition, may it be a joyous and blessed time.

Peace, Anne Tinker “When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.”  - Rachel Naomi Remen

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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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