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We certainly got a blast of winter this week.  I guess that Wiarton Willie’s prediction of an early spring may not be true after all.  It is a good month to be away for those enjoying the sunny south.

I want to begin this message with an invitation.  It is hard to believe that ten years have passed in my term as Chairperson.  Several years ago, when we were experimenting without a settled minister, Colin Montague asked me at an Annual Meeting if I would stay on as Chair until we were ‘settled’.  Thinking that we would be ‘settled’ in the next year or two, I said yes.  Fast forward a few (6 or 7, I have lost count?) years, and I am still in this position.  I believe that we are ‘settled’ now, and that it is time for new leadership and new ideas.  The Executive Committee, made up of the Chairpersons of all Board committees, have been just wonderful to work with, and really are the glue that holds everything together and that drives our day-to-day and week-to-week operations.  I want to thank all of them, past and present, for supporting me in my role as Chair and for making the job a pleasure.  So I am reaching out to invite one of you to join the Executive Committee now in the role of Vice-Chair, with the expectation that you would assume the role of Chairperson at the 2020 Annual Meeting and that we would have a person in place as Vice-Chair for you. 

I have attached a description of the duties of the Chairperson.  They are not onerous.  We have an amazing staff here that perform the lion’s share of the daily and weekly duties, and the committees of the Board ensure that every aspect of our church life has oversight and planning.  Currently, Executive Committee meetings are held four or five times each year, after Sunday service.  It is not onerous.  You may be as involved with other committees as you choose.  I have chosen to only attend Finance Committee meetings as it has been important to me to present a balanced budget to the congregation and to end the year in the black.  Please give this prayerful consideration.  I am happy to meet or have coffee with anyone who has an interest.  Wesley is a dynamic and caring congregation.  It has been my privilege to serve these last ten years.

Kudos to Hawkeye aka Randy, and the Beavers and Scouts for making over $1,200 on their recent brunch.  This will help to fund their trip to Cambridge, England this summer.  If you would like to give a personal donation to the trip, please send it to Stephanie, or place it in an envelope clearly marked that it is for the Scout trip to England.  The donation will be credited to your givings and then passed along to the group.

And mark Sunday February 24 on your calendar.  This will be our ‘soup Sunday’ with lunch after church.  There will be several delicious soups to sample.  Thanks to Wilma Miyasaki and our Hospitality Committee for once again organizing this yummy event.  The same day, your tax receipts for 2018 will be available for pick-up.  Please only take your own tax receipt, as CRA rules are very rigid around this.  Even though you may live next door to someone who is not in attendance that day, you may not take their receipt.  Annual Reports will also be available on that date.

Our Annual Meeting will be on Sunday March 3, immediately after worship.  You are invited to go down to Ainslie Hall for lunch and then the meeting.  If you have reports that you would like to have included in the Annual Report, please have them to Stephanie by February 14.  This is an opportunity to review 2018, and to plan for the 2019 church year.  I hope that you will be able to attend.

Thursday February 21 is our next seniors lunch.  We will have a Valentine theme, and lunch will be lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and raspberry cheesecake brownies.  There will be a gluten free option.  Please let Randy or I know if you plan to attend.  Lasagna, turkey and beef pies, and pecan, butter and coconut tarts will be available for sale to take home.

And finally, please don’t forget that we are collecting toilet paper this month for Saginaw and Ancora houses.  These supportive, recovery homes provide life-changing programming and offer hope for a better future for the residents. 

Stay warm.  The days are getting longer, and spring will come.  See you Sunday.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

And into the forest I go.  To lose my mind and find my soul.”  - John Muir

 

 

Duties of the Chair 

  • Leading the Executive Committee to carry out its governance functions.
  • Setting priorities for, and calling Executive Committee meetings as scheduled, draft agendas and conduct meetings. The Chair does not participate in any voting, unless there is a tie, in which case the Chair will break the tie.
  • Call congregational meetings, set agendas for same, and preside over the meeting.
  • Set the date for and provide a report and the agenda for the annual meeting and preside over the meeting.
  • Communicate with the congregation.
  • Act as a signing officer for the church.
  • Sign off on invoices as required.
  • The Chair is an ambassador for the congregation and may be required to represent the congregation in the community or the wider church.
  • Work in partnership with the Minister to support the ongoing mission and outreach of the church.
  • The Chair is an ex officio member of all committees.

 

 

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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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