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If you have not been to church the last two Sundays, you have missed something special.  Rev. John Anderson did an incredible job of summing up where we are, who we might want to be, what we are currently doing, and what we might consider as options going forward.  He challenged us to share our ‘good news’, share our stories with each other, listen to each other, and to be a church that is relevant to our community; to really be a ‘marketplace church.’ 

His messages have inspired me to think about ways that we can reach out and share our good news and our stories.  To that end, please start sending me your own good news stories and I will include some of them in these notes.  These can be about something that happened to you or to someone you know.  Each of us has many connections to our community that we often know nothing about.  Let’s make a collective New Year’s resolution to get to know each other better and to share our good news.

We have lots of meetings and activities coming up.  This Sunday after church (January 22), we will have a soup lunch and you will have an opportunity to participate in an informal discussion of the results of the survey that went out before Christmas.  I have attached the summary (minus all of the comments) as a starting place for the dialogue.  This will lead up to our first Joint Needs Assessment meeting on Saturday January 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Ballantyne Hall.  Rev. Paul Miller and Jack Findlay from Waterloo Presbytery will guide us through process as we plan our future.  Please attend if you are able.  The whole needs assessment process has been greatly streamlined to what it once was, but it cannot work if you don’t participate.  Following this meeting, there will be one more meeting and a report will have to be drafted.    Refreshments will be provided.  If you are unable to attend, please send me your comments and I will ensure that they are part of the discussion.     

Our Annual General meeting will be after church on Sunday February 19.  If you would like to submit something to be included in the annual report, it must be in the office by this Friday.  Sorry for the short turnaround time.

Our first Seniors; lunch of 2017 is this Thursday, January 19.  These have been hugely successful, and are held on the third Thursday of each month.  For $10 you get an awesome lunch and a program, and there are often goodies that can be purchased to take home.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Please don’t forget our community outreach for this month; Lisaard House.  They are in need of:

  • Paper towels, Tide pods, Liquid hand soap and refills, Paper napkins, Kleenex, Plastic teaspoons, K-cup coffee pods, Bounce unscented fabric softener sheets, Flexible straws

And to end with some good news, Wesley has been invited to participate with the City of Cambridge and Wilfred Laurier University in a study to research, analyze and prepare a report and presentation on adaptive repurposing of historic buildings.  The project begins this month and concludes in mid –March.  There will be a presentation at city hall on March 30  and members of the community and our congregation will be invited to attend.  More information on this project will follow, but it is a great opportunity for us.  Thanks to Jim Kirchin, Property Committee Co-Chair, for setting this up.

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“May every soul that touches mine—be it the slightest contact—get from there some good; some little grace; one kindly thought; one aspiration yet unfelt; one bit of courage for the darkening sky; one gleam of faith to brave the thickening ills of life; one glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists—to make this life worthwhile.”    -George Eliot

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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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