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The good news is that over 60 people attended the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper last night and were treated to delicious pancakes, sausages, and Randy’s special cinnamon apples (which also taste really good with whip cream instead of pancakesJ).  Ainslie Hall is receiving a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the generosity of our Apple Corps, and it set a bright and cheery mood for the evening.

Today is the first day of Lent.  A couple of years ago we were introduced to ’40 Acts’, a Lenten stewardship program that sets out simple, generous actions for each day.  Here is the link to the program, which started today.

http://stewardship-news.org/P3Z-4S9CG-70MANG11CD/cr.aspx

I would encourage you to join up and to share your acts of generosity on our good news board in Ainslie Hall. 

A reminder that we will NOT be worshipping at Wesley on Sunday, March 5.  It is a joint service at St. Luke’s United Church in Hespeler.  If you need transportation, please contact Trevor Subhani at 519-621-0347.

The good news is that a representative of Waterloo Presbytery will be attending our Annual Meeting on Sunday to chair part of the meeting to deal with our Joint Needs Assessment report.  I have attached a copy of the report for you to read, and hard copies will be available on Sunday morning.  Aside from the regular business at our AGM, we will be passing four other motions related to our current process:

1.       To accept the Joint Needs Assessment Report.

2.       To request Waterloo Presbytery to create a vacancy for a part-time minister, 20 hours per week, effective

          July 1, 2017.

3.       To request Waterloo Presbytery to disband the Joint Needs Assessment process.

4.       To request Waterloo Presbytery to establish a Joint Search Committee to find a part-time minister.

Waterloo Presbytery will name two representatives to sit on the Joint Search Committee, and it will be up to them to call the first meeting of that committee.  Because we had such good representation at our Joint Needs Assessment meeting on January 28, and such clear direction, we were able to draft the report and have the Executive review and accept it, so that we can keep this process moving along.

We have identified in our Joint Needs Assessment Report that we will be looking for a part-time minister.  And while we did realize a small excess of revenue over expenses for 2016, givings were down.  I know that there are a variety of reasons for that, but it is incumbent on each of us to support the decisions that we have made.  If we truly want a part-time, ordained minister for our congregation, then we have to underwrite those costs with our givings.  We cannot do it with fundraising and rentals alone.

I encourage you to attend on Sunday if you are able.  We will have a special service, led by Mary Weismiller, who will update us on our connection to the good work in South Africa being done by Edna Light.  Mary and Chuck were there for an extended visit in the fall and have much to tell.  If you have an African shirt, please wear it.  After church, we will have lunch in Ainslie Hall and then proceed into the Annual Meeting where we will review the decisions of 2016, and adopt the budget and Mission and Service targets going forward for 2017.  We will also review 2017’s Spiritual and Strategic Plan.  The representative from Waterloo Presbytery has been asked to arrive around 12:30 p.m., so it is my intent to try to be finished by 1:00 p.m.

Tomorrow is our monthly seniors lunch.  This has become another outreach ministry for us.  Between 30 and 50 attend at noon in Ainslie Hall for a delicious lunch and some companionship and conversation.  We try to have something available for them to purchase to take home for a later meal.  This month we made 96 turkey pies (from turkey leftover from our family Christmas dinner) and 71 beef pies.  We will also be selling Randy’s famous salad dressing.  Lunch is $10 and all are welcome.

There are lots of upcoming events at Wesley.  On Tuesday February 28, we will hold our traditional Shrove Tuesday dinner from 5:30 – 7:00.  Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 – 12.  On Saturday March 4 at 1:00 p.m. we will host the ‘Bridging Communities Through Song’ concert.  If you attended the Waterloo Regional Police Choir concert last spring, you will be happy to know that they will be one of three choirs participating.  A freewill offering will be taken and refreshments will be served afterwards.

