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The good news is that a representative of Waterloo Presbytery will be attending our Annual Meeting on Sunday to chair part of the meeting to deal with our Joint Needs Assessment report.  I have attached a copy of the report for you to read, and hard copies will be available on Sunday morning.  Aside from the regular business at our AGM, we will be passing four other motions related to our current process:

1.       To accept the Joint Needs Assessment Report.

2.       To request Waterloo Presbytery to create a vacancy for a part-time minister, 20 hours per week, effective

          July 1, 2017.

3.       To request Waterloo Presbytery to disband the Joint Needs Assessment process.

4.       To request Waterloo Presbytery to establish a Joint Search Committee to find a part-time minister.

Waterloo Presbytery will name two representatives to sit on the Joint Search Committee, and it will be up to them to call the first meeting of that committee.  Because we had such good representation at our Joint Needs Assessment meeting on January 28, and such clear direction, we were able to draft the report and have the Executive review and accept it, so that we can keep this process moving along.

We have identified in our Joint Needs Assessment Report that we will be looking for a part-time minister.  And while we did realize a small excess of revenue over expenses for 2016, givings were down.  I know that there are a variety of reasons for that, but it is incumbent on each of us to support the decisions that we have made.  If we truly want a part-time, ordained minister for our congregation, then we have to underwrite those costs with our givings.  We cannot do it with fundraising and rentals alone.

I encourage you to attend on Sunday if you are able.  We will have a special service, led by Mary Weismiller, who will update us on our connection to the good work in South Africa being done by Edna Light.  Mary and Chuck were there for an extended visit in the fall and have much to tell.  If you have an African shirt, please wear it.  After church, we will have lunch in Ainslie Hall and then proceed into the Annual Meeting where we will review the decisions of 2016, and adopt the budget and Mission and Service targets going forward for 2017.  We will also review 2017’s Spiritual and Strategic Plan.  The representative from Waterloo Presbytery has been asked to arrive around 12:30 p.m., so it is my intent to try to be finished by 1:00 p.m.

Tomorrow is our monthly seniors lunch.  This has become another outreach ministry for us.  Between 30 and 50 attend at noon in Ainslie Hall for a delicious lunch and some companionship and conversation.  We try to have something available for them to purchase to take home for a later meal.  This month we made 96 turkey pies (from turkey leftover from our family Christmas dinner) and 71 beef pies.  We will also be selling Randy’s famous salad dressing.  Lunch is $10 and all are welcome.

There are lots of upcoming events at Wesley.  On Tuesday February 28, we will hold our traditional Shrove Tuesday dinner from 5:30 – 7:00.  Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 – 12.  On Saturday March 4 at 1:00 p.m. we will host the ‘Bridging Communities Through Song’ concert.  If you attended the Waterloo Regional Police Choir concert last spring, you will be happy to know that they will be one of three choirs participating.  A freewill offering will be taken and refreshments will be served afterwards.

This month’s community outreach is the Cambridge and District Humane Society.  Help our furry and feathered friends with these items: Dry cat and kitten food Canned cat and kitten food Canned dog and puppy food Dog and cat treats Dog and cat toys Bleach Garbage bags – large and small Dish soap Fleece pet blankets (Dollarama)

This is an exciting time for us.  We will be entering the stage of looking for someone to walk with us into our future.  John has done an exceptional job of pastoral charge oversight these past four years, and has created a solid foundation for us to build on.  Please be part of helping to mould Wesley’s future.  

Peace,

Anne Tinker

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  - Roger Miller

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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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