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Today I have very good news indeed.  Many thanks to those who attended the congregational meeting on Sunday to receive, and vote on, the recommendations of the Joint Search Committee.  Our new minister is Rev. Keith Hagerman, who is currently filling in at First United.  That congregation voted recently to amalgamate with St. John’s-on-the-Hill and will be actively working towards that.

Rev. Hagerman will start at Wesley on September 1, working 20 hours per week as stipulated by our Joint Needs Assessment.  His contract at First United runs until the end of the year, so our two Worship Committees will be working together to ensure a smooth transition for both congregations.

Attached to this message, you will find the presentation that was made on Sunday.  One document outlines the comparison of what we were looking for in our Joint Needs Assessment Report with Keith’s experience, and the other document outlines the skills that we felt were necessary and how Keith’s talents exemplify those.  References were contacted and there are some comments included that were made by them.  Rev. Hagerman comes to us with over 29 years of experience conducting worship, coordinating music, offering pastoral care, leading Christian education, and working with lay volunteers.  He is a progressive theologian, skilled at making new connections between the world and evolving spirituality.  He is also a skilled and gifted musician and looks forward to working with our Director of Music, Rick McFadden. 

I believe that Rev. Keith is a great fit for our congregation, and I am looking forward to working with him and in exploring new ways of worship, and of being the church in the marketplace.  Our journey just got a lot more exciting.

Another piece of good news that was shared with me on Sunday by Michelle Hogan, is that there are several people who are taking advantage of the invitation on Saturday mornings to visit the sanctuary.  She spoke to twelve people on Saturday and one of them attended church on Sunday.  This is an outreach that we started a couple of months ago to piggyback on our Apple Corps café.  If you have a couple of hours some Saturday morning, please contact Michelle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and let her know that you have an interest in helping out.  No special knowledge required beyond a willingness to greet people and show off our sanctuary.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful summer, and that you are able to have some restorative time away.  As we approach our country’s 150th birthday, it causes me to reflect on what an incredible country we live in; full of natural beauty, accepting of others, and extremely safe.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“God keep our land, glorious and free.”

 

 

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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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