This month’s community outreach is the Cambridge and District Humane Society.  Help our furry and feathered friends with these items: Dry cat and kitten food Canned cat and kitten food Canned dog and puppy food Dog and cat treats Dog and cat toys Bleach Garbage bags – large and small Dish soap Fleece pet blankets (Dollarama)

This is an exciting time for us.  We will be entering the stage of looking for someone to walk with us into our future.  John has done an exceptional job of pastoral charge oversight these past four years, and has created a solid foundation for us to build on.  Please be part of helping to mould Wesley’s future.  

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  - Roger Miller

The good news is that the sun has finally come out!  I have missed it.  Whatever the temperature, it seems much more manageable when there is sunshine.  It sparkles on the snow and seems to hold the promise of warmer days ahead.

If you have not been to church the last two Sundays, you have missed something special.  Rev. John Anderson did an incredible job of summing up where we are, who we might want to be, what we are currently doing, and what we might consider as options going forward.  He challenged us to share our ‘good news’, share our stories with each other, listen to each other, and to be a church that is relevant to our community; to really be a ‘marketplace church.’ 

Happy 2017!  A new year has begun whether we’re ready for it or not.  I hope that everyone had the opportunity for some restorative time over the holiday season.  Winter seems to have settled in for a while, keeping us indoors more than we’d like, but making everything a snowy wonderland.

With this deep snowfall, our deer have come back looking for their food.  It is always interesting to me that they return to exactly the same spot where we put it last year.  There are five or six ‘regulars’ who show up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., a couple of them smaller and younger than the others.  There is a definite pecking order to who gets to eat first.  There is a quiet, peaceful, gentle beauty about them, and I love watching them.

It is hard to believe that today is the last day of November, and that Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent.  Such balmy weather doesn’t seem to put you in the right frame of mind to celebrate the Christmas season and the anticipation of all that it brings.  Many of our winter birds have not made it here yet.

My juncos are back.  These lovely little slate-coloured birds spend their summers in our far north and return to our more ‘temperate’ climate for the winter.  Their return really signifies the change in seasons for me, although we have been blessed with incredible weather so far.

As usual, there is lots going on as we approach the Advent season.  On Sunday November 27, we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with communion, baptism, and a welcoming of new members.  That evening, our annual Choirs and Carols will take place in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.  This is a wonderful way to kick off the season, and has been a favourite at Wesley for many years.  Plan to come out and hear several local choirs, and sing Christmas carols.  Afterwards, you many enjoy a cup of apple cider and a cookie, courtesy of our choir.

How incredibly blessed we are!  I hope that you had a chance to attend the dinner and concert last Friday night with Ian Sadler accompanying the silent movie ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on our organ.  It was incredible.  What an amazing instrument our pipe organ is.  Many volunteers prepared and served a delicious chicken dinner, and many more had planned and worked at the concert.  The very next morning, Apple Corps was in the kitchen as usual serving their delicious wares, while the Hospitality Committee was helping 70 children decorate cupcakes.

Whew!  We are busy.   The common threads running through all of those events, are the volunteers who  gave their time and talents for the life and work of our church.  My sincere thanks to all of them.  Volunteers are our life blood, and we would be greatly diminished without them.

I hope that you are enjoying these wonderful fall days.  It is hard to believe that it is October and that Thanksgiving is only a few days away. 

Please don’t forget a major event on our fall agenda, the Phantom of the Opera dinner and concert on October 28.  Tickets are going fast.  Cost for the dinner and the concert is $35, and $15 for the concert alone.  The dinner is at 6:00 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m.  Joan Montague is coordinating the ticket sales for the dinner, so please speak to her or call the office to book a table.  Shirley Beechey has concert tickets, so please speak to her if you would like one or call the church office.  World renowned organist Ian Sadler will be accompanying the black and white 1925 silent movie of the ‘Phantom of the Opera’.  This will be a one-of-a-kind experience, so don’t miss out.  And it will definitely put you in the mood for Hallowe’en!

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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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