Lowering the lights after church last Sunday to replace the bulbs with more energy efficient ones.

As you can see in the pictures above, our Property Committee is working on replacing most of the lightbulbs in our church with ones that are more energy efficient.  This is a free program from Ontario Hydro.  They will replace some, not all, of our lights and we will realize a cost-savings of approximately $1,600 per year.  As you can imagine, it is quite a production to gain access to some of our lights.  Robb, Gary and Jim worked for two hours after church last Sunday to lower the largest of our sanctuary lights to be ready when the new ones arrived on Tuesday.  Since the sanctuary was rented for a concert on Wednesday evening, they were back on Tuesday afternoon to raise them up again.  We are committed to making our building as ‘green’ and as energy efficient as possible.  Kudos to the Property Committee for researching this program and working to ensure that Wesley could take advantage of it.  And thanks to Gary, who jumped in with both feet to help out.

This will be the last Sunday for our collection for Nutrition for Learning.  Thanks to everyone who has brought a donation for the shopping cart.  These are the most-needed items:

  • Cheerios or other cereals
  • Nutrigrain bars
  • Granola bars 
  • Ritz crackers 
  • Goldfish crackers 
  • Juice boxes 
  • Rice cakes 
  • Zip lock sandwich bags 

I think that we will take a break in December.  There are many worthy charities out there and I encourage you to support what is close to your heart. 

Pat Berry of our Hospitality Committee would like me to pass on that donations for the mitten trees can be made until next week.  Take a look at what is hanging on the trees.  The hats and matching mittens are beautiful.  While this is a Wesley project, many of the knitters are not members of our church.  Some of them attend our monthly seniors’ lunches and some are friends of friends of Wesley.  A great example of how word of mouth generates donations for a worthy cause.  The knitting will be donated to The Bridges and the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  Both agencies are experiencing unprecedented numbers of people accessing their services, including a large increase in the number of seniors.  This is a wonderful initiative.  Sincere thanks to the Hospitality Committee for taking this on and helping so many in our community keep warm.

Judy Taylor is looking for some help to decorate the church after the service this coming Sunday, November 26.  If you can stay for an hour, it would be greatly appreciated.  It really doesn’t take long to get our church ready for the Advent season.

Coming Events:

  • Saturday December 2, 9:00 a.m. – The 13th annual “Walk to Change” in support of The Bridges.  This walk was started by Randy Novak when he was a Board member at the shelter, and he continues to be highly involved with it.  Because it is the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Out of the Cold program at Wesley, the walk will end at our church at 11:30a.m. with lunch served by former Wesley Out of the Cold volunteers.  We will also be serving the meal that we provided for our guests each Tuesday evening.  Posters are around the building.  You can sponsor Randy, or make a donation to The Bridges.
  • Sunday December 3, 7:00 p.m. – Our annual Choirs and Carols evening.  This is a lovely way to ease into the Christmas season and hear several choirs singing your favourite Christmas music.  Carol singing and apple cider and cookies make it a great event.
  • Sunday December 17, 4:00 p.m. – The annual Wesley Family Christmas Dinner.  Tickets are $10 each, children 12 and under are free.  Tickets can only be purchased at the office so that we can track names and ages of children for the special post-dinner visitor.  Turkey with all the trimmings, apple crisp and ice cream for dessert.

On Sunday December 3, after church, we will be hosting a ‘Lunch and Learn’ in Ainslie Hall.  This will be an opportunity to hear from some of our committee chairpersons, and to ask questions.  Doug Coghlin, who is Chair of our Ministry & Personnel Committee, will be giving an overview of the position descriptions of our staff and will be providing information on the scope of their duties.  We will also talk about our outreach and what we support, and will give a brief update on the budget process for 2018.  If you think of questions, jot them down and bring them.  If this lunch is well-received, we hope to have more of them next year.  It is another way to keep  you informed and to provide a forum for your questions and comments. 

I read a disturbing article in the Toronto Star this morning.  At least, it was disturbing to me.  I am attaching the link if you care to read it for yourself.  The topic of it makes me very sad.  The article could, perhaps, be the subject of an interesting discussion.   

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And while our neighbours to the south apparently need to arm themselves against each other, Wesley continues to offer a warm welcome and the use of our space to a wide variety of groups, and to welcome dozens of people every Saturday morning to our Apple Corps café and to visit our sanctuary.  In any given week, hundreds of people visit our church; from Alcoholics Anonymous participants, to new immigrant families with children, Beavers, Cubs, Sparks and Guides, personal trainer clients, choir members, our own groups and committees, and our market clients.  Our success cannot simply be measured in how many people attend Sunday worship, but in how open and welcoming our church is to our surrounding community all week long.  And in that, indeed, we are successful.


Anne Tinker

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”   - Sally Koch


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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

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Tuesday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm



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Beginning at 10:30am

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