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With the snowfall this morning, it is a winter wonderland at our house.  We have hundreds of birds at the feeders, and tonight we had nine deer coming for their dinner.  There is beauty all around us.  The days are getting longer as well; a sure sign that spring is on its way.

It’s hard to believe, but Lent is on its way too.  UCM will be kicking off the season with their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday night, February 13.  Pancakes, sausages, and the famous cinnamon apples will be served from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 – 12, and free for children 5 and under.  A delicious way to slide into Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent.

For the past couple of years, some of us have subscribed to the 40 Acts Generosity Challenge, an online program that challenges you to complete 40 acts of generosity during Lent.  You can sign up for the challenge here:  https://40acts.org.uk/.  Last year we held a couple of informal, after church opportunities to discuss how we had lived out the challenges, and we can do the same this year if there is an interest.

Lent is a time of introspection, reflection and contemplation.  We heard a powerful and heartbreaking story on Sunday morning of one man’s journey from a Syrian prison, to Turkey to Canada.  Wael Saad al Deen has been prevented from returning to Turkey to rejoin his wife and nine-year old son.  He is seeking asylum in Canada and is hopeful that his family can find a sponsor to bring them to join him here.  We were asked if we might provide that sponsorship and be a part of this life-changing experience.  I believe that we can do it.  It will cost approximately $24,000 to reunite the family.  We were asked to think about what we could pledge in support.  As well as financial support, the family will need help finding suitable housing and furnishing it.  I can’t imagine what it is like to leave everything that you have ever known and come to a foreign country with absolutely nothing.

After the service on Sunday, the Board Executive voted unanimously to support the sponsorship and to take the question to the Annual Meeting.  If you were not at church on Sunday, or did not get a pledge form, they will be available the next two weeks.  Please carefully consider this. 

Many of you have asked if Rev. Keith’s hours could be increased from 20 to 30 per week.  In the short time that he has been with us, he and his family have become an integral part of our Wesley family, and he has brought many innovative practices to our worship experiences.  The short answer is, to bring Rev. Keith to  30 hours per week, would add around $15,000 to our budget.  Translated into individual givings, each of us would have to increase our givings by 8%.  Not really very much.  That is $8 per $100.  We do not yet have our year end statements, but we were approximately $12,000 in the black at the end of November.   I believe that this is doable, and sent Stephanie a note to increase my PAR givings.  From my perspective, and shared by others, it has been wonderful to have continuity in worship and to have stability in our pastoral care and our outreach through weddings and baptisms.  This question will also be on the agenda at our AGM.  If you have questions, or would like to talk further about this, please speak to Doug Coghlin, Chair of Ministry and Personnel, or myself.

And since we have not had a pot luck for a long time, we are proposing to have one for the lunch before the annual meeting.  Please bring something to share, as well as your own dishes and cutlery.  Beverages will be provided.  We felt that it was important for our United Church Men to be part of these important discussions, rather than stuck in the kitchen washing dishes, and knew that you would understand.  And pot lucks are always wonderful.  Please plan to attend on Sunday February 25.

Our community outreach for February will be for Saginaw House and Ancora House, two programs of The Bridges.  These are abstinence-based, supportive housing for men and women who have successfully completed an addiction treatment program.  The program is designed to give them the tools to move forward with their lives.  The residents have been volunteering with Randy and I to help with the seniors lunches and we recently made over 200 beef and turkey pies and 25 dozen assorted tarts.  They are a delight to work with.  Their greatest needs are:

Disposable razors for men and women

Shampoo / Conditioner

Shower Gel/Body Wash                                                                                                                                               Sugar Coffee & Tea

Rice and Pasta Pasta Sauce

Toilet Paper

Canned Soup.

 

Thank you to those of you who answered the call about forming a Membership Committee.  We are still looking for two or three more people to assist with this important work.  Let me know if you would like to be a part of this committee as we would like to call a meeting soon.

There is a lot of information in this note.  We have an opportunity before us to have a part in changing lives and creating a future.  A great responsibility to be sure, but also a chance to do something meaningful and beyond ourselves.

Think, consider, and pray. 

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” - Emily Dickinson

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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.
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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