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I hope that everyone enjoys the blast of summer weather that is predicted for this weekend.  Temperatures are once again forecast to be in the high 20’s.  Hard to believe that the first day of fall is next week.  The birds are getting ready for their annual southern migration though.  We have had lots of turkey vultures and hawks kettling over the house as they prepare for their long journeys to spend the winter in warmer climates.

Our church life is gearing up again after our summer break.  Lots of good stuff is happening in the next couple of weeks.  This Saturday, September 15, we will participate in the annual Doors Open event.  We will have our church sanctuary open from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to welcome visitors and to showcase our organ.  Rick has arranged for several guest organists, and Michelle Hogan has a team ready to provide tours and information.  It is not too late if you would like to participate.  Give Michelle a shout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Sunday we will celebrate ‘Welcome Back Sunday’.  Our Membership Committee has planned a barbecue after church with some interactive activities for all ages.  You are invited to bring a picture of something you did in the summer and add it to the board.  This promises to be a fun event and a good opportunity for the whole family to get back into the swing of things.  Bring your children, grandchildren, a neighbour or a friend to share in the fellowship.

Next Thursday, September 20, is our first seniors lunch of the year.  Randy and I have planned an easy menu; salad, vegetarian chili, crusty rolls and rice pudding for dessert.  As always, there will be take-away food for sale.  The lunch is at noon in Ainslie Hall and the price is still $10.

Apple Corps is gearing up for Thanksgiving, one of the busiest Saturdays of the year for them.  If you have an hour or two to spare, head down to Ainslie kitchen on Wednesdays or Saturday mornings.  They could use your help.  No experience is required, but lots of laughs are guaranteed.

This will be the last Sunday to participate in our pasta challenge.  CTV news has asked to film the ‘handover’ of all of the pasta, sauce and beans next week.  I believe that we are at about 500+ packages.  Thanks to everyone who has participated.  This will make a huge difference to the many who need the services of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

On Sunday, Rev. Jenny Stephens asked us what would it take for us to see and hear the world differently.  She related a story from General Council and, if you get the Observer, you might have read about it.  If you don’t, there are copies in the book rack at the Cambridge Street entrance that are available for you to read.  How can we listen differently and then share our gifts of grace?  How do we become more open to telling and sharing our stories?   We sang, ‘Draw the Circle Wide’, one of my favourite hymns.  I was looking up the lyrics and found this cartoon.  I think that it says it all.  In the coming weeks I hope that we can think about how we draw our own circle wide.

"circling around" cartoon by rob goetze. Two men standing. One says, "Haven't seen Jesus for a few days..." to which the other replies, "Yeah, he said he was going to draw a circle around everyone who is in, headed off the other way, and we haven't seen him since." A blue line circles around his feet, and then runs across the countryside, circling around village and houses, and then runs off the page.

A couple of years ago, a professor from Wilfrid Laurier University approached the City of Cambridge about having some students do a review of downtown heritage buildings, including churches.  This was an exercise for the students to look at the buildings and imagine how they could be re-purposed.  A group of students met with members of our church, with representatives of Apple Corps, and with some of the Executive Committee.  They asked a number of questions about the history of the building, what the focus of our congregation was, what outreach we participated in, and what we envisioned for our future.  They then went away and wrote a report on what they saw as potential for the future.  They presented this to City Council.  This was purely an academic exercise.  It was not commissioned by the City, nor is the City intending to follow through on anything in the report. 

I am attaching the link to the report.  Although we were not informed that the report was finished, nor were we invited to Council to hear the students present, it is a good piece of work with some visionary ideas.  Please have a look at it.  The students have done a good job of connecting the dots around emerging community issues.  I would be very interested in your feedback. https://www.cambridge.ca/en/build-invest-grow/resources/Planning-Partnerships---Universities/Genesis-Community-Presentation.pdf

Maybe this is where our wider circle is leading us.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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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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