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We are plunged into the deep freeze again!  I hope that everyone is staying warm, and not venturing outside unless absolutely necessary.  I can’t help but think about all of those in our country who are living on the streets, with few options to keep warm.  It is a tragedy of epic proportion.

You may have read in the newspaper last fall that The Bridges was planning to discontinue providing addiction services to our community.  This included addiction treatment facilitation and support meetings provided at Simcoe House, and the two ‘dry’ houses, Ancora and Saginaw.  These two homes provide safe, supportive housing for individuals who have successfully completed an addiction treatment program.  It is a very structured program where each resident has an individual case plan for moving forward.  The programs have an over 75% success rate and have been highlighted as best practice throughout the Province.  The residents of Saginaw and Ancora Houses, are also the ones who participate in our shared social enterprise making tarts and meat pies.

After the impending closure was announced, a group of concerned community residents met to look at how we might continue these life-changing programs.  I am pleased to report that the Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries has decided to add the addiction programming to the suite of counselling and support services that they already provide.  Because their building on Walnut Street is not large enough to accommodate an office for the Addiction Services Manager, or to provide meeting space for the ongoing weekly support meetings, I approached our Executive about bringing those pieces of the program to Wesley.  In a way, it is like coming full circle.  Marian Best, Addiction Services Manager, and I rented the small room in the lower hallway (now rented by CUPE) as our office when we were building The Bridges.  Marian’s office will now be in the room on the other side of the washrooms, room #1.  Meetings have already begun to take place in Ballantyne Hall.  I hope that you will welcome Marian and those attending the support meetings into our family of community organizations that we support.  The residents of Saginaw and Ancora Houses are ecstatic that Wesley has chosen to help them continue their journey to wholeness.  My sincere thanks to our Executive Committee for unanimously agreeing to support this initiative.

Our outreach to refugees has also ramped up to the next level.  Colin thanks everyone who brought donated items to church last Sunday for the Colombian family that we have made a connection with.  Now that they have found an apartment, we will be looking for household items to furnish it.  A list went out on Monday.  If you have items to donate, please speak to Colin or contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thank you Bev and Colin for taking this on.  You may also help them financially.  The family is on limited social assistance of $1,350/month.  Rents in Cambridge for a two-bedroom apartment range from $1,200 up.  This family has been fortunate to find one in the $1,200 range, but that only leaves $150/month for all of their other needs, including food and transportation.  If you would like to make a financial donation, you may give it to Stephanie in the office, where it will be credited to your givings.  Our bookkeeper, Tim Sullivan, has created a dedicated line on our balance sheet to track these donations.  You may also give through our CanadaHelps page.  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/" href="https://www.canadahelps.org/en/">https://www.canadahelps.org/en/  Type in ‘Wesley United Church, Cambridge, Ontario’ and it will take you to our page.  Under ‘Funds’, you will find the newly added ‘Refugee Sponsorship’, and you may make a credit card donation there.  You will receive a tax receipt by email, and your donation will be deposited in our bank account after Stephanie receives notice of it.

This Sunday, February 3, there will be a special brunch after church.  The Scouts, led by our Beaver leader Hawkeye, aka Randy, will be cooking and serving brunch to raise money for their trip to a huge jamboree in Cambridge, England this summer.  Tickets are $10 each, and the menu sounds awesome.  This is a great opportunity for those who have been chosen to go, and for us to support them.

At the brunch we will also look at our goals as a congregation for 2019.  I have attached a draft.  Some of these goals came out of a discussion at our last Executive Committee meeting.  Please have a look and come prepared to discuss them.  This is only a draft and your ideas for our goals are welcome and valued.  We would like our goals to be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.  I am looking forward to a rich conversation.  If you cannot attend on Sunday, please forward your comments to me.  These will be included in our annual report.

Our Annual Meeting will be on Sunday March 3 after church.  Lunch will be provided.  If you would like to submit a report for our Annual Report, please have it to Stephanie by Thursday February 14.  We would like to have the Annual Report ready for distribution on Sunday February 24, so that you have time to read through it before the meeting.

And finally, thank you to everyone who made donations to the Cambridge and District Humane Society.  Your furry friends appreciate it.  For February, we will be collecting toilet paper for Ancora and Saginaw Houses.  We did this once before, and it was awesome to see toilet paper piled high at the front of the sanctuary.  Let’s build our own wall of a necessary, and much-needed item

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.”  

~ Rachel Naomi Remen

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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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