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Jim and I made a flying visit to our cottage last weekend, and there was still over three feet of snow!  And stupidly, we left our snow shoes sitting in the garage at home.  It was a challenge to mush down from the road and to get the door open.  But once we were actually able to get inside and start to get the place warmed up, we were able to appreciate the incredible beauty of the winter landscape.  The ice on the lake was ‘groaning’ and it was not long before the chickadees started showing up.  We had two very clear nights with a full moon and billions of stars.  We really do live in a wondrous world.

On Sunday April 7, we will hold a short congregational meeting immediately after church to update the congregation about the work of the Refugee Committee, and to ask that the parameters of our last decision be changed.  We had voted to work cooperatively with the YMCA to identify families that were already living in Cambridge who might need support to navigate our social systems, to assist with finding housing, and to help them with day-to-day activities.  While we have been working extensively with one family with all of these activities, we have also helped out with furniture, clothing and food, and have provided some monetary assistance.  This was not in the scope of the original motion, so we are seeking consensus from the congregation that you are willing to support this change.  We have also been asked to support another family.  Please plan to attend this meeting.  I promise that it will not be too long.  Information on what is being proposed will go out next week, so that you have time to look at it.  My sincere thanks to our Refugee Committee, who have done an incredible job of providing support to our family, and for keeping this issue in front of us.

The Finance Committee met yesterday and I am very happy to report that as of February 28, we are $4,447 in the black.  All of our committees have worked hard to keep expenses in check, and Stephanie has been booking rentals regularly.  I am on PAR (pre-authorized remittance) and love it.  On the 20th of each month, my givings come out of my bank account and are automatically directed to the church.  It is very convenient, and in this day of electronic banking, it is incredibly simple to set up.  If you would like to go on PAR, or are on PAR and would like to increase your monthly amount, a call or email to Stephanie is all that is required. (519-621-6060, 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.)  The great advantage to Wesley, is that we have a steady income each month, which is particularly important in the summer when many of us are away.  Please consider it, and thanks to those who already participate.

This will be the last week for our donations to Lisaard and Innisfee 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

Next month, we will be participating in the Easter food drive for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank, and then we should perhaps take a break.  Many of you have been very generous in your support of both our refugee family and our social enterprise and with the request to help another family, we should focus on that.

Jim and I made a sad decision last week.  Our 12 year-old dog, George, had been experiencing some unexpected health issues and after several visits to our veterinarian, we received the news that there was going to be nothing positive in George’s future.  So we released him to join our other dogs running around in whatever ‘doggie heaven’ might look like.  It has been hard to come home and not have him greet us.  Dogs offer such unconditional love and acceptance, and no matter how bad your day has been, they lift your spirits.

I have decided that to honour George, I will try very hard to emulate that unconditional love and acceptance, and Lent seems a good time to do it.  I wonder what our world might look like, if we all followed this canine practice.  And while it might be hard to get the tail wagging down pat, a big smile might do just as well!

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“To live without roads seems one way not to get lost.”

                                                         - Naomi Nye

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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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