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A very Happy New Year to each of you.  We have passed the winter solstice, and it would seem that the days are really starting to get longer.  Jim and I spent New Year’s at our cottage.  It is totally different in the winter.  The ice on the lake was groaning and there was two feet of snow on the ground.  It was incredibly peaceful.  The day we left to come home, we woke up to -25 temperatures, decided to pack up and leave, and made a mad dash for the car.  On our way home, we always take back roads, we saw five snowy owls on a concession just outside of Stayner.  They are breathtakingly beautiful creatures and we figured that was our reward for the extremely cold start to the day?

How shall we start our New Year at Wesley?  It stretches before us like a canvas ready to be painted, or blank pages ready to be written on.  What would you like to paint or write in 2019?

Our Refugee Committee has started us off by taking up a brush and painting Wesley’s support for the three refugee families who attended our family Christmas dinner.  Each family will have a ‘point person’, who will meet with their assigned family and get a sense of what their needs are, and how we might help them.  For this to be successful, each of us must take a role; even if it is only being a welcoming, warm presence when they are among us.    How brave they all are to give up everything that they have known, their homes, to go to a place that they know very little about, and where they can perhaps not even communicate.  And how sad, that for most of them, they can never go home again.  Thank you to the Committee for keeping this in front of us and for calling us to action.ow

Also on the canvas, is the first seniors lunch of the year.  It is next Thursday, January 17, at noon in Ainslie Hall.  The menu this month is: stuffed peppers (vegetarian and gluten free), salad (also vegetarian and gluten free), rolls, lemon ginger cheesecake, or cinnamon apples with coconut whip (vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free)  For take-away foods this month, we have coconut tarts, chicken divan, bacon macaroni and cheese, and turkey a la king.  Please drop me a note if you plan to attend.  And for those who like to plan ahead, I have it on good authority that February’s lunch will feature lasagne.

Following on the food theme, we are starting to sketch out other upcoming events including our monthly brunches, soup lunch, and perhaps some pot luck lunches or dinners.  Is there anything better than sharing some good food and conversation?

We will continue pencilling in our monthly outreach to local non-profits and agencies.  This month is one of our favourite’s, the Cambridge and District Humane Society.  They are already seeing the fallout from ill-advised gifts of pets at Christmas. 

The Cambridge and District Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, and providing shelter and comfort to needy animals of Cambridge and the surrounding district. The Society is totally supported by the generosity of the community it serves. The Society depends on volunteers to assist in fulfilling its mandate.  These are their current greatest needs:

  • Dry cat and kitten food
  • Canned cat and kitten food
  • Non clumping cat litter
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Bleach
  • SOS pads
  • White paper towels
  • Liquid HE laundry detergent

Let’s support our furry friends and help those who work to make their lives better.

We are in the season of Epiphany in the church year.  The word ‘epiphany’ means a sudden insight, or a new understanding.  I think that fits in perfectly with our blank canvas.  How shall we fill it?

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

                                                                                                                  - Dan Millman

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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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