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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. 

What an incredible week of warm fall weather we are having.  It must be to make up for all of those cool wet days that we had in July and August.  Our geese are honking on the pond, not sure whether to start their southern journey or not.  And while we bask in this blast of September sunshine, Florida and the Caribbean are mopping up from Hurricane Irma.  If there were any doubts that climate change is real and immediate, Irma certainly quashed those.  I hope that you will keep that region in your prayers as people try to return to some semblance of their former lives. 

It is hard to believe that the summer is almost over.  It has flown by.  We have been fortunate to have spent much of it at our cottage north of Parry Sound.  And while it has been the wettest summer on record for many years, it is still incredibly beautiful.  There is something ageless about the rock and the trees that just naturally makes you pause and consider your place in the world.  I hope that all of you have been able to get some restorative time away as well before we head back into the hustle and bustle of another busy church year.

Today I have very good news indeed.  Many thanks to those who attended the congregational meeting on Sunday to receive, and vote on, the recommendations of the Joint Search Committee.  Our new minister is Rev. Keith Hagerman, who is currently filling in at First United.  That congregation voted recently to amalgamate with St. John’s-on-the-Hill and will be actively working towards that.

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About Us

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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