Business taken care of before summer break

Monthly news from the Zion United Church Women in Ashcroft.

Our last meeting before summer recess was held on June 3 at 2 pm in Zion United Church Hall with seven ladies present. President Reta Robertson opened the meeting with a warm welcome for everyone.

Phyllis Gray led the devotional taken from Beside Still Waters by Betty Radford Turcott, entitled “Today is a gift”. Cherish each day and don’t worry about money or other things so much. God will take care of you – put your trust in Him.

After the May minutes were accepted as written, Old Business was attended to. We evaluated the June 1 service that the UCW presented about the symbols and meaning of the new United Church of Canada crest. It was well received. Jacklyn Desrosiers gave a report of the BC Conference United Church Women hald in May at Trinity Memorial United Church in Abbotsford. Different speakers spoke about the earlier years and the work of those who were advocates for women’s rights and women’s struggles. It was noted that Dr. Norah Hugles was the first ordained female minister in BC. Shewas one of our ministers for a while here in Ashcroft several years ago.

Several pieces of correspondence were dealt with – a newsletter from Naramata Centre and their labour problems; R.B.C. Ministries thanking us for our donation for Daily Bread booklets; emails and newsletters from BC Conference UCW secretary; UCW newsletter “Keeping in Touch” with coming events. We also received a UCW 50th anniversary photo and an  email update from Carmen in the Philippines of her work there.

Reports were next and Colleen Mireau handed out her written Treasurer’s report, and it was received. Dorothy Pears read her sunshine report on the cards she had sent out. Phyllis Gray reported for publicity, and Hilda Drinkwater reported for  Archives. Reta reported on our outreach program and said she had receivd more Campbell labels, so a big thank you to all who save these for us as they help with Christian work elsewhere. The United Church hosted Soups On Jun 6 at St. Albans.

We paused then for refreshments and fellowship.

New Business was next. We all signed a Thank You card for Alice Watson, our minister. She has helped us with our events since she has been here. We made a donation to the churc to help withthe insurance, which is due soon. We may introduce back into our meetings from time to time a Roll Call item.

Our next meeting will be Sept. 2 at 1:30 pm. That is a new meeting time which was agreeable to everyone. The Devotional person and refreshment people for September were noted before we adourned, and we closed with the Mezpah Benediction.

If any lades are interested in our work and would like to join us or come as a visitor, they would be most welcome.

Phyllis Gray

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