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I hope that each of you has had an opportunity to enjoy this summer-like weather.  Our birds are coming back in bunches.  I heard a Baltimore Oriole calling this morning, so hurried to make some sugar water for the hummingbird feeder and got it hung out back for them.  Two male Rose Breasted grosbeaks were at one of our feeders, and a Great Crested Flycatcher was sitting in one of our maple trees, calling.  I also saw my first Bobolink of the season on one of the side roads, and a huge snapping turtle came out of the pond to lay her eggs.  Nature is once again in renewal.

The spring peepers have begun their nightly chorus, and it is a pleasure to actually be able to have the windows open to hear them.  They will soon be joined by the bullfrogs, but for a short time, their song is the only one on the night air, with the occasional hoot of a Great Horned Owl chiming in.  At long last, it would appear that spring is here.

Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word on ‘ice-storm Sunday’.  It is only the second time in 15 years that we have cancelled church.  But it did highlight that we need to put a better emergency plan into place, so we are working on how we might do that so that everyone can be informed.  John Anderson and Griffin bravely made their way down to the church in the event that someone had not heard the news and welcomed seven people.  I do believe that was the first time that we had a canine greeter!

For the past week or so, we have had a bald eagle sitting on a dead tree in the middle of the pond across the road from our home.  We’re not sure if he has just found a great resting spot, or whether he is keeping his eye on the two dozen ducks swimming around, eyeing them up for dinner.  Now that the ice is completely gone, finally, we are greeted each morning to the songs of geese honking, ducks quacking, and robins and red winged blackbirds singing.  How beautiful are the sounds of spring.

This lovely warmer weather has almost melted the last of the ice on the pond across the road.  The geese have been patiently waiting for the open water and are busy honking away, claiming their spot.  Red winged blackbirds and grackles are back, and the robins have started singing earlier in the morning and later into the evening.  Our daffodils are bravely poking their heads out, as everything gears up for the renewal of spring.

Thank you to everyone who stayed after church on Sunday and participated in our Annual General Meeting.  The pot luck lunch that preceded it was delicious!  There is always such a great variety of offerings, and the desserts were amazing.  And thank you for bringing your own plates and cutlery.  This certainly helped out the people who are normally stuck in the kitchen cleaning up, and allowed them to participate fully in the discussion.

If you were at church on Sunday, I hope that you stayed for the soup lunch afterwards.  There were many delicious varieties of soup, and some wonderful homemade buns and bread to go with them.  It is times like these that I wish that I could eat more!  This is the second annual soup lunch that has been coordinated by our Hospitality Committee, and it was a great success.  Many thanks to the committee members for organizing this.  If you brought soup, and would consider sharing your recipe, please forward it to Susan Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We’re not sure yet where they will end up, but if we have them compiled, we can share them with each other at the very least.

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.

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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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