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My faith in humanity was restored this week.  Last Sunday evening, just after dark, it started to rain.  I watched a truck stop on the road in front of our neighbour’s house and the driver got out and was doing something.  Then he moved a few feet ahead, and got out again.  This continued along the front of our house.  Every few feet, he would get out and was doing something.  Jim had to investigate, so went down to the road.  It was a young man and he was stopping to pick up frogs that had come onto the road because of the rain and he was putting them back into the pond, which is directly across from our house.  He said that he just couldn’t run over them all and kill them.  He carried on like this down the road, and I’m sure that he was quite soaked by the time he was finished.  I went out the next morning and went down to the road.  There were a few dead frogs, but there would surely have been dozens more except for this young man’s initiative.  What a wonderful example of respecting creation.

What an inspiring service last Sunday, highlighting the work that is being done around addictions in our own church building.  Chris Side’s testimonial about his journey as an alcohol and drug addict was powerful.  Kudos to him for having the courage to share his story and his struggles.  Randy and I feel incredibly blessed to work each week with the men and women of Saginaw and Ancora Houses as they each struggle with their own journeys towards sobriety.  It takes a lifetime of determination.

Next week is Holy Week, and Rev. Keith has sent out a list of activities for nearly every day.  Lent is a time of self-reflection and looking inward.  Not a bad thing to do from time to time.  The Good Friday service will be at Cedar Hill at 10:30 a.m. if you wish to attend, and our own Easter Sunday service starts with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. lovingly prepared by our own UCM with Randy at the helm.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  A great way to start a morning of joyful worship.

Our seniors lunch is next week as well on Thursday April 18 at noon in Ainslie Hall.  We are serving pulled pork on a bun, potato salad, coleslaw and rice pudding.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  Cost is $10, and there are always goodies to purchase and take home.

And next Saturday is the Easter market with cookie decorating in Ainslie Hall, along with our artisan market.  This is a great event for any children or grandchildren in your family, so plan to come down from 9:00 – 11:30 to participate.  There promises to be all kinds of wonderful hand-made items to purchase.  I have it on good authority, that Shirley Beechey will have some of her yummy caramel corn for sale, and apple dumplings are always on offer at the café.

Our outreach this month is in support of the Spring Food Drive of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  Our food bank distributed over 14,000 food hampers last year to individuals and families in need.  Let’s fill their Easter basket with:

  • Canned fish or meat
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Brown beans in sauce
  • Individual packages of oatmeal

This is National Volunteer Week, a time set aside each year to honour the countless hours that volunteers contribute to their communities.  I would like to personally thank each of you for the time and energy that you give to Wesley.  We literally could not do anything without your voluntary commitment to the life and work of our church; in our congregation, in our community, in our country, and in the world.  And while only one week a year is set aside to formally recognize volunteers, I appreciate what you do every week of the year.  Together, we have made this church a leader in our community as we continue to  welcome the stranger and support those on the margins.  We are apple dumplings and so much more!

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“There are many things to be grateful “for”.  But as I ripen with the seasons of life, the many reasons blend into a sacred mystery.  And, most deeply, I realize that living gratefully is its own blessing.”

- Michael Mahoney

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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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