I’m not sure whether my note got out last week or not.  Our Office Administrator’s son had emergency appendix surgery and Stephanie was off for a couple of days with him while he recovers.  My apologies if you have read some of this before.

We have welcomed Rev. Keith Hagerman, his wife, Nicole, and his two daughters, Ilsa and Nell, into our Wesley family.  In fact, Ilsa and Nell were pressed into service their first Sunday with us!  I am excited to be working with Rev. Keith and look forward to hearing more from him.  Rev. Keith has already begun to immerse himself in our congregational life, visiting Apple Corps to make dumplings, leading a drumming workshop last Tuesday morning, and working through the lengthy process at the hospital to be certified to visit as our minister. 

I would remind all of us that Rev. Keith is only with us half-time, so he will not be able to attend everything or be available all the time.  He also has a commitment with First United until the end of this year.  We will clearly communicate when Keith will be in the church building once he is settled.  At some point in the future, we will also be holding a Covenanting Service for Rev. Keith.  If you have not welcomed Rev. Keith and his family to Wesley, I would encourage you to do so in the near future.  I want to thank you for wearing your name tags to make it easier for Rev. Keith and his family to get to know us.

Lots of events are on the horizon at Wesley.  On Saturday October 14, the Glory Singers will hold a reunion at Wesley.  If you were a part of this group, and have not signed up for this special day, please contact Scott Logan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This was an important choral group at Wesley in the 1970’s, and a day of fun and fellowship has been planned to reconnect.

Our first Senior’s Lunch of this church year will be on Thursday October 19 at noon in Ainslie Hall.  Cost for lunch remains at $10.  This is a great opportunity to come out for a hot lunch and some socialization with seniors from Wesley and across our community.  Immediately following the lunch, Rev. Roy Holton is leading a support group for LGBTQ seniors (55+) in the parlour.  If you know someone who might want to join this informal group, please pass the word along.

On Friday October 27, we will be holding our second dinner and silent movie with renowned organist Ian Sadler providing the background music.  If you attended last year’s “Phantom of the Opera” concert, you will know what an incredible night is in store for you.  Tickets are $35 for dinner and the movie/concert, or $15 for the movie and concert alone.  Please contact Stephanie (519-621-6060, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for tickets.  This is a major fundraiser for us, so please spread the word and bring your friends.

And while we have been experiencing some very warm temperatures, we are gearing up for our annual mitten tree.  Pat Berry, of our Hospitality Committee, is spearheading this initiative.  The tree will go up in early November.  If you are a knitter, hats, mittens, scarves and headbands are the most-needed items.  If you are not a knitter, like me, you may purchase them and they will also be added to the tree.  Donations to the tree are distributed to The Bridges and the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank in early December.  And I can tell you, from my experience at The Bridges, that our clients there are very thankful for these donations.

As we begin this new church year with our new minister, I would remind all of us that it is incumbent on us to support our staff and the life and work of our church with our givings.  The Board Executive has worked incredibly hard this year to maintain a balanced budget and, as of August 31, we remain in the black.  If you are on PAR, thank you, but it is often easy to sign up for pre-authorized remittance and then never look at it again.  If you would like to increase your PAR givings, simply give Stephanie a call, or shoot her an email.

Thank you to everyone who donated to National Service Dogs.  Since we were not at Wesley last Sunday, if you have something for this organization, please bring it in.  Our October outreach will be for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank in support of their Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Our Food Bank is one of the very few that is a self-help model, where food bank users help to stock shelves and sort donations.  They do a lot of great work in our community and provide services to many vulnerable populations.  Most needed items are: ·         Small jars of peanut butter ·         Pasta ·         Pasta sauce ·         Canned fruit ·         Canned fish ·         Juice ·         Cereal ·         Pet food Many of these items can be purchased at Dollarama and are often on sale.  Let’s see if we can fill the shopping cart!

This weekend is Thanksgiving.  A couple of years ago, my daughter-in-law gave me a gratitude journal.  Each day, you were to jot down five things that you were grateful for.  I took it out today and looked at it again.  It reminded me that the things that I am most grateful for are small and intangible; a hot cup of coffee, a good friend, bird song, chocolate from Reid’sJ, my book club, Rick blasting out the postlude, my faith community, and many other every day, seemingly inconsequential experiences that make up my days.  I feel incredibly blessed.  In our busyness, we often forget to stop and think about how very lucky we are; to live in Canada, to have clean, running water, to have enough to eat, to flick a switch and have light and heat, and on and on.  This Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?


Anne Tinker “If the only prayer you ever say is, ‘thank you’, that will be enough.”   - Eckhart  Tolle


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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



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Beginning at 10:30am

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