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Just a follow-up to Stephanie’s note yesterday about the change of date for our Annual General Meeting.  While we know that Sunday March 11 is the beginning of March break, we did not want to put the meeting off any longer than that.  As I mentioned on Sunday morning, our former bookkeeper quit quite suddenly at the beginning of January, having not completed the year end statements.  The Finance Committee has hired a new bookkeeper, and has been working very hard to get all of the financial records to him. 

With the snowfall this morning, it is a winter wonderland at our house.  We have hundreds of birds at the feeders, and tonight we had nine deer coming for their dinner.  There is beauty all around us.  The days are getting longer as well; a sure sign that spring is on its way.

It’s hard to believe, but Lent is on its way too.  UCM will be kicking off the season with their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday night, February 13.  Pancakes, sausages, and the famous cinnamon apples will be served from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 – 12, and free for children 5 and under.  A delicious way to slide into Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent.

What an incredible change in the weather.  Our poor deer are finding it harder and harder to trudge through this heavy snow to our feeder.  Their quiet beauty and grace always makes me feel very peaceful when I watch them.  They take what they need, and then move on, leaving something for the next one.  I think that there is a good lesson in that for us.

I hope that everyone is staying warm in this bitterly cold weather.  I can’t help but think about those individuals and families experiencing homelessness and how they are coping with these extreme temperatures.  Numbers at shelters have skyrocketed, with the largest increase being seniors.  Rents, if you can find a vacancy, have become so high, that people on fixed incomes from pensions simply cannot afford them.   A national housing strategy is wonderful news, but help is needed now.  Thankfully, our Cambridge Council on Aging is working very hard to find creative solutions to the affordable housing shortage, and the social isolation of so many of our senior population.

What a wonderful time we had at our family Christmas dinner on Sunday evening.  We had 124 adults and 21 children in attendance to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner, carol singing, and a visit from Santa.  My sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make this a success.  It was great to reconnect with each other, and to see extended families enjoying their time together.  Through good management, or perhaps just luckJ, we have enough turkey left over to make turkey meat pies in January.

And the good news is. . . that Choirs and Carols was a huge success!  Unfortunately, I missed it as I was sick in bed with this nasty bug that is going around, but it was well-attended and is always a wonderful way to usher in the season.  Thank you to Rick and the choir for once again orchestrating the evening, and to Joan Montague for organizing the cider and the social time afterwards.

We made the decision to reschedule our Lunch and Learn, and will likely hold it in January.

Lowering the lights after church last Sunday to replace the bulbs with more energy efficient ones.

As you can see in the pictures above, our Property Committee is working on replacing most of the lightbulbs in our church with ones that are more energy efficient.  This is a free program from Ontario Hydro.  They will replace some, not all, of our lights and we will realize a cost-savings of approximately $1,600 per year.  As you can imagine, it is quite a production to gain access to some of our lights.  Robb, Gary and Jim worked for two hours after church last Sunday to lower the largest of our sanctuary lights to be ready when the new ones arrived on Tuesday.  Since the sanctuary was rented for a concert on Wednesday evening, they were back on Tuesday afternoon to raise them up again.  We are committed to making our building as ‘green’ and as energy efficient as possible.  Kudos to the Property Committee for researching this program and working to ensure that Wesley could take advantage of it.  And thanks to Gary, who jumped in with both feet to help out.

What a wonderful All Saints service we had on Sunday.  Led by Rev. Dr. Jenny Stephens, it was a beautiful tribute to those who are saints among us.  Her message of creating a place of purpose, meaning, and belonging resonates with our journey towards becoming more relevant to each other and to the community around us.

Yesterday Jim and I spent the day on a birdwatching excursion to Long Point.  Even though it was a somewhat unsettled and blustery day, it was still beautiful.  For most of the day, the sun was shining; glistening on the wet leaves making them look like dripping jewels hanging from the trees.  And although we didn’t see any unusual species, we did manage to find thirty-seven different kinds of birds, including hundreds of starlings, red winged blackbirds and cedar waxwings.  It was amazing to watch their aerobatics in flight, moving together as one and never hitting each other.  They were incredibly in tune to those around them.

I’m not sure whether my note got out last week or not.  Our Office Administrator’s son had emergency appendix surgery and Stephanie was off for a couple of days with him while he recovers.  My apologies if you have read some of this before.

We have welcomed Rev. Keith Hagerman, his wife, Nicole, and his two daughters, Ilsa and Nell, into our Wesley family.  In fact, Ilsa and Nell were pressed into service their first Sunday with us!  I am excited to be working with Rev. Keith and look forward to hearing more from him.  Rev. Keith has already begun to immerse himself in our congregational life, visiting Apple Corps to make dumplings, leading a drumming workshop last Tuesday morning, and working through the lengthy process at the hospital to be certified to visit as our minister. 

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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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