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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.

Our resident robin is busy incubating her second clutch of eggs this spring.  The first lot hatched about a month ago and left the nest about two weeks later.  It was not long before she was working on her second brood.  I am glad that we have had a little rain as it will make it easier for her to find the endless supply of bugs, grubs and worms that she will soon need to feed them.  We also have some recently fledged baby goldfinches who are just learning to fly.  You can almost catch them in mid-air as they make their way from one perch to another.  I continue to be amazed at how truly awe-inspiring nature is.

It would seem that summer is upon us with the warm temperatures that we have been experiencing for the last week or so.  We were at our cottage for the long weekend, and although it was lovely, the black flies were very friendly and we are still itching.  A small price to pay though.

Our outreach for the month of May has been Lisaard House, and this will be the last week to contribute.   Waterloo Region’s first residential cancer hospice, Lisaard House, provides care free of charge for individuals facing a limited life expectancy.  Lisaard House is committed to helping people dying of cancer to live the life remaining to them as fully as possible and easing the challenges facing their loved ones.  Lisaard House is in need of: • Coffee – regular or fine grind • Paper towels • Creamed soups • Juice boxes • Liquid soap and refill size • Apple sauce • Pudding cups, fruit or Jello cups • Hot chocolate • Bounce – unscented only please • Apple or cranberry juice Please help as you are able.  Lisaard House has been a wonderful asset to our community.  We will take a break for June, so that you may contribute to the Fort McMurray relief fund if you choose to.  It is difficult to imagine such devastation. 

We were fortunate to spend last week at Point Pelee for the annual Festival of Birds, which celebrates the spring migration of tens of thousands of birds returning to their nesting habitats in Ontario.  In the four days that we were at Point Pelee National Park, we saw 117 different species, with the highlight being a nest with two baby Great Horned Owls.  It was incredible to go each day and see how much they had grown from the day before.  Nature is truly amazing. 

Jim and I were at the cottage last weekend.  It was awesome.  We saw a moose, a porcupine, a deer, a barred owl, many songbirds, and our first loon of the season.  It is incredible how quickly nature responds to the changing of the seasons and readies itself for regeneration and rebirth.

We are experiencing a bit of a rebirth ourselves this year.  For the third straight month, we are in the black financially.  Lest we pat ourselves on the back too soon, much of our recent financial gain has been due to our increased fundraising activities this year.  Our senior’s lunches have done very well, as did our chicken dinner and the Police Choir concert.  While givings have remained fairly stable and are only slightly below budget, we are coming up to the warmer months when fewer of us are around.  I would urge you to start thinking about the summer and making plans to join our pre-authorized remittance program, or to designate givings ahead.  While we may enjoy a lovely summer vacation, unfortunately our bills do notJ 

Fingers crossed, let’s hope that spring is finally here.  My poor daffodils have been up and down so many times that they don’t know whether to bloom or not.  Nature is ever resilient and adaptive.  Would they we were the same.

My sincere thanks to everyone who helped with the chicken dinner on Saturday evening.  It was a resounding success, realizing a little over $1,500 in fundraising revenue.  A special thank you to Joan Montague who handled all of the ticket sales and who found the entertainment.  They were awesome.  While it felt good to put my feet up when I got home, we had a lot of fun in the kitchen.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter.  I have it on good authority, from my Mother, that the Easter service was awesome and that the breakfast was delicious, as usual.  Thanks to our hardworking UCM for once again offering their hospitality to the congregation to make the day special.  And kudos to all of the musicians and the two choirs for enhancing the worship experience.  And apparently John’s message was incredible.  How blessed we are.

I was saddened to hear of the death of Len Verkerke.  Any loss diminishes us, but we are forever enriched by having had their presence among us.  I have missed Len’s cheery greeting at the Cambridge Street door on Sundays when he and Marg would welcome everyone with a handshake and a few kind words.  Please keep Marg and the family in your prayers.  As a church family we are called to be with each other in times of both joy and sorrow.

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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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