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Just when you think that it’s safe to start thinking about spring, winter smacks us with another reminder that it’s not over yet.  I hope that everyone stayed warm and dry yesterday.  I’m about sick of winter at this point, and can’t wait to shed my boots and parka.  I had two red winged blackbirds at the bird feeder yesterday.  They were probably wondering why they bothered to come back so early.  And our deer are coming earlier and earlier to the trough to get their dinner.  It’s too hard to get to the grass with all this snow.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held in Ainslie Hall after church on Sunday.  Please plan to attend.  Randy and UCM will be serving pulled pork for lunch, and the meeting will be directly afterwards.  I promise to get you out in good time.  This is your opportunity to review 2018 year end financials, and to adopt the 2019 budget.  We worked diligently to end in the black last year, and we are hopeful to continue that in 2019.  It is also an opportunity to celebrate the many groups, committees, and renters that call our church building ‘home’.  Our building is busy every day of the week, and is a bit of a hub in the downtown community. 

It is hard to believe, but Shrove Tuesday is next week.  UCM will once again be in the kitchen cooking up pancakes and sausages, and their signature spiced apples.  Cost is $6 for adults, and $3 for children 12 and under.  If you are able to help, food preparation starts at 3:00 p.m., with dinner from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  This is a great family event.

Thank you to everyone who brought toilet paper for Saginaw and Ancora houses in February.  Our outreach for March will be for Lisaard and Innisfree Houses.  Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice provides quality palliative care in a home-like setting for adults facing an end-of-life-diagnosis and dying of a life-limiting illness.  Both houses welcome residents without charge, offering support for individuals and their families throughout the end-of-life journey.  They believe that people have a right to die with dignity, free from pain, surrounded by their loved ones in a setting of their choice.  We can help with the following items:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Liquid hand soap and refills
  • K-cup coffee pods
  • Bounce unscented fabric softener
  • Granola bars
  • Batteries – AA, AAA, C
  • Paper towels

I was going to tell this story during the ‘good news’ of the announcements last Sunday, but we had a lot going on and I didn’t want to cut into the worship time.  Last Thursday morning, while we were preparing for the seniors lunch, one of our former clients from The Bridges stopped in to say hello to Marian and I.  Heather was one of our original Out of the Cold guests when she was only 20 years old, and followed us to The Bridges when we opened.  Eventually, we were able to get her into one of the twenty bachelor apartments that we had in the building.  Heather was a very active drug addict, and would sometimes prostitute herself for money to buy drugs.  On more than one occasion, she was badly beaten up by one of her johns or boyfriends.  Every time the police came to the building, we expected to hear that Heather was dead.  Indeed, she very nearly died of an overdose, but we managed to break into her apartment in time and get her to the hospital.  These were the pre-naloxone days.  A couple of times, she was sent from Cambridge Memorial to St. Thomas to the mental health facility there, as the stew of drugs that she consumed caused some paranoia and other mental health issues.  She was always determined to change her life when she was released, but we would soon find using again.  The third time that she went to St. Thomas, about six years ago, something clicked.  When she came back that time, she immediately asked Marian to get her out of Cambridge and into a treatment facility.  From there, she moved back to Newfoundland to be with her mother.  It was incredible to see the changes in her.  She has been ‘clean’ for over five years, has a two-year old daughter, sings solos in a church choir (she just had to show us two videos of her performing?), mentors other women who are struggling, and has signed up for community college.  She goes to support meetings at least five times and week and said that they are her lifeline.  She is now 41 years-old and has completely turned her life around.  We were all crying together.  She thanked us over and over for never giving up on her.

One of the women from Ancora House who was helping with the lunch knew her, and declared later that if Heather could turn her life around, so could she.  She also commented that she was even luckier than Heather because she had a supportive place to live, and ‘tons of support at this church’.

I don’t know about you, but that’s what I’d like us to be known for; a church and a congregation that offers hope and support to the broken, a welcome to the stranger, and that cares for each other and for creation.  Something that we can continue to aspire to, I think.

Peace.

Anne Tinker

“Always try to be a little kinder than necessary.”

                                       - James Matthew Barrie

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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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