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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.

Tickets for our Wesley family Christmas dinner on Sunday December 18 are available.  They are $10 each for adults, with children 12 and under, free.  This is not a fundraiser.  We are trying to keep the cost as low as possible, yet still break even on the dinner.  Gathering and carols will begin with punch in Ballantyne Hall at 4:00 p.m. with dinner to follow in Ainslie Hall at 5:00.  This will be a turkey dinner will all the trimmings, and there will be a visit from a very special guest.  Tickets are available at the office only, as we need to keep track of the number of children and their ages.  Please call Stephanie at 519-621-6060 or email her at:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We are also soliciting small donations to cover the cost of the gifts for the children.  Please let Stephanie know if you can help out.  This is a perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas week, and to share some fun and fellowship with your Wesley family.  If you would like to help serve at the dinner, please speak to Randy or myself.

I was struck by the lyrics to the anthem that the choir sang during the offertory on Sunday.  Thanks to Marion White for suggesting this piece of music.  Entitled “Many Gifts, One Spirit”, it resonates with where we are in our journey together at Wesley.  And although our own personal concept of God may not be the same as the author’s, we each bring many gifts to our shared experience at Wesley.

Many gifts, one spirit, many songs, one voice. Many reasons, one promise, many questions, one choice. O God, we pray for unity, give guidance from above. In our differences unite us in the circle of your love. O God, remind us, we are not alone. Though we move on different pathways, we are walking to your throne. Help us learn to love each other, show us ways to understand. We are family members of one family, growing strong by joining hands. O God, remind us, we are not alone. Though we move on different pathways, we are walking to your throne. Take our many ways of working, blend the colours of each soul into the beauty, Of a rainbow, Give us life, Lord, make us whole.

Following on this theme, I am attaching a short survey to help us evaluate the past several years.  This is a prelude to a joint needs assessment as we begin to determine what the future might hold for us.  Please follow the link to the survey.  It is anonymous.  Your answers will help us to get a sense of where to put our energies in the coming months.  The survey will close on  December 2, so please respond by that date.  Paper copies will be available for those who do not have email, or if you prefer to respond in that manner.  We plan to hold an informal lunch after church to discuss the survey results.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2WNTFC2

Our community outreach for November is The Bridges.  The shelter opened in 2005, with a 40-bed capacity.  Currently, 80 people are staying there; many of them seniors and people with physical and mental disabilities – all of them looking for housing that is affordable.  These are the most-needed items: Toilet paper Toothbrushes Shampoo Razors – male and female Combs/brushes Deodorant – male and female White sugar Coffee mugs (do not need to be new) Towels, single bed sheets, pillow cases (clean out your linen closet) Jam Cereal Socks – male and female   The final tally is in from our recent Phantom of the Opera dinner and concert.  Over $6,700 was realized from this amazing event.  Many thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a resounding success, and to Doug Coghlin for his generous contribution.  We are now exploring the possibility of doing something again next year.  Stay tuned.

On Sunday after church, we are hoping that some of you can stay to help with the Christmas decorating.  Many hands make light work, so if you have an hour to spare, please join us.  We will be serving soup and buns and I thought that it might be interesting if we made ‘stone soup’.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this story, it centres on a hungry traveller passing through a village who makes soup out of a stone.  We don’t propose to start with a stone, but I will have a vegetable broth ready and would ask that, if you are so inclined, you bring a vegetable to put in the soup.  Please bring it ready to go in the pot.  To be sensitive to various food allergies, this will be vegetable soup.  Let’s see what kind of an interesting concoction we can come up with.

Any money raised at the soup lunch will be used towards a Gift with a Vision that Julia spoke about on Sunday.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could raise $100 to help build a well?  It is hard to imagine not having access to clean water when we are so used to turning on our tap and out it comes.

Hope to see you Sunday to share a bowl of stone soup.

Peace, Anne Tinker

“Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps a singing bird will come.”    - Chinese Proverb

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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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