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The spring peepers have begun their nightly chorus, and it is a pleasure to actually be able to have the windows open to hear them.  They will soon be joined by the bullfrogs, but for a short time, their song is the only one on the night air, with the occasional hoot of a Great Horned Owl chiming in.  At long last, it would appear that spring is here.

Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word on ‘ice-storm Sunday’.  It is only the second time in 15 years that we have cancelled church.  But it did highlight that we need to put a better emergency plan into place, so we are working on how we might do that so that everyone can be informed.  John Anderson and Griffin bravely made their way down to the church in the event that someone had not heard the news and welcomed seven people.  I do believe that was the first time that we had a canine greeter!

We often read the news and are horrified by tragic and violent events that happen in countries halfway around the world.  And while we sympathize with those who are living the horror, we really have no concept of how terrifying and life-changing those events are.  Until this week.  Toronto was hit by a senseless tragedy that left ten people dead and fourteen injured.  There are no words to describe the insanity of the actions of one individual.  In a matter of minutes, innocent lives were lost or broken, and for the families of the victims of this tragedy, life will never be the same.  The police, first responders, nurses, doctors, politicians and the media all responded in a very professional manner, and we should  be proud of how this volatile situation was handled.  Everyday people have come together in an incredible expression of unity in the face of this tragedy.  I would urge you to pray for everyone who has been touched by this.

On a happier note, please come out after church on Sunday and help Alex Holtzhauer and his family celebrate his 90th birthday.  This event was to take place on the Sunday of the ice storm, and was re-scheduled.  Let’s all help Alex celebrate this milestone birthday.   

This will be the last Sunday for donations to our April outreach, Lisaard House.  They need:

  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Granola Bars
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Flexible Straws
  • Batteries – AA, AAA, C
  • Cookies
  • Individual Cereal Packets

Some of you may remember a concert that was held at Wesley that featured the Waterloo Region Police Choir, the Rainbow Chorus and the Women’s Drumming Circle.  After the concert, some of the indigenous members of the concert presented Wesley with a dream catcher, which hangs in the sanctuary.  Have a look at it next time you are getting a coffee after church.  This was a great honour for us.

We have kept the lines of communication open with this group, and have been notified of an upcoming presentation entitled: “Discovery: A Comic Lament”.  The event will be presented over four nights in different locations, including one at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cambridge.  It runs from May 31 – June 3.  I have printed and posted a notice of the play on the bulletin board at the Cambridge Street entrance and below is the link to the website with more information.  It looks like an interesting production.  We are all settlers.

https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/news/churches-host-play-settler-issues

On Sunday we celebrated Earth Day.  We share this incredible planet with countless species who also depend on the earth to nurture and protect them.  We must get serious about living with respect in creation or face the fact that we leave a legacy of death and destruction for those who come after us.  I would like each of us to consider how we can help.  Apple Corps has committed to stop using Styrofoam containers.  We are considering a policy on banning plastic water bottles from the church building.  We have switched nearly all of our lightbulbs to more energy efficient LED varieties.  How else might we help our planet?  Please forward your ideas for the ‘greening’ of Wesley.  Both individually, and together, we can make a difference.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  - Native proverb

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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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