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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!

It is hard to believe that today is the first day of fall.  We have had an incredibly hot and dry summer which has continued into September.  Supposedly, the weather will change on the weekend to become more fall-like, which works for me.  Fall is a wonderful season and I look forward to long walks where I can swish through the fallen leaves, and driving in the country to see the splendour of the fall colours.

It is hard to believe that the summer is over and that we are into September.  You could certainly not prove it by the temperatures outside!  I hope that everyone had some restorative vacation time and that you are ready for an exciting new church year.  We spent most of the summer at our cottage, and it was wonderful to be able to jump in the lake to beat the heat.  Last Thursday night we were treated to an incredible display of the northern lights amid a sky filled with billions of stars.  It was a reminder of how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of creation.

 

Posted: August 9, 2016

Wesley United Church is looking for a part-time Sunday/Special Event Custodian.  Please see the attached position description for details.  The posting will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday September 16, 2016.  Resumes should be forwarded by email to:

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Wesley United Church, 6 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, ON N1R 3R6

Resumes should be sent to the attention of Doug Coghlin, Chairperson, Ministry and Personnel Committee.  Only those granted an interview will be contacted.

We are at the cottage.  It is the place for me that allows me to recharge my batteries and to get in touch with what’s really important.  Nature is all around me from the early morning squawk of the crows and woodpeckers waiting for their peanuts, to the gentle lapping of the water in the evenings and the haunting call of the loon.  I am continually amazed and in awe of the beauty of it all.  The hummingbird coexists with the raven, the chipmunk with the moose, each taking what they need and respectfully leaving enough for the other.  And while I understand that some species are food for another, it makes me wonder why we, as the supposed superior beings, can’t find ways to all live peacefully and in harmony with each other.

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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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