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.

However, it is the beginning of a new church year for us.  Things are gearing up and events are being planned.  A major event on the agenda, so far, is 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’.  I googled Ian and could not believe the list of his credits and his schedule for the next six months.  This will be a one-of-a-kind experience, so don’t miss out.

If you are a knitter and would like to contribute to our Christmas knitting tree, we are looking for mittens, hats, scarves and headbands and would like to have them in early December to distribute to adults and children who use the services of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  These gifts are always welcome and are doubly special when they are hand-made.  They can be dropped off at the church at any time.

I have once again attached the list of most-needed items for the YWCA Girls’ Program.  Our shopping cart is starting to fill up, but there is still lots of time to contribute to this special appeal.  The program lost all of its supplies during the torrential rain storm in August when their program space was flooded out.  Let’s show our support for this valuable program for vulnerable girls in our community.

My thanks to the volunteers who have agreed to be part of the 18 month ‘Into the Promise’ program – Susan Martin, Eileen Burnes, Michelle Hogan, Jon Cowie, Richard Ruehle, and myself.  We have also adopted Betty Stephenson from St. John’s-on-the-Hill who would like to participate.  We met with five other local congregations last Saturday to get the outline of the program and to meet everyone participating.  The program encourages congregations to move from ‘how do we fix the church’ to asking ‘what is God doing’, ‘how do we participate in God’s redemptive work’ and ‘how do we develop relationships, by receiving hospitality from the other and partnering’.  This is all based on getting in touch with the neighbourhood around your physical church building and looking at how to engage with your neighbours.  The book the group is using is ‘Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World’ by Alan J. Roxburgh.  Our group will be meeting regularly on its own, and with the larger group at key intervals.  Down the road there will be opportunities for congregational discussion.  I believe that Wesley has already started to engage with its neighbourhood in meaningful ways through our Saturday morning Apple Corps café, our seniors’ lunches, and our monthly outreach.  If you have an idea of how we could further connect with our neighbourhood, let us know.

On October 2, World Wide Communion Sunday, we will be worshipping at First United Church with their congregation and St. John’s-on-the-Hill.  Even though we voted not to proceed with amalgamation with the other two Galt United churches, we continue to look for opportunities to worship together and share resources. 

The discussion and media attention around the Rev. Gretta Vosper situation continues.  Rev. Vosper has named herself as an atheist, no longer performs the sacrament of baptism or communion, and believes that it is how we live our lives, that is important.  The United Church Toronto Conference has been engaged in a process with Rev. Vosper to determine her suitability for ministry.  The review can be accessed here: 


The situation has sparked a dialogue all across the country with both United Church members and the wider community.  There are arguments in the media and in United Church publications for both sides.  A congregation in Alberta has started a petition in support of Rev. Vosper.  That petition can be accessed here:


After church on Sunday, there will be an opportunity for those interested to participate in a discussion.  We will not be addressing the pros and cons of the Rev. Vosper situation, or who we believe is right or wrong.  We will be discussing what God means to us in the 21st century and where we see God in our lives, in our church community and in our world.  From the responses I received when the first article about Rev. Vosper was distributed, this will be a rich dialogue.  So bring a snack or a bag lunch, grab a coffee and come to the chapel.  I have attached a document that I received from Rev. Mel Rose this week (when Julia told him of our proposed discussion) on what it means to be a Christian.  It is not long and it is very appropriate for this topic.

Yesterday Jim and I spent the day on a road trip to Long Point bird watching.  It is the beginning of the fall migration and we saw 41 species of birds.  And whether it is God’s wondrous world or not, it was truly awe-inspiring and very humbling.


Anne Tinker

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”                                                                           - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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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.
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Wesley United Church

6 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, ON
N1R 3R6

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